Confessions of a Floss Licker

Monday, February 23, 2015

Stitch From Stash February

Month: February
Spent:  $34.67
Earned: $0
I did rather good this month thanks to my DH! I spent $1.07 on floss, $7.61 on a needle minder and $25.99 for two charts from The Frosted Pumpkin. (I received a chart and about 20 skeins of floss from DH.)
Spend $34.67
Budget $25.00
Over $9.67
Budget rollover from January $25.00
Balance $15.33
I will try to remember to take a pic of my current WIP. Normally I have a rotation that I work on a daily basis, but since I started my Mickey and Minnie hot air balloon I have been a one-at-a-timer. As for stitching from my stash, I'm going to try to spend $0 for March!

Crochet from Stash February

Here's what I did this month.
I bought 9 skeins at Dollar Tree $9.72
At Stitches West I bought two crochet hooks and a skein of Malabrigo $28.68
A skein of "Captain Tight Pants" at Dizzy Blonde $21.53
And a pair of scissors $13.05
A Grand Total of $72.98
Allowance for the month $25.00
Over $47.98
Plus balance leftover from January $18.77
Still Over $29.21
I will need to make this up in March by not buying any yarn and crocheting from my stash.  So that means the baby blanket for DGD#2 is out for another month.  But I can finish her elephant hat!  I can also work on my "retro granny square dress", the Yarnspirations Crochet Along, my faire capelet and my Mickey Mouse skirt.

Stitches West!

It was a fantastic day! DH and I went with a couple of friends of ours and we all had a good time. My first stop was The Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery. The first time I've seen a cross stitch booth there! I bought two patterns - the show exclusive and a Halloween pattern.  I was given a small chart for free.  The next stop was for a couple of needle minders at A Needle Runs Through It. I bought one for my niece and one for myself. (It was a busy weekend so I will take pics and post them maybe tonight.) My next purchase was a "square" crochet hook (the handle) and a beautiful blue/green skein of Malabrigo (Yarn Barn). But that still wasn't the hook I wanted. So I headed over to Webs where I found the Knitters Pride hooks. I found most of the sizes all jumbled up on 3 display hooks. Thinking they were all one size we moved on. Over at Dizzy Blonde they had yarn named after the Characters from Firefly. I purchased a skein of Captain Tight Pants for DH. :) Still wanting those Knitters Pride hooks we went back to the Webs booth. I took off a bunch of hooks to find more than one size on the display. I pulled a bunch off to find the sizes I wanted. My DH took one out of my hand and bought it for me! Then proceeded to tell me that there were scissors in the booth behind me. I couldn't resist because I collect embroidery scissors. I bought a new pair before telling everybody I was ready to go. My DH also presented me with a new rosewood crochet hook! What a sweetie! It's been a while since I have been able to get this much at once. Now to get started using all the fun new stuff!

Friday, February 06, 2015

February 2015

I just got back from a very short shopping trip. At Walmart I spent all of $1.07 on 3 skeins of floss. It looks like I'll be going to Joann's to get the rest I need. There's a 50% off 1 regular priced item coupon and 30% off your total order coupon. I'm sure I'll be using at least one if not both of those. I bought some yarn too. A ball of cotton was $1.91. And Dollar Tree had some as well. I bought 4 skeins of Vickie Howell's Sheep(ish) in Pink(ish) and one Bernat's Knit or Knot in purple glitter all for $1 each. I saw that Joann' was selling the Sheep(ish) for $3.99 a skein on sale for $3.39 and the Knit or Knot for $10.49 on sale for $7.34 so a savings of $15.90 including whatever it would cost for shipping. A total of $7.31 spent on yarn. If I'm able, I think I might go back tomorrow and see if there's anything left. I will be going to Stitches West on February 21st. I don't have much of a budget and I don't have anything specific that I'm looking for to buy. But I know I will be getting something. I will post after the epic shopping day that I know it will be. Update: I went back to Dollar Tree and they had more! So I bought 4 more skeins of the Knit or Knot. I think I'm going to use this for some cowls or infinity scarves. As for Stitches West, I started collecting some "new" crochet hooks (Knitters Pride Dreamz) and I'm hoping to get at least one more. There is also going to be someone with needle minders and a cross stitch booth that are making up some kits. I will definitely be checking those out!