I'm back. I took a blog vacation to take care of this:
Moving into our new house. Remember back in January when I said I had some exciting news? Jason and I had made an offer on a house here in Hood River. I didn't want to jinx anything by announcing it too early, but our offer was accepted, and we have been painting and moving in the last two weeks. It was really stressful to decide to buy here, because it is really expensive (for a small town - it's pretty much the same price market as Portland). And things get snatched up, especially by outside investors, really quickly, so you have to make huge, life-changing decisions in the matter of a day or less. But - it's done! It's ours! And we have plenty of time to settle in before baby comes.
Speaking of more BIG changes, here's the 6 1/2 month belly shot:
I feel good, but I am tired of people asking when I'm due, and I say June, and they get all bug-eyed and say, WOW, you have a long ways to go, as in: YOU ARE HUGE WOMAN. OK, maybe they aren't exactly meaning that, but when you hear it 5-plus times a day, it starts to get really old.
So even though I've been busy morning and evening with moving, etc, it doesn't mean I haven't been knitting. First FO: the Baby Matinee Jacket.
Now I may have made this seem like it was for my baby, but it wasn't. I just couldn't come right out and say who it was for since she reads this blog! But it is for my great friend Julie, down in Tucson, who is due in May with her first (a little girl - yay for girls!). But it is mailed off south and now I can safely post finished pics and details. It is the Baby Matinee Jacket from the Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino Book 1, knit with 4 skeins DB Baby Cashmerino (go figure!). This was a pleasure to knit - fast and beautiful with all that seed stitch. In fact, it was so quick I would have had it mailed off in plenty of time for her shower except for finding the perfect ribbon! There's slim-pickin's in the ribbon department in this town if you won't shop at the W store, which I won't. But - my mother (the scrapbooker) has an amazing ribbon stash, and when I finally got to her house I grabbed some.
Next FO: the alpaca/cotton sweater jacket for CK.
This was another quick and fun project to knit up. I actually started this as a top-down baby cardigan, but realized about 15 rows in that it was going to be much bigger - more like Campbell size! I also had grabbed some chunky Drops Ice cotton for use in the edging, and nearly ran out (and had no more - of course!). It is knit with 3 skeins of Cascade Hand-dyed Bulky Leisure, which I loved using, and size 10 1/2 needles. This stuff felt so good to knit with that I am thinking of a cardigan for myself in the blue/brown colorway. And luckily for me, it fit her to a T. Here's a shot of her mugging it up for the camera (the weird stuff on her neck is a not-so-temporary-tattoo --she's learned how to put them on herself, yay).
But wait! There's more! I also have almost finished the Ribbon Tied Dress from Debbie Bliss Special Knits, this time with 3 skeins of Baby Cashmerino in the melon color. Here's the progress so far - I'll post a finished shot when I edge the armholes and find the perfect ribbon.
And last, but not least, a couple of baby hats. First, a strawberry hat for my wee one-to-be,
and a Whales & Sails (this one is sails) hat for some friends who had a baby boy in January (actually have 2 friends who had boys in Jan - they're both getting Sails hats). Both hats were knit out of Berroco Cotton Twist and whipped up in no time on size 6 needles.
So! This is where I stand. I've also started some socks out of more Lavender Sheep hand-dyed sock yarn that I got for Christmas, but I'll post more about all that later. I think I've bombarded y'all enough for one day.