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ArtLady1981
11-21-2010, 06:50 AM
I happily received the news that our oldest daughter is going to be a grandmother in June!

And what does this mean for me? Yes...let's see......http://bestsmileys.com/thinking/1.gif.......
......if Shannon is a grandmother...doesn't that mean I'll be a Great-Grandmother???

Yes! :happydance:

Another grand-baby to knit for!!! :woohoo:
And snuggle...
And kiss...
And hug...

Anyway, here she is, my first grand-baby...Charysa, due to be a mommy in June!

As a little girl!
http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4064/5194734656_0a01d1eef3.jpg

As High School Graduate!
http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5121/5194734462_41213d3c8a.jpg

As a University Graduate!
http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4085/5194734518_ac0f8440cb.jpg

And with her fiance, Jose! They dated all through college! Now they'll be parents! Another milestone in the walk of life!
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3440/3219573692_0208dd543b.jpg

kittykins
11-21-2010, 08:10 AM
CONGRATULATIONS! :woot: What wonderful news! You will be the youngest looking great-grandmother on this planet, and I'm sure you'll have a completely gorgeous knit wardrobe waiting for the wee miracle when he/she is ready to greet this world. I wish Charysa the very best during her pregnancy.:hug:
Jeanie

Breezed
11-21-2010, 09:16 AM
Congratulations. You have a nice looking family. Cool montage to show us how she's grown. :)

hyperactive
11-22-2010, 06:06 AM
oh, congratulations! That is great news!

I wish your grand daughter all the best for the pregnancy and I am sure you will have a blast, finishing all those little items babies will need and want and be happy in. Nothings brings people to creative projects like a baby!

Sunshine's Mom
11-22-2010, 10:17 AM
That's wonderful news! Congratulations to all of you. You don't look old enough to be a Grandmother much less a Great-Grandmother. Enjoy! Enjoy!!!:cheering:

kmaclean
11-22-2010, 10:32 AM
Congratulations! :woot:

Lighting57
11-22-2010, 01:31 PM
Congratulations on the new baby to knit for.
Your granddaughter is a very pretty young woman. She looks a lot like her grandmother too.

RuthieinMaryland
11-22-2010, 02:04 PM
Congratulations! And best to your grandaughter and her little baking bundle! :o)
:muah: :yay: :woohoo: :thumbsup: :clink:

Daylilydayzed
11-22-2010, 03:43 PM
Congratulations Great Garndmother! I have a picture of my grandmother, my mother , me , my daughter, and my first grndchild. 5 generations of one family.

Shandeh
11-22-2010, 04:09 PM
Yay! How exciting! :cheering:

ArtLady1981
11-22-2010, 05:09 PM
I have a picture of my grandmother, my mother , me , my daughter, and my first grndchild. 5 generations of one family.

That is so wonderful!

If my mother hadn't smoked...she'd be 80 when this baby is born. That would have been 5 generations of women! You're very fortunate to have that!

luvmykid28
11-22-2010, 07:54 PM
That is amazing news. Congratulations to your family and grand daughter. I pray for a healthy pregnancy and baby.

aprilbetty
11-22-2010, 08:09 PM
Congratulations! A great-grandchild! My brother has a 23-year old granddaughter, while I had practically given up on having any grandchildren. Now I have six grandchildren, ages 7 and below! Once my 2 daughters got started, they did not stop! But I will never live long enough to have great-grandchildren.

Your granddaughter must live close by -- wasn't her college the Washington Huskies? You are so fortunate!

MerigoldinWA
11-23-2010, 02:23 AM
Wowie, zowie! :woot: I've been thinking about this possibility (being great grandma) coming up on me soon too. You are ahead of us though. Our oldest grands are 17, but you never know about 17 year olds. :)

Congratulations. Your granddaughter is beautiful. More cute little one to knit for...

margz3
11-23-2010, 10:55 AM
Oh congratulations! :yay: You definitely look much too young for that title though :teehee: Can't wait to see the knitted wardrobe for the little one!!

wellslipmystitches
11-23-2010, 06:02 PM
Much happiness to all of your family, especially to the mommy to be. For people with skills like yours, ArtLady, someone has to come up with better superlatives than grand and great.
Jean

Arielluria
11-23-2010, 06:53 PM
Praise God! Congrats!

Daylilydayzed
11-23-2010, 07:15 PM
Since that photo was taken I have lost both mother and grandmother. Mom went on Dec 31, 2003 and Grandmother went on Aug 9th 2007.

GinnyG
11-24-2010, 08:07 AM
Congratulations, what fun! Happy knitting. We know who will be posting baby things now!!

ArtLady1981
11-26-2010, 09:54 AM
Your granddaughter must live close by -- wasn't her college the Washington Huskies? You are so fortunate!
Yes, she and Jose attended the University of Washington!

Yes, she lives about 10 minutes from her Gram! We've been fortunate...all 5 of our children and all 10 of our grandchildren, live within 15 minutes from us!

ArtLady1981
11-26-2010, 09:59 AM
Since that photo was taken I have lost both mother and grandmother. Mom went on Dec 31, 2003 and Grandmother went on Aug 9th 2007.
So sorry to hear of their passing. But wonderful that you had that brief moment with the five of you gathered for that priceless photo! It's hard to lose the women in our lives. It's been the most difficult thing in my life.

Jan in CA
11-30-2010, 02:55 PM
Congratulations, Dollyce! :hug: That is awesome news! Knitting for little ones is the most fun!

WandaT
12-01-2010, 09:42 AM
How awesome!!! Congrats to the most beautiful great grandma!! They just don't make grandmas like they used to do they? LOL Your grand-daughter is beautiful too ... must run in the family.

MoniDew
12-01-2010, 04:43 PM
wow! major milestone! congrats!!!!!:muah:

ArtLady1981
12-01-2010, 07:55 PM
I'm trying to think long and hard about the YARNS for my great-grandbaby's knits. She (he?) will be born in June...so 0-3 months sizes should be cottons, possibly other coolish yarns like made from corn, hemp, linen, milk. But, the garments should be machine washable for the sake of the new mother, right?

Anyway, acrylic is out. I like natural plant-based yarns for warm weather knits. Anyone have suggestions? What plant-based yarns are soft, cool, and machine washable?

Jan in CA
12-01-2010, 10:54 PM
Like wools washability varies. :think: Have to think on this a bit...

amy
12-03-2010, 07:41 PM
Dollyce, how exciting! A great grandbaby on the way, yippee! :cheering:

Sorry this reply is belated. Sheldon is teasing me that it's so belated you're probably already a great, great grandma by now. :teehee:

I haven't read this whole thread, but chiming in regarding yarn...how about an organic cotton?

ArtLady1981
12-03-2010, 09:42 PM
....but chiming in regarding yarn...how about an organic cotton?

Are organic cottons machine washable? It sounds great!

amy
12-03-2010, 10:09 PM
Check the label to be sure, but I'd say mostly yes on washability. Just be sure to wash and machine dry your swatch , or sleeve, before taking gauge for the sweater body. Cotton has NO bounce-back and can actually grow after laundering because of this.

I stay away from larger garments in cotton, the weight of the garment wants to pull and stretch out the knitting and it doesn't spring back, and it can be a frustrating fiber. But for a baby sweater scale it can be great.

I'm partial to eco-fibers, so that's why I list organic cotton first. I think linen or hemp would probably beat cotton for eco footprint, and also for machine wash durability, but they won't be baby-soft until they've been washed and washed and washed. I've never knit with tencel, but that is the most eco-friendly of the man-made cellulose-based fibers, if you're leaning in that direction. Mercerized cotton is soft, but I believe uses a lot of chemicals to get that way, so I'd avoid that. Bamboo and soy fibers can be quite soft, but again use a lot of chemicals as I understand it. Knitting Green (http://www.knittinghelp.com/shop/products/knitting-green) by Ann Budd is a great book on these topics, for the curious.

amy
12-03-2010, 10:41 PM
Yes, she lives about 10 minutes from her Gram! We've been fortunate...all 5 of our children and all 10 of our grandchildren, live within 15 minutes from us!

Wow, Dollyce, that is really wonderful and incredible. Tell me your secret, how did you get your kids to stay so close?! ETA: I mean, in this day and age, it seems like so many people travel for school or whatever, and settle elsewhere.

ArtLady1981
12-04-2010, 01:11 AM
Wow, Dollyce, that is really wonderful and incredible. Tell me your secret, how did you get your kids to stay so close?! ETA: I mean, in this day and age, it seems like so many people travel for school or whatever, and settle elsewhere.
John and I were raised 1/2 block from each other from K thru 9. Then we moved 15 minutes from the old neighborhood. My brother lives 10 minutes from me. Maybe our kids live close cuz it's what they've grown up with. As a matter of fact, all of our chikdren's spouses also have parents and siblings that live within 10-15 minutes.

Our cup runneth over. I know that military service and out-of-state college years has been a major factor in families coming to be spread out from coast-to-coast, border-to-border. They can remain tightly-knit despite distance, but it makes weekly 'grammy visits' impossible. We've enjoyed having our grandchildren close.

My fondest memories include sitting in the lap of my little great-gramma! A grandmother can still have some fire in her, but great-grammas are all about kisses, hugs, cookies, and 'yes'! Great-grammas have forgotten 'no'! Tee hee!

ArtLady1981
12-04-2010, 01:20 AM
Check the label to be sure, but I'd say mostly yes on washability. Just be sure to wash and machine dry your swatch , or sleeve, before taking gauge for the sweater body. Cotton has NO bounce-back and can actually grow after laundering because of this.

I stay away from larger garments in cotton, the weight of the garment wants to pull and stretch out the knitting and it doesn't spring back, and it can be a frustrating fiber. But for a baby sweater scale it can be great.

I'm partial to eco-fibers, so that's why I list organic cotton first. I think linen or hemp would probably beat cotton for eco footprint, and also for machine wash durability, but they won't be baby-soft until they've been washed and washed and washed. I've never knit with tencel, but that is the most eco-friendly of the man-made cellulose-based fibers, if you're leaning in that direction. Mercerized cotton is soft, but I believe uses a lot of chemicals to get that way, so I'd avoid that. Bamboo and soy fibers can be quite soft, but again use a lot of chemicals as I understand it. Knitting Green (http://www.knittinghelp.com/shop/products/knitting-green) by Ann Budd is a great book on these topics, for the curious.


Thanks for your feedback! I'm sorta outa the loop these days when it comes to the latest info about baby-friendly organics and 'green' yarns! I'm investigating the organics now! Oh, and of particular help: thanks for the info about the behavior of knitted cottons. I'm thinking of a shortie Baby Einstein in an organic cotton. It could be worn to keep the chill away, without being hot. We don't live in a hot n' humid summer season. We get 90's for about 7 days in August...then that's that for summer! Just enough heat to help Home Depot sell out on electric fans!