Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Knitting in Common

At Common Thread in Saratoga Springs, the Tuesday Tea social knitting group usually meets at its Beekman Street store. But on this lovely late summer day, the ladies gathered in Saratoga's popular Congress Park and invited other knitters to join them.
I brought along my own work-in-progress and drew up a chair. At one point, there were seventeen ladies chatting and knitting together.
There was also an arts and crafts show going on in the park, which made a festive feel to the afternoon.
The owner of Common Thread,  Ashley Gardner, was available for help and advise, but mostly the ladies enjoyed the sunshine, their needlework, and each other's company.
 Part way through the afternoon, our chairs began to sway. A rare east coast earthquake had us all rocking and rolling.  No harm done, but one lady's English setter was trembling after the quake and needed comforting.

I wrote here about Common Thread when it first opened in April of 2010. I am glad to see that it has developed a loyal following. As I gear up for retirement at the end of this coming school year, I hope to take more advantage of the classes, help sessions, and social knitting times offered at this charming shop and, at least on this summer day, in the park.

Like to knit? Like to read? Click on over to Small Things for "Yarn Along" Wednesday and see what some other crafty folks are up to.

Note: You can find more information about programs offered at Common Thread yarn shop on their website,   http://www.commonthreadsaratoga.com/Home.htm . There is also an email list you can sign up for, to keep up-to-date on classes and other items of interest.

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Saturday, August 20, 2011

A lot o' terra cotta

I don't understand economics. Oh, I don't mean the stock market flips or the problems with the Euro. I mean the prices of goods and services right here at home.

Take these lovely terra cotta pots I bought today. At Ocean State Job Lots, they were priced at $11.00 a piece. Pretty reasonable. But today, they were on sale for $6.60 each. Thus, I gave in to temptation and bought two.

Now, these are real, hefty terra cotta pots. Not plastic or resin, the real deal.
And look where they were made - Italy! Not China. How can anybody be making money on these? Terra cotta is easily breakable. At any point on their journey from Italy to Ballston Spa, NY, some of the shipment must have been lost to breakage. And then there's their weight. As I said, these are hefty suckers. At 14 inches tall, they must weigh ten pounds each. I can't imagine what it cost to ship these. 

I'm not sure how the economics of my purchase works out, but I am very happy with my bargain. I think the pots are a lovely shape. I see them keeping to their Mediterranean heritage with lots of herbs growing in them. Or perhaps I'll do some plantings for fall color. I will have to post a follow up so you can see how they turn out.

Oh, and that stack of books?  They were selling them by the inch today at the Round Lake library book sale. Nine good books on gardening and similar subjects for six bucks. That should keep me busy for a while.

What goodies did you find this weekend?

PS That's Daisy the dog posing in the first photo. She was a good bargain, too. She is an American Eskimo, found at the SPCA several years ago. She's been a good addition to the family, along with Shea, our back-up rescued dog.