Baby Girl got herself a new wardrobe staple this week. A Pebble vest - a favorite knit of mine - with a pink flair. It's knit with Foxfire Fibre, in (barely) just one skein, leftover from Adelaide's sweater of last year.
Annabel has been wearing Harper's old (original) Pebble, but just recently outgrew it. (He can actually still wear this one, which is so fabulous.) The pattern, using a DK weight, makes for a small vest, so I just upped it all a bit by using this worsted weight yarn, adding ten rows (and one buttonhole) to the body, as well as lengthening the straps just a tiny bit. (Ravelry link here.)
This vest is such a quick and lovely knit, honestly I think it took longer to figure out the buttons than it did to knit the actual vest. My first try - these delicate, sweet purple gems seemed a lovely match. But the second I put it on her, and her fabulously chubby baby belly, they popped right off as you can see. It bothered her none, of course, but back to the button stash I went.
I did manage to scrounge together eight matching vintage buttons for it, and they are sturdy and large enough to handle all that she can dish out in the way of stretching in the belly region. Success.
I love vests for little babes in wintertime. She's on the go, crawling everywhere these days, and goodness it's cold down there on the ground! She is beyond the constraints of rugs and sheepskins now, this little one. So a layer of woolens underneath and as many layers of wool as I can put on top, without bulking her up too much, is wonderful. Vests work well, I think, for keeping that body core warm and snug.
She's got a thing for sticking out her tongue right now. I'm sure it's teething, or something, but goodness, it makes us all giggle, which just makes her giggle, tongue still out all the while. She's a little sweet pea, this one. We love her so.