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The view from my writing desk is stunning this morning, with all the trees in full bloom, and the sun shining in a glorious blue sky. This will hopefully make for a productive day of PhD writing, interrupted by a stroll through the park and a nice brunch with [c], to make the most of this lovely Scottish spring day.

Some of you may have noticed that with the thesis submission now seriously looming [160 days, to be precise], I’ve returned to knitting as my favourite tool of procrastination and therapy. So, here I present you another project complete:

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Pattern: Fort Grey by Fiona Alice
Yarn: The Uncommon Thread Tough Sock [colour: Confetti]
Needles: 2.25mm
[More project details on Ravelry]

I think this is the most entertaining sock project I’ve ever knitted, with so much going on at every corner: a Turkish Cast-On and a Stretchy Bind-Off, purl stitches, knitting stitches, slipped stitches and some serious cabling all helped me to keep the writing panic at bay, and to get my creative thinking going.

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d a f f o d i l s

March 18, 2017

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This week, I have been walking to work alongside this wonderful explosion of spring gorgeousness. Every day, new flowers have been appearing alongside the streets and have been turning their faces towards the Glaswegian sun (yes, such a thing exists despite the city’s fondness for rain and storms). I seem to have longed for colour and the arrival of the new season already for the past month or so, which is probably why my inner knitting compass, usually steering me towards all those lovely shades of greys and blacks, suggested a bit of a change.

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Pattern: Striped Mittens according to Badegakk by Lena Gjerald
Yarn: The Uncommon Thread Though Sock [colour: Capsicum]
Needles: 2.5mm
[More project details on Ravelry]

I think I bought this lovely yarn about two years ago, also in spring, and finally, the right moment has arrived to play with it. This was the first time I experimented with a fold-over cuff , and I really like the neatness and clear lines of this approach. These will be made again – next time with stripes, as the pattern suggests!

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