I was reviewing my Christmas presents and am especially pleased with the gifts for my beautiful brace of goddaughters: these for Evie
and these for Cecily.
(They are 3 and 1 respectively, and not very interested in reading blogs, so I think I’m quite safe in publishing these pics. There are other book-and-knitted-thing combos that I can’t risk putting up here…)
As I was looking at them, a memory stirred. I spent much of my teens babysitting Elinor, Adam and Iain, and one year for Christmas I knitted them each a toy and bought a book to go with it. If memory serves, Elinor got Red Riding Hood and her story, Adam a soldier and a book about a tin soldier, and Iain a pig and the story of the three little pigs, but I may have got those wrong.
I think it’s funny that, no matter what else has changed about me in the intervening 25 years, I still have very firm views on what to give a child for Christmas: a knitted thing and a book. I suppose the knit is something I can knit my love into, and reading has brought me happiness throughout my life, so it makes sense for me to want to pass that love on.
What gifts do you love to give?