I came to this realisation recently as I flipped through my knitting books in search of a new sweater pattern to knit up for him. None of the little knits who's page corners I had eagerly folded long ago would fit him anymore. I have so many pattern books for babies and tots but only a handful are sized past that knitting critical (it seems) 24 month mark. It's like a big knitting abyss for the 4 year old set and my Jubilee and I are totally stuck in it!
If it weren't for my Lolobean, who is also growing but still small enough to keep the dream of many of these little knits alive, I think I'd be completely heart broken over this. I knit a lot. I mean A LOT! But I still didn't get it all in while I could and I have to say that the reality of it makes me really emotional.
I'm so thankful that my husband and I somehow manage to make it work on one salary and that I get to stay home and enjoy every precious moment of their fleeting childhoods. I'm also glad that I speak and read French and that I live in an area that doesn't lack in stockists for Phildar magazines! It seems they're the only place for delectable knits for kids 4 and up. That's where I found the pattern for this little cabled sweater.
The pattern is 'Pull 004-T8-081' from Phildar Pitchoun magazine No. 004. I knit the 4 year size using 5 balls of stash Valley Yarns Amherst in Regatta Blue. The yarn is a workhorse - nothing fancy but it did the job, doesn't itch and hasn't shown any signs of pilling yet. The pattern, as always with Phildar, was delicious to knit and is very well tailored. I love this about their patterns. They are always fully fashioned and don't cut corners even for baby garments.
There are a few more patterns in this issue that I may have to knit for this kid of mine in between madly rushing to knit the 24-month size of all those patterns I've earmarked before my little Lolo outgrows them too! Though even he is almost at that critical mark. He's 21 months!
Here they are tearing up the lanes at Stephen's company's kid's Christmas party this weekend. It was held at a local bowling centre (as Julian calls it ;0) and was a total blast! Julian's been very eager to try bowling for a long time and so we were all thrilled to finally give it a go and it didn't disappoint!
Santa even showed up with presents which totally freaked Julian out. He thought Santa was just a Christmas decoration for our tree... not a real person. Even the promise of a present was barely enough to get him in the same room with Santa! In the end, he got the mini-golf set he'd asked for and was thrilled to bits. I guess that Santa dude's not so bad after all!