I got the idea in my head a few days ago that I needed to knit myself some slippers. I saw several patterns I really liked, but after reviewing several of them, I realized I have no idea how to read a knitting pattern that’s written as a diagram. Then I found this patter, the Parkspin Slippers by Joan Janes. The instructions looked really simple, the slippers are knitted flat in one piece, and I figured there was no way I could mess them up unless maybe my gauge was off or something.

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Because slippers matter that the size is right, I did knit a gauge swatch and found with the yarn I was using (a black based bulk buy yarn from Joann’s that looks like some assorted neon colors puked on it. I think it was a regrettable purchase when I saw how it knit up, but Mattie loves it.) knits up the stitches in the right width when I used I think it was size 10.5 or 11 needles, but the length was a little short. I ended up doing a few more rows then the pattern called for in the first part of the design to get the right length, and in the second half, I stitched about an extra half inch than what was called for since it was for a ladies’ medium slipper and my feet are pretty big. Other then that, I followed the directions to a T. Stitching them up was super easy, and I did choose to add a felt sole to them which in hindsight I will need to find sturdier thread to sew them on better, but overall I am quite pleased with them.

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I’m calling them my Ugly Granny Slippers on Ravely because honestly this yarn is just awful, but its sturdy and since this pattern calls for two strands of yarn, doubled up its pretty thick.

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There’s really nothing special about them other than the fact that they will keep my feet cozy and warm, and I left off the pom pom, and while I did add the fold over edge to them, I did not actually fold it over. I like it better up. The best part? I am not a fast knitter at all, and t took me about 4 hours to knock out both slippers including sewing on the soles! So quick and easy!

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And and check out (what you can see of) my new monster pants! Adorable monsters and they are having a dance party! I made those yesterday. 🙂

As some of you might know, I do surveys online for money. A lot of the companies pay out in gift cards instead of by check or PayPal, and yesterday I received my $50 Michael’s gift card in the mail. Obviously this meant I needed to go to Michael’s and see what I “needed.” I went in thinking I’d look at beads, yarn, clay stuff, and look for a box and bobbins for sure for my horribly messy embroidery floss collection. I came out with beads, yarn, a paintbrush, and some embroidery floss. My total was just under $50 and I was able to get almost everything on sale, plus use a 40% off one item coupon.

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That blanket yarn is going to become a blanket in the near future! I can’t wait to get started! I also wasn’t completely sold on the Viva yarn, but it knits really nicely, is machine wash and dryable, and it becomes a lot softer after washing. Its definitely growing on me, though it isn’t the softest. The Sashay yarn… I saw this YouTube video and I had to give it a try!

And check it out! It turned out awesome and you can buy it in my shop!

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I thought I was done shopping for craft supplies for a bit, but then I made a sale in my shop and decided to take advantage of the FOUR 50% off one regular priced item coupons I got in my email form Joann’s. I headed over there, and I came home with something I should have gotten when I went to Michael’s- a box for storing embroidery floss bobbins, plus 2 packs of plastic bobbins! Below is after a good hour had passed of my untangling my floss and winding it nice and neat.

As you can see, I seem to have a lot of white/cream/brown and only a few of everything else. I’ll have to remember when picking up floss colors at random what I need more of.

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I also got 4 skeins of yarn while I was there. Two of the Snuggle Bunny baby yarn (someone’s little ones are getting hats this winter!), a ridiculous skein of Fizzle yarn (looks like shag carpeting to me!), and another skein of Sashay. The Sashay is kind of a pain to knit but it turns out so pretty and it really is quick to do.

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I ended up spending a total of $21 since 4 of my 7 items were 50% off, 2 were 25% off, and one (a package of bobbins) was full price at like $1.69 or something. That feels pretty darn good, especially when you consider more than half of that was paid for by an item I sold that costs me almost nothing to make and just takes time. I literally got $84.94 worth of stuff and it only cost me some time, and $21.24 out of pocket. That’s a pretty great shopping trip I think! 11 skeins of yarn, 1 paintbrush, 2 strands of beads, 3 skeins embroidery floss, 1 bobbin box, and 2 packages  of 28 bobbins each.

My friend Joann asked me to make her a new purse a few weeks back, and we made a trip to Joann’s fabric store to pick out what we needed. It took a while, but finally decisions were made and we had four fun fabrics, two for each side of the purse. Of course it took me way longer than it should have to get it down because of a multitude of things going wrong (bobbin not winding correctly and continuously breaking, I sewed a few pieces together backwards… )but its finally done and it turned out really cute!

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Depending which side is out, and which way its turned, its like having four purses in one! There are four pockets, two inside and two outside, and there’s enough room inside to hold quite a bit of stuff without being a monster. I have one of these I made for myself that I use most of the time and I love it even after a few years. Its also completely reversible.

If you’d like to make your own version of this purse yourself, just let me know! You can buy a copy of the pattern for $5.00. You’ll need a printer to print the pages (standard letter size) and some tape to stick the pieces together, but its super easy! You can also buy this one already made form my shop, or this one, which is just a little bit different.

m6396I’ve added two more pattern to my stash over the holiday, one being this cute jumper pattern, and the other being this reversible coat. The jumper pattern I grabbed off of eBay after watching it for quite a while, and the coat pattern came from my mom for Christmas. I’m looking forward to sewing both of them, though I don’t really have any fabrics in mind for either one just yet.

I also have received my packages with both the cranberry corduroy fabric and the floral Moda fabric, and they are gorgeous! Both will work perfectly for what I had planned for them, and I can’t wait to get started.

Mattie’s mom got me a $25.00 gift card to Joann’s. I was able to get a new box of pins, as I have a bad habit of sewing over mine and they’re mostly bent all to hell and back, a thread spool rack, which i am going to mount on the wall to better organize my threads, and a 9″ round cake pan, because we have cupcake pans but not actual cake pans, and I don’t always want cupcakes or muffins!

I had hoped to have the corduroy jumper finished for Christmas, but there just wasn’t that much time and well, its Christmas today and the fabric is sitting on the coffee table waiting to go out back to my craft room.

I hope everyone is having a great holiday with their family, friends, or both, that you’re enjoying good food, and that your day is all you hoped it would be. I’ll be spending this evening with Mattie’s dad, brother, and our roommate, and we’re having steaks for dinner. Its going to be a great meal with apple cider to drink, and plenty of fun! Merry Christmas!