There are many things that my son inherited from his father - his looks, his good-natured teasing, his inability to lay around in bed after he wakes up first thing in the morning.
But still, he also has a bit of me in there, too. I most noticed it when I showed him the Caherciveen* pattern in Contemporary Irish Knits. I'd thought of him when I saw it, and had picked out a nice, go-with-everything brown tweed yarn to use. But then I remembered how picky he was, and how I didn't want to take the time to knit something that he would have no intention of wearing.
I showed him the pattern and asked if he liked it. He was excited, but insisted that it had to be green, just like the picture. And that's where I saw myself. Whenever I would look at patterns with my Mom, when I wanted her to sew something for me, I would insist that we find the exact fabric that was on picture on the pattern, or some approximation of it. My reasoning was that I wanted the entire design, just like the picture. I've since grown out of that and learned the joys of multiple fabric and yarn choices. But I had to smile a bit to myself as Sebastian and I searched for the right green yarn.
We settled on Knitpicks City Tweed in Basil, but I don't think they carry that color anymore. The yarn is soft blend of merino wool, alpaca and tweed and worked great for this pattern. I followed the pattern, knitting the 6 year old size. It was an easy knit, and I especially liked the i-cord bind-off around all the edges. I think it made the sweater look more finished, you know?
The one thing that I'm not entirely in love with is the hood. It turned out a little pointy.
So we'll see. I try to nudge him to wear it on occasion, without being overly forceful. But the kid has his own mind about clothing choices.
*I looked it up - it's a town in Ireland.