Keep the Rabbit out of this

When Luis was born, Joe’s mum Carol lost her mind in the most charming way, and showed pictures of that kid to every single person who lived on earth.  We called it the Nana-cam, and she whipped out snaps of her darling boy at every possible opportunity. On the bus, in restaurants, in the queue at the bank, attending an exercise class… no person and no situation was a grandson free zone. I remember thinking it was lovely that she was so proud and so delighted, but also heaving a sigh of relief that I would never be swept up like that.  I am not that sort of person, I thought, smiling as she whipped out her phone again.

Yeah. Well… wasn’t I cute, because this morning as I started getting this post together I reflected for a moment that maybe you guys wouldn’t want an Elliot post two in a row. I thought maybe I should write about something else, like maybe cables or how to count rows,  and that maybe I should get a grip on myself when it came to the grandson thing and then honest to goodness I swear to the lot of you, I realized that I could not imagine that even one of you did not want to see pictures of him in his new sweater, and as I thought that – I had another thought simultaneously, and it was “Oh no I am the Nana-cam”.

So I guess I am, and look! Elliot has a new sweater!

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This is Flax Light, knit in the fabulous new sweater striping yarn from Gauge Dye Works. It’s a thing now.  They made some, it sold out, but they’re making more, because it’s pretty much the coolest ever.

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It is definitely cooler than Elliot’s rabbit, which is not living up to expectations. (I am unclear on how the rabbit is disappointing him, but I think we can all agree that his position is clear.)

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I’m loving this little sweater, and Megan and Alex are too – it’s soft, thin, wearable as clothes rather than a layer, and looks great on him.  If I can get that yarn in another colourway, I’ll make him another one. Something’s got to make up for the rabbit.

207 thoughts on “Keep the Rabbit out of this

  1. Not sure about the rabbit, but what if he wears a matching sweater? Carry on with the Nana-cam tradition. It’s more than charming.

    • Totally with you here on the ‘child-free woman’, but yes, these pictures are so charming that I couldn’t stop myself from smiling at each one. Keep ’em coming!

  2. I am pleased that you have succumbed to the allure of showing pictures of your grandson. Now I don’t feel so guilty about doing it myself. Except I have two grandsons, so double the photos …

    • People get me to show my triplet grandchildren now 5. Don’t live close to them, so pics and things knitted for them are shared as often as I can! Elliott pictures are much appreciated

    • Love the Elliot pics. If I were only tech savvy enough, I would include a pic of my newest grand child here. Maybe I’ll learn how someday.
      Maybe the rabbit will grow on him with time. Make the rabbit a very tiny lumberjack hat and a sweater, so he looks like family. And how about a scarf with a squeeker sewn in a pocket on one end. So he does something.
      Gramma Julie in San Diego, where it is cold (50 F) and rainy tonight.

  3. MORE ELLIOT PICS!!! I love his facial expressions, seeing him smile lifts my heart.

    I love the sweater too, going to have to stock up on the yarn for my own little one due the end of the summer!

  4. I think Elliot is telling grandma- “Hello? This rabbit needs some booties!” He’s adorable. I enjoy whatever you choose to write about.

  5. I love Elliot pictures and posts!
    My son wanted nothing to do with his stuffed bunny until he made the connection that it was his “Knuffle Bunny” which are some of his favorite books.
    Maybe read some knuffle bunny if you haven’t already.

  6. My twin grandbabies are 20 months old now. When they were newborn I would walk into the grocery store and wonder…why didn’t any of these people know that I am a Grandma now? I wanted to tell you about this phenomenon when Elliot was born. I will tell you a second discovery. I get to visit the baby that my now adult child was. When my granddaughter behaves just like my daughter did it is like going back in time to those wonderful times!!! Welcome to the best club ever!!!

  7. That sweater is beautiful.
    That boy’s cheeks and smile are amazing.
    That rabbit is underappreciated.

    Are the socks hand knits too? I want to know about the socks .

    • Yes, on the socks – are they by any chance knit with leftover Lumberjack Hat yarn?

      I love the boy, AND the sweater, and the socks.

      I have no grands, so I deserve to see as many pix of Elliot as possible, so there.

  8. Wow, with that title, I thought for sure you were going to tell us that someone is pregnant. (Remember “the rabbit died”?) Thank goodness no rabbits now need to be sacrificed for a pregnancy test.

    I agree with the writer who said the rabbit needs a matching sweater, or at least some booties. It’s cold where you live!

  9. My kids are long grown, and there’s not a grandkid in sight, so I just love the Elliot pictures. He’s growing and changing so fast that if you don’t post pictures often, we won’t recognize him. Thank you and his parents for sharing him. Is your daughter happy or sad to lose her best knitwear model status?

  10. Move over Sam! The Nana-Cam is in operation!

    Love the sweater and hope I have a reason to knit one soon! As a Great Aunt not as a Nana, but very similar!

    Best always to you and your growing family!

  11. Look at his beautiful TEETH! Keep the Elliot knit pics a-coming, no complaints here. Kid knits are so fun. You can put Hank and the other not so wee babes in for variety if you feel you need to camouflage the nana cam a tad.

  12. Okay, two things. First, if Luis’ recent photos are any indication, he must have been a remarkably cute baby, because he’s surely a remarkably cute child. Second, I’m a nana, too, and I have come to realize that when a grandparent shows you a photo of their grandchild, they’re not just showing you a photo, they’re not bragging, they’re sharing with you pure, unadulterated love. That’s all that photo is. Pure love.

  13. Oh my, how I adore that photo of Elliot with the rabbit. His expression is priceless.
    I will read anything you choose to write about. Anything.

  14. I checked in here with no expectation of a new post, just wanting to see Elliot’s Team again (and again) to start my day with joy and a smile. Keep ’em coming, Nana-cam.

  15. Face it, Elliot is a cutie. The perfect model for your knitted garments. We love seeing him. I especially loved the way your family and he connects.

    Never can have too many Elliot pics.

  16. That rabbit is not wearing grey with white and red, not one of his people. Knit that rabbit a red scarf so he joins the group.

  17. I was smiling indulgently until I got to the rabbit, at which point I made the snort that wakes you up when you’re sleeping on your back…glottal snort. Keep it up, Elliot, man. You’ve mastered Cute, and it’s the nuances of that brow that keep me coming back.

  18. We are grandmothers and are proud of our grandsons – even of granddaughters if I had one – and we want to see and show them: in the new knitted sweaters or hats or socks or whatever. This is how we are.
    And it’s ok. As long as they are babies. Don’t embarrass them when they start going to school!

  19. Addendum: I just went back to confirm. Now I’ve moved on to raucous laughter. I know what that face feels like from the inside.