WIP Wednesday – Super short addition

I’m still working on John’s dumb socks. That is all.

 

Have a great week!

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WIP Wednesday

Happy Wednesday! It finally feels like winter around here, so I have been daydreaming about casting on new, warmer, knitting projects. I’ve managed to hold off for now. I still have a lot of knitting to do before Christmas so I need to stay on track.

20171206_155431.jpgLet’s start with John’s Christmas socks. They have been sitting in my knitting bag since I started the heel yesterday. Why? Because I discovered that I dropped a stitch back at the end of the ribbing. I’m so annoyed I can’t even look at it. I hope I can face it tomorrow, because I really need to get moving on it if I’m going to finish them by Christmas.

I finished the socks for my Mom, but I haven’t blocked them yet. I love them. I hope she does too.

In addition to John’s socks I’m working on a few dishcloths for myself. Mine are starting to wear out, so I would like to have a few made before I have to throw out my old ones. I’m also working on a pair of monkey socks. I was going to make them for a friend, but she has narrow feet and the socks look like they would be too loose on her. So I’m going to keep them. I think.

I hope your Christmas knitting is going well!

Consignment Shopping

Consignment stores can be really crappy – they can be disorganized and the clothes can be dirty. I know. I’ve been to a lot of bad ones. After shopping around I have found an amazing consignment store. It is the only one I go to now. Most of Audrey’s clothes are from the store.

Normally for a Christmas dress I go to Gymboree or Baby Gap instead of the consignment shop. I like to splurge on special occasions. This year I skipped the splurge because I was shopping with a cranky three-year old. I didn’t want to be stuck at the mall with a three year old on the verge of a temper tantrum.

I’m glad I skipped the mall. I spent $45 and brought home a lot of great stuff.

I found Audrey a Christmas dress. It’s a navy sweater dress from Gymboree. It looks comfortable. It was probably worn once by the prior owner. I am thrilled that I was able to get her a dress for much less than I was planning to pay at the mall.
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I found a Christmas skirt. Audrey loves skirts, so this holiday number will be worn a lot this month. She’ll be able to wear this for a couple of years. 20171202_160420.jpg

Audrey loves giraffes. She sleeps with three stuffed giraffes every night. She saw this shirt in the store and told me “Auddie needs a giraffe shirt”. She took it and carried it around the store please as punch that she was going to bring it home. 20171202_160504.jpg

One of the best things about the Christmas skirt and giraffe t-shirt is that they can be worn together. They look stunning when you add in Cubs sweatpants and a hot pink Adidas jacket.

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I found Toms in a popsicle print. She just moved into this size of shoe, so she should be able to wear them for a long time. These are super cute, and something I would never pay full price for. Shoes are one of my favorite things to buy used. I buy Keens and dress shoes in every size I find. I just pull out the next size as she grows into them. 20171202_160522.jpg

Speaking of buying things when you find them. I found this gorgeous Janie and Jack dress in a size 5. I bought it and put it in the closet. I really hope we have a summer wedding or fancy party to go to in 2 years when it will fit her. I think it is so pretty I don’t even care that I’m going to have to iron it.
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As adorable as the dress is, my favorite thing I found was for Elliot. This guy gets so many hand me downs I rarely buy him clothes, but when I found this Dude sweater I had to buy it. Could he be any cuter?
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As you can see, your money goes far at a consignment shop. If you find the right one the clothes are as good as new. It’s one of my favorite ways to save money.

Do you ever shop at consignment shops? What are your favorite ways to save money?

WIP Wednesday

Wow. I have been really bad about blogging lately. I have been knitting, but I have been busy with holiday prep so I keep forgetting to write. Let me fill you in.

I finished my weather pattern socks. I love them. They are cheery and look like the weather map of a severe thunderstorm on a summer day.20171117_122253.jpg

I’ve been working on my Christmas socks for my mom too. I’m using the Simple SKYP pattern that I can’t get enough of. It’s more interesting than a simple rib and they seem to fly of the needles. I hope to have these done by next week. The socks are really a green/teal color (Madeline Tosh Cousteau), but this yarn does not photograph well without natural light (and I live in a cave).

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I’m also working on my second pair of Christmas socks for John. He appreciates hand knit socks so much, I love making them for him. I should be able to finish these in time for Christmas. He doesn’t know I’m making them, so I can only knit on them when he’s at work or I’m out of the house.20171129_193257.jpg

So as you can see, I have been knitting. I even managed to sew a seam on the cardigan that summer forgot (you totally forgot I was knitting a cardigan, didn’t you?). My progress has been slowed significantly by my thumb – it is cracking on my right hand where I hold the yarn. I have been knitting with a band-aid or a finger cot for the past month. It makes it so I can knit, but I can’t knit as much as I would like.

I hope you’re doing well and your Christmas knitting is progressing!

WIP Wednesday

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Every week I’m surprised how fast we get to Wednesday. I don’t know where this year is going, but I would like it to slow down. It is almost time to decorate for Christmas. I’m happy to report that the stockings are done. They will be handed off to my aunt for her to deliver them to my cousin later this week. I need to get them blocked before then. I need to get on that, but I really hate blocking so I’m procrastinating as long as possible.

I’m still working on the weather map socks. They are moving along slowly. Very slowly. I finally turned the heel on the second sock. I hope to have them completed by the end of the week. I have plans for those needles.

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I told my Mom I would make her socks for Christmas, so I would like to get started on them. Especially because I’ll see her next week and I have never written down how l knit her socks before I start the toe. I want to knit them far enough for her to try on so I can make her a good fitting sock. I’ll be writing down her foot length so I won’t have to measure the socks on her feet the next time I make her a pair.

After I finish her socks I’m going to make a pair of felted slippers for my mother-in-law. I make her a pair almost every year, and she wears them out almost every year. It is so nice to make someone something and know that it gets used. A lot.

When I finish the socks and the slippers I’m done with Christmas knitting. I’m excited to have a goal that I can accomplish without stressful end of December knitting.

I am hoping to go through my stash and pull out what I will never knit with. I’m planning a stash bash with my crafternoon group. Whatever isn’t taken I’ll donate. I am feeling overwhelmed with the amount of yarn in my stash and I think it will be freeing to let go of it. Please note that I am not counting sock yarn as stash because that will eventually be made into socks, so I’m not going to stress about that.

What are you knitting for Christmas? Do you ever get weighed down by your stash?

WIP Wednesday

Happy Wednesday! I have gotten very little knitting done this week. I’m full of excuses – I have been sick, the kids aren’t sleeping well after being sick, and my thumb appears to be drying out and splitting due to a mix of wool and eczema. Because of that I didn’t bother to take pictures.

I’m still plugging away on the weather map socks and the second stocking. I hope to have the second stocking finished next week. I just agreed to make another pair of socks for Christmas, so I really need to get over my excuses and get to work.

Have a great week!

WIP Wednesday

Happy Wednesday. I’ve been stuck at home with sick kids all week. That has led to lots of cuddles, Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, and knitting.

I finished John’s Christmas socks. I just finished them about 10 minutes ago, and now I’m trying to figure out how I can get them blocked without him noticing. I think it will involve a warm sunny day and me not forgetting that I need to block them.

I finished the stocking I had been working on and started the second one. I am hoping that now that I’m done with John’s socks the stocking will fly. I think it will.

Once I finish the stocking my big project will be finishing the huge cardigan that I haven’t touched in months. After that I’ll make a sweater for Elliot.

I have only worked a few rows on the weather map socks this week. They look the same as last week so I didn’t bother taking a picture.

Have a great week!