Category Archives: Family

Shhhh…It’s a Secret!

A secret? On the Internet? Well, yeah, if your husband doesn’t read your knitting blog!

Here are the socks I’m making for hubby’s birthday. Pattern taken from the basic sock recipe found in Stephanie Pearl-McPhee’s book, Knitting Rules.


Pattern: The aforementioned Harlot
Yarn: Regia Cotton (blend for socks)
Color: Navy (color #50)
Needles: 1.5 (2.5mm)


The Year of Personal Transformation

I know I’ve let my blogging go by the wayside a bit. Which is odd, since I do a fair amount of freelance writing. Like my knitting, writing serves as therapy when Life’s Little Moments descend. This year has had an exceptional number of them:

In February, my oldest (whom you may remember as the Little Red Scarf Dude), was diagnosed with epilepsy. This is in addition to auto-immune Type 1 diabetes. So far, we’ve been incredibly blessed. He had the two initial seizures, and has been seizure free since then, though he does suffer from migraines from time to time now.

In June, my beloved little LYS where I had worked and taught for just over four years closed its doors. It was bittersweet – sad, because I loved it so; happy, because the owner is off to bigger and better things in her life.

I’ve had to weather a few personal crises as well, the least of which was an abnormal mammogram (which eventually was biopsied, and is nothing of concern).

Then, last month, just when I thought maaaaaaaybe there’d be a pause for breath, my mom was diagnosed with cancer, and the prognosis currently does not look good at all.

Despite all of this, or more accurately, because of it all, I feel incredibly blessed. God has surrounded me with wonderful, supportive, loving people. He’s given me the strength and tenacity to deal with it all. And I have this wonderful craft that allows me to process Life through this incredible therapeutic filter.

Knitting Fingers!

As you may recall from previous posts, my 4-year-old son desperately wants to learn how to knit. The I-cord “machine” didn’t cut it for me, and a spool or knitting noddy uses that little thingamajig to manipulate it, so I taught him to finger knit (or as he calls it “knitting fingers”). Here is a picture of his “knitting fingers” in progress as well as a picture of the end result (also known as a Cat Torturer….our cat has gone ba-zonkers chasing my son around and around as he runs with it!).

It’s Official!

I’m a mom, once again! Our adoption of a brother/sister sib set was finalized a week ago today! Why are you hearing about it a full week later? Well, many reasons:

  • We were in an area of the country without reliable internet or cellular connectivity
  • Hello! I’m the mother of three, now! I can’t just blog any old time, yanno! Get a life!
  • Okay, I’m kidding with the second one (well, the “Get a life” part…The other, not so much!). But it is wonderful and glorious to be a new mom, once again! Here’s a pic of the cake made for us (ignore the wonky name spellings…we have names that are hard to spell correctly!)…Enjoy!

    Nikko’s Appeal: The Red Scarf Project

    Well, the Red Scarf Project has taken on a life of its own here at Casa Stro! Nikko has embraced it as “his cause” for his Homeschool Service Project. He has written an appeal to you to help him reach his goal of 100 scarves by January 2008. Will you help?

    FO: The Good Guest!

    Now we just need a little person to wear it! The dress for my daughter is done, at last, with just enough yarn left over for a matching hat.

    The adoption is coming along swimmingly, and I hope to report ETAs soon!

    Girl Knitting!!!

    As discussed in my previous post, we’re adopting! And, as discussed, I am over the moon at the thought of finally knitting for a girl! I have loved knitting for my son, but until the Yarn Girls book
    came out, there was a dearth of cute patterns for boys….ugh! So now, I am working on the front of The Good Guest from the abovementioned Yarn Girls book. I subbed the yarn for my very favorite yarn of all time, Rowan’s Calmer. Don’cha love it?? And, even though I have exactly a hundred and eleventy-six moving-related things I ought to be doing, somehow I am only finding time to “girl knit”…..hmm…. (In all fairness to the boys, I am designing a matching duo of brother vests…more on that later….)