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WIP Wednesday: Back to Normality

Wow, the first full week back at work has been a bit of a shock to the system! Not just because I've been laid around at my leisure throughout the holidays, but because I've also decided to stop drinking Diet Coke. I've gone from drinking at least a litre a day, which was to help cope with the fatigue brought on by chronic anaemia, to absolutely zilch. Let me tell you, the withdrawal symptoms have been horrendous - a bit like being hungover, but for days instead of hours. Yuck! 

It's unsurprising that my crafting productivity has taken a bit of a hit this week. Instead, I've found myself curled up in bed with my Kindle most nights...

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WIP Wednesday: Getting Festive

I love this time of year: the point where Christmas is everywhere, but still sufficiently far away that things haven't gotten too manic. The parties have just started to happen. Christmas cards are arriving. But Christmas is still over two weeks away, and the holiday wind down hasn't begun. For the most part, almost everyone is still stuck within their daily routine and are going about their ordinary business with the odd festive necessity like Christmas shopping slipped in.

It is certainly the case for me. Each and every day, when I am at work, I take a lunch time walk to grab a hot drink or something to eat. Somedays, I'll haul whatever oversized biographical tome I'm reading to sit and read in the window at Pret a Manger. Other days, I'll bring out my knitting project and tuck myself away in a quiet corner or spend my entire lunch hour walking around and attempt to nourish my body with much needed exercise because mine is a desk job. 

This week, I decided to mix up my lunch time walks by taking my camera out with me. There were three reasons for this: 1) My knitted Christmas present projects are so far behind that I no longer want to knit at lunch time; b) I have been fairly stressed out and can't concentrate on my usual in-depth book selection and; c) I love the sights and sounds of Christmas.

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Socks on Saturday

As we're getting ever closer to Christmas, my project pile is spiralling woefully out of control. This, invariably, seems to happen every single year. As socks tend to be the knitted gift request of choice from my family members and friends, I nearly always have an out of control selection of sock projects on the go. At the moment, I'm working on four pairs alongside my bigger knitting/crochet projects (a Christmas jumper, a cardigan, a sock yarn blanket and two crochet blankets). Progress is a little slower than earlier this year due to job changes, and my decision to switch back to mainly top down sock pattens on DPNs, after a period spent working toe ups using the magic loop method on circular needles. It takes a little while to get back up to speed I think! Admittedly, I have also been focusing more on the Christmas jumper for the last couple of weeks as, unlike last year, I'd actually like to have a homemade one ready before Christmas Day!

But anyway, here are my hugely colourful and 'typically me' socky WIPs.... 

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