In just one week, my little mokopuna will be 4 years old and enjoying a birthday party with her preschool friends. It seems so long ago since she was that little baby I used to knit for, all those years ago.
She is not as easy to knit for now. She has her own ideas on what she wants to wear. She has her own ideas of the colours she wants to wear. She has her own ideas on whether she wants to wear long sleeves or short sleeves, no matter the weather.
But then she is four years old. She is learning to be independent. Even if her Mummy and her Nanny would prefer at times for her not to be quite so independent.
The little mokopuna was at Nanny’s house a few weeks ago and I wanted to measure against her a “beautiful” navy cardigan with pink flecks and cables and blackberry stitch. “Come over here Mia, Nanny wants to try this cardigan that she is knitting for you”. Over she comes running with a little smiling expectant face. I pulled out the “beautiful” little navy cardigan with pink flecks and cables and blackberry stitch……and her little face changed instantly. The smile disappeared, the expectant look became confused and she put her little head down with a little frown on her forehead. Oh dear. This is not going to cut it.
So I quickly held it against her and it was perfect. Well, the size was anyway.
As she turned to go back to her toys, she saw a knitting pattern book sitting on the table. “Ohhh”, she said, “can you make dat one for me, Nanny! I want a wainbow one with lellow and lots of pink. And can you make me a wainbow hat too.
Of course bubba, Anything for my little girl.
So the “beautiful” little navy cardigan with pink flecks and cables and blackberry stitch was completed and big pink button were added to make it a bit more appealing to this little 4 year old girl.
But the winner was when I arrived at her house last weekend with her “wainbow” jumper and hat with “lellow’ and lots of pink.
And what became of the “beautiful” navy cardigan with the pink flecks and cable and blackberry stitch and the big pink buttons? Well, it was at pre school last week when I picked her up and she did put it on to go to the shops with Nanny. But I do know it is definitely not her favourite. If I ever get a photo of her wearing it, I will add it to this post.
Pattern Book – Shepherd Moda Issue 2
Pattern –Stripe Tunic and Beanie
Yarn – 4ply
Link to Ravelry project here