WIP Wednesday – Christmas Knitting Extravaganza

Christmas is less than a week away, yet my Christmas knitting is more than a week from being finished. I have decided to just finish up what I can and call it good.


I finally blocked my Mom’s Christmas socks. I love how they turned out. I’m worried they will be a little big for her. If they are I suppose I could just make her a new pair and keep these for myself. 20171220_125110.jpgI finished John’s socks. I like how they turned out. I think he’ll be very excited to have a brand new pair of socks. He loves hand knit socks, which makes it easy to make them for him. There’s nothing worse than knitting something for someone and not having them appreciate it.20171220_125242.jpgI am slowly making progress on my Monkey socks. The second pair of socks I ever made were Monkey socks, and I haven’t made them sense. I don’t know why – the pattern is easy to memorize and it goes quickly. I haven’t been working on them much because I realized I had more Christmas knitting that had to be done. I’m even less likely to pick them up now because the last time I put them in the project bag I pulled the needle off of 1/4 of the stitches, so I have to fix them before I can knit again. Spoiler alert: this might be my new forgotten project. I should just put the project bag in the same tote bag as the cardigan that time forgot and put them both in a closet.20171220_125257.jpg

My mother-in-law loves felt slippers, so I make her a pair every year for Christmas. I finished knitting these yesterday. I haven’t felted them yet, so I still consider them a work in progress. Fun fact: I hate felting. It smells and it is time-consuming. Next year I might switch to slippers I don’t have to felt.20171220_125319.jpg

I’m making a replacement beret for Kirsten. She lost the raspberry beret I made her a few years ago. I couldn’t find any nice, bright yarn at the yarn shop in the 5 minutes I had before it closed, but I did find this Manos in Cotton Candy. I love the color and the squishiness of it.20171220_125402.jpg

Last week after I finished John’s socks I decided I would try to knit him another pair. That was a crazy idea. I didn’t consider that I had other knitting to do. I didn’t think about the fact that I can’t knit them when he is around and he was here all weekend and had Monday off. I forgot that we have plans many nights this week. So he might get these for Valentine’s Day. Or I might wrap them up as is and tell him they are coming.

What should I do with John’s in progress socks? Are you ready for Christmas?



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.

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.


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.

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?

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?