Grandma

I love being a grandma! Even though I cannot believe I am old enough to be one. Aging is funny the way it creeps up on you. One day your eyesight is a little blurry and you seem to find it harder to get up from a seated position on the floor in a fluid graceful movement. I’m not sure I was ever able to really do that but you know what I mean. Despite the slowing down of my body, I have found the benefits of aging out weight the disadvantages. And at the top of the benefits’ list is being a grandmother! My two beautiful granddaughters, Isabella and Juliana, have been a joy. When my older granddaughter Isabella was born I wondered what kind of grandmother I would be? What was my role? But it all seemed to come so naturally. Everything they do seems so cute and funny to me. For example, lunch time with spaghetti. Juliana seems to get more on herself and the floor then in her tummy. HA!

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I remember the same sort of things being done by my own children– but not being so cute and funny to me at the time.  (Benefit of aging—you seem to have more patience).  And because of my new business and the quest to call myself a knitter, I did a very grandmotherly thing. I knitted for my sweet granddaughters.  Because I have just begun to learn to knit, I missed the opportunity to knit booties and I am not yet skilled enough to knit a full-fledged garment. So I decided to knit them a toy.

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These little monsters are from designer Rebecca Danger.  I read a great article about her in the Spring/Summer issue of Vogue knitting magazine.  My younger granddaughter, Juliana who is 18 months old, was initially startled by her mama and baby monster but after big sister Isabella explained that these were nice monsters like the ones on Monster’s Inc. she now finds her duo cute and cuddly.   Isabella wondered why I gave them moustaches; I had to explain they were teeth.  You see how cute and funny they are?  I love being a grandma.

 My next knitting project will include learning to cable.  I have a scarf in mind and a friend I will be knitting it for.  I hope it turns out well.  My friend dresses very fashionably and I really want him to actually wear the scarf.  As always Kitman and I are working in the studio to create more colors to add to our inventory.  If you would like to see all the colors we have to offer please visit our Etsy store.

Toro

Toro

Indigo

Indigo

Glo Worm

Glo Worm

Outlaw

Outlaw

Campfire

Campfire

Campfire

Campfire

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We Made More!

Kitman and I have rolled up our sleeves, donned our aprons, and have been like little mad scientists mixing our powders together to come up with some beautiful new colors to share with you.  Please visit our Etsy site to find more detailed information about our yarn colors.  I hope you like the colors as much as we liked creating them.

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Cheyenne

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Miss Kitty

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Sonoran Desert

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Dusty Sky

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Prairie Grass

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Prairie Grass

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Señorita

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Señorita

Happy Knitting and Crocheting,

Tumbleweed Yarn

Diana and Kitman

O Canada!

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May’s color inspiration comes from Loresa Jordan of Prince George, British Columbia. Loresa submitted photographs from her wedding anniversary trip to the west coast of Canada. Congratulations to her and her husband who were celebrating 19 years of marital bliss! The happy couple stayed at a small seaside community of Sooke. They explored many miles of seashore and rainforests, took a whale watching tour in a zodiac, enjoyed afternoon tea at the Empress Hotel in Victoria, devoured scrumptious seafood meals, and watched seals playing from their room on Sooke Harbour.

The photo selected was taken in Sooke Potholes Provincial park, named for the series of deep, polished rock pools carved naturally into the bedrock of the Sooke River. Viewing opportunities of this park include coho and salmon spawning, old growth Douglas firs and wildlife including elk and bear. Loresa was happy to report that she and her husband did not experience a surprise encounter with the latter. Green is my favorite color and the variety of greens in these rocks was quite inspirational. I think we captured the beauty of the deep forest green with highlights of the bright chartreuse in our new colorway that we named Moss.

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Loresa began knitting in earnest around the year 2000. She was determined at the time to knit sweaters for her new nephew. Her current passion is knitting lace. My business partner Kitman has designed many beautiful lace projects. If you are not already familiar with her designs check them out at her Ravelry site.

Thank you again Loresa for the inspiration and informing us about the beauty of Sooke Potholes Provincial Park. This July my husband and I will be celebrating our 27th wedding anniversary and we usually take a trip to celebrate. I have never been to Canada so this might be yet another type of inspiration for me.

Happy Knitting and Crocheting,

Tumbleweed Yarn

Diana and Kitman