Casual observance indicates that people are getting more lax with mask-wearing and social distancing. We are blessed with a beautiful, rural environment that has allowed us to get out and enjoy nature without meeting too many people. In our towns, we see people out walking regularly—alone or with their family members—and there is no need to wear a mask. Our restaurants have been providing curbside take-out to keep themselves afloat and we have been enjoying some semblance of normalcy by supporting them. As things begin to loosen up with New Hampshire’s Governor’s 2.0 announcement, retail shops are able to re-open on May 11th if they follow guidelines. Like many of you, I have people in my life who are vulnerable and I do not want to unwittingly transmit the virus to them. So I will open up the shop doors for people to come in, following the guidelines that make sense in my small space. Starting May 14th, I will open the doors on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, from 10:30 to 5:00, requesting that traveling companions wait outside on the bench or in the car, that patrons wear a mask, that we have no more than two customers at a time browsing while maintaining our social distancing. To protect my customers, I will wear a mask, wash my hands between transactions, and provide hand-sanitizer. However, I will also still provide curbside pick-up, phone, on-line, and email ordering. I will also accommodate individuals Monday through Wednesday by appointment and continue to schedule Zoom Yarn Tastings and classes. We have kept the cases in northern New Hampshire low by following the rules. Let’s continue to protect each other through our vigilance: stay safe by social distancing, frequent hand-washing, and yes, wearing masks.
Why do I feel like I should be driving around in an open-top Ford Fairlane, cruising into the local car hop? Something about the slower pace as I parked to pick up curbside a Jigsaw puzzle, then crossed the street to the market to pick up some meat, made me feel a little out-of-time, a little back-to-the-future-ish. The yarn shop is definitely an amalgam of the old world and the new. You can’t get more “tribal,” as a friend described it, than knitting. Archeologists recently unearthed yarn dating from 41,000 to 52,000 years ago (3 ply, apparently). Yet, we are meeting and I am teaching knitting on Zoom—quite effectively. So here we are. I’m teaching a mukluks class this Thursday, beginning knitting on Saturday mornings, a lace top next Thursday. We are having Yarn Tastings (sharing projects) and book club. I am taking orders and offering curbside pickups on Thursdays and Saturdays from 12-4. Check out the class schedule on loveyarnshop.com or on Loveyarnshop’s Facebook events.