Spindle, our little hero, – let's face it, any four-year old who delights in wearing any knitted product is going to be a hero to the knitter – is given a jumper for his birthday by his Grandma. Grandma is clearly an expert knitter given the other garments coming off her needles and her skill and experience has ensured that the jumper is no ordinary jumper. Oh no: It's the perfect style and size for its wearer and soon becomes Spindle's essential companion providing warmth and comfort both day and night. (Just as it should be for anyone owning only a single item of knitwear.)
Obviously I'm delighted that Oldest Son enjoys the story so much (I'm thinking of writing a similar one where the main character is a hat, say one with red dogs on it, although perhaps in this story the hat is sad because it's never been worn so there'll have to be some big incident where the hat is nearly lost and then, having seen the error of his ways, Oldest Son, whoops, I mean the "little boy" hardly ever takes it off) but I also found it interesting as a knitter. For example, the jumper just has to be felted – and I'm guessing deliberately rather than through an unfortunate washing incident by non-knitting "Mama". For as Spindle starts to out-grow his jumper, slits are cut into neck band to allow it to fit over his head (gasp!) and material is added to the cuffs and bottom of the jumper when it starts to get a little short in the arms and body. There is a third clue as to the texture of the knitted fabric, which is truly lovely, but I don't want to spoil the entire plot-line for you. It was also amusing to see that Grandma is a "parallel knitter" with several projects "resting" on needles around her home.
We shall miss this book when we (eventually) return it (thank goodness for online renewing) but I’m not sure that a copy will make it permanently onto our shelves.