Once Upon a Sock: July Edition

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Hi All!

I swear my blog is becoming only about the socks lately. I promise, I have been super busy crocheting and knitting…you can check out my Ravelry projects page if you want a preview. My last 8 finished projects are for Baby Rainbow and I’ve only blogged about 2 of them. I haven’t wanted to share everything because I want it to be a surprise for the new Mama. The package was delivered to my cousins house on Monday, so hopefully the family will visit soon. Then you’ll be sick of the blog posts…LOL

So, my socks. I was hoping to finish by this months post and it didn’t happen. I did get 15 more rows per sock (30 rows total) and I’m getting close to starting the toe. You can see in the modeled photo that it is nearing the edge of my toe. I have fat, long (2 inch or 5.08 cm) toes so I know that when I get to the bottom of the big toe, I am read to start. This makes me super excited as I am itching to get to my next pair of socks. These are the Smooth Operators by Susan B Anderson.

Progress…as noted by the progress keeper!
Almost ready to start the toes!

I’ve been very happy to have such bright projects to help me heal with grief once again. My little brother, Chuck, passed away on 6/10/2017. He was in agony every day from multiple hernias, kidney failure and liver failure due to Hepatitis C. I’m glad he’s no longer in pain. It makes me really sad that everyone I grew up with…my Grandma, Mom, little sister, and now my little brother, are no longer with us.

A week later, my nephew was shot in the stomach and is currently still in ICU. Luckily things are getting better and hopefully he’ll be able to go into a regular room soon. His feeding tube and catheter were taken out today and he’s allowed to eat a liquid diet. He still has a long road of physical therapy; however I believe he will make it through.

The day after that, one of my Meetup Knitting group friends lost her battle with cancer. I’m attending a Celebration of Life for her tonight. Believe it or not, I could go on; however I don’t want this to turn into a pity party. In addition to knitting, I decided to do something bold to help me deal with rampant emotions. It makes me smile every time I catch sight of myself in a mirror.




Have you seen my fellow sock enthusiasts posts lately? Why not hop over to their pages and show some love! And if you want to join us, let one of us know, post on the first Thursday of every month with the title “Once Upon a Sock” and link up! We would be happy to have you!

Until next time, Happy Knitting!



11 Comments Add yours

  1. Oh Paula I’m so sorry to hear about your little brother, and your friend and your nephew – that is an unbelievable amount of grief to experience. Sending you a lot of love and sympathy, you’re in my thoughts. Really hoping your nephew recovers as well as is possible.

    Your socks are excellent, as is your hair. x

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    1. Thank you so much, Kat. I know things will get easier as time goes on and these little bits of color definitely help cheer up my mood 🙂

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  2. Stefanie says:

    I’m sorry there has been unhappy news with those you love. I hope your nephew recovers smoothly. I am glad your younger brother is no longer suffering as well as your knitting group friend. Thank goodness for the little things to help, like fun dyed hair and stripy sock yarn. Hugs to you, Paula.

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    1. Thank you, Stefanie. I accept your hugs and send them back to you 🙂 My nephew got to go into a regular room last night so that’s a step in the right direction!


  3. Knit Potion says:

    Oh, Paula – I’m so sorry. My heart aches for you. Please know that I am thinking about you and your nephew and sending good energy your way. Thank you for posting even though things have been so hard. It’s good to have an update and at least know some of what’s going on and that you’re hanging in there. I absolutely LOVE your hair! I’m sending a huge, huge hug your way!

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    1. Thank you, Melinda! Thank you so much for the thoughts and good energy. We can use all we can get 🙂 I absolutely love my hair too! It looks just as cute curly as it does straight. Big hugs to you too!


  4. I’m so glad you’re finding some comfort in knitting happy things and fabulous new hair. And I know the gifts you’ve made for Rainbow Baby are going to bring that mama so much joy! I’m keeping you and your nephew in my thoughts and sending you a really big hug!

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    1. Thank you, Katherine! The memorial service last night was so beautiful and touching. My nephew got to move to a regular room last night, so that’s awesome news! Unfortunately, they had to put the feeding tube back in as they removed it too soon; however he’s on his way. Thank you for the good thoughts and sending a really big hug back to you!


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