Photo credit: This photo by: Ali Kazal.

This check-in is for Monday, July 12th, 2021 starting at 12:01 AM CST.

It’s my 9th personal check-in on my blog here at, and if this is your first visit to my website and hat shop, welcome, and thank you for stopping by. I am always grateful for every visit.

I have been checking in here on my blog since Sunday, July 4th, 2021, and since that day, my check in posts here serve as my social media because I do not post my content on social media networks other than Twitter. My Twitter posts are generally updates only about this website, and my beanie store. If you would like more information about why I stopped posting on social networks, see CHECKING IN 002.


2:11 AM CST – I think I’ve chosen a great way to start off my Monday morning today. I donated to The Trevor Project, an organization that works to prevent suicide among LGBTQ youth. Suicide by anyone, young or old, straight or gay, should not be an issue. But we have this issue because of bigotry, prejudice, and hate, and it needs to stop. It was only a small donation, but I will be donating again. I’m also going to make a pledge that for every item sold from my DudeCapz Beanie Store, I will donate $1.00 so that educators and volunteers who work in The Trevor Project can continue with the support they need to give support to the young people who need help the most.

I honestly don’t know a lot at this point about The Trevor Project. I just looked them up earlier tonight on Google as I was searching for organizations that support LGBTQ youth. When I went to their website, I immediately loved that they have a hotline number readily available, as well as a chat option available right at the top of their website that young people who need support can easily find and get the support they need. I will be researching more about The Trevor Project this week during my time off.

5:12 PM CST – I’m just waking up… well I’ve been awake for about half an hour. More rain is coming. I hear thunder. Rain has been a trend for several days now.  I came home from work this morning and had to wait around for the guy who cuts my grass for me to finish so that I could pay him. So I ended up getting to bed later than usual. That is why I’m up so late. I would normally be getting up around 2:00 or 3:00 on a day off. It’s no big deal. I’m off for four days. While the man was cutting my grass, I decided to learn a new crochet stitch – mesh stitch. I started designing a new beanie, but what I’m creating is too big for a beanie. So I have accidentally designed a cowl, and it’s looking good. I killed tbis two birds with one atone this morning. I learned a new stitch, and I’ve started designing a cowl. I have been wanting to design and make a cowl for awhile, and now that I’ve started, I’m hopefully going to be getting some put up in my store for sale.

9:05 PM CST – I have a new favorite item. It is the cowl I just finished a short while ago that I mentioned earlier today. It came out perfect. See photo below.

I made this using small balls of leftover variegated, and ombre yarn that I had left from some beanies I made recently, and then I grabbed a solid color (Graphite – dark gray) to trim the top and bottom. Now I know exactly what to do with my yarn ends. This cowl will not go up for sale. I like it enough that I’m going to keep it for myself, and plus, it’s the first cowl I’ve ever made, so I have to keep it. I tried it on, and I have to say that I think I’d prefer to wear it over a scarf. I will definitely be making more of these soon. This was a fun item to make.

For anyone who may be interested, I just wanted to randomly show off my newest yarn basket that I use at home when I’m crocheting (or knitting). I just bought this at Dollar Tree a week or two ago. When I bought it, I went to Dollar Tree specifically looking for a new container that I could use as a yarn basket that could easily be carried from room to room (wherever I feel like sitting at any given time). I looked around, and out of all the plastic container choices, this was what I got. I also bought a red one, and blue one like it.

So just a short review of this product after using it for awhile. I like it, and I would recommend it to other crafters needing something like this to hold yarn balls. It’s made of thin plastic, so it is flimsy, but is lightweight and does a great job of holding yarn where I need it. I can place it down on the floor when I’m sitting in a chair, or sometimes I put it on my kitchen counter when I’m standing in the kitchen, which is also where I put my laptop when I feel like standing to get some work done. I have not had any issue with this basket sliding around. It has handles molded into it’s sides, so it’s easy to pick up effortlessly to move wherever I’m going in my house. I ws skeptical that I would like this basket when I bought it, but it was the closest thing to what I was looking for. I’m glad I bought it, and it’s doing the job I bought it for well.


Below you can find links to random videos I watched (or just popped up in my feed, and shared for viewer interest) on YouTube, interesting websites or articles I wanted to share.





That is it for this post. Again I thank everyone who visits this website, reads my content, shares my content, and most especially those of you who buys my handmade products and supports my small business.

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Store owner and blogger here at – David Thrift

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