I may not have finished Elma’s birthday cardigan (it is very nearly almost done though), and the quilt I was originally planning to make for her is still sat in its project bag (and may now be intended as an Easter present, perhaps with a small clutch of mini eggs tucked into one corner). But despite a healthy dose of realism that rather drastically shortened the Christmas knitting-and-handmade list, I could never not make a little something for either of my girls.
And so on Christmas Day, Elma unwrapped a little square-ish parcel, heavy and slightly squishy. Her mama-made present for 2013, and something that I already knew she would love: bean bags, a little handful that spell out the letters of her name.
I made a set for Kitty for her second birthday and she’s enjoyed playing with them, chucking them about a bit and trying to slide them as far as we can down the laminate floor in our hall, but its Elma who makes a beeline for them every time she spots the bag that they live in.
Kit and I were playing with them shortly after Elma learned to crawl, and when she watched us trying to throw them into a saucepan from the other side of the room, she scuttled over, and with a look of intense concentration picked a stray one up and put it in the pot. And then took it out again, put it back and turned to us with a look that said “if that’s what you’re trying to do, why are you doing it from over there?”.
Piling up bean bags in a saucepan has turned out to be one of her favourite games, especially if she can find a spoon to stir them with. We shall perhaps gloss over the fact that one of Kitty’s favourite bean bag games is now placing it on her sister’s head and watching it slide off. Fortunately, Elma thinks it’s hilarious.
She was as thrilled with having her own set as I’d hoped, in fact opening them may have been one of the few occasions that she gave a full on smile on Christmas Day, when all the arriving new teeth had made her hot, sad and grumpy.
There are lots of memories sewn into them too; leftover fabric from a dress that I made Kitty this summer, and from a dress I made her very first summer; snippets from a quilt that I made Mum, and some that match the bunting which I made for Elma’s birthday (which also has her name on it), all sewn up together.
I love that I could give her something totally unique, and something that she enjoys playing with so much, and that definitely makes it a perfect Christmas present.