I'm happily taking a bit of a break from the garden today while the rain comes down (saving me from all that time spent watering by hand - hooray for rain!). The cooler temperatures are a bit of a reprieve for us to focus on some inside projects (where did all this laundry come from? And what's that smell in the refrigerator? Hmn....). It's also perfectly timed for Annabel to wear her just-off-the-needles new sweater. An In Threes - such a great pattern I've made many times now. This one in a newish-to-me favorite local yarn, Maine Twist. Alpaca, silk, CVM - so soft, and so sturdy and just wonderful to knit with.
My Annabel is as chatty as I've known any three year old to be. Talking from the moment she wakes up until the moment she falls asleep, often mid-sentence. It's a stream of things that make amazing sense for her age, or make no sense at all, and quite often make us all laugh a whole lot. She loves that place - the center of attention for this, the youngest of five. When I delivered her sweater, hot off the needles, she responded in the sweetest, most innocent and sincere of voices, "Oh! Thanks!" Pause. "I know you think it's beautiful. I just don't think it's so beautiful." Then she promptly walked off, dismissing me and the sweater.
Ha! Well, thankfully she can be as fickle as she can be chatty. And just a few moments later, heading out to the see the ducks, she decided it would be okay to wear the sweater after all. And in the middle of all the storytelling and conversation she had with Ginger, I heard "Ginger, you love my beautiful new sweater, don't you, you cute, cute little duckling?"
I'll take that as a thank you.