Because you’re three and don’t yet have terribly strong ideas about what you want to wear (unlike everything else in your life, about which you have very fixed views) I think I can get away with knitting matching cardigans for us. Just for fun.
One day, many years from now, I imagine this will be the last thing you’ll accept from me, but right now I’m getting away with it and you did seem so happy when I gave you a new cardigan this morning and we saw that we matched.
“We’re the same!” we declared when I put it on you and we had a big hug. You didn’t know or care that the patterns weren’t the same. You just wondered why you had different buttons to mine.
Then we headed out into the cold autumn wind, both rugged up in our lovely red woollen cardigans and enjoyed a day at the Collector Pumpkin Festival.
You met some kid sized scarecrows and called the little stone church a castle. You made a beeline for the giant pumpkins and posed while the ABC TV crew filmed you. You had no idea.
Best of all you got to fly a kite in that cold, biting wind. It was all you wanted. The long string of kites was tied to the ground and you and all the little kids who joined you thought you were really sending it into the air. It was the closest you were going to get to really flying a kite and you were so, so happy.
Today was great fun. You were fabulous company and as we walked along holding hands and wearing matching cardigans, I felt so very proud to be an aunt who knits for someone so happy and lovely.
You may not always want to wear matching knitwear with me, but I hope I’ll always get to knit for you.
Love Aunty Bells
ps her cardigan is made from the leftover Bendigo Rustic 12ply from my Seamair cardigan. It’s a mini version of the well known Mr Greenjeans cardigan. It’s called Little Miss Greenjeans and I made it in five days. Truly a fast and satisfying project! The sleeves are a little long but that just means it might still fit her next winter!