Attention clothing designers! Please won't someone create a postpartum line of clothing?
Can I get a "Hell Ya"?!
With Gus, I was shocked that the belly didn't just go away. I thought with Tuck I wouldn't have the same surprise. Nope. I have a baby shower this weekend & I need to find something that won't make me look four months pregnant. I won't even dream of trying on regular pants yet. That'll send any strong woman right to the bottle. You'd think shirts wouldn't be that bad, but you'd be wrong. Earlier this week, you would have found me in a dressing room throwing shirts over my head, ripping them off, tossing another "good" option on, & almost stomping them to a pulp. It didn't help that the day before a hostess was explaining the drink specials to us, she stopped & said to SK, "I'll look at you since she can't drink." My mom, who was kind enough to watch the boys, asked "Well, did you get a beer? I wouldn't have." You bet my sweet non-pregnant ass I did!
Today would be a good time to show off FOs that don't really need to fit. First up, my Buckeye Blast Coriolis socks. So far, this is my favorite pattern from the book. On Raverly, people complained about the fit. I finished the first one & couldn't understand people's complaints. It fits perfectly! I started the second one & went to try it on after the heel was finished. I was very pregnant when I was tugging & pulling very hard to get this one on. I thought maybe I was retaining water & everything would go back to normal soon after Tuck was born, so I kept knitting. I kept excellent increase notes from the first sock. When I got closer to the ribbing, I realized I was off by 2 stitches. Could 2 stitches make that much of a difference? Must have, but I still love these socks. And I have a lot yarn leftover! I need to start a Leftover Sock Yarn bag. Someday I'll find another good use.
Finally, the beautiful Honeybee stole is done blocking & ready for use. With no proper place for the camera to sit, Gus' easel will have to be a stand-in model. I could have cleaned up, but that's my life. Spiderman stickers & all. I fell in love with this pattern during a late night of Internet surfing. The pattern & charts were well written. I'm looking forward to her upcoming Interweave pattern. The yarn makes me yearn for more orange in my life. When I picked this pattern, I had visions of using this shawl as a chic breast-feeding cover-up. I had the same vision with Lady Eleanor Entrelac Stole when I was pregnant with Gus. I should have remembered that I have no problem nursing in public without a proper cover-up. I nice big receiving blanket will do just fine. Back to the Honeybee. She'll be beautiful when not being used for Tuck's nursing jags.
There's some fall weddings that she'll make an appearance for & I'm going to use it as a scarf until then I promise that I'll wash up & put on some decent clothes. But why dress when I'm not leaving the house or if I'm going to leak all over the place? I'm very proud of the finished result. It's just gorgeous! And I feel great about saying that. There are virtual no fuck-ups in the second half & I doubt that most could find the fuck-ups in the first half.
With this one off the needles, I feel like I'm in need of another large project. I still have the Aran Saddle Shoulder rocking some needles, but perhaps something else will come along & tickle my fancy. I'll just wait for some naughty influence to fly into town... -L