What can I say? He's one messy boy.
With the fabric bibs and the merit badge bibs and the one non-pink one handed down from the girls, his total number of handmade bibs is now 12. That's just enough to get through a week- if I just take off his clothes instead of using a bib every once in a while and I reuse the ones that don't get too crusty.
Why take the time and effort to make all these bibs instead of buying a whole bunch of cheapo ones from the store? Well, they work better. They're super absorbent. They cover more. The buttons make it easy for me to take on and off but impossible for a baby to pull off- unlike snaps or velcro. They are a quick and easy knit- perfect for working on while watching Pawn Stars obsessively (for example).
And, besides, look at all that bright, cheery cuteness. It makes me happy just to look at them all neatly folded like that. And I could always use a little extra happiness in my day.
These are based on the Baby Bib 'o Love from the book Mason Dixon Knitting. But honestly, I don't really follow the pattern anymore. It's a bib after all. Only a dishcloth is simpler. I cast on 38 stitches with cotton yarn, knit until its longer than I think it needs to be (cotton yarn does shrink, after all) and make some either 9 or 11 stitch straps. A buttonhole and some buttons. Ta Da.