Hasn’t the world changed in six short weeks? It’s hard to believe that 6 weeks ago the bottom fell out of our normal. For me, as a nurse (and thank you for all the facebook love by the way on international nurses day!) the way I do my job changed overnight and as a mother I had my very first Mothers Day without my kids due to the travel restrictions between state borders. For us here at the shop we had to cancel classes, make changes to our crochet subscription club due to wool supply issues from the US and make the difficult decision as to whether to keep the shop open or shut it down. I am so pleased we were able to stay open and trading, albeit on reduced hours and by the skin of our teeth. I can’t thank you and the staff enough for riding out this rough patch with us. I have to admit it was coming into the store and being with those of you who were able to visit that kept me going on the really tough days.
Even though it has been difficult there have been some real highlights too. I love all the activity that’s been happening in the Stitch and Share facebook group. I really enjoy seeing all the unfinished projects being completed, the surprises we’ve all been finding in our various stashes and the sneak peaks we gave you into our sewing rooms. We’ve been enjoying giving one-on-one lessons and taking some of you with us on our virtual sew alongs sharing our tips and tricks. Kerry is about to start one making a shirt. You call follow along in the Stitch and Share facebook group.
Toni has been working away to get your Winter Subscription Boxes finished and they are looking fantastic. She’s promising us all some slow sewing and time to breathe. As of Monday our day classes are back (with reduced numbers) and in a few weeks we’ll add the night classes back too. We have new stock starting to roll in as well. There is a sense of newness in the air and I feel optimistic that we will survive this disruption and come out the other end with a renewed sense of community and appreciation of the joy that our stitching brings us together.