Author: Kayla K

Baby Block Dishcloth Pattern

Baby Block Dishcloth Pattern

Knitted dishcloths are a favorite project of mine because I can sample a new stitch pattern without committing to it on a large scale.  They are a great project for mindless movie-knitting or on-the-go public transportation knitting.  And, if you are purchasing yarn, crochet cotton is very cheap. Dishcloths are...

Re-Purposed Sweaters for Compact-Friendly Crafting

Re-Purposed Sweaters for Compact-Friendly Crafting

One way I plan to save money in 2010 is to use up the yarn that I already have in my stash.  Because I’ve joined the Compact, this is one of my only options for crafting as I have committed to buying nearly nothing new in the coming year.  My...

Sandwich Bread Made the Kayla K Way

Sandwich Bread Made the Kayla K Way

Day three of Purge-the-Pantry week and we are out of bread.  This makes for a great opportunity to try out White Sandwich Bread from The Frugal Girl.  As you can see from my edited recipe below, I ran into some complications.  Following her wonderful pictures kept me on track so...

Meal Plan Monday (On Tuesday)- Purging the Pantry

Meal Plan Monday (On Tuesday)- Purging the Pantry

It’s week two of Christmas break and I’m wonderfully comfortable here at Spencer’s; crafting, reading, and watching Netflix movies.  So comfortable, in fact, that I don’t want to leave.  Not even to get groceries.  And why should I? My library books aren’t due until next week. It’s Purge the Pantry...

10 Thrifty Ways I Plan to Save $100 in 2010

10 Thrifty Ways I Plan to Save $100 in 2010

1.  I’m going to make my Danskos last one more year. My friend who was working as a server while going to nursing school recommended these great clogs to me.  I’ve had my pair for more than a year, but hope to make them last at least one more. 2....

Holey Socks! (Make Great Rags)

Holey Socks! (Make Great Rags)

If you’re not up to darning socks, holey socks make great rags.  They wear out in the heel and toe long before they do along the top of the foot.  Put this still-cushy part to good use by cutting off the toe, heel, and bottom: the part of the sock...

A Compact Conversation With My Mom

A Compact Conversation With My Mom

I was chatting with my mom today about the great relief I felt being done with my Christmas shopping.  So glad I don’t have to do all that crap next year, I say. “What?! ” She says,  “You’re actually doing that thing?” Yup.  I am doing that thing.  I am...

Not Buying It

Not Buying It

I just finished reading Judith Levine’s book, Not Buying It: My Year Without Spending. It is an autobiographical account of Levine’s year avoiding all unnecessary purchases; including Q-tips, movies (even rentals!), and wine.   The book brought up many good points, and although the author and I have very different life...

Jacket Washing Anxiety & Considering Cost Per Wear

Jacket Washing Anxiety & Considering Cost Per Wear

Considering cost per wear of a clothing item is a good way to judge long-term savings.  To calculate cost per wear, estimate the number of times you will wear the item and divide that number by the cost of the garment.  For example: The jeans cost $75.  I estimate that...

Trudging Through a Winter Wonderland

Trudging Through a Winter Wonderland

Swiss Valley State Park Dubuque County, Iowa Spencer and I spent the afternoon at our favorite park taking our favorite Tony for a walk.  Well, we tried to walk.  There was a sign asking for walkers to please avoid the ski tracks, which we did our best to do.  Taking...