Grieving Loved Ones, Misc. Crafts

Earbud Pouches and a new kitty

This week has been really hard on me emotionally. This time of year is always hard for me anyways and the loss of our beloved cat Socks was almost unbearable. It helps knowing that there was nothing that we could have done for him had we found out that he was sick sooner. It was an illness that he was born with and it had slowly progressed the whole 2 years and 12 days that we had him in our lives. We spoiled him rotten and showered him with attention each and every day. He lived a very good yet short life and he will be forever missed.

We decided to get another kitten not to replace Socks but we just wanted another kitten to love and give a happy home too. I called a local pet store and found out that they had a kitten that had been for sale for almost 2 months. He was the only cat they had in the store. I can’t believe that no one wanted to take him home because he is just the most lovable little creature that you’ve ever met aside from our beloved Socks. He looks so much like Socks that it’s almost scary. If he had been born after Socks had passed away I would have thought that he had been reincarnated.


Meet Butterball our newest family member.

Butterball is 4 1/2 months old and a sweet little chatty package of personality. He’s even got a cute naughty streak in him. For some reason he thinks toilet paper is to play with. His ears are humongous and it thinks that it needs to be held to go to sleep.

anyways I don’t have a lot in crafty progress this week. I spent a good portion of the end of last week and the weekend knitting on a cute little baby sweater dress for my Cousin’s baby. It’s turning out really cute and I hope to finish it with in the next week.

My emotional stress and grief this week wasn’t really conducive to being creative so I didn’t knit much this week however I did knit most of these little earbud pouches on Monday when I was nervous about Socks breathing problems and then I knit rest of them while we were waiting for news from the Vet on Tuesday morning. They were great nervous no brainer knitting patterns.

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Grieving Loved Ones

R.I.P. Socks

PitaPata Cat tickers

Our kitty started having breathing problems on Monday afternoon. When we took him to the vet Tuesday morning we found out that he had FIP and that there was nothing that could be done for him. We were told that he had one to two weeks to live and that it was going to continue to get worse. We made the decision to have him put to sleep so that he wouldn’t suffer any longer. We felt that it would be cruel to bring him home for a few days and then take him back to the dreaded vet. Our veterinarian is awesome but no animal likes to be at the vet.

My heart is broken. Socks was a family pet but he was my cat. I spoiled it rotten and he came running every time I called his name. He spent part of most nights sleeping on my chest with his butt on my head  because he still thought that he was a tiny kitten.

We picked him out, or rather he picked us out on my Sister’s birthday. The first one that had occurred since her passing. I always said that he was my gift on her birthday. His overly affectionate personality was a beacon of light in the darkest days of my grief.

We went to visit him at the vet before they put him to sleep and as I was telling him that I loved him he rubbed my face with his little face just like he did to comfort me in the midst of my grief for my Sister. My loveable cat was trying to comfort me as he was struggling to breath. Socks was an amazing cat and he will be greatly missed by our entire family.




More Blueberry Waffle Socks

I am finally done with my latest pair of Blueberry Waffle Socks. While I love wearing these socks. I think that I got a little burnt out on knitting this particular textured pattern

more waffle socks

  • PATTERN: Blueberry Waffle Socks
  • STARTED: 04/28/2016 – COMPLETED: 07/10/2016
  • YARN: Knit Picks Stroll Bare! which I hand dyed myself
  • YARDAGE/WEIGHT: 69 grams or 319 yards
  • FIBER CONTENT: wool/nylon blend
  • NEEDLES: 2.25 mm ( US size #1 )
  • SIZE: 64 sts
  • MODIFICATIONS: toes up, afterthought heel –  I also modified the after thought heel by picking up the stitches including 4 stitches in each corner. I then knit 6 rounds before decreasing every other row until I had a total of 32 stitches.

cheery blueberry waffle socks

my second pair of blueberry waffle socks

blueberry waffle socks

my first pair of blueberry waffle socks

Brittany, Grieving Loved Ones

Happy Birthday Sissy

birthday in heaven SOURCE

Today would have been my Sissy’s 27 birthday.

Handmade Gifts, Socks

Lifesavers Socks

I love this pair of socks that I knit for my Daughter. I let her pick out the yarn. She was not entirety impressed when I told her that they were a Christmas gift and that she had to wait for Christmas to get them. I reminded her that I have already given her 3 pairs of socks this year and that she is getting a pair for her up coming birthday too. Plus I have another pair on the needles for her. So she’s not neglected by any means.

life saver socks


  • PATTERN: modified from the Rose City Rollers pattern
  • STARTED: June 23RD – COMPLETED: July 6th 2016
  • YARN:  Knit Picks Felici in the shade of Rainbow
  • YARDAGE/WEIGHT: I used 11 grams or 50 yards of black scrap yarn and 39 grams or 170 yards of the Felici yarn
  • FIBER CONTENT: 75% Merino/ 25% Nylon
  • NEEDLES: 2.25 mm (US size 1)
  • SIZE: 64 sts
  • MODIFICATIONS:  I modified the pattern so that my socks have a ribbed cuff instead of a rolled cuff. I knit 2 x 2 ribbing for 10 rounds and then I followed the pattern for the rest of the sock.
  • NOTES: Christmas gift for my Daughter


Grieving Loved Ones


Yesterday we lost another. A Great Aunt who was really truly great. This quote reminded me of something that one of her Daughter’s in Law said at my Grandfather’s funeral.



Handmade Gifts, Socks

Patriotic Socks

I dyed up some patriotic yarn last week and cast on some socks as soon as the yarn dried. I have enough yarn left over that I  can probably make her a pair next summer with red or blue heels, toes, and cuffs.



  • PATTERN: Rose City Rollers
  • STARTED: June 23rd 2016 – COMPLETED: June 29th 2016
  • YARN: Knit Picks Bare Stroll – hand dyed by me
  • YARDAGE/WEIGHT: 194 yards/42 grams
  • FIBER CONTENT: 75% Superwash Merino, 25% Nylon
  • NEEDLES: 2.25 mm (US # 1) Knit Picks fixed circular 47 inch needles
  • SIZE: 64 sts
  • MODIFICATIONS: I modified the pattern so that my socks have a ribbed cuff instead of a rolled cuff. I knit 2 x 2 ribbing for 6 rounds and then I followed the pattern for the rest of the sock.