I am so pleased to let you all know about the most delightful shop! Local Gringos has sent in several of her kNotes for kNitters greeting cards for the January box!
After my Christmas knitting was done, I did what any real knit-a-holic does after completing several projects- join swaps! I have two to do in Feb! I think everyone should stock up on these beautiful, glossy, greeting cards- they really are the perfect ephemera to send with either your completed projects or with swaps!
Margaret is an archaeologist turned artist, who is now addicted to fiber. After amassing vintage photographs of knitting an fiber related crafts, she began to use them in altered art collages. I feel LocalGringos products have both vintage and modern appeal. These are the type of cards when you receive, you keep in a drawer or scrapbook someplace.
Speaking of amassing old photos. When I was in high school, (100% true story follows) I was "awarded" a summer internship at a local mental institution. A very very old one, complete with underground tunnels, old brick buildings- an entire compound. One week, they placed me in a little room stacked high with files they wanted me to "purge". I felt a lot like the young girl in Rumpelstiltskin who had to turn straw into gold. Upon opening some very old dusty, nay- decaying folders (some from very early 1900s) I was thrilled to find tiny black and white photos of past "residents". They wanted me to shred these- *gasp*. Well, I couldn't do it. I would stuff them in my jeans pocket and carry them home of a night. There were so many, I had to become picky about the ones I kept. The girl with the rose trellis behind her, the old man with thousands of deep wrinkles and an absent grin-they are still with me, hidden in a box for someone else to find. Those memories, instantaneously rushed back to me when I saw LocalGringos' cards.
Margaret was sweet enough to send me a card for my very own use! I mailed the "Knit Love, not everybody gets it" card to my sister who just learned to knit a few months ago. How relieved I am to finally have her as an enabler!
You are going to love your cards! In case you don't get one though, I am offering up a set of two as a giveaway. Just head over to LocalGringos, find something you love (difficult, I know), and post about it below! The winner will be drawn tomorrow! Plurks, tweets, forum posts and blog entries get additional points! Remember to leave an identifying mark!!
Thank you so much LocalGringos! We can't wait to see what new collections you'll come up with next!