With so many small and local places being bought out by large corporations, it is nice to have a day to celebrate the small businesses who have been able to survive - and in some cases thrive - through all of the hardship and uncertainty in recent years. So, I encourage everyone to support the small companies not just today, but whenever there is a need to find something special.
Enter my coffee cozie! It's really cute, basically a chunky knit sweater, and has a taper that makes it fit cups a little better. I went with a classic snowflake pattern on this one. It's just the right size for knitting it in the round, and it fits with our chilly winter months (which is also great for Minnesotans who aren't so into oceanic conservation but still enjoy a steaming cup on the way to work).
It's a great way to go: it'll keep coffee warm, keep you from burning your hands, and is washable and reusable. But the big one for me is keeping the coffee warm. I'm planning to add a few other coffee related warmers and things over the next few days.
But no matter where you shop, search, and scrounge, remember to please buy local today! The deals might not be quite as grand, but the benefits to the community are huge!
And on a side note.... the next time I show that coffee pot I'm hoping it will be red. Appliance paint, here I come!