Life is settling into a new "normal" here. John and I have developed a weekly shopping list, from which my daughter is kindly (and carefully) keeping us supplied.
We hope to soon be sufficiently organized to make it stretch into a two week list, as this would reduce her exposure instances as well as our own.
It's been over two weeks since my return from Auckland, but our quarantine is not over yet.
Our son, who returned from British Columbia a few days after me,
is staying with us, so we will continue to
maintain isolation for a bit longer.
Realistically, I don't anticipate much difference in our behaviour thereafter: we have to stay away from others to stop transmission
of the virus.
My brain is still reeling at the enormity of the situation, but we must each take care of ourselves so as not to be a burden to the medical system,
while we help a few others. We will overcome.
I do miss the sensation of waking up (assuming one has slept) and feeling the desire to leap out of bed and get on with things.
I find that it is super
important to set daily goals to prevent myself from slipping into a kind of zombie limbo.
My new routine involves working on the knitting business until midday: as a self-employed person, I realize the importance of setting work-time limits.
This week, I am catching up with pattern writing. I've started by working on the Adventure Mittens and, now that I've finished
knitting my prototype, the Night and Day DK Cowl pattern will soon get my attention. The
Night and Day DK Blanket
pattern is officially finished, with all links and page numbers checked. My dear tech editor Arden has never been so speedy! Thank you!
The enforced at-home time is also letting me complete new videos for my You Tube channel, and I am finding some
time to answer technical questions with a video answer.
You can find my Lucyknit channel
I don't know about you, but I am a big fan of lists! This is my current list of things I'm working on (or plan
to be working on) in the afternoons:
Pattern writing and editing: I knit much faster than I can get things written. I must turn my attention to completing
the Adventure Mittens pattern.
I've been waiting to complete the second thumb until I could write it up as I knit.
I also fairly urgently need a new knitting project,
as I am very close to finishing the DK cowl. After all of the blankets, I'm just not used to DK projects that I can complete this quickly!
Making patchwork curtains: We have some very ugly, extremely old, horribly tatty, previously remade, curtains for which I
have decided to make patchwork fabric
to substitute. My plan is to make two very thin quilts that can be attached to curtain rings, to be drawn or opened.
My window quilts on Tancook are regular
quilts with pockets containing iron washers which connect to magnets over the windows - it's all or nothing with them,
and I have to hang them every evening - not
that it is difficult, but I'm planning a somewhat easier mechanism for the new ones.
Planting seeds: For once, I am going to be in the same place for a full growing season.
I will try not to over-succumb to the seduction of seed catalogues (but make no promises!).
Miraculously, our local garden supply store will fill out and bag pre-paid orders, then put the brown bag into the trunk of
your car upon your arrival. In addition to planting outside, I have already started sprouting seeds
to grow salad indoors.
Sorting and editing family photographs: This should be simple-- I only have the last 8 years or so to tackle!
The task has always struck me as overwhelming,
but I am determined to make a concerted effort. To this end, I've drawn up a spreadsheet listing years and months,
and my aim is to sort, delete, tag, and add
details for one month of photos per day. Will it work? My fingers are crossed.
Regular Phoning, Face Time-ing or What's App-ing with friends and family:
I was lucky enough to visit my youngest daughter in San Francisco on my way to Australia last month.
How wonderful to see her in her own space, it was such a different way of life there, to which she has adapted. But different again now...
And, purely for pleasure, I am puzzling away my evenings.
My 5000 piece jigsaw is progressing - maybe 4000 to go now. Now that all the pink and orange bits are done, progress will likely dwindle to a slow crawl.
My suggested reading for this edition:
Get your narrowboat fix (I'm pining) by reading Narrow Boat Oleanna's
blog, it's a fun read and filled with lovely photos.
Tilly the cat, a sometimes contributor to the blog, also writes eloquently about her canal life.
A favourite book of mine by Wisconsin author Michael Perry is
Truck: A love story, and I'm enjoying rereading it. It's also available in e-format.
I particularly love his wisdom about seed catalogues!
Our friends at Bluprint (previously Craftsy) are offering a
Creativity Care Package
until April 9!
They have been looking at ways to nourish your creative hearts and minds, all at home, to sustain and
connect during this
uncertain time, and have come up with this FREE Package designed to help families make the most of their time together.
You'll have free access to their full slate of content; including more than 1300
classes and series and hundreds of step by step project tutorials and patterns, making this the perfect time to learn
a new craft or hobby.
There you have it for this "new normal" way of life as we are coming to know it.
Wishing you all the very best, and do knit on!
Video Download Specials
To encourage the development of a new hobby for those who need distraction,
we are continuing with our
Brand New Knitter Video Download
for $1CAD and, for our seasoned knitting friends, all of the other
Learn with Lucy Video Download
have been marked down to half price ($10CAD each)!
Now is the time to watch some of the more esoteric ones: Finesse 2 (never have trouble with button bands again) or Finesse 1
(my favourite) - complete with its 'horror' movie sneak scissor-attack on a piece of
stranded knitting. I have enjoyed
shocking many classes of knitters with this one. Spoiler alert: It has a happy ending.
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Remember to check the newsbox for our weekly half-price pattern.
Plaid DK Scarf
is half-price this week!
This logical, double-layer scarf with two strikingly different sides is reminiscent of woven designs. It may be worked in
any yarn weight in a variety of widths. Minimal finishing is required. A wonderful introduction to double-knitting!
The Plaid DK Scarf pattern is half-price ($3.75CAD) until April 4,
Keep an eye on our
and watch for various sales on our regular
product pages - our efforts to achieve a major inventory reduction in
2020 will be your gain!
How about giving your knitting friends a class with me in their own homes? We are revisiting our popular DVD sale:
ALL of our DVDs are half-price!
For $15CAD plus shipping (and tax, where applicable), you can own any of the "Learn With Lucy" instructional DVDs.
DVDs page to order yours now!
we are offering even deeper discounts on DVDs: any second DVD you order will cost $10CAD, and any additional DVD will be another $5.
This special can be found on our
clearance page--please specify your chosen titles and your mailing address when placing your order.
These in-depth and wide-ranging titles will have you knitting like a pro in no time!!
New Additions to my free YouTube Channel
I've been fielding a few technique questions and am taking the time to videotape some of my answers.
By special request, I uploaded how to
Make 1 increases with and without Twists,
These increases are very useful and worthy of a closer look. This clip shows how to make them with either right
or left twists (and how to remember this), without a twist and on a purl row.
Double-knitters will enjoy watching as I demonstrate
Bi-Colour Knit-Purl Cast-On in Pattern.
The Night and Day double knit Cowl is cast on in pattern to coordinate with Round 1.
This video shows how to use two colour long tail (Continental) cast technique to create the appropriately coloured
stitches in the desired knit and purl pattern without getting tangled up.
I'm using my quarantine time to help you create Happy Stitches!
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