The Ralston Tartan

Someone on twitter was talking about kilts today and I remembered something this morning that I can only call one of my hmmmm moments.

While researching family and finding our Scottish ancestors, I also started looking up tartan patterns.

One year in the late 1980s Grandma Kradel decided to knit afghans for all the grandkids and she asked us what colors we wanted. She was using a multi-colored yarn for the project and she told us that we could choose three colors. My favorite combination of colors at the time were, and still are, blue, green, and purple. The lighter varieties, although any shade/hue will do.

Grandma K. took a long time in getting my afghan finished. She would mention her progress in letters. I anxiously awaited the finishing of this project because I had never received such a big gift from her. I was delighted when I finally got it – I thought, and still do think, my afghan is beautiful.

So, back to the kilts.

When I was researching the tartan for the Scottish lines in the family, the one I found for the Ralstons was particularly exciting. The Ralston line comes down through great-grandma Jenny McClung Kradel.

The Ralston tartan is a combination of blue, green and purple-ish red – and pretty much the same hue that Grandma Kradel used in my afghan.

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