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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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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!] …