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:


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.



In the Bleak Midwinter

January 26, 2014

Nothing is better than coming home to a warm, welcoming fire after a cold, stormy and rainy day out …

… and nothing helps beating the January Blues better than a little touch of colour:

Pattern: Hermione’s Everyday Socks by Erica Lueder
Yarn: Hazel Knits Artisan Sock [colour: Poppy]
Needles: 2.25mm
[More project details on Ravelry]

Three weeks into the New Year I can report that I am doing quite alright with balancing my time between work on the PhD [Third year!!! Things are starting to get really serious now…] and other things I enjoy in life. There has been socialising, there has been knitting, and there has even been some time for a little non-PhD-related reading. There is, of course, still plenty of room for further improvement [especially as regards not thinking about the PhD/not feeling guilty for not working on the PhD when doing fun stuff], but hey, also small steps are good steps [especially when taken in such happily coloured socks!] …