When I finally finished Roo, I realized I had the freedom to start whatever project I pleased. I grabbed some Patons sock yarn, the self-striping Raggs, and started a pair of socks for me! I figured that they could be "labour socks", that is, socks to be worked on during labour or worn during labour.
Truthfully, I thought that I would still be working on the first one when I went into the hospital. The sheer joy, however, of mindless knitting was like a balm to my little knitting soul and it was barely a week before I had finished the first one. I quickly cast on the second and am already past the heel!
Pattern: Toe up using, 64 stitches, 2.25mm needles
Now, as I mentioned before, labour socks kind of imply that there is a baby on the way. Baby boy #2, will soon be making an appearance. I started maternity leave on March 22nd and am due a week from now. Needless to say, I've got some time on my hands. Not as much as I had hoped, but at times more than I know what to do with. And with this being a spring baby, instead of a summer baby like the mogrunt, this wee man is going to need some warm sweaters!
So I cast on for the Puerperium Cardigan with some stashed yarn which is of unknown origin. I know where it came from, it's just that there was no brand on the label, just a stylized crane. I'm pretty sure it's a merino or merino blend and I've used it for a few projects over the years. In fact, the mogrunt wears a hat and cowl made out of this very yarn.
I found the buttons in my button stash. I remember buying them with my mom for the jumpsuit I was sewing for Home Ec class in 1989. Needless to say, the project didn't get finished, or you would be seeing a photo here of me in my incredibly flattering Esprit jumpsuit and asymmetrical haircut instead of this cute sweater.
Instead, you get this cute guy who couldn't stay out of the photo shoot:
And since baby sweaters can be like the lite snacks of the knitting world, I also knit this in the last week.
It's the baby Pebble vest. A quick little knit. And so much fun that I'm knitting another for a friend who is due in the fall. I'm thinking gray with yellow buttons for her wee babe, though I have enough of the grey yarn to make two vests, so you never know what might happen.