I'm loving how the story of Charlotte, the Italian rag doll, is evolving - in an unpredictable and ever-so-sweet way. In fact, a few days after Rebecca made her beloved doll a sweater, Giulia, a little friend of hers, knitted a scarf to add to Charlotte's winter wardrobe. We were all surprised, and quite moved, by this gesture. Children can be so easily inspired to craft, and they don't need expensive equipment or huge amounts of supplies to get going! An idea, a pair of needles and some scrap yarn was all Giulia needed to engage in crafting.
But this was just the beginning of a new chapter. Now that Charlotte had a sweater and a scarf, she clearly needed a hat, too. So Rebecca went through my leftover yarns, picked a light blue remainder, and made a simple rectangle in garter stitch. Then I taught her how to decrease to make the hat's crown, thread through the left stitches to close the top, and sew the sides together. As a last touch, she made a white pompom. And now Charlotte has a good winter wardrobe, but something tells me that her story is likely to continue, and perhaps inspire other little friends of hers to start crafting miniature clothing from scratch.