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Thanks for the birthday wishes!

I had my post-partum check-up yesterday -- everything checks out. What a relief.

We got there a little early. I sat across from a narrow window with a little sunshine. Is it weird that I pulled out a couple of projects to photograph? Is it weird that I brought them with me in case I would find sunlight and a few free minutes?

On the way home Scott pulled over to rescue a baby turtle crossing the road:

We brake for turtles

The Knits

Berry Socks (sock 1) using Artyarns Supermerino, on which I knit a few rows at the hospital post-delivery:

Berry Socks - in progress

I decided on a sewn bind-off for elasticity, but that requires finding instructions, so it's languishing. I should have added an extra couple of stitches to the width; that may also be affecting knit-desirability...

Retro Rib Socks (sock 1) in Koigu:

Retro Rib Socks - in progress

I really like how the yarn color and pattern texture come together on this one. I was stalled for a while because Scott had allergic reactions when I was working with the Koigu (oh the horror). But I snuck in a few rows here and there, especially the last week, and they're done!

This photo is from a while back, but it belongs. Jaywalkers in Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sock in Amethyst Stripe: 

Amethyst Stripe Jaywalkers - in progress

Cool striping.

I tried to knit Jaywalkers in the past with Socks That Rock, but it just didn't work for me. I gave up on the combo but not on the pattern. I'm glad I came back to it.

These were finished pre-labor. I initially thought the fit was a bit tight, but trying them on today for photos, they fit just fine.

Finally, 2/3 an alien head (Alien Scarf from Stitch n Bitch) for Scott:

Alien Scarf - in progress

Makes me think of X-Files. Spooky Mulder. Doo doo doo doo doo doo.

Still big and round here. And still gaining weight!

Ze Clapotis, she ees blocked:

Clapotis - blocking

Isn't the striping cool from afar?

Clapotis - blocking

The Artyarns Supermerino socks are in a baggy waiting for labor. (My sister helped me to realize that planning projects (plural) to take to the hospital really didn't make sense. But we did reason that taking one project was OK. Just in case.)

The Ribby Cardi I resurrected had the back done. In the last week I've added the two fronts and 2/3 of each sleeve to the pile. I'm making adjustments for row gauge, and I'm not sure how my modifications will work out. I may block what I have of the sleeves to see how the to-armpit length looks.

I'm getting really bored knitting it so monogamously, though. I sooooo want to start knitting a summer top! And all the tops I have in mind need this baby to pop so I have an idea of fit.

So I started another pair of socks, Grumperina's Jaywalkers with the Lorna's Laces Amethyst Stripe. And, color me clueless, but it never occurred to me that Amethyst Stripe would, like, totally stripe.

No photos of those projects, so...

The yarn, it is taunting me

Besides what I bought from Knit Happens' crazy sale, I partook in Yarnzilla's sale and got some goodies. Some Rowan Damask for the little wrappy-do in the lastest Rowan magazine:

Rowan Damask

More Calmer, in Garnet, enough for a top for me! Summer Tweed for something for Scott.

Claudia Handpainted sock yarn:

Claudia Handpainted

and a few skeins of Koigu:


Mmmmm, Koigu:


I've not bought so much sock yarn before. Or currently selling yarns for actual projects (never mind Rowan yarns). There are actual current patterns available for these yarns! I'm so used to buying rag-tag and willy-nilly from sales, or getting full bags from discontinued lines; and then casting about for patterns that might work with the yarns. Inevitably, buying yarns without project plans (or ideas, at the very least) leads to yarns sitting around, marinating, waiting for "inspiration" to hit. This is quite a new feeling. It's exciting!

And the sock yarn thing, also new. I've not been much of a sock knitter, especially for fingering weight sock yarns. Finishing the Fleece Artist Summer Anklets did something to me. I always thought knitting socks on #1's or #0's was a bit on the insane side, something that would drive me batty. The Fleece Artist anklets were knit on 2.5mm Addi's. Which, I didn't realize, are effectively #1's. I did it without realizing! So I'm a little less intimidated/daunted now.

(Not to mention, knitting socks SO does not depend on my belly.)

Here's more proof:

Artyarns Ultramerino 4

Artyarns Ultramerino 4 from a sale at Sarah's Yarns (sorry, she's all sold out). I LOVE the colors of the middle skeins. Can't wait.

And I'm officially all budget-monied out. For a while. Quite. A while.