Thrifty Grannies

All of my good intentions with bread and yogurt went out the window yesterday. I’m in the middle of dealing with a logistical nightmare with the closets around here. The last couple of days I have been sorting through the girls clothes, trying to pare down to what we actually use. Hang on, I’m getting sidetracked, more about the closets later. I needed a few baskets to corral things in, so I ran to the thrift store. I found what I was looking for and swung by the blanket table. A little background first. Two years ago I knitted blankets for Hubby and the three bigger kids. They were a lot of work, a tad expensive, but totally worth it. For some reason, I just couldn’t justify spending the time or money on a blanket for myself. Since then, I’ve just been borrowing everybody else’s blankets. Part of the love of thrifting for me is waiting to find the perfect thing. The success of finding something is sweeter the longer you’ve been waiting for it. Since I made the blankets, I’ve kept my eye out for a blanket for me. I’ve come across dozens of crocheted blankets, but most of them were really scratchy acrylic or the colours were just atrocious. Today was my day. I went over to the blanket table and there she was. A gorgeous granny square blanket. It was big, 68″ x 51″. It was soft, and it was granny squares. (I have a really hard time photographing red, it never turns out right this is a beautiful scarlet colour). What could be better? Wait, maybe the price. Go on, take a guess. Yup, that’s right, $3. A whole $3. I couldn’t believe it, I almost squealed with delight in the middle of the store. I was so excited. There is something about waiting and searching and then finally finding what you’ve been after. We got home, had some extra snuggles with the girls and I made the most delicious beef and ale stew (more on that later too) for supper. The girls are doing a bit better, but my scratchy throat has now turned to a drippy nose ickiness. I had so many plans for this week around the house, but I’m not sure how much I’ll get done now. Now I think I might just need to get something warm to drink and curl up with my new blanket.

crochet, food, thrift store finds • Thursday, February 4th, 2010 • 20 Comments »

20 Responses to “Thrifty Grannies”

  1. vanessa says:

    Well done jennifer for finding the dream blanket at a totally amazing price! You are right, the feeling of getting something you want or have been searching for at a steal is the most satisfying and amazing feeling! I hope you are feeling better soon, runny nose is really annoying! Take care xxxx

  2. Petit Filoux says:

    Well it was definitely worth waiting for! Looks really nice! Look forward to hearing more about that stew, sounds delicious! I love stews, especially beef ones, when the meat just melts in your mouth…! yum!

  3. lucy says:

    Congratulations! You absolutely deserve it!

  4. summerfete says:

    Wow how cool!

    I know now how much work goes into one of these, I am nearly finished sewing mine together.

    Mine is also 7 by 9! Spooky!

    Clare x

  5. Farmama says:

    Hello Jennifer,
    What a score! It’s so beautiful! I love finding treasures at the thrift….my favorite trips to town are on the days we go thrifting! Enjoy that new beautiful blanket!
    love, sara

  6. How lovely and cosy. You just curl up and take it easy now… blessings, Concetta x

  7. Elizabeth says:

    Ooh, fabulous find. I’ve just started on making a second knitted blanket but somehow I know it’ll be a long job and will probably be finished sometime around next autumn. Hope you soon feel better.

  8. Adina says:

    Nice blanket.

    In regards to your cold, I recommend taking some vitamin D. A while back one of my younger sisters had a constant cold and the doctor told her to start taking vitamin D. That took care of it.

    I’ve been taking vitamin D for my bones, because I avoid the sun due to negative side effects from my medication. Since I’ve been taking it, I haven’t gotten a cold. That’s even after spending time with someone who probably had the swine flu, being around Matt when he had the terrible never ending cold, and being around all my students during their various stages of sickness.

    I hope you get better soon.

  9. Sue says:

    The blanket is beautiful,sorry to hear that you are feeling poorly.Snuggle up under your blanket with a hot drink and I hope you feel better soon.


  10. Charity says:

    That is very exciting! You’re right, finding just the right treasure, that you’ve been waiting and watching for, is one of the best parts of thrifting! Glad to see you have a blanket of your very own now. šŸ™‚

  11. Jen says:

    Oh lucky girl. This is beautiful. It will make anything that ails you disappear. Snuggle away!

  12. Mousy Brown says:

    Oh how beautiful! I am so going to have to come over there and visit that shop! Hope the snuggling works on the cold! Take care šŸ™‚

  13. French Knots says:

    What a wonderful find, so much time and work I wonder who made it. The colours are lovely, snuggle under it and try to get some rest.x

  14. Wendy says:

    What a find – she is gorgeous! Just right for snuggling under with your cold. Hope you’re feeling better soon – colds are never much fun.

  15. Jenny says:

    I am so glad the gods of the thrift shop have sent you a blanket to snuggle under…now maybe the gods of hot drinks could send you a toddy?

  16. I can not read, I am too in love with that blanket!

  17. AG Ambroult says:

    nice find! can’t beat $3.
    de-cluttering is always a good thing. It’s just the getting it done that’s the hard part…

  18. Emily says:

    Ha. I’m always stealing all the blankets around here too! Way to find a great blanket at a fabulous price. Hope you’re feeling better.

  19. apieceofwood says:

    I think I would have squealed a tiny bit too!

  20. Jude says:

    Hello, just popped in from the 20 Minuters group,
    Love your blog, I’ve already copied the Apple and Cheese Cookie recipe.
    The blanket is wonderful, love the red and black together.
    I’ll be coming back for more!!
    So interesting, thank you

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