Happy Monday Ya’ll! I hope you were good to your mothers this weekend. The Hubs and I got up early Sunday morning to drop these little mom-osas(get it?? Mom-osa?) on our momma’s porches. We dropped them off ding-dong ditch style, which worked great at my moms house. The Hubs parents, however, possess one of those ring doorbell things (also known as The All Seeing Eye of Sauron). Much harder to ding-dong ditch there… Luckily our mommas live a mile apart and 5 minutes from church(which was great when we were both living at home and dating) so we could blaze through and still make it to church in time for rehearsal. Don’t worry, we went back and spent the rest of the day with out mother’s too!
I got the idea for these mom-osa kits from a card that The Hubs picked out for his mom. It said “You’re mimosa favorite mom!” With a card like that, there no way that I could not put together these little mimosa kits. They’re just the perfect size (especially since we’re on Whole 30 and can’t share them with our moms). Both our mothers had about a quarter of their mini wine bottle and declared themselves done for the day. Lightweights.
-Mini Sparkling wine bottle (or can!)
-Single-serve orange juice bottle
-Cute twine, string or ribbon
-A personal note
The concept of the mom-osa kit is simple. Take a mini bottle of sparkling wine or champagne, pair it with a single serve bottle or orange juice and tie together! Ta-da! Anyone could do it. No only do these may great Mother’s Day gifts, they also make great bridesmaid’s gifts and shower favors. Plus they’re just super cute. They’re an easy way to show someone that you’re thinking of them. They pair great with flowers, jewelry or brunch.
Did you give or get a creative Mother’s day gift this year? I’d love to hear about it!
As I mentioned in my previous posts, we recently lost a good friend. While it is comforting to know that she is finally free of her sick body, I couldn’t help but feel a little helpless about the whole situation. I always worry about mistepping in situations like these. I don’t want to say the wrong thing or offend someone at an emotional time. At the same time, I wanted to show that I cared. Making a meal for those left behind is customary, but there were some dietary restrictions in play that I needed to respect. As a compromise, I created a condolence care package.
There were a few ideas for condolence care packages on Pinterest, but not a ton. They can be called so many different things. Bereavement care packages, loss of loved one care packages and empathy care packages all pull up ideas. I pulled together a few different ideas while creating my care package, so I thought I’d share them here. In my opinion, the more ideas, the better.
I was drawn to the idea of the condolence care package because it was personal without being too pushy. After the loss of a loved one, there are a lot of demands on the surviving family member’s time. Between planning the funeral and memorial service and hosting out of town family members, I knew that my presence could be a burden. With a condolence care package, I could drop the gift, pay my respects and leave, allowing the family to focus on the people who mattered most.
I’ve detailed how I created my package below, but feel free to put your own interpretation on things. A personal touch is always better in these situations.
You’re going to need a way to transport your condolence care package. Small baskets and crates work well. If you are a DIYer, a crocheted basket might be a nice touch. I found some small cardboard trays in the party section of Hobby Lobby for $1.99 that fit the bill on a budget.
Items to include in your condolence care package:
This can be an empty frame, or filled with a picture of the lost loved one or a reassuring verse or quote. I’m always taking pictures, so that’s what I used. I think that a nicely lettered sign or pretty painting or picture would be appropriate as well. Take the time to feel out your relationship with the grieving party and determine what the best fit would be in your situation.
This is not the time to whip our your most exciting scents here. The simpler, the better. Look for a plain pillar candle with a subtle scent like vanilla. This candle from Amazon is a good example. The idea is to have something to light in remembrance of the deceased, so go subtle on this one.
-Tissues or Handkerchief
You can’t really go wrong here. These are always useful and appropriate. I buy our tissues in bulk from Amazon (Kleenex 2-Ply Facial Tissues; Flat Box, 100 Sheets/Box, 10 Boxes/Pack), so I just grabbed a little box from our normal stock. A small box of tissues or little to go pack would work well in a care package. Don’t go for the massive sized tissue box unless you’re doing a BIG care package. Alternatively, you could use handkerchiefs. but I couldn’t find any without “mother of the bride” and rhinestones glued on them.
You grieving friend or family member probably has someone bringing them meals, but not much in the way of snacks. They may be hosting family members from out of town or well-wishers who stop by. Help them by stocking them up with some simple snacks. I used a small package of gluten free cookies for my box (the recipient has celiac) and some nice chocolates. Coffee or tea would be good additions too if you know their preferences.
-Small vase of flowers
This one may or may not work depending on your basket. I ended up bringing flowers separately. Don’t give something that would spill easily. White is the most appropriate flower color for funerals. I’ve heard that yellow is not an appropriate color in some cultures. However, I’ve also been to a memorial service that used exclusively yellow flowers, so who knows. Trader Joe’s is great for small, affordable bouquets.
-Card or handwritten note
You don’t have to say much. Just that you’re praying for or thinking of this person. Trader Joe’s has a lovely selection of cards that I usually resort to. Emily McDowell makes some great empathy cards as well.
These are the main components that I used to make up my condolence care package. You can arrange them to fit your vessel with some packaging as needed. As for delivering it, you can drop it off yourself, leave it on their porch or bring in to the memorial service. If your care package has to be mailed, be mindful of packing things that might melt, like the candles (look for a jarred candle over a stand alone pillar) or chocolate. Have you ever a condolence care package for someone after a loss? What did you decide to include?
I am excited to show you another finished knit: The Morning Walk Hat by Ann Patterson knit in Woolfolk’s TYND and SNO. This hat and yarn have a special place in my heart because The Hubs and I picked out this yarn when we were on our honeymoon in Austin. The Hubs put it in his vows that he would find new yarn stores for me to visit and he delivered!
How could I resist that face?
I’ve wanted to go to Hill Country Weavers in Austen since I moved to Texas. This is mainly because they are the only yarn store in Texas to stock Brooklyn Tweed yarns. Oh my is their stock beautiful! I believe I circled the store about 5 or 6 times, cooing at the yarn and debating what to buy. The Hubs was the one who found the Woolfolk yarn. (He has good taste in women and in yarn.) He like the marled effect on the SNO yarn, and REALLY liked the softness. The Hubs asked if I could make him something with it. How could I say no?
At the time, I didn’t know what I was going to do with Woolfolk SNO. Then I saw the Morning Walk Hat on Woolfolk’s Instagram and it was perfect! When I showed it to The Hubs, he confirmed, “Yes, I want one of those.” Thus began my first knit of the new year.
The Morning Walk Hat is a ribbed beanie with a foldable brim knit by holding together one strand of Woolfolk TYND and Woolfolk SNO.
I cast on for this project while waiting in the DPS to change my last name (a joyful place if there ever was one). I didn’t cast on using smaller needles the way the pattern instructed because 1. There weren’t any in my knitting bag and 2. I sure as heck was not going to wait for 2 1/2 hours at the DPS without something to knit. I used a tubular cast on like a freaking professional, so the hat has a nice stretchy brim.
A lot this hat was knit during our yearly pilgrimage to Tulsa for what The Hubs refers to as “family Christmas.”(This is when his side of the family gathers around New Years to exchange all the gifts they got for each other when the Christmas stuff went on clearance.) I got a good chunk of road trip knitting done on this hat, but I also came to an important realization.
1×1 ribbing is hard on your hands!
This hat is literally all 1×1 ribbing. That’s all there is to it. It’s great for mindless road knitting, but the constant back and forth between knit and purl really made my hands sore. My knitting fingers must be out of shape, because I had to take a lot of breaks. Overall, it’s a simple pattern and it creates a classic, timeless finished product. The Morning Walk Hat is also totally unisex, which means I can steal it from The Hubs!
This hat is knit with one strand of TYND, a solid yarn, and one strand of SNO, which is marled, held together. I expect you could get pretty adventurous with your color combos here, but I played it pretty safe. Plus, I’m a sucker for burgundy.
The most noticeable thing about these yarns is how soft they are. As mentioned, I walked around a yarn store and pet all the yarn before buying these and I can confirm. They really are some of the softest yarns out there. That being said, they were a pleasure to knit with. The finished fabric has a lovely little halo to it. However, I wonder if it might have problems with pilling as the hat gets more use. The jury is still out on the durability because it’s currently 75 degrees in the middle of winter here in Texas. Maybe next week…
I still have one unused skein of Woolfolk SNO that I bought before I knew what I was making. I would love to try this yarn in another application, but haven’t seen a pattern that looks worthy yet. I’m thinking a nice cowl or scarf so I can keep that soft squishyness close to my neck. No matter the project, I would wholeheartedly recommend this yarn. I think both TYND and SNO are beautiful and luxuriously soft.