My little Great Beginnings is finished. It is so!!! cute.
Pattern: Great Beginnings by Anne Russell
Yarn: Opal Sock yarn in Tiger Colourway - from stash
and Noro Sock yarn for button band
Needles: 3.5mm circ
Despite knitting my Great Beginnings vest with sock weight yarn instead of the Aran weight suggested by the pattern it was nonetheless still a quick knit. A week or so of knitting while watching the 6 pm news and voila! a great baby vest.
Using stash was the main intention for the project and the reason for choosing sock yarn. I gambled with sizing. Knitting the second largest size with the finer yarn gave me exactly the 3 month size. Not that I would take that as gospel should you choose to do the same but that is what I managed.
Naturally, as often happens with stash, I ran out of yarn. I would rather have run out of yarn far from the finish line than with only a few rows left to do. That way some nice co-ordinating stripes might have been an attractive way to finish off the vest. But as luck would have it, with just the button/hole bands left to knit, I came to the end of the Opal yarn. Fortunately I had some co-ordinating Noro sock yarn in the stash and it looks fine - previously planned even - in the button bands.
Now to find some great buttons - and a baby - for my Great Beginnings