Friday, August 26, 2011

Goodbye Irene....

What you see, is what we saw, this morning.   We are very grateful that Irene passed us by with just a bit of wind and rain, followed by a sunny FL day.   Of course, our thoughts and prayers are with our friends & family in the NE.  Perversely enough, they are in much more danger than we ever were.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Caveat Emptor...

It's that time again. I finished my most recent easy/movie/beach knitting project and am in the market for another. I have had it at the back of my mind, that I "need" a simple shawl to wear with everything from a sun dress to jeans + a tank. The Summer Wrap (Mac+Me) fits the bill perfectly (and I already own the pattern). That decided, it was time to pick a yarn. The pattern calls for aran wt cotton (just right for FL) and I want a neutral color. Since nothing in my stash would do, I started shopping. At this point I did something I almost never do. To keep costs down, I went to Michaels to look at their yarn possibilities. LB Organic cotton seemed like a good fit but when I ran the numbers, it was going to cost $90 (since when is "cheap" yarn $8.99 a hank?!). If I am going to spend $100 on yarn it is not going to be "cheap" yarn. I went home, found Blue Sky Alpaca Organic cotton at Webs, and put the called for yardage in my cart. Surprise! The same yardage of this much loved "high end" yarn came to half as much as the other stuff. How can that be? It all comes down to yardage. The BSky hanks had half again as much yarn as the LB yarn. That meant that I needed five $11 hanks (Webs discounts) instead of nine $9 hanks. Let the buyer beware, indeed.
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Thursday, August 11, 2011

The Help

Went to see The Help today with my mom & sons.   It was that most rare of things, a movie that was every bit as good as the book.    Do yourself a favor and treat yourself and your family to this important story.

Saturday, August 6, 2011

I heart Starbucks...

Do you heart Starbucks too, then maybe you read Starbucks Melody (if you don't, you should).    Last month
Melody asked her readers to think about what the "Starbucks Experience" means to us (here).    Don't you love it when you already know the answer to the question?     It turns out that a few weeks ago, my son asked me why I never use the drive-thru at our local Starbucks.   This got me thinking.   I hadn't really noticed it but he was right.   We are coming up on three years in FL and I have yet to use this or any other Starbucks drive-thru.  To answer his question, the reason that  I always go inside for my coffee is because they are nice to me there.   It is kind of like "Cheers" with caffeine.    I like to go there because everyone knows my name.   They also remember my favorite drink (skinny, decaf, mocha, latte), inquire about my kids, and remember what we have been up to from visit to visit (The baristas were almost as excited as I was when hubby and I stopped in on our way to a childless lunch & movie.).  So, is this, then, the much touted "Starbucks Experience"?    Absolutely!  

P.S.  I probably don't have to tell you where I went on National Knit in Public Day, do I?

Friday, August 5, 2011

My crafty life...

Over on Blogher, I've been reading a series of articles on better blogging. The idea of defining the blog's niche has me thinking. Certainly Serenity Knits began as a knitting blog but is that still what I am doing here? Do I still love knitting? Only as much as oxygen (which is to say a lot). However, life events (especially our move to FL) has had me using this space as more of a sounding board than it started out being. On top of that, I have dealt with my loneliness by taking a bunch of art courses which have me really spreading my wings into other artistic disciplines. Expressing myself both visually and in writing has helped a lot and I would like to share that here. Okay so back to categorizing. For the moment, at least, I will think of myself as a "Crafty Life" blogger. What do you think?
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