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Another little pixie {handmade for baby}

22/12/2015

With the end of term came our first ever round of teacher presents.  I don’t honestly remember giving my teachers presents at primary school, and only occasionally and towards the top of senior school but I think it’s a sweet idea and a great way to say thank you for Kitty’s lovely first term at school.  And this time at least it was easy to choose what the presents should be.  For her teaching assistant we went down the route of chocolates because frankly you can never have too much chocolate at Christmas, but for her teacher it had to be something handmade.

Space for the Butterflies - Another pixie hat

Or rather not exactly for her teacher.  Kitty’s wonderful, lovely, talented teacher headed off on maternity leave at the end of term and while part of me is a little gutted because Kitty adores her, we’re mostly delighted for her and the excitement that lies ahead, and a little bit impressed that she made it until the end of term given she’s due in the first week of January.  And with a sort of knitterly pavlovian response to the phrases “baby expected” and “present needed”, I pulled out needles and yarn (my favourite baby knit standby Baby Cashmerino), and, by Kitty’s request, the last pattern I knit for her baby brother.

And so as soon as I’d finished Elma’s birthday cardigan and with the help of a few long commutes for work on trains that only seem to run late, I knit and knit and knit some more.  The centre seam was grafted together on my lunch break, the neckband knitted while a clingy Pip snoozed in my lap but finally it was finished and it just needed one final adornment.

Space for the Butterflies - Another pixie hat

The button is the last of a set of china buttons that I bought on a whim at Waddesdon Manor years and years and years ago, definitely pre-Kitty and possibly by quite some way.  They’re the buttons that I’ve looked at for dozens of different projects and always said “no, not yet”, the nearest I’ve ever got to button collecting rather than simply keeping a stash of beautiful buttons on hand.  Two went on a blouse that I made for Kitty and which now sits in Elma’s wardrobe, one went on the cushion I made for Elma earlier in the autumn and now this final special little heart has gone to show just how much Kitty loves her teacher; I would not have parted with it for anyone less deserving.

Space for the Butterflies - Another pixie hat

And so it was wrapped up and taken into school and I watched as Kitty, reaching up on her tippy tip toes almost unnoticed, placed it gently on the top of the pile of parcels in her teacher’s arms before dashing off and in through the door for her last day of term.  And it almost doesn’t matter if she doesn’t like it.  It does a little bit because I like things to be liked when I’ve put all that effort in, but it told me that my daughter gets the value of knitting, that when thinking of something for a special present she wanted to give, she thought of a hat.

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  • Mandycharlie 23/12/2015 at 7:39 am

    Such a lovely gift with I agree the most perfect choice of button. I love baby cashmerino too, not least for the pleasure it gives to the hands whilst working with it, squish, squish, squish!

    • Carie 23/12/2015 at 8:21 pm

      Oh there’s a reason it’s my go to – it washes like iron too!

  • Beca 23/12/2015 at 2:44 pm

    Handmade gifts are always the best ones. That’s a lovely little hat for a new born baby. Who wouldn’t love and appreciate it.
    xx Beca

    • Carie 23/12/2015 at 8:18 pm

      Fingers crossed!

  • Bex @ The Mummy Adventure 23/12/2015 at 11:06 pm

    Dylan’s teacher goes off on maternity leave in February too and I will be interested to see how he gets on with the new one (he loves his TAs and they are staying the same). This bonnet is just beautiful, I want to have a baby now and persuade you to knit him lovely gifts! I hope she loves it and that Kitty continues to thrive at school x

    • Carie 28/12/2015 at 11:11 pm

      I promise if you have another baby I’ll knit you something!!

  • Tracy 29/12/2015 at 5:05 am

    so, so sweet.
    I think, if her teacher is worthy of your Kitty’s adoration, (and she probably is!)she will see the love knitted into it, and not simply, a hat.

    • Carie 30/12/2015 at 12:04 am

      I hope that’s true – thank you 🙂

  • Leah 29/12/2015 at 6:00 pm

    Perfect, such a lovely gift xxx

    • Carie 30/12/2015 at 12:05 am

      thank you 🙂

  • Caryl @cinnamon holiday workshop 30/12/2015 at 1:32 am

    Precious gift……..

    • Carie 30/12/2015 at 3:59 pm

      thank you 🙂

  • Tania 30/12/2015 at 10:37 pm

    What a thoughtful and beautiful gift. Love that hat pattern and the China button is precious. I’m sure it will be cherished.

    • Carie 31/12/2015 at 8:10 am

      I hope so, even if she doesn’t like the hat she’ll appreciate the gesture 🙂

  • sally 05/01/2016 at 12:17 pm

    What a gorgeous hat and button, perfect present. And I hope Kitty’s new teacher is just as wonderful.

    • Carie 05/01/2016 at 8:56 pm

      Kit said she really liked her when she did a try out day so I have my fingers crossed!