Frugal Endeavors – Back tae auld claes and porridge

I love porridge!

January 2 – January 7 2018

The Christmas tree and all the decorations have been put away for another year. Time to put away the party clothes and get back to the work of running a frugal household. Continue reading


The adventures of Miss Wigglyhead – kicking butt in bunny slippers

The other week, Miss Wiggleyhead found her way back home after a summer of adventures. She won’t tell me what she got up to, claiming that it would compromise national security but she did confess to being a little sleepy. Continue reading

The Adventures of Miss Wigglyhead – Monkeying Around or How to Make a Sock Monkey Hat

Sock Monkey Hat front


I spent part of my week sitting in front of my wood stove crocheting this sock monkey hat for someone special:

Miss Wigglyhead saw the hat and had to have one for herself, so after much begging and a promise to keep her room clean, I made her one.

I used bits and pieces of yarn from my stash. They did not have labels so I can’t tell you much about them except they were all a fingering weight. Very little yarn was needed to make this hat. The finished hat will fit a doll with a head that is about 8″ in circumference.

You will need about 2 oz. of fingering weight white, red, and a mixed, tweedy looking grey/white yarn, two buttons for eye, a small bit of white felt for the mouth, red embroidery floss (I used Anchor #19), a needle, thread, a 3mm crochet hook, and a fork (to make the pom pom).

Abbreviations: ch = chain, slst= slip stitch, sc = single crochet, dc = double crochet

To make the hat:

Start with the WHITE yarn: chain 4. Form a ring by slst into first chain.

Round 1: Ch 3. 11dc into the ring. slst into the top of the Ch 3.

Round 2: Ch 3. 1dc into same stitch as Ch 3. 2 dc into each stitch all the way around. slst into the top of Ch 3.

Round 3: Ch 3. 2dc into the next stitch. *1dc into the next stitch, 2dc into the next stitch* slst into the top of Ch 3.

Round 4: Ch 3. 1dc into the next stitch. 2dc into the next stitch *1dc into the next 2 stitches, 2 dc into the next stitch* slst into the top of Ch 3. Tie off.

Round 5: With your RED yarn: Ch 1. 1sc in the next stitch and 1sc in each stitch all the way around. slst in the top of ch1.

Round 6: repeat Round 5. Tie off yarn.

Round 7: With your GREY/WHITE yarn: Ch3. 1dc in the next stitch. 1 dc in each stitch all the way around. slst into the top of Ch 3.

Round 8 to Round 12: repeat Round 7. Tie off yarn and weave in all the ends.

To make the ears:

With the GREY/WHITE yarn: Chain 3. slst into the first stitch to form a ring.

Round 1: Ch 3. 9 dc into the ring. slst into the top of Ch3.

Round 2: Ch 1. 1 sc into each stitch all the way around. Tie off yarn. DO NOT slst to Ch 1.

Repeat for the second ear.

After crocheting the ears, sew them to each side of the hat on the grey/white section.

To make the mouth:

Cut a small oval from white felt. I used a piece of felted wool from a white sweater but cheap white felt from the craft store would work just as well. With a single strand of red embroidery floss, use a stem or back stitch to embroider a smile.  Sew the mouth to onto the hat.

Sew on two buttons for the eyes.

To make a small pom pom for the top of the hat, I used a fork and the tutorial found here:

How to make a mini pompom:

Once made, I stitched the pom pom to the top of the hat and plopped the hat on Miss Wigglyhead’s head.

I hope it will keep her warm while she is out having adventures.

Now if I could only get her to keep her shoes on when she is running around in the snow!


Frugal Endeavors

Fall leaves

Fall leaves

October 12 – 19

The week began with leftover turkey for super. Leftover turkey played a starring role in several meals this week. I also prepared the spaghetti squash given to us using a recipe found online.  I saved some of the seeds from the squash for next year’s garden.

I washed several loads of laundry and hung it out on the line to dry.

I started going through my box of mending. I fixed one sweater that I should be able to wear while working outside. I crocheted one hat using yarn from my stash and picked up a skein of very nice wool yarn for less than $2.00 for another toque. I crocheted while watching a couple of episodes of War Time Farm on youtube.

We had decided to move our Thanksgiving celebration to this weekend. We spent a pleasant afternoon with my mom and brother eating turkey. I brought home the leftovers including the turkey carcass. The weekend was spent making turkey soup, another batch of soap, and tending the fire while burining off debris from the woodpile.

How was your week?

Getting Ready for Winter – crochet hats

One hat in the works.

One hat in the works. The beautiful yarn bowl was a gift from my very talented friend. More of her work can be found at her website.

Despite the warm, sun kissed days we have been experiencing, I know winter is on its way. As part of my winter preparations, I took a look at my winter clothing and realized that I do not have anything to keep my head warm while working outside or for wearing inside while waiting for the heat from the wood stove to fill our house. Even though I struggle with crocheting hats, I decided to try again and dug out my hook and went through my stash of yarn. I am making my hats out of wool because I find that wool keeps me warmer and last longer.

The green wool shown above was left over from a sweater I made for myself several years ago. That yarn was found in a house that my brother had purchased and cleared out.  I searched the local thrift stores, but 100% wool yarn is hard to find. I finally went to a local fiber store and bought a skein on sale for $2.00 of a very pretty blue wool from Ireland.

Most crocheters find that hats are not hard to make with a bit of practice.  Several patterns are available for free on the internet and most libraries will have books to lend. Many libraries and yarn stores host beginner knitting or crocheting classes for those interested in learning. These are the patterns I am going to try:

Grow Creative: Shell Stitch Crochet Hat- Free Pattern: A shell stitch hat made from the scrounged green wool.




Amazing Grace Free Hat Pattern

An Amazing Grace Hat using the blue, on sale wool.




51.1.redThis pattern would be an excellent way to use up bits and pieces of leftover yarn.



Simple Crochet Beanie Hat Plus Other Matching Crocheted Accessories - Photo © Michael Solovay

I’m thinking about using a variegated yarn in my stash to make this simple beanie.



Hats usually require only a skein of yarn.  While it’s true that good yarn is expensive, there are a few ways of obtaining good quality yarn for little money.  One is to put the word out to family and friends.  Many crafters have yarn they are willing to give away to whoever will use it. Thrift stores are another resource of not only skeins of yarn but also of sweaters that can be unravelled or “frogged” and the yarn reused.  I have done this several times and have ended up with several skeins of good quality fibre for very little money. An excellent tutorial of what to look for and how to frog a sweater can be found here.

Now I am ready to meet winter head on!

How about you? How are you getting ready for winter?