Snow Dream

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PATTERN: Plain Vest by Anna and Heidi Pickles
SIZE: 12 months
YARN: Cascade Eco Alpaca in Cafe au Lait #1521 held together with Misti Alpaca Handpaint Sock Yarn in color #05

I finished this little vest over the weekend and then whipped out a little dress (like this one but smaller) that looked a snow flurry to go with it. When I uploaded all of the photos from the big black camera (which by some miracle, yes, came home all in one piece) I found this one from Timberline, which was pretty much exactly the scene I'd had in my mind, just from memory, the whole time I was knitting and sewing:


Speaking of photos, how cool was that rainbow picture yesterday? He said he couldn't even see what was on the screen when he took the photo because he was holding the phone down really low. Awesome. (And thank you to those of you who mentioned Audrey, too. I was very touched by that.)


The whole idea of vests is pleasing me very much lately. I was looking at some kids' knitting patterns from the 1950s through the '80s and it was kind of interesting to see how differently the sizing works based on general fashion trends. Sleeves from the '80s were crazy huge — armholes so big, and sleeves so bulky, with so much fullness built in (mimicking shoulderpads or something, I'm guessing). They all looked really uncomfortable. This vest has armholes that look quite small to me — smaller than several of the other sweaters I've made that are supposed to be this size. But I don't know. In general I just make things exactly as the patterns says to, and make the size that corresponds to how much yarn I have. I like the wooden flower buttons for the vest so much. I picked them because they reminded me of all of the carved banisters at Timberline.


That's the back. I wish you could feel how soft this little knit is. It's so cuddly. Alpaca is so, so nice.

Almost forgot — here is my Ravelry page for this :-). I'll definitely be doing more of this one.


If you ever want to make BIG money girl, start a kids clothing line. I LOVE that dress and vest combo, as well as everything else you've done in baby/kids clothes. I wish I could get this kind of stuff for my six and nine year old girls!!

Troy Louise says: January 20, 2011 at 11:41 AM

Love your vest & dress combo! Again, wish I had one in my size. The vest looks so comfy & I agree that the buttons are adorable. Your knitting is so beautiful. Happy Day!

So beautiful.

Some little girl is going to be very lucky to have you as a mama.

I would love to buy a pretty little handmade white sweater for my (NB) little grandson's blessing (christening) day. Do you sell such things. I love and adire your work.

I agree with Melissa, I would love this outfit!Beautiful :o)

this is perfectly sweet. the whole ensemble has a whiff of England about it, which i love.
and that rainbow picture? amazing.

um. i might not be baby size, but i'm a well-adjusted adult with multiple degrees from reputable universities. if you adopt me, you won't have to go through teenage angst! love these clothes! :) the child will be so blessed to have you and andy and these clothes will be a bonus telling her how special she is.

I love that sweater. I wouldn't mind having one for myself.

This post was such a light bulb moment for me! Some yarn that I ordered came to me looking way more yellow than cream, and now I am going to hold sock yarn together with it and make it a color I like!! Thanks ever, ever so much for the idea!!! YOU ROCK!!! (sorry, got really excited over this one)

Beautiful dress and vest~the dress is exactly snow!

such a beautiful outfit for your lucky little girl. i had to do a little bit of a double take when i saw this - i made my daughter, frances mae, the same vest (only i used a honeycomb stitch and added more buttons) and a very similar peasant dress. so beautiful!!!

Alicia -

A beautiful outfit - love the vest, and wish I had an alpaca one too! Of course, I loved the red too!

Ohmygosh, I love that outfit!

I love that all of these outfits have some sort of story attached to them. I'm sure the little girl who wears these one day will love to hear all the memories associated with them. :)

lovely, as usual. makes me wanna sew and knit. and go get some of that alpacaaaa....

Ohhh, polka dots! Love love love. And I'm jealous of your superhero knitting skills :)

Perfectly adorable!

What a beautiful combination, very envious! I really MUST get myself into productive mode but keep getting sidetracked by discovering all you wonderful, creative souls out here in blogland!

That is the most precious ensemble I have ever seen!!!!!!!

Very nice color combination and I love that the thread of that seems to follow all the way through your blog pages. You make it look so good!

So so soooooooo cute! I've just started knitting myself, though I'm nowhere near as good as you!
My attempt at a ballerina top for my little girl is on my blog, but I've just come to the end of my yarn and I'm still missing one and a half sleeves.... whoops.
I love seeing your posts and the pattern links you include. One day I'll make them for my baby girl too :)

Alicia, your collection is growing more beautiful by the week! I would LOVE it if sometime you would post a photo of everything altogether. I bet it's grown into a very satisfying stash by now.

The dress and vest - fantastic. I just love both of them - the colors are wonderful and I can just feel that alpaca now. I was also very relieved to find out your camera arrived in one piece and is back where it belongs to capture your wonderful meals, sewing, knitting and embroidery (did I forget crocheting?) again. I so admire your energy level. Your baby girl is going to be so well dressed. Thank you for sharing - this made my day.

Oh, Alicia....that is so, so lovely. How hard is it to obtain the pattern for that dress, and it is in French, correct? Oh dear...not sure if my newbie status in sewing could handle a French pattern, but that is so delicious, I might take a chance.....I have a three year old little cupcake who would look too cute in that ensemble!!!! The knitting I can definitely handle.

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About Alicia Paulson


My name is Alicia Paulson
and I love to make things. I live with my husband and daughter in Portland, Oregon, and design sewing, embroidery, knitting, and crochet patterns. See more about me at




Since August of 2011 I've been using a Canon EOS 60D with an EF 18-200mm kit lens and an EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro lens.