I made one a couple of weeks ago for Erin, and here is Fiona's. I did one fewer rows of leaves, and used slightly smaller needles to size it down for Fiona. I used a slightly heavier yarn, because that was what I had on hand. I'm lucky, I guess, since I didn't really know what I was doing and fits her just as nicely as Erin's full-sized one fits her. I think I'm addicted to this pattern. I can do a hat in a day or so and the lace is so gratifying as it magically takes shape.
This is five-year-old Fiona. She's seemed five for so long now, it's nice to have her chronological age catch up. She's such a sweet little girl. Sharp as a tack. Fun to be with, plucky, affectionate, chatty, funny, emotionally resilient and adaptable. What more could a parent ask for? What more could her siblings ask for? They love her and are so kind to her. And she repays their kindness with bubbly joy and adulation.
At her violin lesson today she was finally able to pick up and play the 1/10th-size violin that has been awaiting her for the better part of a year. She's not quite big enough, but she's moving up anyway. She was thrilled -- what a birthday present! My favourite part of her receiving the new violin was seeing her older brother watch her. He stood a metre or so away, watching her intently, excited by her excitement, and exuding pleasure at seeing her happiness.