Sugar Skulls

With Halloween approaching, which is one of my favorite holidays, I decided to add a holiday themed colorway and some other goodies to our ETSY store. I love Halloween because my neighborhood is a favorite for the nearby trick or treaters. Literally hundreds of children come our way for goodies on October 31st. I sit on my porch steps with family members and giggle and squeal over the cutest little goblins and princesses running (and sometimes tripping) to get their treats. I’ve costumed plays for a living, so its no great surprise that I love seeing all the fun costumes on the eager children. I had fun trick or treating as a child, but I think I enjoy handing out candy even more as an adult.

My intentions were to create a traditional orange and black-based Halloween colorway. But as I was at the fabric store looking at the novelty Halloween fabric to get inspiration, I noticed a sugar skull themed fabric. Sugar skulls are a tradition during the Mexican celebration of Dia de los Muertos or the Day of the Dead. This is a holiday celebrated on November 1st and 2nd to honor the dead. Altars are made for the home and covered with candles, flowers and lots of food. All of this is to please the spirits of family members who have returned home for those two days. Happily contented souls bring protection to families that honor them well. The sugar skull is one of the sweets that you might find on altars. Each skull represents the soul of a deceased person and with the name written on the forehead. Over time images of sugar skulls have become a very popular form of Mexican folk art. I have always loved the Day of the Dead and sugar skull folk art; so many bright festive colors are used.

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So I switched gears and used the sugar skull fabric to inspire a new colorway and create a sock project bag.

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Kitman and I are also introducing a yarn kit, which includes one of our self-striping yarns and a mini skein for contrasting toes and heels. Each self-striping skein has had a semi solid mini colorway dyed to compliment that particular colorway. We are calling these skeins “Lil’ Pardners”.

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Visit our ETSY store for more details on our new additions.

Happy knitting and crocheting,

Diana Story

Tumbleweed Yarn

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