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Me Made May '15: Days 24-31

Today is the first day of June and officially summer (although you wouldn't believe it if you looked outside: it's storming and cold as h*ll) and May - as well as Me Made May - is once again over.

May 24th: Visiting friends and family. This cardigan is probably the oldest me-made knitted piece of clothing that I have and still use. There is no pattern for it, it's something I made up as I knitted (this was my pre-Ravelry time, when I was only starting out and found it hard to find patterns that I wanted to knit, you know, something other than granny-like). I still hold it dear and use it from time to time even though it's knitted with some cheap yarn that is itchy and probably has a high synthetic fiber content because I always feel like I sweat a lot when I use it.

May 25th: At work, again. It was a cold day so I was wearing a chunky cardigan. I don't really fit into my coat anymore (and I refuse to buy a new one for these last two months of the pregnancy - still waiting for the summer weathers!) so chunky knits come in handy when I need to venture outside with my coat open at the front. This cardigan is knitted with this Drops Design pattern (link).

May 26th: I just love my Drachenfels scarf!

May 27th: Day off from work. Relaxing in the bed with the cats. My feet have started to ache and they are often very swollen so I'm trying to grab every opportunity to lie down and lift my feet up for a while. I'm wearing my Striped Crew Socks.

May 28th: My other Drachenfels scarf.

May 29th: I've been using both of my Harper hats a lot! This is the second one I made.

May 30th: Saturday and another lazy day at home. Wearing my Neldoreth socks.

May 31st: The last day of Me Made May. A day of hard wind and occasional rain showers. The cold wind made it necessary to wear a hat when venturing outside. I still managed to get some exercise and a brisk walk outside. This is my other Harper hat. The crocheted brown cardigan is from Manos del Uruguay.

P.S. Sorry about the lazy updating of the blog. I've been a bit tired for the past week or so, and it feels like work is taking up all my energy. I haven't had the strength to do anything much after work, just rest on the sofa and watch TV mindlessly. I've also started to have some trouble with my back and my feet ache almost constantly. The pregnancy is starting to take it's toll. I still have two more weeks before I start first my summer holiday followed by my maternity leave.


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