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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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Bunches of Grapes

Pattern: Emerald Fingerless Mittens by Lucy Sweetland

Yarn: Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino in Grape (13) approx. 58 grams

Needles: 3.5 mm/ US 4

I’ve been planning to knit these mitts for a long time they got set back a few times but I finally finished them in June. The bobble pattern was surprisingly easy. I changed the top ribbing to 2×2 as I prefer that. I also used a stretchy bind off which turned out to be a bit too stretchy so they don’t close around my fingers that snugly. They are also a bit too loose around my wrists, if I knit them again I would go for a tighter gauge than recommended to account for this. Overall a good use of leftover yarn, I enjoyed the bobbles and the fact that it was a quick knit.