KidBrotherSam and I both loved The Very Hungry Caterpillar as kids (and The Very Busy Spider, as well, for the record).
[Fun fact: for YEARS, KidBrotherSam would say "ca-li-pitter". SO CUTE.]
One of my favorite things about being a parent is sharing things that I loved as a kid with Genevieve. Specifically, books. I come from a family of "readers"- we had bought a library of books for Genevieve before we had clothes, diapers, or furniture. Reading is, obviously, a priority for us.
Ever since Genevieve has become independently mobile, we have had a rule: if someone is reading to you, you need to sit on their lap. (Or snuggle up next to them.) This works on a number of levels: we get the (increasingly rare) snuggle time, and she learns to sit and focus on one thing at a time. Also, snuggles.
[We have her give us kisses before reading a story, as a sort of payment. With toddlers, it's important to get payment up front. Toddlers have terrible credit.]
We are mostly moved out of board books, which makes me both sad and glad; sad that she's not a little baby anymore, glad because I don't find myself saying things like "Books are for reading. Let's get you a chewie for your teeth."
(Seriously. Our copy of "But Not the Hippopotamus" is so chewed that THERE IS NO ARMADILLO.)
And I, like one Mouse who is Given a Cookie, can not resist the logical progression of thematic madness. So, here we go:
If you read a DangerMouse "The Very Hungry Caterpillar", you might find Cascade Greenland on sale, in a nice, leafy green.
Once you have nice, leafy green yarn, you will find the pattern for a sweater with a leafy buttonband.
|Cascade, by Raya Budrevich|
Once you knit the sweater with the leafy buttonband, you'll block the sweater.
Once you block the sweater, you'll need matching grosgrain ribbon to back it with.
|From TheRibbonSupply on Etsy|
Once you have applied the grosgrain ribbon, you'll need thematic buttons to match.
Once you apply the Special Buttons, you wait for the weather to accommodate the wearing of a sweater, and then stealthily snap a couple of pictures of a DangerMouse in her Hungry Caterpillar sweater.
And if you knit a Very Hungry Caterpillar sweater...
...You might need to knit an "If You Give a Mouse a Cookie" sweater.