I have a modest collection on knitting books for children, and keep them on a special shelf near my yarn. Every special once in a while, PB asks if we can “read a knitting book,” and we choose one to read together. Recently she requested we read Phoebe’s Sweater, a beautifully illustrated book by Joanna and Eric Johnson.
After the story, there are some beautiful knitting patterns for a girls sweater and a large stuffed mouse doll with a matching sweater and dress. I’ve always wanted to make PB the sweater, but on this day it was the darling mouse that caught her eye.
Mama, will you knit me this mouse please?
Sure, sweetie. What color should it be?
Let’s look in your yarn cabinet, mama.
Be still my heart! We proceeded to look through the stash and discuss color options, and she ended up insisting upon a relatively new-to-me skein of Madelinetosh Vintage in Moccasin. I tried to convince her of other options, but she would not be swayed. And she’s right; this chocolate-brown yarn was the best choice for a little mouse, perfectly matching the weight and yardage requirements.
Phoebe Mouse is a quick, seamless (except for the ears) toy, something I haven’t made before. I’ve finished the body since taking this picture on Monday, and am on to the extremities. The best part is, every couple of days she asks me to sit down and work on her Phoebe Mouse. Gladly my dear, gladly.
What’s on your nightstand and in your project basket this week?
ps. The Johnson’s have since published two more, equally charming children’s books: Freddie’s Blanket and Phoebe’s Birthday. View them here.