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Free Knit Pattern: Checker-Square Garter Dishcloth

Free Knit Pattern: Checker-Square Garter Dishcloth

This dishcloth looks deceivingly difficult, but garter stitching and slipped stitches keep it simple.  The stitch pattern is easy to memorize but keeps you interested. You will need cotton yarn in two contrasting colors.  I used Size 8 needles for a gauge of approximately 4 stitches/inch. The finished size is...

Thrifty Fitness

Thrifty Fitness

My old age is closing in on me… 22 has been a hard adjustment.  I am doing my best to start good habits now because habits formed in the early 20’s tend to last through adulthood.  One good habit I would like to have is exercising on a regular basis....

Pizza Pie Budget

Pizza Pie Budget

Introducing my foray into instructional video production… Kind of! I am taking a class this summer to learn how to incorporate technology into classrooms.  One alternative form of assessment is having students create videos about what they have learned instead of taking a pen-and-paper test.  To get us in the...

Costly Clogs

Costly Clogs

Financial folk say you should spend no more than 8% of your annual income on clothing… which leaves me the potential spending of $1,152 each year.  Purchasing this one pair of clogs would take up 22% of my annual clothing budget, which is very close to 1/4. Which is a...

Dear Mom,

Dear Mom,

(a.k.a Jo Kramer of Jo’s Country Junction) Thank you for taking such great care of me this weekend when I got my wisdom teeth out!  The magazines, the movies, it was all spectacular.  I’m feeling pretty good and can gum around some food, but nothing is quite as great as...

Frugal Fashion- 7/7/10

Frugal Fashion- 7/7/10

Old Navy dress, via thrift: $5 Necklace, via thrift: $1 Sandals, via thrift: $1 Tote, my own: Free If I splurge on new clothes, which I do from time to time, I like to buy dresses.  This long knit dress can be casual or “dressy” depending on the accessories.  My...

Vegi Soup Mix Recipe

Vegi Soup Mix Recipe

The beginning of July is not usually a time to enjoy a hot barley stew.  But with the wonderful deal on dried beans that I found at the dented can grocery store ($.30!) I couldn’t resist my childhood favorite soup. My mom used to purchase a soup mix from the...

I Was Not Thrifty Today.

I Was Not Thrifty Today.

Sometimes I feel like the whole “thrifty” part of “Kayla K’s Thrifty Ways” means that I have to always talk about saving money. Then I can have a blog post like “look at this great deal” or “I made this meal with potatoes that were on sale” and other exciting...

Saturday Stash Building

Saturday Stash Building

Left to right: Purple stripe shirt, blue stripe shirt, print cotton shirt, retro outdoor tablecloth, retro flannel-back tablecloth, white small-scale print sheets This morning I called my friend Alyssa to go to Farmer’s Market.  Turns out she was on the way to go “garage-sale-ing” and asked me to tag along. ...

Life’s Little Rewards

Life’s Little Rewards

What is cooler than crocheting on the bus? Taking a picture of your crochet project while riding the bus. I may have mentioned it before, but I *heart* public transportation.  Crocheting while driving is difficult. And dangerous, I imagine. I was working on this crocheted scarf while running errands yesterday...