I haven't been shopping (i.e. estate sales or auctions) in over a week. When will my hands start shaking?
I've been knitting squares for what I'm calling a sampler afghan. The squares are all the same size, but different stitches and patterns. As I finish them, I'm blocking them and sewing them together.
I've tried some lace patterns, a basketweave and one square will even have a raised heart made by using a combination of knit and purl stitches. You can see the bottom of the heart to the left of the text.
Okay, you might have to use your imagination.
A few days ago Carol of Raised in Cotton had a blog post about the economy, tough times & the news about Rachel Ashwell filing bankruptcy. It was also about gratitude for how friendships and inspiration found through blogs has enriched our lives.
Carol made reference to "circling our wagons and giving support to those around us that have touched our lives". I love that sentiment because I believe we're much stronger when we work together.
Much as I try to "buy local" when I go to the grocery store, I'm going to try and buy "independently" and move some of my dollars from places like Starbucks and Target to small businesses, both on-line and the brick & mortar world. Don't get me wrong- I love Starbucks & Target, but if I can divert a few dollars to a small independent business that shares my love of vintage, handmade, one of a kind merchandise that supports a creative lifestyle, I hope my spending decisions will be a small step in "circling the wagons."