Thank you for all the birthday wishes, both here and on Ravelry - the boy and I both had a wonderful and relatively relaxed day, and he took me for a steak supper at the pub; delicious steak, someone else cooking and most importantly, someone else doing the washing up!
If I knew what the collective noun was for birthday cards, we have one of those; a celebration perhaps? H treated me to a bundle of crafty books and a very beautiful bracelet and generally life at 30 seems pretty good to us.
He likes his socks too,
Simple 72 stitch socks from Laughing Yaffle Sock yarn in the Blue Parrot colour. It isn't the softest of yarn bases and compared to some of the buttery smooth fibres I've been making baby clothes out of it felt a little harsh. It's a 75/25 wool/nylon mix and it softened up nicely after a good soak in Eucalan H declares them warm and fluffy which explains why my only picture of them is pre-birthday - they've been on his feet in rare cool moments ever since.
I've been fairly industrious this week and I've knit a whole nother repeat on the baby's blanket (imagine it how it looked in the last picture but a bit longer), and started a little something as a gift.
If this looks fairly familiar, well it should, it's another Baby Origami (also known as Judy's Grandmother's Baby Jacket from Greetings from Knit Cafe) for a friend at work whose first baby (gender also unknown) is due in early August. She goes on maternity leave at the end of the week after next so I thought I'd better get a wriggle on, particularly if I want to make cute little bootee-shoes to match.
The yarn is my new favourite; Sublime Baby Cashmere Merino Silk in SeeSaw (194), a cheery bright turquoise and so so soft and fluffy; I hope she likes it!
For those of you concerned about the pirate rescue, from the detritus on my kitchen work surface it appears that the pirates managed to blow serious holes in the side of the castle and at present the entire back wall has gone, complete with a rescue pirate, both princesses, some of the treasure, and the pirate king. I hope they will all be very happy together - perhaps next year's cake will feature the pirates rehabilitated to life on dry land, having taken jobs as accountants (well they are good at counting) living in a suburban villa and with the hint of a little princess/pirate baby on the way? On second thoughts, I have no idea how to render that all in cake - maybe it needs a little more thought!