Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Knitters, We Have Arrived!

Do you see that? We are one of the 2007 Holiday Stamps issued by the U.S. Postal Service!

Yes, Knitters, those are the Holiday Knits you're looking at, courtesy of artist Nancy Stahl. Forty-one cents, first class postage, and you'd better believe I'm going to buy some ASAP.

I mean, how unbelievably cool is that??

Goldisox and I went out to vote this afternoon. I'll admit I wasn't feeling terribly a) enthusiastic or b) locally patriotic over the prospect. Once upon a time in a land far away I was a very political animal. One of those creatures who volunteer their time and actually believe politicians have the good of the people at heart. Well, I had that beat out of me over the years and now I vote because a) I can and b) if I don't, I really have no right to bitch and moan about the outcome.

Anyway, my favorite League of Women Voters volunteer was on duty when we got there, the one who is always crocheting or knitting. "It's a lost art," she said sadly when I complimented her on her work. "Not anymore," I said and told her some of what's been going on here on the internet. I think I might have convinced her to get wired. She showed me an absolutely beautiful baby blanket she just finished. It was a slanted, shell pattern and I honestly couldn't tell if it had been crocheted or knitted. (The pattern was off the label of one of those mega-skeins of yarn you find at discount stores.) I was about to ask her when a couple of other voters coughed politely behind me and I lost my chance. I can still see the stitches in front of me: all of them perfect and perfectly wonderful.

Some days are just better than others and this turned out to be one of 'em!

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Blogger ~Tonia~ said...

I saw the stamps a while ago and thought that they were joking at first. It is so cool that they are recognizing knitters.

Glad that the day turned out to be a good one.

9:23 PM  
Blogger Minna said...

I wonder if they have first day covers with those stamps, too... I just may have to find someone who would like to trade Holiday Knit stamps -that you can't obviously get from a Finnish post office- for some Finnish Christmas stamps or something. *g*

7:17 AM  
Blogger Nancy Herkness said...

Those are so lovely. I'll definitely be putting them on my Christmas cards. Thank you for letting us know about them, Barbara!

9:55 AM  
Blogger KnitTech said...

Last year there was a bit of a line when we went in to vote. I pulled out my sock and started knitting. One of the older ladies wanted me to adopt her, so she could get handmade socks.

11:24 AM  
Blogger Nicole said...

I saw the ad for those stamps last time I went in to the post office, but not the stamps themselves. I'll just have to keep going back until I find them!

11:44 AM  
Blogger kshotz said...

Totally cool! I'll be using them as well!

4:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wish the Postal Service would have an all-purpose Holiday stamp. These are good for friends and family, but I wouldn't use them on cards to clients or people whose religions I don't know.

3:29 PM  

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