One Woman’s Trash Is a Thrifty Woman’s Treasure

Sometime over Thanksgiving break (I know this post has been a long time coming) my brother dragged me along to Goodwill to do some thrift shopping. Normally, I’d be all out but I had just bought a bunch of new clothes and wanted to clean out my wardrobe before buying anything else, but I found something I could not pass up.

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This vintage sweater is long enough to wear as a dress. I love the bow color work. It’s totally adorable! There were only two small problems. Two holes in the underarm seams, one on each side. I didn’t find them until I had made my purchase and sadly Goodwill changed their return policy so I couldn’t get refunded. I took it since it was only $5 and figured I could find a way to mend the two holes. I ment to do it once I returned to school from Thanksgiving break but it took all the way until now, after Winter break for me to get around to it.

This video tutorial is so helpful. Add it to your favorites or bookmark it for future reference! The results are amazing easy enough even for a newbie sewer like me.

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I didn’t have navy blue thread but black worked just fine.

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The smaller hole. It was barely noticeable so this was a pretty easy fix.

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The bigger hole. The method worked like magic!

The method works similar to the mattress stitch used for invisible seaming of knits. Of course, it’s not perfect but it’s as great as anything. Especially because of the location of the holes, I didn’t really care what it looked like but this method is definitely usably for more obvious holes.

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So here I have a perfectly functional, cute sweater dress! I can’t wait to wear it after I wash it. There are two lessons to be learned here: 1) Always check your purchases when buying second hand and 2) If there’s a ruined garment, there’s a thrifty girl to fix it.

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Brown Paper Packages Tied Up With String!

I’ve broken a personal record. From Thanksgiving break to earlier this week, in a span of 21 days, I knitted 8 Christmas presents for my friends before leaving for Winter break.

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blogger that I am forgot to take pictures of the gifts before I wrapped them up (except for the socks because I wanted to get a before/after blocking shot) but here they are with their loving new owners!

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P1050725Tip from a college gift giver on a budget: Don’t waste money on wrapping paper! Brown paper bags are just as nice, and you’re recycling so it’s good for the environment as well.

P1050728Fingerless Mitts (click for Ravelry pattern) – this pattern comes in three sizes, and Chris claims that fitted him perfectly.

P1050730Little Bow – something I whipped up on the spot and all Rachel asked for. Just double up on yarns, knit a few rows in garter stich, and wrap one color tail around the middle. She’s wearing it with a bobby pin

Incognito Cowl – Jackie loves mustaches, so when I saw this pattern I thought it was perfect for her. It’s not the best picture for seeing the mustache but a cool pattern nonetheless. This pattern also comes in 3 sizes.

Seed Stich Beanie – if there’s something that I’m good at doing it’s making up hats on the spot. I made this beanie with a ribbed brim and seed stich body. The decreasing pattern got a little wonky because of the od numer of stitches but the result is still great.
P1050731Brandon Ribbed Beanie Hat – A really quick hat to knit up and a great pattern for gifts for guys. Duke has like no hair so I figured his head would get cold in the winter time :P

P1050733Happy Sea Turtle – I knitted this pattern once before for my turtle-loving high school French teacher and if anyone loves turtles as much as Madame Kennedy, it’s my roommate Kerry.

Orca Whale – Jonathan’s a Marine Science major so I figured I couldn’t go wrong with an amigurumi orca. I need to make more amigurumi. They are so fun to knit!
P1050714Basic Dude Socks – I have a lot of mixed feelings about these socks. They were the first pair of socks I’ve ever knitted, so they were quite an accomplishment, but the pattern was a little confusing for a first-time sock maker so I had to do the first toe about a million times after watching a million videos and reading a million articles before I got it right. I took this picture before wrapping them because I was planning on doing a before/after blocking post. There they are on top of my accounting notes. Ok so their Dude Socks, why are they pink and green? Well, my friend Brian who is also the Treasurer for the Knitting and Crochet club (and doesn’t know how to knit) had been asking me for watermelon socks since forever aka the first meeting. I set out on making them for Christmas but them being my first socks, I wasn’t sure how they would fit. Well, the cuff isn’t nearly as stretchy enough even after using the knit through the front loops bind off as seen here but they didn’t seem stretchy at all. So in short, Brian can’t actually wear them as socks (more like slippers) because they won’t fit around his ankle. Maybe next time, I guess.

Now, I’m sitting on my couch at home watching Once Upon a Time, much needed after this crazy semester. I’ll be working on some gifts for family members in the upcoming days. I’m knitting ornaments!

The Magic of Blocking!

When it comes to knitting, I have to admit that I’m pretty lazy. I don’t like patterns that take forever, I usually don’t take gauge (when the pattern says it’s necessary, I knit a few rows and guestimate), and blocking is not one of my favorite activities. However, blocking makes such a huge difference!

Here’s a little preview into my new Etsy collection (that I’m hoping to get listed by the end of next week) and how blocking worked it’s magic:

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