How else is Walmart going to give its remaining workers a raise increase? I think these Sam's Clubs are having a difficult time competing with Costco which does provide for its workers with good salaries and benefits.
Are you using stitch markers to separate the repeats? Are you putting in life lines between each 4 row repeat so if you make a mistake you'll only have to go back 4 rows? When doing lace work you need to be proactive, use those life lines. And if you don't understand how to do something, go to verypink.com and watch Staci and her various tutorial videos.
Now, always practice a lace pattern before starting a project so you'll understand all the terms and how to do the stitches. There are a few variations to SSK you may want to investigate. Some are better than others depending on the stitch patterns you're using. Google variations of SSK and see what the videos show. Google is our friend when it comes to problem solving.
Check your local library for animal patterns.
Travelling to brick and mortar stores can be problematic without a car and many seniors can't just hop on busses to get from point A to point B, do their shopping and schlep everything home. And Uber or Lyft aren't in every area to help. I do a lot of my shopping on line because places such as Macy's or Nordstrom may only have one of the items I wish to purchase when I want 2 of something. So the items are ordered and sent. Look how many of us order our yarns and needles on line because our local yarn shops may not carry what we want. This ordering on line is the wave of the future. We can now have our groceries delivered. Wheeeeeee!!
Do you have a picture of what you want? Now I'm going to be a stinker and ask why you want to make a dress for an infant? They sleep most of the time. Make something at least a size 2. In fact check Ravelry for the free Skacel "Grow Into Me" dress. It's very cute and easy to make.
I would use "sock locks" rather than mesh bags. My plumber, and I have him on "speed dial", recommended not putting heavy items in mesh bags, lots of socks, as this throws off the balance of the washer.
Oh yes, and we still have the electric carving knife from 50 years ago. It still works.
I just tuck the end into what I have wound, then put the cake/ball into the nylon shoe footies I collect from trying on shoes. These footies keep the yarn clean and everything wound together.
Had the senior version before going to Spain. Told my husband he had to do the same thing. Now gals and guys, we have an extra excuse to stay home and knit/crochet...we don't want to catch this horrid strain.
I have found Deborah Norville acrylic yarns pill less than most and can be found at JoAnn's craft stores. This yarn has a tight weave which helps though most of my knitting has revolved around hats, baby blankets and scarves. As for sweaters, haven't made any in 40 years.
God gives children to the young. Grandparents are for spoiling them.
Starbright 12 I think the only needle company that makes a 4.25mm/US6 is KA classic bamboo which I happen to have. This is why I know there are 2 sizes for a US6. Maybe a needle company in your neck of the woods carries this, otherwise try for a 4.5mm and see what happens. Also, if you have more than one 4.5mm, try them all with the yarn you want to use. I have found that different needle materials act differently with different yarns and you may not get the same swatch with plastic vs metal vs wood vs bamboo. I won't even mention(yes I will) shape such as round, square and hexagonal can also change results. This is why we have so many different types of needles because there is no one needle that plays nicely with every yarn.
Cotton doesn't stretch and having some elastic in the socks helps get them over an infant's foot. Check with your local yarn shop to see what is available in a stretchable cotton. Also, make mitts for your great grandchild. A baby's nails are sharp and unless the undershirts have long sleeves with built-in flaps to cover hands, babies can and will scratch themselves.
Use larger needles and you'll be fine. You'll just have to make it "taller" for a toddler than an infant. Since a 3.75mm is a size US5, try for a US6, BUT the 4.25mm version(yes, they exist, just hard to find and there is a difference in size with knitting) which will give you more wiggle room. Are you planning to use the DK weight yarn?
Try Costco for the drops. They are usually less expensive than any of the pharmacies and as for GoodRX.com, I checked a prescription and they were more expensive than Costco. Prices vary so try to negotiate.