Welcome to the
Hearts On Fiber Newsletter
If you are new to our weekly newsletters, here is some information about us. We have added all our past newsletters to our blog so if you want to you can read more about my irrational fear of roaches or how I lost my keys and found them in an unusual place.
GOOD NEWS – Phase 1
During the last eight weeks, we have been fortunate enough to be in the shop almost every day. Our family bubble is also our employees. We are incredibly privileged to be healthy, together, and still relatively like each other.
With minor adjustments, we were able to provide all our products on our website. We quickly set up Zoom, made virtual appointments, and implemented curbside pickup.
Has it been hard? Yes. Are we worried? Yes. We are still privileged and grateful for all our challenges. We have taken our business to another level. We provide the same service, kindness, and humor virtually. We worked out how to continue our robust community with Discord, and some of my favorite people have gotten to know each other.
So why am I telling you all this?
Because we have to move forward and make a plan, I know that several retail stores have opened with limitations, and some are choosing to move slower. I find myself seeing the pros and cons of each side. Yet we need to make a decision.
There are many factors involved. If anyone in my family gets sick, we have to close the shop. That’s scary. Not only that, but I would also feel so bad if we were sick, and we passed on the sickness because of our actions.
More importantly, we have made a HUGE mess in the shop. It’s worse than my teenager’s bedroom. We have taken stuff apart, moved things, didn’t put anything away. There is yarn everywhere, and no one will clean the dye pots.
OK… But what does that all mean?
We decided that we will take the beginning of this week to clean up and organize. We will continue as usual with online orders, invoicing, shipping, and curbside pick up. The online and pick up options have allowed us to be flexible to customer’s needs. We like it. We hope you like it.
On Wednesday, we will experiment with In-Store Shopping appointments. From Wednesday to Saturday, we want to see how we can navigate the store while keeping us all as safe as we can. So sign up to help us experiment.
If all goes well, starting Monday the 18th, we will open the store with limited hours. Monday through Saturday from 11 to 4 pm. And we will have rules and requirements for us and you. I’ll list them below.
While we will not offer any formal classes or in-store gatherings, we will continue to work on unique ways that we can socialize and support each other.
Please let me know if you have any questions. Be well, and take care of yourself. We miss you!
RULES, RULES, RULES
You’ve heard them many times, so there should be no surprises. Keeping each other safe is the most important part!
What we are doing:
- We will wear masks at any time someone is in our store for any reason. Here are Lily and Logan wearing a mask from Buttonjar Studio. (Logan now knows she’s was wearing her mask upside-down.)
- We will have hand sanitizer when you walk in. Also, we will have soap at the sink, and in the bathroom.
- We will wipe down all surfaces regularly and disinfect often.
- Our 50% maximum store capacity is 12 people. We are going to cut that in half and only allow 6 in at a time.
What you can do:
I’m sure many of you have read the article The Risks – Know Them – Avoid Them.
We wear masks to protect others, not ourselves. So let’s follow the W’s
- Wear a face covering
- Wait 6 feet apart and avoid close contact.
- Wash your hands or use hand sanitizer.
- And lastly, if you don’t feel well, please stay home.
|Wednesday, May 13th, we will meet in our parking lot to Social Distance and craft. Everyone is welcome from 10 am to 12 pm. Bring a chair and your project.|
PSA – wear sunscreen even if it’s a bit chilly, or you will end up with a burn like me. Oops!
Trending Right Now
I looked up some fun stuff for you on Ravelry.
- Brioche lovers can try out Blooming Lilacs Shawl.
- Stephen West’s new Triangle Parade Shawl. “The sections are knit together with a modular knitting technique. Each shape is framed with I-cord edges as the shapes grow from small to large triangles and parallelograms.”
There you go, learn something new!
- How about some crochet? Scrappy Corner to Corner Baby Blanket uses an easy invisible yarn joining technique. Hundreds of little scraps can be joined to make a giant continuous ball of yarn, in a fun rainbow of colors, then crocheted together with no ends to weave in later.
- Lastly, seriously, please take a look at Anastasia Kirs Ravelry page. It’s cuteness overload!
I’m going to leave you with the highest trending Crochet pattern on Ravelry today.
The Kitty Couch – Green Sofa. You’re welcome!