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So after having sent the email I thought I can send in the applications now and just do it but now I’ve realized I have to wait for my references to email back saying okay before I can do it so now I’m sat here in this limbo waiting to hear from them and it sucks.

Though going to Robin Hood tomorrow with archery, should be fun.

So I finally sent the emails to my references, something that I should have done three weeks ago but for some reason just couldn’t get myself to do, it wasn’t that hard though it did take about an hour to compose a simple email outlining what masters I’m applying to and how the references need to be done. But I bit the bullet and I did it so now I can sort of relax and not have that hanging over my head, means I need to get the Southampton and Exeter apps in now but whatever should have done it earlier, can’t change past only move forward.

In other realms haven’t been for a run in two weeks, the whole motivation/busyness plus being exhausted all of last week hasn’t helped. Also my earphones went so I have to go buy new ones.

In knitting news, Annika loves her hat (Kumquat Swirls) so that makes me happy. Blocking worked wonders for it, stretched out the brim some so it fits comfortably now and added really lovely drape where it was a bit stiff before. I forgot to take pictures of it before I gave it too here but I’m hoping to meet up with her this week and take some pictures so post up about that soon.

The Swallowtail is also blocked and absolutely beautiful, sometimes I look at it and can’t believe that I made that. Going to go take pictures today. Also the fingerless gloves are coming along nicely, I’ve finished the first one except for the thumb. The patterning, even the bobbles is very easy and I knit the majority last night. I used an elastic bind off because I was worried about the hand part being too tight, unfortunately it’s a bit loose and wonky, I can probably block it into something a bit more neat looking but I’ve learned my lesson, which is what don’t these things does.

Otherwise we had our end of year archery dinner last night which was very nice, the club gave me chocolate 🙂 Bit sad to be leaving and ending things but that’s life I suppose.

Vancouver

Pattern: Olympic Red Mittens by Rachel Bearse

Yarn: Cascade Yarns 220 Wool in Bright Red (8414) approx. 61 grams

Plymouth Yarns Homestead in 100 approx. 6 grams

Needles: 3.5 mm / US 4 and 4 mm / US 6

This is great pattern inspired by the red mittens sold during the Vancouver Olympics. Inspired by the spirit of the Olympics proceeds from the sale of the pattern goes to supporting a local swimming club that caters to children with disabilities and their siblings. This was my final Ravelympics project and knit a bit of it during my last trip to Bangor and while I didn’t quite finish them in the time frame of the Ravelympics I’m quite proud to have something to take away to remember both the Olympics and the Ravelympics by. Overall I’m very pleased, it was my first time doing stranding like this and my first pair of mittens. Overall mittens are easier than socks and I even did the kitchner along the tops with out looking it up (I was at a B&B in Wales) and they turned out amazing. The white of the contrast shows through in some places and the edges are pulled in but overall I’m quite proud. The only thing that upsets me is that I’ll have to wait so long to actually get to wear them.

Woo, I’m back.

It’s been an interesting couple of weeks, a little busy and a lot of burnout.

The most exciting thing though and this blog is mainly my knitting news is that I finished my swallowtail shawl. It took two months and I went through major knitting droughts, the writing my dissertation (which was awesome) and those nupps but I managed to stay on track and now it’s finished. I’m really excited and can’t wait to block it. This also means I get to move on to a new project which is always fun. I’ve eyed Lucy Sweetland’s emerald mittens, especially having knit her Caera cowl for a friend last May. I’m using left over yarn from the lillesoster dress so should have a lovely pair of purple mittens before too long. I’ll put up posts when I have pictures and everything.