[Edit: As I went to compose a new post, after a year of time away from this space, I found this post hanging out in drafts.  I am back and I will start using this space to document my projects once more.  Consider this a demi-restart with more to come later.]
Just a few more bits and bobs of finished projects that have come through in the past few weeks.  I expect this might be the last post for a little while so I wanted to be completely caught up! 
Here are some blue shoe covers for my dad for Father's Day.  They are designed to cover a gentleman's dress shoes while they are in his suitcase to keep shoe polish from getting all over everything.  The pattern is free through the Lion Brand website.  I did alter it slightly, only knitting for 12 inches, instead of the 14 inches called for by the pattern because my dad isn't a big footed guy.  
I just couldn't resist making one more toy for my baby, this super cute little puzzle giraffe.  It comes apart into three pieces, but is also very sturdy when assembled.  I really love the face, and the yarn was all stuff I already had in my stash, so it was a great free project.  With the circle spots sewn on the outside, and all the nooks and crannies, I think this will make an easy to grab baby toy.  The designer, Dedri Uys, has designed a lot of other puzzle animals as well, and when I get a chance I look forward to making her octopus (free pattern!), and this sweet little fish.
This poor mini Nessie (a mini replica of the Hansi Singh Loch Ness Monster pattern) had been hanging around with one fin for at least a year!  A few nights of eye strain and he's finished and now lurking in our onion bowl in the kitchen.  Much like a larger counterpart that I made a few years ago, his neck has a quizzical turn to it.
And finally, no this isn't for my baby!  Some friends are having a baby in August, and my husband and I just wanted to send them a little sweet something.  I found the pattern for this infant sweater just too cute to resist.  It is designed to keep the baby's back and arms warm while leaving their chest open for skin to skin cuddling.  I used a self striping sock yarn, and was even able to let go of my fastidious tendencies and let the arms not match up perfectly.  Of course I still had plenty of sock yarn left over after making the sweater, so I took an extra day or two and made this little hat to match.  
And with these projects I'll sign off for a little while.  I would imagine I will still steal a little time to knit, but I doubt I will finish any projects :)  I'll try to check in again soon!

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