It is a cold snowy Sunday here today. Perfect for sitting on the couch sewing felted wool sweaters into diaper covers. Later on we’ll head to the gym, but other than that we’ll be staying indoors today. I’ve been using my Moby Wrap to exercise with our son lately, and it’s working great. Our gym has an indoor track and a set of stairs with 28 steps going down to the level below the track. I put the baby in his wrap, grab two 9 lb weights, and hit the track. I just walk laps, and I go down the stairs and back up on each lap. I carry the weights while I walk, doing all sorts of bicep curls, tricep kickbacks, military press, etc. We’re usually there for about 90 minutes, and by the end of that, I’ve had a great workout. Nothing fancier than walking, stairs, carrying the baby and some light weights. But it works well. When it’s nice outside, we do the same sort of thing outdoors. But today is a good day for the gym. I love being able to get in a workout and snuggle my baby at the same time. And it’s all free, since my job at the library includes a free gym pass. Even though I’m just a sub at the library now, I still get the free gym pass.
I’m getting much better at making wool diaper covers. After I blogged about the one I made last week, Alissa left a comment with a link to a very simple wool cover pattern (thanks Alissa!) I tried that pattern and I’ve made two covers this weekend. I’m sewing them by hand with thick crochet cotton, and they’re turning out great. It’s very relaxing to sit on the couch and sew by hand. And the combination of the wool and the thick cotton thread means that they come together really fast. I’d say it took me about an hour to make each cover. Here’s a picture of the one I just finished this morning:
I’m still using old sweaters that a friend felted when she was making covers for her son. I have two sweaters that I haven’t cut up yet, which should make four more covers. That ought to do us for a while. And I can also make long wool pants using the arms of the sweaters, so I probably have enough wool to make diaper covers to last until our son is out of diapers.
Last night I went shopping with a friend, and we ended up at the thrift store near our house. I bought an extra-large men’s fleece sweatshirt that I’m going to make into diapers. I’ve found that fleece is a great fabric for the inside of the diapers, since it’s soft and doesn’t stain the way knit cotton does. I got the shirt for $2.50, and should be able to get at least four or five diaper liners out of it.
Around the Frugal Blog Network,
The Tight Fisted Miser writes about how he and his girlfriend divide their expenses. She’s not as frugal as he is, but they’ve both compromised a bit, and it works for them, which is all that really matters.
Almost Frugal has written about her guilty pleasures. We all have them, and frankly (unless your guilty pleasure is a Ferrari) I think they’re worth it.
The Frugal Duchess has a post about some of the financial schemes to which people are particularly vulnerable during bad economic times.
Frugal Zeitgeist has a very helpful post about getting promoted. Any tips that lead to a promotion or a raise are good right now, considering how tough the job market is.
Not Made Of Money has details about some things you might not know about your credit score.