We’ve just got back from Canada (which was properly awesome, and more on that later). One highlight was the chance to visit my friend Carrie, who moved to Vancouver with her other half a couple of years ago and, significantly, gave birth to baby girl twins almost three months ago.
I was chatting to another mum-of-twins recently and asked for some tips on what would be a particularly good gift, and after a bit of musing and thinking about the presents which were especial hits for her kids, her advice was effectively “play to your strengths”.
Hmm. So, what is there that I’m good at which would help me to generate a gift for some newborn babies? If only I had some kind of personal skill or passion for something which would help me when it came to creating something special. What to do, what to do…
Very long-term readers will recognise this pattern. It has become my go-to for baby gifts and I still can’t fault it – knitted baby elephants NEVER STOP BEING ADORABLE. I did spend an hour or two searching Ravelry for other knitted toys but I couldn’t find anything I liked half as much, so a pair of Elijahs it had to be. The yarn (RYC Cashsoft DK) is discontinued now but, given that I’m on a yarn-ban anyway I delved into my stash and lo and behold – two ancient skeins of Cashsoft DK were there! Fate.
However: you might note that the little brown Eli has three brown legs with light-green feet and one light-green leg with a brown foot. I knew that one skein of DK isn’t quite enough for a full elephant (this wasn’t my first rodeo) and so fudged it a little by doubling-up some spare Cashsoft 4-ply for his feet. But! I ran out of yarn to do his last leg and I couldn’t work out why. Turns out: at some point during Rowan’s murky Cashsoft past, they changed the yardage (the bastards). The brown skein must be older, and the label tells me it is 115m as opposed to the 130m for the blue skein. So, needs must, and brown Eli has a ‘feature leg’.
I love this pattern with all my heart, from the tip of its upturned trunk to the bottom of its pinwheel feet. What is not to like?
Hopefully Mssrs Brown and Blue will be beloved by their new owners too. (I recently found out that my goddaughter, the recipient of my very first Elijah almost ten years ago, still has hers and took him along as a mascot for her SATs in May – which basically made my year.)