I’m always happy when knitting pops up in a book I’m reading with the boys; this time, it appeared via a magical grandmother-type in Kiki’s Delivery Service. Don’t look for her in the movie – she’s not there!
At any rate, this grandmother knits bellybands for everyone and everything – her lamps and teapots and other household objects have bellybands, too! She knits healing magic in with every stitch, and keeps people healthy and warm. Her son thinks she’s a bit nutty, but he and the crew on his ship wear the bands to humor her – and, when they take them off due to plot twist, they do get a little ill. It amuses me that granny was right – respect your magical knitting elders! Granny ends up knitting a bellyband for the smokestack on her son’s ship (it sounds like it’s feeling poorly to her) and it’s Kiki’s job to deliver it. In payment, Kiki gets… yup, a bellyband.
|Snower’s owner had very specific ideas about what color his bellyband should be. Luckily, I had the colors in stock.
May all your knitting be magical and healing.
By the way, if you’re looking for a great picture book to read to your kids, try Woolbur. It’s about a sheep who does things his own way instead of following the flock.