Karen recently made an adorable crochet pumpkin hat for Elizabeth. (If you would like to make one, directions are here. )
It even has a perky little stem. A good idea is worth copying, right? Helena decided she would give it a try and made a slightly larger version for Kate, with a matching vest.
When I saw Kate's vest I was reminded of the very first vest that Helena made when she was just a punkin' herself. She crochet a bunch of granny squares and sewed them together. She was 9 years old at the time. Here's a picture that was taken when Grandma Jensen came to visit in January of 1981.Grandma Helen E. Jensen (age 74) is holding two-year-old Betsey. The boy with the big grin is Peter at age 4. Helena, wearing the vest, is in the middle at the back, and 11-year-old Kirsten is next to her.
And just for fun I thought I'd try scanning in Helena's very first crochet project. She was 5 years old when she made this doily. If I remember right it started out to be a pot holder, but morphed into a doily when it became round instead of square. Adding the lacy border just made it more fun. I wonder how much she remembers about doing this…