Reed takes his stuffed lion everywhere. Like, EVERYWHERE, everywhere. Earlier this year, we arrived at our weekend campsite to discover Lion was missing. Reed was so sad. But, we all got to celebrate a few days later when we arrived home and I came upon Lion smack dab in the middle of the green bean patch! Hurray. A quick run through the washing machine, and all was set right in the world.
This is actually Lion Ver. 3, which is why he presently looks extra fluffy and soft. Version 1 was inadvertently left in a hotel room in Hawaii a couple years ago before being replaced with a body double.
Version 2 disappeared in Target last month. Tears were shed by all. Replacement lions are becoming harder to come by on the Internet.
If I were smart, I’d buy a dozen of these little guys. Just in case. If only there were a dozen to be found…
Last weekend, Reed asked me to knit Lion a sweater. (This is after he was browsing the back cover of the WEBS catalog and hit me up to knit one of the little stuffed toy kits they were featuring…Also, am I the only one who receives WEBS catalogs in triplicate?)
How can I say no to knitting Lion a sweater?
And, who doesn’t love a little boy who reads yarn catalogs?
Before I knew it, we were diving through my yarn basket, searching for the right color for Lion. (This was also a good chance for mom to do a little yarn basket organization.) Reed initially opted for a sparkly Caribbean blue, but I persuaded him to go for a scrap of alpaca left over from one of his first hats. We’ll make Lion a sparkly sweater next time, I informed.
He humored me and enthusiastically demanded I cast on immediately. Apparently there was no time to waste.
I hopped right on my assignment as Reed hovered at my feet. This kid just cannot sit still. I was three rows in when I heard the first plea. Mom, are you done with Lion’s sweater yet?
As it turns out, the lack of patience is a genetic trait passed from Mother to Son.
Six rows in: Mom, is Lion’s sweater done now?
No. Not done yet.
Of course I didn’t have enough blue for the sleeves and had to resort to some random bits of brown and green to finish up this tiny sweater. Reed didn’t seem to mind. He grew all the more impatient as I fussed to join the colors.
Fiddling with the first sleeve: Mom, Lion is cold!
I had one sleeve on before Reed snatched Lion and the partially complete sweater and dashed into his room, content with the in-progress wardrobe for his little pet. I hadn’t woven in the ends yet and spent the next several days discovering Lion dangling around the house from his loose ends in various unusual locations. Just hanging out, wrapped around a drawer nob.
I kept asking Reed if I could finish Lion’s sweater. Or at least fix it. The first sleeve holes were too tight and it was difficult to get Lion in and out of his sweater.
I was persistent, but Reed declined. Instead he focused his attention on my yarn basket and selecting wool suitable for Lion’s Second Sweater.
Yes. That’s right. I have been directed to knit EVEN MORE SWEATERS for Lion. Lion, as it seems, is destined for an entire wardrobe more robust than my own. I know this because Reed has provided very clear instructions that I am to provide him with a drawer specifically designated for holding all of Lion’s future sweaters. AN ENTIRE DRAWER. For the Lion and his sweaters.
Will I ever get back to my own knitting again?
I the meantime, I did sneak Lion out of Reed’s clutches the other night, as he slumbered, peacefully dreaming about whatever it is almost four-year-olds dream about (Halloween candy, most likely). I tinked back to enlarge the sleeve holes and decided on brown sleeves for both arms, with a green neckline. With ends woven and satisfied with my motherly pursuits, I tucked Lion and his newly finished sweater back into Reed’s arms.
Then I finally started knitting on my own project. Phew.
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