The snow has turned to rain (for the most part) and that can only mean one thing: Spring Cleaning!
Since I started knitting waaay back when, I've stored all my notions in old shoe boxes under my couch. Classy, right? I've looked for other storage solutions but never really found anything I liked or wanted to afford. I came across these while shopping for a friend's birthday at Global Gallery.
They were $8 each (I bought three) and remind me of the grass baskets women wove while waiting for customers at the roadside fruit stands in North Carolina. They're woven tight and smooth with no snags to grab the yarn, and they even smell a little bit like seagrass! There were several sizes and shapes, from trashcans to little fingerbowls, and why am I telling you all this?
Because I was chatting with the manager and business has not been great, which I'm sure is not unique with the downturn in the economy. But I think stores like the Global Gallery, "a non-profit volunteer run organization dedicated to promoting fair trade and cultural enrichment in the Columbus community" should get our business. Aside from all the socio-political reasons, which I don't know enough to talk about intelligently, their products are unique, well made, and fairly priced. In the era of the big box stores, this is rare indeed.