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Ramblin' Rose

Whenever The Animator's Wife goes on a trip (which is not nearly as often as she would like), she likes to do a feature on the little yarn shops (that's LYSs to the cool kids) that she encounters on the way. And when she took Little Lovely to visit her gramma in northwest Wisconsin the week after Christmas, she knew just the shop she wanted to visit.

Ramblin' Rose

Ramblin' Rose in Owen, Wisconsin is actually a shop that does sewing and alterations, but it deserves a special mention on Crochet Kitten because it is owned by none other than my Goodest Aunt, that famous aunt who taught The Animator's Wife how to crochet when she was 12.

As such, in addition to offering sewing and alterations, Ramblin' Rose sells handmade goods in the front of the store, include several crocheted items.

Ramblin' Rose

Ramblin' Rose

Ramblin' Rose

And you could easily get lost for a couple of hours admiring the unique oddities that the shop has for sale.

Ramblin' Rose

Now for a little backstory on the shop's name. The name is in honor of the owner's father, Harold Hodnett (The Animator's Wife's grandfather), who passed away in 2006. In the small towns that are typical of this area of Wisconsin, he became so well associated with the phrase "ramblin' rose" that when the phrase was painted on his truck, everyone knew who it was driving by.

Ramblin' Rose
Side Note: The Ramblin Rose truck is what helped move The Animator's Wife from Wisconsin to the Washington, DC metro in 2001, when she decided she wanted to live happily ever after with The Animator.
The story begins back in the good ol' days, when The Animator's Wife's mother, the Goodest Aunt, and their five other siblings were still children. Their father Harold was really good friends with his brother-in-law, whom the children called Uncle Armas. The children loved Uncle Armas because when he came to visit, he would bring a paper bag of candy and soda for them. Harold's wife, Eileen, was a little less enthusiastic about his visits because they would result in Harold and Armas staying up until all hours of the night in the kitchen, and Armas calling, "Eileen, are ya mad?". And these nights would always end with Harold and Armas arm in arm, singing "Ramblin' Rose" by Nat King Cole. The song became the pair's theme song, and for decades after in that community in Wisconsin, the song would be associated with them.

Here's to you, Grandpa.

Ramblin' Rose

Ramblin' Rose Shoppe
218 Central Avenue
Owen, WI 54460
715-456-9592
Hours: 10a-5p Wed-Thurs-Fri and by appointment
Find them on Facebook.

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