Friday, April 25, 2014

My Knitting and April's Thrift Haul

Well it's the end of the month and this one sure did fly by. I had a pleasant break from the hum-drum of my everyday life last week. My mom and nephew drove up and spend a few days with me. I say me because Jesse was away the whole week for work. I'm okay with him going away for business but  it does get lonely in the evening for Ridley and I. Well, at least this time Ridley did jump me.  The first time Jess went away, Ridley was really upset and decided to attack my arm to let me know. Luckily, I didn't scar.

My mom decided she needed a break and drove up for a few days of R &R. For us that usually means thrift stores and eating. We had a great time. We tried a new pho place in Carson City and I really liked it. The food is fresh and MSG free. Also they have some bomb steamed pork buns. We also saw Captain Americe: Winter Soldier. That was a great movie. It was action filled and had a great plot.

Needless to say, I had a blast with my mom and nephew.  I get very home sick sometimes and don't really know how to deal with it. I start to get a bit depressed and want to see my family. I'm hoping that we'll be able drive down to So Cal for my sister's high school graduation. It would be nice to see the rest of the family  and do a little shopping.  Okay, maybe a lot of shopping. I try and take advantage of all the awesomeness that is So Cal. I try and stock up on Japanese food staples like miso, curry, pickled veggies, and ramen (among other things). My mother in law has been awesome and gotten us stuff before too.

Here's my first vintage elf on a log. This sucker is heavy. It's a solid piece of wood. I found him hidden under a ton of Christmas items at the Goodwill in Reno. His hat is a little faded and the Merry Christmas sign is broken but I think he'll make Christmas more fun.

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I got this vintage St. Thomas wallet for 50 cents. Some of the fabric is cracked at the joints but I think a bit of nailpolish will fix it up. I really like this wallet because of its compact size. It'll fit perfectly in a small evening purse. It had a coin purse, a bill holder and a couple of slots for IDs/ATM card/ credit card.

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How cute and kitsch is this planter? It still has the maker sticker on the bottom. I don't usually buy planters but I had to have this one. No chips or cracks and I think it was used as a pencil holder too. There are a bunch of graphite marks on the inside. I figure I'll buy a succulent plant and add it to my kitchen windowsill collection.

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Anytime I go to thrift stores, I always look for circular knitting needles (left) and double pointed needles (right). I bought this lot for $4.25 Which( if you are a knitter or crocheter) you know is a steal. There were a lot of needles that day but I only buy the sizes I don't have. I also bought a hand press (used to steam flat seams and edges) for $2.00

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Oh, how I love straw bags and purses! I bought this one for under $2 and it's in excellent condition. I love the top design on this but I may need to change the tiny straw handle. I just need to figure out with what and how.

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Last year I saw a bunch of girls post photos of their Christmas cards using these tiny clothes pins. Aren't they cute? I bought  this dead stock package for 10cents. I love how cheap some items are in rural areas.

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This jacket is perfect for the chilly Autumn days. I often have a hard time dressing casual whenever we go out to run errands. I think this will work perfect. Besides, I love front pockets on jackets and sweaters.

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Another thing I look for and won't pass up (if priced right) when out thrifting is yarn. Especially vintage wool yarn. Fleisher's yarn is one of the brands I often see in vintage knitting books and have never come across. I bought 4 skeins of yarn for $2.00 .  I may make a pair of mittens and a matching hat.

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 Another package of yarn for 99 cents. Not sure what I'm going to make with it but I'm sure I'll use it in no time.
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I haven't bought any brooches in a while.I often come across some very big and very gaudy brooches that are over priced. This brooch was a dollar and as cute as a button. I love the tiny spoon and rhinestone details.

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This is my first pair of vintage rhinestone earrings. They have screw backs which I don't like too much but the glitter and shine they provide is gorgeous. Now to make a nice dress to wear them out with.

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I have been on a knitting binge for the last few weeks. I have been "craving" matching or co-coordinating hat and scarf sets. I don't know how or why the idea started but it's taken over. I made myself this hat and scarf set a couple of weeks back. I bought the  yarn at Goodwill and bought the only  two matching skeins. If there had been more of this color, I would have bought it all up. Can I just say,  I love the key hole scarfs. They give you all the warmth of a scarf without the added bulk. They are easy to knit and look so chic with coats and jackets.

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This second set I knitted for my mom. She's always cold and hates long scarfs, so I made her  a shorter version of the scarf. I did add a small pom to the top of the hat. It's the same color as the scarf.
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This is the second time I've knit this pattern and I totally love it. It's super easy to memorize and has a wonderful leaf pattern. I did alter the pattern to include a thumb gusset. Now I want to knit one in every color I can.
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I haven't been in a sewing mood lately. I tried to make a pouch the other day and it had some issues. I think I'll wait until I'm not so tired to try again. I want to make more tops and dress but just don't have the drive. I'm hoping I can knit my nephew a stuffed dinosaur for his birthday. I want to knit him a stuffed cat too but I guess we'll see how things go.

I hope everyone has a great weekend. I leave you with this photo of Ridley sleeping and being cute.

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  1. That brooch is slaying me with its adorableness!!! Love - and now must try to find one of my own someday - it very much (I have a perpetual crush on clothing and accessories that are food themed/related).

    You really have some of the best thrifting luck of anyone I know. I sooo wish our local shops still delivered finds like this on a regular basis.

    Enjoy all of your great new items and have a really lovely weekend, dear gal!

    ♥ Jessica

    1. Thanks Jessica! I love novelty brooches and jewelry to bits.

  2. Are those scarves the keyhole kind featured on Chronically Vintage? I saw them for the first time on her blog. I need to pick one up for myself, as I'm a sucker for knits!
    That gold wallet is a steal at 50 cents! What a great find! I'll have to keep that trick with the nail polish in mind. I have a pair of silver flats that could use some TLC.
    Cheers (and now following),
    L A

    1. They are very similar to hers. I love fixing things up with nail polish cheap and it does the trick.

  3. LOVE that brooch and those earrings - great thrifty buys this month... well done you!

    1. Thank you Helen. Some months are better than others.

  4. Wow, I can't believe you got those circular and dpn for that price!!!! My Grama C offered me her pair of circular needles if and when she finds them. Seriously, I always say I'm great at thrifting, but not like you.

    1. Thanks Sean.I would have bought more but I wasn't sure what sizes I already have. I also have my husband's grandmother's knitting needles from the 40's and 50's.

  5. What great finds! I always pick up a lot of my craft supplies - pattern booklets, aida for cross stitching to yarn and especially lots of embroidery threads from estate sales, there's a couple of companies that I know i'll get a decent deal with when buying in bulk so I always make sure to grab stuff when I can. Certainly saved a lot buying it that way!

    1. I've gotten like 90% of my knitting needles and embroidery hoops at thrift stores. It just makes better sense to buy things slightly used at a huge discount.

  6. Ooooooh I adore the beautiful white fingerless mittens you made and gazing at all your gorgeous new treasures! Thank you for sharing :) xox