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The Tomten and the Fox

The Tomten and the Fox

blakdove made this dear Tomten.  Roan and Willow love the story so much that it has become part of the fabric of our family.  Recalling seeing the Alan Dart pattern years ago on the Knitting Iris blog, I knew it would be perfect for a Tomten.  Tanya knitted him up in a way that only a person who loves to make softies can do.  It's just not in me.  Mittens I will make, but Tomtens need special attention.  He's getting plenty now, snuggled up in bed with Roan, who is especially protective of him.

Willow made a little play of The Tomten and the Fox yesterday, complete with chicken and porridge.  She is into puppet shows and plays lately, having traded in her years and years of costumes for stuffed animal dioramas in multiple acts.  It is interesting to see her play shift in this way, all part of the natural shift from early to middle childhood that leaves me feeling a bit lost these days.  Six to seven, goodness.  It feels like just yesterday that she was three, and I am a person who usually watches time crawl by.

And now, to settle in with my own knitting after weeks off!  Roan has insisted upon his own Tomten hat and I must set to work!


( 1 tree — Plant a Forest )
Apr. 5th, 2015 02:19 am (UTC)
Aw, he looks right at home there!
( 1 tree — Plant a Forest )

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