If you are a woman who's ever been pregnant before, you'll probably disagree with what I have to say next and possibly hate me for it, but: the worst thing about being pregnant is that none of my clothes fit me.
To clarify, I've been unbelievably lucky so far in terms of side effects: no morning sickness for me. In fact, I've been hungry all the time since day one. Oh, and uncomfortably warm too. Thank god it's fall.
So, rather than making a Rhinebeck sweater this year, I went with a Rhinebeck vest. I wanted something that I could wear with a 30-week-pregnant belly, but that I could also wear when I revert to a non-pregnant state. I just hate the idea of buying or making clothes that I can only wear for a few months. (So, mostly, I don't. I have one pair of maternity jeans (pictured below, natch) that I wear everyday, one bra that fits, and six t-shirts from target.)
Oh, right, the vest. I wanted the sporty look of a down-stuffed nylon vest, without the bulkiness (or the zippers that no longer close over my belly. grumble grumble.) So I went with simple cables on the front and the back, and ribbing on the sides; the cable twists are positioned to create some simple diagonal vees. Another advantage of this approach to cabling is that I never had to count rows to figure out when to twist; every RS row, I twisted in the column next to my previous twist.
To make the vest a little more modern, I added a tall, double-thick collar which is a different color on the inside. (DH thinks "handknit sweatervest" is practically the definition of old-person clothing. Then again, he wears socks with sandals.) The yarn is Quince&co Osprey in Peacoat and Bird's Egg. Aren't the colors fabulous? I think of navy blue as an incredibly boring color, but I just love how saturated Peacoat is. Osprey is a delicious aran-weight yarn which comes in fabulous colors and is both made locally (in Maine) and surprisingly affordable. I loved working with it and it knit up super quickly on size ten needles. I'm a little worried about pilling at this gauge, but at this point, there's nothing to do but wait and see!