So I’ve been busy busy thanks to life as a postgrad. The last week and a half has been tied up with stats for the report due on the 1st which we’re all stressed like crazy about. We have been told that simple, clear and concise is the name of the game so I’m trying to keep from going to crazy. I have to print out my Primer stuff and run a few things through spss and I’ll be done and can begin figuring out what it all means and how I want to present my story.

The aborted boat trip was rescheduled for two weeks ago and we got so far as getting on the boat and filling out the emergency contact forms when we found out that due to the conditions we weren’t going to be able to go out. We did get to do a few grabs off the side of the boat just at the dock so now at least I can say I’ve done them and know how they work. We’re on for this weekend for a different trip and fingers crossed it will go as planned as we seem to be cursed and the weather isn’t looking that great.

I finished the arch socks and sent them off so I hope the recipient likes them, I do very much even though I should have finished them ages ago. The mystery socks are coming along. I’m a clue behind am just finishing up the leg now, I only have one more repeat of the tiny trowels to go before I can start the heel. I also have received a commission from one of my house mates to knit her sister who is doing a year abroad in Minnesota a pair of mittens. We settled on a pattern and I suggested some yarn so we’ll talk colours and price and then I can get on those.

Since I started running again two weeks ago I’ve stuck to it and am progressing nicely. I’ve decided to run week 4 again to fully feel comfortable with 5 minutes. I think I can push myself to do it. I also bought a running vest as I wanted something to cut the wind a bit but not be too heavy. It’s great and I really like it.

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Suse Socks

Pattern: Arch-shaped socks by Jen Showalter

Yarn: Araucania Itata Multi in Green and Gold approx. 61 grams

Needles: 2.5 mm / US 1 1/2

These socks took entirely too long to knit but the finished project is really very nice, though the pictures here really don’t give them justice. Adding it the ribbing on the foot was a bit tricky as the pattern wasn’t written this way bit if you just for it it seems to work out fine. The main reason I picked this pattern is that the recipient, while having a similar foot length as me has slightly narrower feet and I thought that the ribbing would make up for that.

The yarn is very pretty, a wool/bamboo/silk blend. The silk and bamboo give it a beautiful sheen but I found the bamboo makes it a bit crunchy as it knits up and doesn’t move on the needles very well. The final fabric, especially after a wash in Eucalan is very soft and overall I’m very pleased with the outcome.

These socks where #8 in my 10 for 2010 list. I will probably knit another pair at some point for myself, perhaps using some of the mods other people have posted on ravelry.

Long long day today. Five hours in the lab and one hour of lectures. I came home early at 4 cleaned up the kitchen than went for a run.

That went well, I’m glad I went out. Did a week three run from C25K to ease myself in as it’s been a month since I last ran. The weather was perfect not too warm, a bit of late afternoon sun and a little breeze. Went really really well, I even added on about three minutes at the end and ran all the way home.

I’ve spent the intervening five hours finishing my cladogram which we”re all completely and utterly stressed about. I’m finished it and I’m not even thinking about it. I need to get up slightly earlier in the morning to put the recycling out and really just need to go to sleep.

For some reason our internet has not been working all afternoon. I managed to fix it by flicking the switch to the netgear on and off. It now seems that the network has been compromised by some virus so I need to scan it tomorrow. That and calling the university about my fees.

Too much to do, definitely not enough time to do it in.

Some good quality knitting time has been going on the past few days since I started again on Friday. I finished the first clue on the mystery socks on Sunday night. Two at a time definitely becomes easier as you go along, it still takes a little juggling with multiple balls of yarn and cable and so forth but easier than those first awkward rows. I shudder to think about heels though. I also learnt how to do the cables without a cable needle, it helped tremendously and they’re looking good. The yarn is beautiful, really really soft and the colours remind me of fall leaves, a perfect combination for October sock knitting.

The arch socks are coming along nicely as well. I’ve finished the shaping and am now have about an inch before I begin decreasing for the two. I’m very pleased with how they have turned out.

Made dinner tonight. It’s the first time that I’ve made anything more complicated than pasta or a tuna toastie. I made potato cakes with smoked oysters. I had a few potatoes laying around so when I was at the store it dawned on me to make these as I was staring at the smoked oysters. As I didn’t have the recipe with me I made it up using

three large potatoes, half a medium onion, some cheddar cheese, one egg.

Mix everything together and form cakes pressing a smoked oyster into the centre

coat with flour and fry in olive oil

Simply delicious.

Might make me try some other more involved dishes.

I’m skipping along with the arch shaped socks, I managed 30 rows yesterday which I think is almost halfway done with the foot. I think I might be able to manage to finish them by the end of the week. But I said that two times before and woefully and spectacularly didn’t make it in under the deadline. They are being knit for my boss who since she asked me has left the organization so I’m not sure if I’m going to be able to connect with her to get the socks to her. I made one attempt which didn’t work out but I have plan.

I cast on the mystery socks. Oh god two at a time on magic loop! It looks like a tangled mess. I’ve only done the first row so I have faith it will straighten out and not be so tangled. The first row is always a bit wonky to begin with.

On the other hand, masters news. We were supposed to go out on the research vessel today to do some benthic grabs and essentially have geeky science fun. I was quite looking forward to it until I heard that it has been canceled today.  At first I thought it was because of the weather as there are heavy rain/flash flood warnings for the area but the hearsay seems to be that our course director had some words with the captain and the captain wouldn’t sail. Seems really childish and unfortunate for us students as the opportunity to use the vessel for a design of our own is a really big part of the course and now we’ll only get to go out the once in two weeks times. Sucks much.

My first week as a Masters student went very well, with a lot of work but quite a lot of fun along the way. It helps when you’re a complete science geek and the people around you are too.

I even managed to fit in a little bit of exercise. I went swimming last night with one of my housemates. It was good fun and good exercise but hard work, especially as I’m not that used to it. I’ll definitely go again. I hope I’ll be able to fit a run in this weekend.

In knitting news, the arch shaped socks are languishing on my desk, I haven’t done any knitting on those since I was waiting at London Euston two weeks ago. I will get cracking on those. I’ve also decided to knit Kristen Kapur’s mystery sock because it is fun and I have some sock yarn that doesn’t have a specific destination. I’m going to knit those two at a time so that I can stay abreast of the clues.

Now dinner and the pub.

Today is officially my first day as a postgrad.

also I have a cold…

My Ishbel

Pattern: Ishbel by Ysolda Teague

Yarn: J.C. Rennie Supersoft Cashmere in Lisaa (046) approx. 43 grams

Needles: 4 mm / US 6

This pattern has become like the secret handshake of knitters and I was very excited to start knitting it. I bought this yarn over a year ago from Di Gilpin in St Andrews. I thought I would need a second ball so I popped by when I returned at the end of the summer to pick up another however I used less than one ball for this shawlette. The yarn has a lovely heathery look to it and a slight variation in colour. I’m not sure if this is actually yarn from their machine knit line which seems to contain more lanolin then their hand knitting line, though the yarn had a very sheepy feel to it. For some reason knitting with it took me back to my week long holiday in Scotland’s north west Highlands, a land of sheep and hills and fog which I loved beyond measure.

The pattern is very well written as can be expected from Ysolda, the lace repeats where easy to remember and with a concentrated knitting effort this piece could probably be completed in a day or two in a push. Before blocking the finished piece seems a bit small but I’m sure it will grow and the yarn will soften some with blocking.

I’m very excited to be able to wear this, a mark of a knitter these days. This was another 10 in 2010 project. I decided to finish the piece specifically on 11 August in celebration of my two year Ravelry anniversary, almost like a gift to myself. I don’t know if I plan to knit another but it will definitely remain on the books as a last minute gift knit or if I really want another one. I would be interested in doing a small/large hybrid or one in lace in the future.

Flowers of Edinburgh

Pattern: Leyburn Socks by MintyFresh

Yarn: Regia Color 4-ply in Papillion (5025) approx. 74 grams

Needles: 2.75 mm / US 2

I bought the yarn for these socks way back in October of last year, one of the first sock yarns I had bought after completing my first pair. I’m not a huge fan of variegated yarns but an example on Ravelry proved that this would be the perfect yarn for the pattern. I have always eyed this pattern and wanted to knit it, the fact that it is toe up was troubling at first as I’d never done it before. This pattern was a series of firsts for me; first toe up, first short row shaping and first magic loop. All of the firsts are amazing. Being able to try on your socks as you knit them is great; short rows aren’t as hard as they seem at first though I’m still getting to grips with the purl side row (they ended up inside out on my second sock) and magic loop is actually quite simple and there are no dpns to lose or pull out. I’m not sure how you would knit a heel flap on magic loop though so I might stick with my trusty dpns for that.

The pattern itself is written well though can be confusing if you don’t read it carefully. I loved the provisional cast on that is recommended. The lattice pattern is very visually appealing and yet very easy to do, I enjoyed knitting it. The small number of stitches on the foot, at first seemed to be too few but fit my foot wonderfully, I didn’t go all the increases for the leg as it was way too loose so only increased up to 66 stitches for the leg which seems to fit.

Overall I really enjoyed this pattern though it took entirely too long to knit (my fault, not the pattern). I would love to knit again with a more subtly variegated yarn. This was also a 10 in 2010 project so I’m very glad to knock another one off the list.