The Sandwich Generation Granny Nanny Thrills to See These Sweet Gifts From Grandkids

by Kaye Swain

Book with wise words of encouragement and tips for those dealing with the Sandwich Generation issues of caring for the elderly parents - raising kids - or babysitting grandchildrenMy grandchildren are growing up! They have a tendency to do that, don't they? :) It's fun and I'm thoroughly enjoying it, though there's a teeny part of this Sandwich Generation granny nanny that wouldn't mind keeping them itty bitty babies forever. Then again, if we did that, we'd never get to enjoy receiving such lovely gifts as last year's potholders handmade on their potholder loom by my grandboys

My grandkids used a single crochet stitch to finish off each potholder-carefully removing it from the loom

or one of my granddaughters' lovely crochet scarves she has learned to make.  Doesn't it look adorable on one of my teddy bears? It was her first big project!

The Sandwich Generation granny nanny loves crochet scarves - especially ones that her granddaughter made

Sigh. OK, I guess I DO like them growing up. Just not too fast! :) And look, she's getting better and better. She's already made her own crocheted hat - without any help! Wow! 

My granddaughter did such a great job on this crocheted hat - wonder how she would do with crocheted or knitted neck and face warmers

Can you believe she is mostly self-taught. I am, too, but I was a young adult when I started! Now that I'm an aging baby boomer, I'm so excited she has taken up this activity AND that she is so good on her own and she likes it so much. Each project just gets better and better – like this lovely simple crochet eyeglass holder.

The Sandwich Generation granny nanny is so happy to see her granddaughter is getting better and better at crochet projects like this eyeglass holder

In order to encourage her in this very useful skill, I teamed up with her other grandmas on some great birthday gifts for cute tweens. The long-distance grandmas sent her gift certificates, including one to the local yarn shop, and the nearby grandma will take her shopping there. Such a fun Sandwich Generation family affair. :)  I can't wait to see what pattern she is going to make next and what yarn she will pick out.

In the process of researching for her gifts, I discovered some great resources your own grandkids might enjoy – both crocheting, which is my fave, and knitting, which is another of our Sandwich Generation family fave – from great-grandparents thru to grandkids. Like these great websites:

And these two cute and easy crochet projects books:

Way to Crochet - patterns for our grandkids to make

Cute and easy crochet patterns for kids and grandchildren

How about you? Do you have any great knitting and crochet resources for our grandchildren?  We'd love to hear!  Isn't it fun when they start growing up and we can share common interests together? Sigh. Even if it is also hard for all of us Sandwich Generation grandparents to see them grow up way too fast. :)

Kaye

P.S. Thank you so much for your comments. I enjoy them very much and read each one. I also love the grand ideas so many of you share that help and encourage other readers. Thank you.