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Apr 27, 2010

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If Elaine, a.k.a. GrannysKnits, could, she would knit 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Her day job at estelleinc.com with Cindy (a.k.a. CiCiBianca) and after-hours Etsy shop both fall in line with her creative career. But her world was rocked when this grandmother became a mother again. Read about how this inspiring member of our community knits together her gifts as a caretaker and her passion for fiber arts.

According to some friends, I’ve been knitting since before I was born. Actually, when I was in first grade, I received five dollars as a birthday present. I went to the five-and-dime with some cousins, and I bought some of Aunt Lydia’s rug yarn, large knitting needles, and a Learn How to Knit book. Little did I know this would lead to a lifetime passion! I made slippers, afghans, and then started designing Barbie doll clothes. When I was in junior high, I wanted a mohair sweater. Since my babysitting money wouldn’t stretch to buy mohair yarn, I bought a brushed yarn that cost a lot less, and I made a couple of sweaters. Those were all the rage then!
 
I went away to college to become a special education teacher. While there, I met and married my then husband, and we had a daughter in 1974. He was in the service, which is how we ended up moving to Maine. Our second daughter was born in 1977. Wow, two sweet little girls to knit for — sweaters, hats, mittens… I loved making baby/toddler/children’s clothes.

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When my daughters were teens, we moved to Arizona. That year, I became a professional knitter, working for a wonderful small business, making women’s knits for boutiques all over the country. The fact that I was always knitting during breaks, and while commuting, prompted the owner to ask if I ever had any “down time.”
 
In 1998, I became a grandmother. My younger daughter had a little boy, Jordan, who became the “love of my life.” He was premature, and VERY tiny. By his first birthday, he was diagnosed with developmental delays. When he was two, my daughter and I started suspecting something more serious. We started researching, and managed to get appointments with a top autism specialist, who diagnosed significant autism.
 
Three weeks later, my entire world was rocked. My daughter had gone to karaoke, and she never came home; she was killed in an accident.

In one moment, I lost my younger daughter and became mom to a two-year-old with autism. My boss at work was amazing, let me work at home, because my boy needed constant care. He started waking up at least five or six times a night, screaming. Cuddling an autistic toddler can be a challenge, but over the next several months, he started accepting the holding and cuddling. 

I was sleeping with “one ear open” because he wasn’t sleeping through the night. Add that to the fact that I was crying myself to sleep every night over the loss of my daughter. Still, I had to get up in the morning and keep putting one foot in front of the other. I turned to knitting in a big way, to relax. Sitting there, watching Jordan, or TV, while knitting relaxed me — I loved making baby things!
 
Four years ago, I became grandma again, when my older daughter had a little boy, Damian. The blanket that I knitted during her pregnancy has always been his favorite. There have been several times when he didn’t want to give up a sweater that I knit when he outgrew it. I love that, because we live so far apart, and he knows Grandma Elaine makes him sweaters, hats, mittens… and his blankie.

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Elaine, her two grandsons Damian and Jordan, and their Grandpa Steve

GrannysKnits grew out of all the baby and toddler items I was knitting. Two years ago, a friend at work told me about Etsy — thanks, Valerie of crochetgal! Since I couldn’t do actual craft shows, this sounded like a great solution. I registered, and started listing items. My photography skills are non-existent, so that’s been a big challenge. I bought a digital camera that had a review from a woman whose seven-year-old grandchild could use it — perfect! Etsy is great; I can buy and sell, from the comfort of our home — no worries about weather, transportation, or bad days that my boy may be having.
 
Since then, I have been busy creating new items and meeting new friends in the Etsy Forums. I’ve joined some Teams, including several dealing with autism and Createability. I want to thank cindylouwho2 for suggesting I write this post for the Etsy Blog. Also, I want to thank several wonderful ladies who have been there for me in bad times, and good, and have unselfishly helped with business and photography questions (which I quite possibly drive them crazy with): Anna at ImogensGarden, Jen at GoldtoneDesigns, Sandra at AmyRoseDesigns, and Jackie at Totzhatz. There are more friends who have helped by photographing their beautiful children wearing GrannysKnits. I love to chat in the Forums, and having friends all over the place!

Granny_and_Gson.jpgI’m currently trying to figure out how to get more hours in a day. There are days that I think I must be knitting 24 hours, and spending 30 hours with my (grand)son. Jordan calls me Mom, has no idea that he had another mommy — he doesn’t understand things that he can’t see or touch. It’s worth every second when he tells me “You’re my favorite mommy in the world!”
 
Our favorite song contains the line “take my hand, take my whole life, too.” I’ve been singing it with him for years. People tell me that he’s so lucky to have me. They’re wrong, it’s the other way around. I’ll keep putting one foot in front of the other each day, and he will, too!

 

 

Thanks to Elaine for sharing her inspiring story! Do you know a mom whose love perseveres through difficult challenges? Tell us about her in the comments below.

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210 comments

  • SeaFindDesigns

    SeaFindDesigns said 7 years ago

    You are truly an amazing woman! Thank you so much for sharing!

  • littlealouette

    littlealouette said 7 years ago

    LOVELY!

  • warmnfuzzies

    warmnfuzzies said 7 years ago

    Wow, you are a special granny! Thanks for sharing your story.

  • dreamyvintage

    dreamyvintage said 7 years ago

    I wish you and your family all the happiness in the world! Hard working and loving people like you deserve nothing less :)

  • WeeBindery

    WeeBindery said 7 years ago

    Wow! You are the definition of an artist! Your work is beautiful!

  • jamieribisi

    jamieribisi said 7 years ago

    We love you, Elaine!!! So proud of how far your shop has come in such a short time!

  • lovelygifts

    lovelygifts said 7 years ago

    What an amazing story through such challenges! You are a very special person.

  • LilaJo

    LilaJo said 7 years ago

    Serious! AMAZING all around!

  • SuppliesbyAyca

    SuppliesbyAyca said 7 years ago

    Great story! Thanks for sharing :)

  • MinceCo

    MinceCo said 7 years ago

    wow! youre going great. Your knits are pretty cool too.

  • CharliesApt

    CharliesApt said 7 years ago

    What a story!!

  • DreaBunny

    DreaBunny said 7 years ago

    Yay Elaine!! We are so glad to know you through the Maine Team! <3

  • halpal28

    halpal28 said 7 years ago

    what a beautiful and inspiring story, granny. keep on knitting!

  • Raceytay

    Raceytay said 7 years ago

    What a wonderful story. I wish I could knit. Amazing work.

  • momochas

    momochas said 7 years ago

    Great story!, wish you all the best, you really deserve it!

  • HighRidgeRockNbeads

    HighRidgeRockNbeads said 7 years ago

    You and Jordan are very lucky to have one another. I admire your strength. I wish you and your family the very best. Your knitting is amazing!!!!!!

  • LulaMatilda

    LulaMatilda said 7 years ago

    Elaine...you are amazing...so very strong! And knitting has been your anchor...I'd agree with the person that said you've been knitting before you were born! :)

  • boutiqueseragun

    boutiqueseragun said 7 years ago

    Great works

  • xtinavox

    xtinavox said 7 years ago

    Thanks so much for sharing---my 12 year old son is autistic. And hurrah plus for grandparents: My son's grandparents---my parents---have been key people in his life. Very warm wishes from Kristina Chew

  • baconsquarefarm

    baconsquarefarm said 7 years ago

    Your knitting is incredible plus I admire you as well. Wonderful story happy you found Etsy and can share your knitting with the world. Wish you continued success in all you do.

  • buttercupbloom

    buttercupbloom said 7 years ago

    Your Storque article just brightened my entire day...thank you for sharing your story with us! xoxo

  • candacejean

    candacejean said 7 years ago

    WOW Elaine, what an incredible story.. thank you so much for sharing it! Best wishes for continued strength and success. :)

  • KimsCraftyApple

    KimsCraftyApple said 7 years ago

    What an amazing story about a an amazingly talented woman. What you have done will change that little boys life forever.

  • OutNumberedNovelties

    OutNumberedNovelties said 7 years ago

    Wonderful story, touches ya right in the heart.

  • CandacesCloset

    CandacesCloset said 7 years ago

    Your story and your work are both incredible. Thanks for sharing.

  • EvenAndy

    EvenAndy said 7 years ago

    Great story:) She is a very talented person:) Much success on Etsy:)

  • berrybluecreations

    berrybluecreations said 7 years ago

    Congratulations Granny, on behalf of myself and the whole Createability team! You Rock!

  • worksofwhimsy

    worksofwhimsy said 7 years ago

    Such a touching story. Thank you for sharing it with us.

  • rozzie

    rozzie said 7 years ago

    very sweet! thanks for sharing!

  • bedbuggs

    bedbuggs said 7 years ago

    Great story, so touching, and so inspiring! Thanks for sharing it with us!

  • artofjane

    artofjane said 7 years ago

    I work with autistic children. Your story and your shop are amazing. Good luck with everything!

  • genisepark

    genisepark said 7 years ago

    What an amazing journey you have walked. Thank-you for sharing such a talented knitter ....

  • laurastark

    laurastark said 7 years ago

    Thanks for sharing such an amazing story!

  • cindylouwho2

    cindylouwho2 said 7 years ago

    Elaine, thanks so much for sharing your life with all of us, & inspiring us. And thank you to Etsy for picking such a great story to run! and YEA! for the Createability Team :)

  • prairieprincess

    prairieprincess said 7 years ago

    Wonderful story! Thank you for sharing it!

  • LoveNYarn

    LoveNYarn said 7 years ago

    I've loved your name, then loved the beautiful things you make, grew to know you a little in the forums. So happy to read your inspiring story and wish you all the very best. How nice to see a great knitter featured!

  • ikabags

    ikabags said 7 years ago

    You are truly an amazing woman! Love you Elaine !!

  • julieboyles

    julieboyles said 7 years ago

    Elaine, Thank you for sharing your story with us. Your strength and courage are an inspiration. What a beautiful family you have. Wishing you all the best!

  • 42things

    42things said 7 years ago

    beautiful article! beautiful work!

  • 42things

    42things said 7 years ago

    and when I said work, I meant the work of love you are doing for your daughter and your grandchildren.

  • julianascreations

    julianascreations said 7 years ago

    Yay, that was such an inspiring article. Nice to know more about you Grannys, and to see pictures. Yay for you, glad for your success! Go createability team!!

  • LittleSnowFox

    LittleSnowFox said 7 years ago

    It's so sweet how much you love your grandson- it really comes through in the article. It's good to see success come to someone who cares so much for their family. :)

  • natalya1905

    natalya1905 said 7 years ago

    Elaine, you're a miracle! Your story is so moving and inspiring. And being an obsessed knitter myself, I know perfectly well what it is not to have any "down time"... :) Thank you so much for sharing. I wish you and your family everything very best!

  • SandysCapeCodOrig

    SandysCapeCodOrig said 7 years ago

    I love your knitted items and admire you for all you do for your grandchildren

  • astarteearthart

    astarteearthart said 7 years ago

    Thank you for sharing your story, you are one STRONG woman & the Goddess of multitasking!

  • BambuEarth

    BambuEarth said 7 years ago

    adorable. thank you for sharing.

  • LaDZeiner

    LaDZeiner said 7 years ago

    I am so glad you are able to represent yourself and your struggle on Etsy but also our group EtsyforAutism! I cried and then thought how wonderful you are and blessed with talent and a great family!! Erenia

  • StymiepieStudios

    StymiepieStudios said 7 years ago

    i'm one of the lucky ones who "knows" elaine and i'm thrilled that now you can know her too! she's kind and caring and very ,very talented!!

  • wiresNpliers

    wiresNpliers said 7 years ago

    Elaine, your story is so inspiring! Thanks so much for being a member of our team, Etsy For Autism. You were also a Shining Star in the Vicki Diane Treasury for Autism Awarenness Month! Thanks, wonderful article!

  • moondogfarm

    moondogfarm said 7 years ago

    awesome post! keep the beautiful knits coming Elaine! My daughter loved her pink grannyknits mittens this winter:)

  • PurpleToedGypsy

    PurpleToedGypsy said 7 years ago

    what a fabulous story! and what wonderful knitting things! pamela

  • LizardSkins

    LizardSkins said 7 years ago

    thanks so much for sharing your story with us. What adorable children, and how lucky you all are to have each other!

  • malam

    malam said 7 years ago

    Thank you for sharing your story! Wishing you all the best, Marie

  • Zadyball

    Zadyball said 7 years ago

    Congrats Elaine! Jordan is one lucky boy to have you in his life! He is such a fantastic boy with such a big heart. I was very impressed with him when I had the privilege of meeting him. My kids LOVE their sweaters and have so much fun being models for you. Keep up the great work!

  • devotchkax

    devotchkax said 7 years ago

    Your strength is infinitely inspiring, thank you for sharing. Love your knits!

  • lizroca

    lizroca said 7 years ago

    Wonderful story and wonderful knitting!

  • thriftstore

    thriftstore said 7 years ago

    o my goodness! love this blog! love grannysknits!

  • thenewblackmarket

    thenewblackmarket said 7 years ago

    still being in highschool, and knitting in class, you get a reputation.... yet i still love to knit!!!

  • OffTheHooks

    OffTheHooks said 7 years ago

    what an amazing story from an amazingly talented woman! congratulations, it was so great to read the story behind your work.

  • MadeByMari

    MadeByMari said 7 years ago

    Always has something darling coming out of her hands no matter what the situation. So strong! A wonderful [grand]mommy.

  • rarebeasts

    rarebeasts said 7 years ago

    It's getting colder down here in Australia we all need to get knitting. Great story, I'm inspired to go out and make something now.

  • Maplecreeksoap

    Maplecreeksoap said 7 years ago

    Great article Elaine.

  • THINGMAJIG

    THINGMAJIG said 7 years ago

    Goodness, reading this makes me wonder how I have such a hard getting through some of my days. My challenges are much less than those Elaine faces. Gee wiz!

  • elemegibere

    elemegibere said 7 years ago

    Congratulations and thank you I wish you continued success

  • thequirkycat

    thequirkycat said 7 years ago

    What a beautiful story. Thank you so much for sharing this with us; you are a true inspiration!

  • ElenaMary

    ElenaMary said 7 years ago

    Elaine ..lovely work you create and a heroic life you lead..all of us who care for people on the autism spectrum are heroes as far as I am concerned!

  • bittersweetdesign

    bittersweetdesign said 7 years ago

    What a wonderful story - thanks for sharing your life with us - God Bless you and your family, Elaine.

  • jdfootloose

    jdfootloose said 7 years ago

    Wow! your story brought tears to my eyes! you are an amazing women, you & Jordan are very lucky to have each other! ♥

  • cabbingrough

    cabbingrough said 7 years ago

    Beautiful story Granny! As a mother of an epileptic, sleeping with one ear open rings true to me. God bless you and your family, your work is absolutely beautiful.

  • crochetgal

    crochetgal said 7 years ago

    Congrats on your success Elaine. Your knits are absolutely beautiful. Photos don't do them justice!

  • polkadotmagpie

    polkadotmagpie said 7 years ago

    Such a bittersweet tale Elaine. I also have an "A" kid who is 23. Your story is very close to home. xo

  • granniegirt

    granniegirt said 7 years ago

    Love your story,,,,,,,,

  • cokiepopaper

    cokiepopaper said 7 years ago

    What an inspiring story. Congrats on your success!

  • thetrendytot

    thetrendytot said 7 years ago

    Granny!!! So excited to see you and your beautiful items in the Storque. You've always been such an inspiration to me and many others of us on team etsybaby! :)

  • ShimmeringSky

    ShimmeringSky said 7 years ago

    Coming from a long line of knitters, I completely 'get' how knitting can be a form of relaxation, and an addiction! You kind of remind me of my Mom - that 'get it done' attitude, or, as you put it, 'one foot in front of the other'. Your (grand)son is a lucky boy to have you, and your knitting is really beautiful (especially the Aran in the main photo!). Happy Mother's Day!

  • anabelfuzz

    anabelfuzz said 7 years ago

    Elaine- I am so proud of you! What a great person you are, and with great talent and a huge heart!

  • DesignsbyELR

    DesignsbyELR said 7 years ago

    Not just an amazing story but also an amazing woman!! Thanks so much for sharing! :-)

  • girltuesdayjewelry

    girltuesdayjewelry said 7 years ago

    Beautiful story!

  • AllAboutMemories

    AllAboutMemories said 7 years ago

    I'm a grandma who is raising a beautiful granddaughter..... Your story is truly special. Thank you for sharing it with us.

  • kadlubik

    kadlubik said 7 years ago

    thank you for sharing Elaine! all the best to you and your family. I hope, some day soon, I will hear " we know what causes autism and how to prevent it"!

  • accentonvintage

    accentonvintage said 7 years ago

    Thanks for your story. It touches our hearts and makes us aware of what families go through. You are amazing and I wish you the best !

  • GoodGriefGlass

    GoodGriefGlass said 7 years ago

    Thank you for sharing your bittersweet story.

  • StylesbyHolly

    StylesbyHolly said 7 years ago

    Elaine, thanks for sharing your story. You seem like a truly wonderful person...and I love your knits!

  • craftpile

    craftpile said 7 years ago

    You are quite the woman, Elaine! Thank you for sharing your story...and I love your sweaters.

  • BallOfYarnToo

    BallOfYarnToo said 7 years ago

    Inspiring! Thank you so much for telling your story! Valerie is amazing, she seems to be in all the right places at the right time!!

  • tiemee

    tiemee said 7 years ago

    Such a heartfelt read, thanks for sharing. I wish there were a few more hours in the day too!

  • ShopRedLeaf

    ShopRedLeaf said 7 years ago

    What an amazing story and your items are beautiful. I loved reading this post, thank you!

  • LoveYourBling

    LoveYourBling said 7 years ago

    Beautiful and inspiring story.

  • cheekynado

    cheekynado said 7 years ago

    Thanks Elaine, I'm so happy to have read your story as it's touched me a lot today and made me realize just how lucky I am. Thank you.

  • bialakura

    bialakura said 7 years ago

    Thank you for sharing your story! so touching. All the best for your (grand)son!

  • KajaDesign

    KajaDesign said 7 years ago

    Beautiful story!

  • ClementinesJewelry

    ClementinesJewelry said 7 years ago

    Great article!

  • lunahoo

    lunahoo said 7 years ago

    A very touching story, Thank you for the article :)

  • LittleWrenPottery

    LittleWrenPottery said 7 years ago

    really inspirational story, thanks for sharing it. I hope you get continued success with your shop!

  • nicolelindner

    nicolelindner said 7 years ago

    Your story touched my heart! thank you for sharing! your knit designs are wonderful!

  • meeabee

    meeabee said 7 years ago

    a truly touching story and a wonderful inspiration. thank you!

  • RosemaryManufacture

    RosemaryManufacture said 7 years ago

    Fantastic article, thank you :) Good luck Elaine!

  • secondhandproduction

    secondhandproduction said 7 years ago

    Such an inspiration! Thank you.

  • kittyd

    kittyd said 7 years ago

    Great story! Yeah Elaine! :)

  • maggiemaevintage

    maggiemaevintage said 7 years ago

    Kudos to an amazing person!

  • moonangelnay

    moonangelnay said 7 years ago

    Wonderful story! Such a lovely heartfelt post too, thanks so much for telling us more about you.

  • kathyjohnson3

    kathyjohnson3 said 7 years ago

    What a touching story! Thank-you for sharing that!

  • YardByYardKnits

    YardByYardKnits said 7 years ago

    Such an inspiring story! Keep up the good work!

  • aldonasuneviciene

    aldonasuneviciene said 7 years ago

    Wonderfull article! Elaine,you do pretty works! Best of luck to you!

  • myBeachWishes

    myBeachWishes said 7 years ago

    Thank you for sharing your wonderful story!

  • dimdi

    dimdi said 7 years ago

    Beautiful story!!!!!!

  • TheCottageCheese

    TheCottageCheese said 7 years ago

    A wonderful post about a wonderful, creative, and inspiring woman!

  • christyscrafts

    christyscrafts said 7 years ago

    It is women like you who make this a better world. Thank you for all you do. Your knits are beautiful.

  • HandmadeHandsome

    HandmadeHandsome said 7 years ago

    What A wonderful story. Thank you for sharing.

  • mazuli83

    mazuli83 said 7 years ago

    Great story! I love knitted clothes :) Thanks for sharing.

  • theweddingcontessa

    theweddingcontessa said 7 years ago

    You are an inspiration! You have great talents and not just your beautiful knitting creativity!

  • lynncyrart

    lynncyrart said 7 years ago

    What an inspiring woman you are!!! We're so lucky to have you here on Etsy and in Maine!!!! XOXOX

  • TheAshGrove

    TheAshGrove said 7 years ago

    Elaine, you are truly an inspiration! I wish you all the best.

  • VirtuoSew

    VirtuoSew said 7 years ago

    Thanks for sharing your story. You are such an inspiration in your personal life and in your knitting!

  • Gamut

    Gamut said 7 years ago

    Blessings on you and yours. Karen at Gamut

  • SoapAfterDark

    SoapAfterDark said 7 years ago

    My heart goes out for you loss...you are made of steel, woman! You are truly...truly amazing!

  • FloweryDeer

    FloweryDeer said 7 years ago

    Great story! Love your sweater! So cute!

  • BlackStar

    BlackStar said 7 years ago

    What a beautiful story! And what gorgeous work!

  • ArtisticIntentions

    ArtisticIntentions said 7 years ago

    You are an amazing person. I admire your strength. All the best to you and your family - and your knitting!

  • GrannysKnits

    GrannysKnits said 7 years ago

    good morning, everyone! We really appreciate all the wonderful comments,and support! As you can see, Jordan is beautiful, both inside and out. (Just check out that smile when he's modelling for me in the first picture) And I'm so lucky to have him in my life!

  • recycledwares

    recycledwares said 7 years ago

    what a touching story - thanks for sharing.

  • partyinnovations

    partyinnovations said 7 years ago

    You are one amazing woman! I appreciate you sharing your story and it is definitely one that I can relate to. My 18 month old son has a rare brain disorder called lissencephaly. We discovered this when he had his first seizure at 2 months old. I was an academic advisor at NAU when this happened and luckily etsy has been a way for me to stay home with my beautiful boy and keep him happy and healthy. I am truly inspired by your story and completely agree that we are the lucky ones!

  • cre82live

    cre82live said 7 years ago

    Wow! What an incredible life you have and thank you a million times over for allowing us in. Your knits are gorgeous and I wish you blessings for your continued success… and for finding those extra hours in the day to keep knitting :-)

  • cuddlebugkids

    cuddlebugkids said 7 years ago

    Yeah Granny! Congrats on the article! Love you're perspective!

  • Mamta

    Mamta said 7 years ago

    Beautiful post.

  • SimpleTastes

    SimpleTastes said 7 years ago

    I loved this! Thanks so much for sharing, it really inspired me today.

  • mfeather1

    mfeather1 said 7 years ago

    How inspiring! I admire your courage and dedication. God bless you all.

  • UniquelyEJewelry

    UniquelyEJewelry said 7 years ago

    What a beautiful story of perseverance and selfless love. Thank you for sharing and giving us a glimpse into such a special part of your life. Erika

  • ainakauai

    ainakauai said 7 years ago

    Wow an amazing story of dedication and so much love! Elaine you are a gem of a person and a wonderful being who is truly gifted!

  • DoBatsEatCats

    DoBatsEatCats said 7 years ago

    Thank you so much for sharing your story with us -- you are an incredibly strong woman!

  • crochetbymsa

    crochetbymsa said 7 years ago

    Elaine thanks so much for sharing, it was nice to learn a little more about your life. You are definitely one amazing lady & a wonderful Grandmother plus a fabulous knitter. I'm proud to be a fellow member of the "Createability Team!"

  • SadieThenTy

    SadieThenTy said 7 years ago

    Oh My, truly inspiring !

  • sarahndipities

    sarahndipities said 7 years ago

    Wow! what a great story, and what a wonderful person you are! Thanks for sharing!

  • aTwinkleStar

    aTwinkleStar said 7 years ago

    Thank you for sharing your story! You are a true inspiration.

  • Elbenta

    Elbenta said 7 years ago

    incredible woman!

  • kako10

    kako10 said 7 years ago

    What an inspirational story. I'm new to Etsy but I can already see that this is more than just buying and selling handmade items. Seems more like a family. People helping people...sharing talents and lives. Very encouraging.

  • intertwingle

    intertwingle said 7 years ago

    To say that you are inspiring is truly an understatement, I have no words, thank you for sharing your story.

  • AnytimeAccessory

    AnytimeAccessory said 7 years ago

    You story is a Love story ~ thank you for sharing!

  • digitaldownload

    digitaldownload said 7 years ago

    thank you elaine for sharing your story & thank you etsy for featuring it on the blog! yay for createability too :)

  • brynnalex

    brynnalex said 7 years ago

    It was so great to see you featured here and read your story - thanks so much for sharing. From another Elaine :)

  • PasqualiRumpus

    PasqualiRumpus said 7 years ago

    Such a beautiful story, an inspiration.

  • PunkyShop

    PunkyShop said 7 years ago

    Touching history, beautiful boy(s) and the best granny I've ever heard. Thanks for sharing.

  • sakizome

    sakizome said 7 years ago

    Elaine, you are amazing. Hugs.

  • EtherealBeginnings

    EtherealBeginnings said 7 years ago

    Elaine; I admire your creative passion and personal strength. A true inspiration to us all! I wish you much success on Etsy and the best for your family ;)

  • kloseknit

    kloseknit said 7 years ago

    Elaine, touching story! You are a wonderful role model! I hope your skills are being passed down. I love your choices in color, very cheery!!!

  • bellavioletta

    bellavioletta said 7 years ago

    elaine -such a wonderful story. your knitting is amazing

  • merigreenleaf

    merigreenleaf said 7 years ago

    This is such a touching story; Elaine, you are such a wonderful person! :)

  • KnitandCrochet2009

    KnitandCrochet2009 said 7 years ago

    Thank you for sharing very touchy story!God bless you!

  • Gwendolynsdesign

    Gwendolynsdesign said 7 years ago

    How inspiring and it is so great to see another "Creatability" Team member mentioned. The team & "Grannysknits" are all inspiring and help keep each other motivated on the tough days! Thanks to all of You!!!!

  • jmkraige

    jmkraige said 7 years ago

    What an incredible bittersweet story Elaine, your're an amazing person and have a beautiful family!

  • lewesiaglass

    lewesiaglass said 7 years ago

    Elaine, Your one wonderful and lady, and a loving Grandma. Hugs

  • beckyrose

    beckyrose said 7 years ago

    Elaine you're amazing :)

  • bittybambu

    bittybambu said 7 years ago

    Very touching and inspiring story Elaine.

  • rockybird7

    rockybird7 said 7 years ago

    what a story, love the sweaters

  • NannasKnitting

    NannasKnitting said 7 years ago

    What a truly uplifting and heart touching story! Elaine your strength shown by getting up each day during your time of grief is a wonderful example for those who like you may be going through a rough time. And to top it off what delightful knits you create!

  • TheHighPlainsKnitter

    TheHighPlainsKnitter said 7 years ago

    What an inspiring story of love, perseverance and triumph over tragedy. It will no doubt help someone to put one foot in front of the other. Your sweaters are so gorgeous!

  • KidsCuteture

    KidsCuteture said 7 years ago

    Thanks for sharing your story, Elaine. As always, I love your knit work!

  • knitmosphere

    knitmosphere said 7 years ago

    What a wonderful, inspiring story. Keep on knitting.

  • GenuineArticle

    GenuineArticle said 7 years ago

    Elaine, my heart goes to you and your grandson for the loss of your daughter. You're a trooper!

  • TheWoodGarden

    TheWoodGarden said 7 years ago

    Your sweaters are beautiful, Elaine. You are a strong woman for not giving up on life when you lost your daughter. Keep on knitting!

  • FrenchKnot2U

    FrenchKnot2U said 7 years ago

    Fantastic responses for Elaine and her gorgeous, killer knit items. Thanks a bunch for the beautiful story and a peek at your talent.

  • FrenchKnot2U

    FrenchKnot2U said 7 years ago

    Let's try this again-sometimes I leave comments and they don't post. The comments are fabulous like Elaine's knitting-I love the stories published because it reminds me of how unique we all are and our art is a reflection of this individualism-it is a rich and rewarding place to share and be heard. Thanks.

  • GenuineKnits

    GenuineKnits said 7 years ago

    Wow! Great interview with fabulous photos! You do amazing work and rightfully deserve attention for your professionally made pieces. Hurrah for Granny!! :) :)

  • flamingolady

    flamingolady said 7 years ago

    Thanks for sharing your storing, it's touching, and you do such lovely knitting works!

  • sosovintage

    sosovintage said 7 years ago

    I REALLY enjoyed learning more about you and Jordan, Elaine. You are definitely lucky to have each other, and Etsy is lucky to have your work :)

  • dorkorama99

    dorkorama99 said 7 years ago

    Wow, a crazy work ethic, and total unselfishness, sounds like a Mainer! Truly beautiful story.

  • ohbabydotcom

    ohbabydotcom said 7 years ago

    Beautiful babies! And lovely items : )

  • GrannysKnits

    GrannysKnits said 7 years ago

    saving all of this, these lovely comments, for the boys! Still trying to find 30 hours in the day ;) thanks to everyone who is visiting and commenting ;)

  • totzhatz

    totzhatz said 7 years ago

    so blessed to know you Elaine! You are a wonderful lady and friend

  • GenuineArticle

    GenuineArticle said 7 years ago

    What an amazing story! Thanks so much for sharing, Elaine. :) Keep up the awesome work!

  • sewinggranny

    sewinggranny said 7 years ago

    Wow, what an inspiring life! Granny you deserve one of the MOther of the Year awards!! Your grandson is so lucky to have you and I agree you are lucky to have him!

  • MountainsideCrochet

    MountainsideCrochet said 7 years ago

    Outstanding - not only your beautiful knitting skills, but your special (Grand)mom skills. Thanks for sharing your special story.

  • BabbidgePatch

    BabbidgePatch said 7 years ago

    Elanie, you Rock ~ you are a wonderful person and wish you continued success in your Etsy and life endeavors!

  • MeadowLakeTreasures

    MeadowLakeTreasures said 7 years ago

    Loved your story. I saw your post on WWWG. My oldest daughter is raising her 2 grand sons. It is hard at times but rewarding. God Bless you and your family.

  • TeasaaL

    TeasaaL said 7 years ago

    I Am inspired by you and your amazing work! Thank you for sharing!! ((Huggs))

  • realfaery

    realfaery said 7 years ago

    Elaine, you are such a wonderful person. So good you are here with us!

  • happygrandma402905

    happygrandma402905 said 7 years ago

    You and Jordan are so lucky to have each other. What a beautiful story you have to tell! My favorite quote fits you to a T: "100 years from now it will not matter what my bank account was, what kind of house I lived in or what type car I drove...but the world may be a better place because I was important in the life of a child."

  • mishap1165

    mishap1165 said 7 years ago

    Wonderful and an inspiration to all. Seeing everything you have been through make us all appreciate what we have.

  • barb70

    barb70 said 7 years ago

    Great Story. You are to be commended for stepping up when needed in your grandchilds life. I love your passion for your craft. I love to crochet this way but can't due to my hands having problems. You are an amazing person

  • whimsicalpaperdot

    whimsicalpaperdot said 7 years ago

    Wonderful story, love your work...!

  • ladyncats

    ladyncats said 7 years ago

    You truly are an amazing woman who not only is creative and a wonderful grannie, but an inspirational example for us all. Go, grannie!

  • VivienPollackDesign

    VivienPollackDesign said 7 years ago

    Thanks for sharing such a inspiring story !

  • IsabellesAttic

    IsabellesAttic said 7 years ago

    thanks for sharing your story with us. You're a wonderful Grandmother with a big heart ♥

  • lavenderdreams4ever

    lavenderdreams4ever said 7 years ago

    You truly are an inspiration to many! Your work is beautiful!

  • VintageEmbellishment

    VintageEmbellishment said 7 years ago

    I am sure you do not think of yourself as inspiring or out of the ordinary...but you are :) Thank you...

  • wildernessties

    wildernessties said 7 years ago

    This is an amazing story - inspirational and very well written. Thank you for taking the time to share it. You also have a great shop and some very well made items.

  • PatternsAndSuch

    PatternsAndSuch said 7 years ago

    Loved reading this Elaine - thank you for sharing with us!

  • ImogensGarden

    ImogensGarden said 7 years ago

    my darling, Elaine, you are such a tremendous inspiration to me....and to so many others. i am thrilled to be able to work with you and to see you get some of the credit you so richly deserve. congratulations, Beautiful!!!

  • TutuCuteandMoore

    TutuCuteandMoore said 7 years ago

    Granny, you life is a perfect example of "when one door shuts, another one opens." Your situation is a perfect example of this and bless you for sharing this with anyone who doubts it. I'm happy to see a face behind such goodness.

  • handjstarcreations

    handjstarcreations said 7 years ago

    such an inspiring and beautiful story!

  • SewLouri

    SewLouri said 7 years ago

    God is working over time for you. Out of great sadness, you were given undeniable and unending love from a special child, You will be rewarded 20 X's over for the Love and Caring you give this child. You are truly Blessed ! Thank You for sharing your remarkable story !!

  • pjhillco

    pjhillco said 7 years ago

    Thanks so much for sharing your story! I have a disabled daughter and stories such as yours give me a much needed boost!

  • LittleTumblebees

    LittleTumblebees said 7 years ago

    I am amazed by your story. How does one person find so much passion and energy when faced with so much heartache? It is the love that keeps us going, and the love that brings everything meaning. Thank you for sharing your story, and allowing us a glimpse into your life. Truly inspirational, keep up the awesome work!

  • EJPcreations

    EJPcreations said 7 years ago

    Such a touching story!

  • benoitdesigns

    benoitdesigns said 7 years ago

    Elaine, you are an amazing person. Thank you for sharing your story.

  • SweetMojoApothecary

    SweetMojoApothecary said 7 years ago

    AWESOME story Elaine! We love Grannysknits!

  • tadpolecreations

    tadpolecreations said 7 years ago

    Elaine, you are an inspiration - your love for your family and perseverance through heartache is an inspiration to us all.

  • michaelthevic

    michaelthevic said 7 years ago

    fantastic, i would love to knit 24/7 too!

  • HandKnitsByMelissa

    HandKnitsByMelissa said 6 years ago

    You are an amazingly strong woman. I probably don't need to tell you this but don't ever give up. No matter how hard it gets at times remember how much that little boy loves you in the end that's all that really matters. I'm glad I read your story it helps me to see other strong woman doing whatever they can to keep their families going.

  • luluknitsnyc

    luluknitsnyc said 6 years ago

    Thank you for sharing your incredible story. I really enjoyed reading this.

  • StymiepieStudios

    StymiepieStudios said 6 years ago

    i've been fortunate to have known elaine these past two years and she is a lovely, generous , and very talented person..and how nice that now, you all can get to know her too.

  • Maxiesknitwear

    Maxiesknitwear said 6 years ago

    Wow! What an amazing story - thanks so much for sharing it with us Elaine :-)

  • SEOWebDesign

    SEOWebDesign said 6 years ago

    An inspiring story of courage, survival and the power of love. Keep on knittin.

  • harvestmoonbyhand

    harvestmoonbyhand said 6 years ago

    Very inspiring story! What a difference you are making, Elaine, in your (grand)son's life and in the world! Your work is amazing...as is the impact you have on others!!

  • BrendasLegacy

    BrendasLegacy said 6 years ago

    This is such an inspiring story! You rock! Thanks for writing such an inspirational post!

  • ufer

    ufer said 6 years ago

    Finally, today I had time to read your story. What an amazing story. I hope you the best and take care of your lovely grandkid of yours:) God bless you

  • pyroskittle1

    pyroskittle1 said 6 years ago

    So inspiring. I wish I had better words to describe :)

  • musicmakingmomma

    musicmakingmomma said 6 years ago

    What a beautiful story of something sad turned into something beautiful. So talented!

  • GypsiesJewels

    GypsiesJewels said 6 years ago

    thank you for sharing your inspiring story.

  • NomadClayworks

    NomadClayworks said 5 years ago

    Your grandsons looks so happy, your story really touched me.

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