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Pattern: No Frills Sweater by Petite Knit
Yarn: Isager Higland Wool [colour: Denim Blue] and Isager Silk Mohair [colour: 44]
Needles: 3mm and 4mm
[More project details on Ravelry]

Winter is looming, which means that it is time for my annual check-in here, to report that I’ve been able to knit myself a lovely little new sweater in time to protect me against the upcoming November storms. Nothing much to report here: I went for the usual simple shape and stockinette stitch combination, knitted up with a pairing of the most luxurious and soft yarns imaginable. And – no surprise here – it is a winner!

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In other news since I last wrote here in April 2017 (!): 2018 saw me on the move again, this time from Glasgow back to London, for a job offer at my favourite museum. I’m very happy with this decision, although I miss Scotland, its landscape and the friends I made there, and although the PhD project had, once again, to be put on the back burner (don’t ask …). But I will get there, in due course. For now, I am enjoying being back in the Big Smoke, and having this amazing view when writing at my little desk in North London:

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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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