My spies have unearthed evidence that there are TWO handknits lurking the halls of Clif’s school:
Clif, with Robin, teacher/knitter extraordinaire
The dragon got an eye and not a bit more. I particularly like the snug fit achieved when this sweater is worn over the school uniform sweatshirt. Very Hans and Franz. (I’m still aching to put sleeves on the thing.)
And the Kiri shawl found its destiny. Robin has no idea how totally loaded up that shawl is with good wishes and happy thoughts. If a shawl could sing [channel Debbie Reynolds here] “Good mornin’, good morrrrrrnin’! It’s great to stay up late!” well, this shawl would be singing that song. I love seeing her wearing that shawl o’ love.
Things I learned about knitting on demand for a six year old:
1. Do not use a yarn that calls for size 4 needles. Use giant yarn, fluffy huge yarn so enormous that one stitch makes the back, and one stitch makes the front.
2. If you are going to put a dragon on the front, make the background one solid uniform unstripey color. Do not fall prey to the idea that it’s cute to have stripes. Stripes are the intarsia craftsperson’s bad dream.
3. Do not let the small fry know you are at work on the sweater until there are two ends to weave in. Just don’t even mention it. Say it’s a placemat or something.