Spun Yarn 112
Hard to believe that it was only last Friday that I returned home from a wonderful
with an indomitable group of seafaring knitters!
We traveled from Australia to New Zealand. In the back of our minds, we were all aware of the gathering viral storm clouds, and washed our hands frequently and with vigour, all while carrying on. We visited extraordinarily beautiful places, saw thousands of woolly jumpers on the hoof, met wonderful people.
I am sure I was not alone in skipping down the gangway in Auckland and beginning my homeward bound trip with trepidation and some anxiety.
Things went comparatively normally, with the notable exception of all my flights being on time and seamlessly connecting. At checkpoints, I was met with only a few extra questions about past travel to China and Italy. A few face masks and gloves were in evidence with the front-line border agents.
Much to my relief,
I had a charmed journey home, with much hand washing, and have since remained in self-isolation in Dartmouth. So far, so good.
We must all do whatever it takes to slow this viral
freight train down. Understanding how exponential growth works is critical!
Previous to the end of life as we knew it, my year had been carefully choreographed with a ten-day recovery gap between New Zealand and
John's and my heading to the UK for a
long-anticipated three-month canal trip coupled with family celebrations.
Sadly for us, it quickly became obvious that we had to begin preparing our minds for significant adjustments.
I must admit that, even with our somewhat cocooned awareness aboard the ship of the ominous and ever-heightening levels of hygiene, reemerging into the world was a psychic shock. I hadn't fully appreciated the massive (and appropriate) shutdown that is taking place around the globe.
I'm now reassessing things here.
My premier task was to complete my business year-end paperwork and taxes. That is now done, thank goodness.
I am trying not to dwell on the disappointment of giving up our anticipated three months on the canals, which had already postponed from last year, and am looking ahead to plan some alternative stay-at-home activities. Thankfully, you and I knit, and many of us have been unconsciously awaiting this 'opportunity' all our lives, although definitely not in this frightening a scenario.
These are not going to be easy times for anyone: adjustment to a catastrophic change in life is very hard. We appear to be in it for the long haul, so have to
keep ourselves absorbed and entertained for the good of everyone's mental and physical health. We textile and fiber folks have a lot more resources than many,
so let's use them. Let's also try to introduce friends (with new time on their hands) to these hobbies; it may help them stay sane during the long
siege. Mail-order wool and needles are still available, and Skype or FaceTime knit-a-long meetings keep social contacts alive. I'm currently working on my
personal list of things to achieve during this challenging time, which I'll share with you in the next Spunyarn.
We are still shipping orders here, within the limitations of self-isolation, so please allow for delays.
Check out my Lucyknit channel! I've just added a new video, and plan to add even more as the self-isolation continues. Subscribe to my channel and receive notifications anytime I add a new video. There are many free videos already on my channel for you.
Many organizations are doing their best to raise morale, and are offering free (or nearly-so), diversions.
We think that this is a great time to learn to knit!
With that in mind, I am offering my
Brand New Knitter Video Download
(video version of the physical DVD) for $1CAD. It includes PDFs for two beginner patterns and can be purchased at my website.
Below are a few more offers we have discovered:
Wishing you all the best of health and happy and calming stitches.
Night and Day DK Blanket by Lucy Neatby
Knit yourself an heirloom with this spectacularly beautiful and warm double-layer blanket!
The Night and Day Blanket is not for the faint of heart! Some two-colour DK experience is recommended, and membership to my DK Technique Club will certainly provide you with many more in-depth techniques and tricks beyond the DK basics.
KnitCircus Yarns have created a Yarn Pack specific to this pattern! Choose the yarn pack which
features the same colorways I used in my blanket, or order your yarns a la carte! Click this
to pick out nine (9) 150g cakes of Greatest of Ease in the colours of your dreams.
Want to buy this Brand New Knitter bundle for another person? To purchase my Brand New Knitter video bundle for someone else (or for multiple friends), just follow the steps below:
Here's a knitting challenge for all of the housebound knitters...
A decadently sumptuous double layer reversible sock in ankle sizes 8 -10 inches.
This straightforward design is precisely written, all the more to seduce you into the pleasures of double-layer knitting! You can use this basic dk sock pattern as a starting point for more exotically patterned DK socks in your knitting future.
The Pinstripe DK Socks pattern is half-price ($4.75CAD) until March 28, Happy Stitches!
Keep an eye on our Clearance Section 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. Visit the DVDs page to order yours now!
we are offering even deeper discounts on DVDs through the end of November: 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!!
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