March Martian Rainbows

March’s socks for Operation Sock Drawer are complete. I absolutely loved this self-striping sock yarn from Must Stash Yarn & Fiber. The color-way is Martian Rainbow, hence the name for this month. It was a bit addicting to watch the colors emerge (thrilling, I know) and blend from one to the next. This was a “perfect match” yarn, meaning that the skein was split in two and matched, making it possible to make the stripes align for both socks.  I used the Smooth Operators Socks by Susan B. Anderson. This is a top-down construction with an afterthought heel. (Full details on Raverly.)

Joe was quite enamored with these while I was working on them, wanting to have them for himself. Since I had enough leftover yarn, I decided to knit up a pair just for him. Finished just in time for his birthday.

Joseph 5.0

Another year has flown by, how can it be that you’re turning five today? This was another year filled with lots of changes and challenges for our family, but as always,  your joyful and easy going attitude helped us make it a wonderful one.

Your growing independence and strong-willed personality has blossomed during your second year of school, I love picking you up and hearing that you had a “fun” or “awesome” day at school and hope that you are always so excited and passionate about your education.  Your academic skills  continue to amaze. Reading at a second grade level already! I love your interest in science how inquisitive you can be. So many questions about the sun, stars, weather, and the world around you.

You are always so busy with your toys, whether racing your cars and trucks, building with legos, or building track for all of your Thomas trains. Although you want to be an iPad junky, you continue to love the outdoors, no matter what the weather, and are happiest when in the water.  You are doing so well at swimming lessons, I love watching you dive for rings while wearing your goggles. You are always generous with your hugs and kisses and love nothing more than to snuggle up together and watch a movie. I am so blessed to be able to continued to watch you grow into an amazing, wonderful, human being.  Happy Birthday, Joseph William, you are my shining star. Mommy loves you so very much.


Six Years . . .


Time continues to fly swiftly by. I still visit that bench, although not quite as often.  Another year has passed without opening that box. Perhaps next year I will have the strength and courage to do so.

Your brother grows and thrives, so vibrantly, he seems to glow from within. At times, I like to think that he carries not only his own brightness, but yours as well. Maybe it is just a reflection, a trick of the light, I can’t help but think of both of you when I catch a certain twinkle in his eye or the sun shines down on his shoulders.

Though we shared only a few precious moments with you in this world, they are some the most precious I hold in my heart. On this day you gave me the gift of motherhood, a gift I will cherish forever. Happy 6th birthday, Mary and Christopher. We love you so.

Amethyst Socks

Here’s the February installment of #operationsockdrawer2017. Named Amethyst for the gorgeous color of this Barrett Wool Co. yarn (Pepin colorway) and as a nod to February’s birthstone. This color was so difficult to photograph, but trust me when I say it is a true, deep amethyst purple. Gorgeous. 

This was my first attempt knitting a toe up sock and using the magic loop method instead of DPNs. I used this pattern, but added the cables for some interest. I love the the magic loop method, will definitely use it again, but not a fan of the heel construction. Might have to look for a different version, because I did like this construction. (Complete details can be found on Ravelry.)

I finished these mid-February, but it took time for me to block and photograph them. I’m already on my second sock for March. I don’t want to jinx myself, but I might be able to bang out two pairs for that month. Or I might try to take on something new, we’ll see. 

Love Cake

Our family has a long-standing tradition of making a “LOVE” cake. They can be made any time throughout the year, but usually consist of yellow cake and chocolate frosting (sprinkles are optional) and are typically made for Dad. I made countless LOVE cakes growing up and it is one of my favorite traditions to carry on with Joe. 

Wishing everyone a Happy Valentine’s Day that’s filled with love, happiness, and lots of cake. 

Fly the W Socks: Finished

Originally posted in Instagram, I wanted to record here these wonderful socks now that they’ve finally been blocked and finished.  (Full details on Ravelry) 

I started knitting these socks at the start of the Cubs post-season play. Filled with excitement and anxiety, it helped to keep my hands busy while watching the games. We kept advancing and I kept knitting. Every stitch is filled with joy, fear, anxiety, elation. Amazingly, I finished them at the end of the 9th inning. . . and the rest is history.