The last weeks were very, very busy for me here in London – I attended quite a few conferences [excitement! weird medieval stuff! nice new acquaintances!], had to meet an essay deadline [why, oh why is it that I always stretch the time frame as far as humanly possible and come out at the end of the tunnel in complete exhaustion?!?], and took the first steps to organizing the next six weeks that will be even busier than the last ones [deadline for the very big essay that will determine if I will be upgraded to proper PhD status! preparation for the first conference paper yours truly will give in English! short trip to the South Tyrolean Alps!]. Thus, with [c] being in town for a few days after his important Oxford business, and with London in all its springtime glory, full of warmth and sunshine, we have decided that we will prepone weekend for once and give ourselves a proper break in lovely company before returning to our everyday routines [picture of that: see above].

 Rather befitting this spirit of weekend, here are some pictures of the project that kept me sane during the last weeks, and that was finished just in time for the arrival of his highness, my personal knitting project photographer:

Pattern: super SLOUCH socks by Emily Foden
Yarn: various stash yarns
Needles: 2 mm
[More project details on Ravelry]

This is a very genius pattern that combines the coziness of leg-warmers with the snugness of proper socks – perfect for those chilly Sunday mornings hanging around in bed or on the sofa, and perfect for people like me who refuse to wear slippers even in arctic temperatures. The socks are knit top-down, can be knitted either with sock needles or in the round, and are the most perfect stash busters.

 

I never thought I would actually manage to knit two socks and thus finish a whole pair –  normally, I get bored after the first one, throw that in my knitting basket and just leave it with that. This project might finally have infected me with the sock-bug!

 

And now excuse me, I have to get back to urgent weekend-y business, will put on those socks, snuggle up with [c] on the couch and watch a nice movie!

Settled Down

January 4, 2012

First of all, I would like to wish all of you a very happy 2012! May it be a good and fulfilling one for all of us! The last one surely was for me: I started out in Vienna facing a new and challenging job, and ended up in London as a student again, life turned upside down. Who would have thought?

Since my last post in October, quite a lot has happened: Once again, I had to adapt my daily rhythms to the work of independent research, strolling through libraries and archives, hearing lectures, attending seminars, and above all, searching again for the slow and steady ways of concentrated reading, thinking and writing. I have to admit that I found this transition quite difficult, especially after the rather hectic working speed I was used to before coming to London. But as my supervisor [who is really great, by the way] very wisely said: A PhD is not a sprint, it is a marathon. And indeed, step by step, I am getting used to this new life of mine, and I am enjoying it immensely.

In November, I moved into my new home south of the Thames, a lovely room in a small and beautiful house [with garden!] originating from the 1830ies. Below are some glimpses of its beautiful and lovely corners,* more pictures will follow as soon as I will find the time to do some decorating [so many ideas, so few free hours!].


I am sharing the house with the very lovely ms. [j], her very bright 9-year-old daughter [m], and a very small feline creature not listening to any of the names she is called. I got used to lovingly addressing her as Little Devil, though. It just suits her so well. So far, the four of us are getting along very well. [j] works in the cultural sector, so we have a lot of interests in common and always find something to talk about, and [m] and I share a fancy for both Enid Blyton and Fitzwilliam Darcy. As for the kitty, as long as she only sleeps and purrs on one of my knitted goods and does not go crazy with my alpaca yarn balls, I am very fond of her, too.

So, everything is fine with me here on the Isles. I am very much looking forward to this new year, and hope that it will bring me a lot of new and exciting experiences!**

* For the moment, you will have to bear with the blurry photographs my mobile phone is able to take. Hopefully, a new camera will be on its way soon.

** And some knitting, too! By the way, apologies to my Ravelry-friends out there for being so silent and comment-less during the last months. The only real downside of my new place is that I cannot connect my computer to the Ravelry website [although all other websites are working fine], which is why I was absent from the space for so long! I am still working on a solution for the problem, but I promise to be back soon!