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AV Knits on the Run

Updated: 2018-03-06T21:42:36.574+00:00




Seneca pullover by Jared Flood is coming on slowly but surely. Love that soft angora Classic Elite Yarns Lush yarn, so fluffy, light, and warm. The sweater is knitter down up, then sleeves are joined in and the whole thing is finished off with lovely cabled yoke. So far I am all done up to that assembly point!



3 years


I've got a discretionary leave to remain and work here! it is not a permanent one but I guess with taking so much time off 9-8 years ago being sick it is fair. My love affair with UK continues but it will not take me another 3 years to settle here. In my heart however I am fully settled and love this country with all its rain, drafts and humidity but also with fantastic science community and opportunities. Being allowed to do what you love the most is what counts in the end ;)




Truly this month is getting worse... Dear mum, I know you are reading it, please get better soon... hopefully you will be able to go home in couple of weeks... what a huge scare those two last day were...

Meanwhile here is a bit of knitting I ve been trying to focus on. I am currently battling with sleeves of Thorington as original pattern is just not working, so I am trying to do them using my favorite set-in-short row model aligning stripes.







Loosing three people you love in as many weeks is incredibly sad... particularly when it is so incredibly random... just still feels surreal... Rest in peace H, N and G, you will not be easily forgotten


"I know somewhere you'll have a beautiful life,
I know you'll be a sun in somebody else's sky"


Old and New


I have finally submitted my thesis (well a month ago now) with the viva set in December I finally have time to look for jobs, knit and simply relax. So nice not to be at work for up to 18hrs a day.

Here are some of my old and new favorites

Hair, face and nail care
Make up: new mascara and prep mascara from MAC in detail



Tall Sundae finished


Yep, finished a week back now but just now finally photographed. Well it is still not washed and framed but that would have to wait. Now I am stitching a new chart: Venice kit from Lanarte. It is beautiful but unfortunately presorted thread is so annoyingly short.


What? A CC?


Yep, I am in the CC mood again, no knitting done around here, instead I've picked up my "Tall Sundae" (last stitched back in June, khe-khe)and it is going pretty fast I should say.


All about shoes


(image) Just wanted to share more picture of my currently favourite shoes to cheer me up on a rainy dark Thursday afternoon in a basement ;) Sometimes work is just not fun.




My final project of 2009 is finally blocked and ready to show. It is yet another shawl, in the colourway I like, triangular, only this time it is a gift.
Fhómhar shawl in colour Pumpkin Spice, more pics on Ravelry


New Year resolutions


This year resolutions are same as last year:
1. keep loosing more weight and get fitter
2. not work too much, try 9-7 with weekends off
3. work to the schedule, not random hours, in the end I get too tired and loose productivity
4. find more motivation to get out and train more often

New ones:
5. run my first half-marathon in March
6. train enough to start marathon distances
7. improve sleeping pattern (probably through more counselling)

I will also try to post much more often and not just on knitting but also on my running training

Happy New Year!!!


Wish you all a great year full of love, laughter and happiness!

PS: It is not snowing now but was last week, I am off to London to see my dad!

Christmas present to myself Part I


new cobweb yarn from Colourmart

Winning another battle


I have been knitting a sweater for my DB for the past two years. The pattern is not that difficult but there are just way too many problems with it. To start I've decided to knit it in the original yarn which have been discontinued for a very long time... Why, because I've done another sweater in it and really like it, so I went ahead and bought enough on the e-bay... Well, I though that it would be enough based on the yardage suggested, little did I know that it was oh so wrong and I would eventually run out of yarn twice!!! Fist time happened last year just when it is been in the making for nearly a whole year, I was lucky and bought 2 more balls on Ravelry (just to be on the safe side).
The sweater was supposed to be a birthday present, so this October I've picked it up... and run out of yarn yet again! Now after over a month of searching I have enough to complete... And what happens.. sleeve caps are completely wrong: they are massive, enormous, gigantic!!!!!!!!!!!! I do not like to assemble sweaters, even less I like to recalculate sleeve caps, this time however, I was forced to do just that... one sleeve is in now, the second is waiting, then the collar... Oh the struggle continues but I will not be defeated by some wool

Merry Chrismas!


I hope you are all having a great festive day with your loved ones...

German Christmas Market 2009


Every year Birmingham hosts the largest German Christmas market outside Germany. There is plenty of traditional food, souvenirs and glintwine! Here in England it's been a cold and snowy weekend, so we had had an amazing Christmas experience despite me being sick... and a national traffic gridlock. Here are some of the pictures I'd like to share[...]

FO: Eskimo hat



Another FO: a very quick knit (one hour of work actually) done from recycled yarn. It is bulky, big and very warm. The hat was done two weeks ago and worn extensively. In fact it got so popular among friends and colleagues I was asked to knit them a copy and since replicated it in 3 other colours! Here is my one with my new birthday coat and shoes...


FO: CheChe


Another finished FO, something I never though I would make and from the yarn I wasn't particularity keen on... In the end I think it was destined to become a CheChe, a lovely shawl I actually do feel like wearing those days ;)


Small things


that make life brighter ;)

There are no new pictures of knitting today, they are all in a complete UFO state and not yet to be seen. Instead are some lovely vintage things I have recently purchased to spice up my wardrobe. The shoes are absolutely stunning and should go very well with some of my vintage bags and hats form the early 50-s, late 40s period. All purchased at etsy And photos are courtesy to sellers


FO: Peacock Tail and Leaf Scarf


Finally a proper FO! A spontaneous project knitted on a whim of inspiration. I love Nancy Bush designes and so her recent book Knitted lace of Estonia isn't an exception. This scarf is my second project from it and I have to say it is most definitely not the last. I fell in love with this scarf from the start but did not have any green coloured yarn in my stash, so one day last month I was looking at one of the blogs I am often reading and there I saw the yarn! It was a beautiful shade of green, beautiful yarn, so I quickly went to etsy shop got the desired skew in colour Marigold. And not only it is simply stunning it is also entirely organic!
So the yarn came in two weeks ago and very quickly I could not knit anything else. I guess there is no need to say I LOVE the end result and have been wearing it daily through last week. More pictures of the scarf are on my Ravelry page

April FO: Roza Socks


This is the last pair of sock I have knitted, they are also the last item I have completed in a long time. Finished in April during my water fasting experiment are Roza Socks by Grumperina from IK Spring 2007.


I have shamefully taken the yarn and colour idea from Navi (I really like your version much more than the original). More info on Ravelry

Cross roads


my work sucks big time right now, there is soooo much politics involved, there is no time or energy left to actually do science. And when you do it gets blown into pieces. Do you guys ever have days when you just do not want to leave the house and would prefer to quietly hide in the distant corner? It has been tough here for the past 2 weeks and I have to push myself every single day. Why or why I take work so closely to my heart... I think I might go for a looong run today just to clear my head

What I really need though is a long weekend away hiking, just like we did this summer


CRUK 10K in Cambridge


I've run my second race today and oh boy was it a difficult one for me! For starters I do not like running on the grass particularly if it rained the night before, I also do not enjoy running on the grass where cows roamed... It is very difficult to believe but here in Cambridge there are cows roaming large public grass land. Since it is "public", animal right activists think they have the right to put their cows there and apparently they do. I've been a vegetarian for the past 9 years now but even I cannot stand them, they block the path and they do their dirty business everywhere... So imagine 2000 people running on that field, I was not impressed. But some of the path was through colleges and fellow gardens and that I have to say was amazing, particularly once the sun came out.By the time I've done 5K I thought I would die and during the last one I was literally counting meters down. I thought that was strange since I always do 10K on my practice runs now and this Tuesday I went all the way to 10miles... so I was pleasantly surprised at the finish line to find out I run my fastest 10K ever with just over 60min (usually I am 10-15min slower!). I have another 10K race coming in just under one month in London, so hopefully I will improve my pace even more...And on the knitting front I am slowly but surely sticking to my sweater, I am now about 25% done (based on the overall number of yarn); I am knitting the main body in the round since I do not like sewing parts together (particularly stripy ones) and it must be about 1/2 of the length...hopefully in 2-3 weeks it will be finished, so I can finish Camden sweater for my DB birthday[...]



It's been a long time since my last post and I was around all this time, just not writing. In the beginning I was too busy with summer and not knitting. Really this non-knitting for about 6 months completely demolished any desire to write.
My last post was on cross-stitch and since then I have not done a singe stitch, I am not allowed to due to recurrence of visual problems. When you spend a lot of time in front of the microscope or even worse a confocal microscope, cross stitch is not the best idea.

Also I discovered the joy of outdoor activities such as hiking, scrambling and running. Running is a separate topic since I am seriously getting hooked on it. I used to be one of those people who hates runners or just not sees the point in that. In fact if anyone had told me I will be running 4 times a week 6 months ago I would have laughed. But ever since loosing weight in the spring my body was aching for exercise, so I started running once or twice a week. I am slow, really slow but it doesn't bother me any more; I do my 10-12K in over an hour with every single other runner overtaking me and I like it. I run for myself for the joy and freedom it brings. And today I did my first fun run of 4.5K. Running a properly organised event is a completely different experience, it has it's ups and downs but it is simply great. I am running a 10K race in Cambridge for Cancer Research UK next Sunday with friends, so hopefully large crowds will not scare me any more.


Oh and now the most important part ;).... I am slowly starting to knit again! That's right I am still a knitter. To get back into it I even bought more yarn and started a new project!


CS project #1: Tall sundae


Here is the first project I picked up 3 weeks ago, it is not going too fast but I am really enjoying the process! It is going to be one of the two sister pictures for my kitchen, something bright and easy to stitch just as I am getting back into shape.
There are 4 pages adn this is about 1 and 1/2 pages done (picture taken on Friday), it is now almost 2 full pages completed.


Life after fasting


I haven't died. I fasted for two more days following the last entry and then started to feel pretty sick and had to slowly start eating.
I am doing fine and put on very little weight in the past 1 1/2 months of eating. The lowest weight went down to 62.8kg and now I am 64.5kg. My life had changed in the process, I fell in love with the food I could not stand before and stopped liking many things I did.

Unfortunately, I have also stopped knitting, the more I fasted the more I wanted to stop. I am into cross stitching now, something I had stopped 5 years ago when I picked up knitting. I did put on weigh around that time, so maybe there is a connection. I like looking at my yarn and do feel guilty about not knitting but really don't want to do it now.

Here is how I look now (with my mum visiting Ely)