Most grandmothers indulge their grandchildren by buying them gifts, giving them too many treats and reading them extra bedtime stories when they're babysitting. But not Lile and Sábha's Nanny. Sure, she sneaks them the occasional 'sucky sweet' when we're not looking and she always has lovely gifts for them on special occasions - but my Mother-In-Law mostly indulges my children by knitting for them.
Now, you'd be forgiven for thinking that I mean she knits things for them to wear. And you'd be right, I suppose. She has been knitting things for them to wear since they were so small she had to adapt the newborn patterns to make doll-sized cardigans to fit their tiny bodies. She still knits them the odd jumper, but mostly she knits-to-order the random things my girls request.
Like strange outfits for beloved bumblebees:
She has infinite patience with them.
And they love everything she makes. And her. Of course.
Everything she makes will be treasured forever. They are the most special and unique gifts they'll probably ever get.
I think she has plans to teach them how to knit for themselves too. (Not a bad idea considering how often they request things of her!). That will be the biggest gift of all.