When one's brain is full of essay material but it needs more time to percolate and bubble, knitting keeps the fingers busy and allows the mind to process thoughts and structure an argument. It's far more productive than sitting in front of a blank Word document, fighting (and losing) the temptation to flip over to the party side of the computer and catch up on friends' doings on facebook.
Alert readers usually recognise an imminent deadline when they see a complete blog revamp. This time I'm enhancing the gift stash with useful baby items and feeling very smug about it.
Both projects have been ravelled.
I've also been regularly updating my reading log if you're interested. It's over there on the left, under Not Just Cookbooks.