WIP Wednesday: 10/52

You guys, I got so much knitting done this week. I don’t know how it happened. The kids took a couple of extra long naps, and wham, I finish two of the projects I was working on last week. It is a good feeling to actually make progress.

The first thing I finished was the cowl for my sister. I picked out the color and the pattern without consulting her after a conversation where she mentioned in passing that she would like a cowl. I told her I would make her another one if she didn’t like it, but she did so I don’t have to do that. It was a fast pattern to knit. It was pretty unmemorable, as far as projects go, which is illustrated by the fact that I don’t even have a picture of it.

I also finished Elliot’s cardigan. Audrey posed for the photos in it because Elliot will not sit still for photos.

I love the cardigan so much I bought the rest of Jenny Wiebe’s Little Old Man collection of cardigans. I hope to make him a Harvey cardigan later this year. I have had some red worsted wool in my stash for years, and this might be the project for it.

I’ve been working on finishing my Candy Shoppe Socks. I have been playing around with vanilla socks, and I like the simple detail I’ve come up with. It is a simple rib that goes down the foot on the outer edge. It makes vanilla socks slightly less mind numbing to work on.

I do love how fast Felici knits up. I hope to finish these tonight or tomorrow.

The next socks up are Play Nice Socks by Lisa Beth Houchins knit up in A Whimsical Wood Yarn Co in the Wicked Ass colorway. Ivy dubbed the colorway Ethical Toucan, and that is a really good description of the colors. I bought the yarn because I couldn’t decide if the yarn was beautiful or hideous.

20180314_1854301297892388.jpgIn addition to starting a new pair of socks, I am also going to cast on another The Favorite Knit Slouchy or finally make the Gretel Tam for myself (now that I’ve been talking about for months). It all depends on how long it takes me to memorize the Play Nice Socks repeat. If I have a hard time memorizing it, or if it is something I have to keep thinking about, I’m going to cast on the slouchy hat. I need to have at least one mindless project on the needles.

Once I’ve decided on a hat I’m going to start looking at my stash to come up with another big project. I have the yarn to make myself a sweater, but I’m holding out until September, as I think I’ve convinced Ivy to have a bang out a sweater month with me. We’ll see how that goes. It is to be determined if she has actually agreed of if I had a full glass of wine and heard what I wanted to hear.

What do you think I should make next?


It’s too damn cold.

I know that it is January.

I know that it is supposed to be cold.

I get that.

I accept that….usually.

The kids haven’t left the house in three days though, and we’re all going crazy. It is so bad I actually scheduled a play date for today, even though it is really too cold to leave the house. My plan was to warm up the car and then put the kids in a warm car to drive to our friends house to let them run and play and burn off energy. That didn’t happen though, it is too cold to start my car. This is just one more reason I wish we had an attached garage.

I’m trying to keep the kids busy with different activities. They are used to being on the go all of the time, so being at home is not something they are used to.

At first it wasn’t hard to keep them happy at home. Santa was very good to them this year, so they had lots of new toys to play with. The novelty of new toys has now worn off. Today Elliot tried to put on his shoes and was crying to go see the water tower. It is hard to explain to a 1 1/2-year-old that it is too cold to go outside.

I made play dough today. Audrey loves helping me in the kitchen. She is a great bakers assistant, but I can’t bake cookies or bread every day if I want to continue to wear pants, so I thought we would try playdough. It was crazy easy. Had I know it would take 5 minutes to make I would have made it the last time we were stuck inside for a stretch. I added lavender essential oil because I am trying everything I can think of to keep the kids calm. It might not do anything for them, but I find it soothing myself, so there is that.

There is a high of 14 tomorrow. That won’t be so bad. My car should start. Audrey has swimming lessons, so we’ll be busy and on the go all day. Just as we like it.

How are you surviving in this frigid weather?

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?