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March 16, 2020



Nothing to say other than I'm here, I'm listening, I'm knitting.

Lisa Smith

Thank you for your kindness.

Dana Snyder

I’m already stocked up with groceries! I actually went Friday before the complete craze hit and got everything I wanted. I live in a rural town in southwestern Virginia. My house is in the mountains so my neighbors aren’t too close. I’m a French teacher so we don’t have school for two weeks for now and the principals are meeting at 2 to decide what we need to do. I’ve already moved a lot of my things online since I’ve recently taken 2 google classes and somehow got lucky and gave my older groups books to read. I just have to share the questions to them. So that’s where I am now. Waiting to see what the next step is. I have lots of yarn to keep me going, my piano and I like to run so that should keep my sanity as long as I can still get out and run. No one has been infected in our area. My boyfriend hit the store this morning and got a couple things we were about out of that are hard to find these days. lol I’m used to being shut in if it snows so I’ll make it!! My kids are already doing their work I shared to them!

Talking about travel.... I have a trip planned to Florida in three weeks for break, (if we get it) and a trip to France in Spain in July with students. Sure is not certain now if we’re going to go. Not sure now if it’s worth even caring if I get my money back if it means keeping my parents safe in Florida.

I don’t have kids, just dogs and a cat. We’ll get through this!


I can't remember the last time I had a clear calendar with nothing scheduled! Knitting groups, book clubs and quilt group all canceled. I feel an opportunity for early spring cleaning presenting itself. Or maybe I will just knit! 😁😁

Kim Holbrook

My husband and I are committed to staying away from others as much as possible to help keep the curve flattened. I want hospital beds and medical staff available to those who will need them. Today, I’m enjoying the quiet and knitting. Staying connected is important! I will enjoy your blog posts, Allison!


As someone in my 70’s with several chronic medical conditions, I thank you & everyone else who self isolates. My ENT’s office just called to say they are postponing all visits for a month. I was thinking about doing that myself but my partner insisted that, since it’s a follow up exam post cancer, I shouldn’t reschedule. Now I have to find out what to do about my B12 shot. If things get as bad as Italy & I contract COVID-19, I’ll be the one that doesn’t get the ventilator. So I’m overwhelmingly grateful to all the younger folks who are self isolating.

Emma Swartz

Hi Alllison, staying in unless it’s absolutely necessary to go out, I have plenty to keep me out of mischief, might get some knitting out later on, stay safe and happy knitting.


I had knee replacement surgery 2 weeks ago, so I need to go to physical therapy. I will see my surgeon on Wednesday and will ask him if I can do my exercises from home. Physical therapy is the only time I leave home and my husband stays in the car. Luckily, we stocked up before my surgery. Most of my time is spent with my leg up on the sofa, iced, with a dog curled around it and knitting.

Mary Beaverson

Glad to see you blogging daily as I’m at higher risk and feeling a bit isolated already. Hoping my yarn order comes from you today. Blessings to you and your family! 🧶


Hello! I felt a touch of cabin fever when all the self-isolating and quarantine talk started. I get a weekly farm share from a local farm and supplement it with Hungry Harvest deliveries so I have enough food, even shelf-stable milk for my coffee. I have enough cat food and litter for a couple weeks and had just gotten prescription refills for myself and my 17-year-old cat. I calm myself by thinking about everything I have. Then the tp frenzy hit. I have seven big rolls so am set for about two months. But I still felt like something was missing. A yarn binge from SSYC filled that! As Allison can attest, I do not need any yarn but making that purchase lifted my spirits. USPS tells me the package will be delivered today. I expect to be spending quality time with the cats and knitting whatever for the duration of this challenging time. Wishing calm and good health to all.


I already love reading your blog so I am looking forward to daily updates. Currently I am still working as I am a nurse in a school district but although the students aren't coming anymore... we still are. I think all that changes Wednesday. I am so glad I stopped by the shop on Saturday and got my Urth Uneek yarn...


I have a Masters of Public Health in epidemiology and was an infectious disease epidemiologist in Ohio for about eight years. I left in 2011 for health reasons for me and my then-baby boy. I work from home.

My husband works for our state's largest university and is now working from home until further notice. Our kids go to the largest district in the state for school, and all K-12 public and private are closed for at least 3 weeks.

My kids are 7, 9 and 13. My 9 year old has asthma, as do I. I also have an autoimmune disease. Our stores are low or out on essentials. Stores are getting deliveries, but I have witnessed people paying others to buy the limit of TP and water on their shopper's card, then they hand over the cart in the parking lot. These people must be reselling, which I find very frustrating. I'm trying to get what our household needs, not to make money off this virus.

The stores I was at were out of: TP, paper towels, tissues, hand sanitizer, disinfectants, baby wipes and diapers, butter, eggs, bread/bread products orange juice, fresh fruit except bananas, etc etc. Low on milk, cheese, etc. I did see a lot of booze and ice cream LOL!

Thankfully, our school district has set up grab & go meals at 11 schools throughout the city. I did that with my kids today. That will ease the pressure a little, because there is not a lot of food for sale right now at Target, Aldi or Kroger.


I am near my middle 70’s, my husband will be 80 later this year. I took his car keys and hide them. I rarely leave home. I love SSYC for putting yarn at my front door. Hubby went to store to get bread last Friday, none could be found. No problem, I can bake bread. I grew up on a farm and had a kid when we soaked cloth diapers in borax and Clorox and used a ringer washer and a clothes line. What is the problem with no TP? Got wash cloth, soap and water? Let’s not panic over the small stuff. Hope that the furnace doesn’t break in cold climates. Some of us are still in winter mode.
Thank you Allison for making my small life colorful and brighter. We will be fine here. Plenty to eat and home made bread.
Stay Safe.


Hi, I love your site/blog & I came to visit your store once. :) I live in suburban Chicago and my husband and I are both now working from home through end of March.

People are kind of losing it around here. So far, I've been able to get groceries with the exception of bread. I did stock up before things got really crazy but I ventured out yesterday morning (Sun) at 6am and the store I went to had no bread or TP but they had pretty much everything else. Anecdotally, people are saying they have found TP around here without a problem, you just have to catch it at the right time.

I wish, though, that I could convince my 75 year old parents to STAY HOME. They went to, of all places, Costco, last Thursday, at the height of the insanity. Today they told me they went to Meijer. I threw up my hands and asked my brother, who lives near them, to go take their keys.

Looking forward to hearing about other people's quarantine adventures, knitting or otherwise.

Lorie Konopka

I had a nice little post started when my doctor's office called about an appointment. As of now, it's still on, but this is Monday and my appointment is Wednesday. We will see. Thank goodness for knitting!!! Doing the neverending scarf out of Fleece Artist Saldanha. Love love love it!!! But hopefully I will get to come see you guys soon!


What a great idea you've had! This has been a bright spot in my day and I'll look forward to reading your posts every day.

I only know one knitting joke, so here goes:
A piece of yarn enters a bar all alone and tries to order a drink. The bartender snarls,
“We don’t serve your kind here!”.
The yarn is forced to leave.
While sitting outside the bar and feeling all alone, the yarn suddenly comes up with a brilliant idea. Working quickly, he ties himself into a knot and unravels the ends. Taking a deep breath, the yarn boldly walks back into the bar and orders a beer instead.
“Hey!” says the bartender. “Ain’t you that piece of yarn I just threw outta here?”
“Nope,” replies the yarn, “I’m a frayed knot.”

Stay well!


My husband and I are in the high risk oldies group - and he just had back surgery recently and is recovering- so we are staying in the house except i make a once a week quick trip to the market. For fun, I sorted all my leftover yarn by weight, and I am making some “crazy socks”. Many colors and some different stitches and I feel good about using up odds and ends. They will be my virus socks, and I hope that on the other end of this, the worst I will have is some funny looking socks to remember from spring, 2020. Thanks for your blog and all the comments, it is a pleasant change from the craziness of the news.


I am also staying home and social distancing. I continue to knit a lot and spend too much time on Ravelry!

Laurie Bowman

My little city in West Texas hasn’t quite gotten on board with the socially isolating which has me a little concerned. They are telling older people and those with chronic illness to stay in and only limiting group gatherings to 200! Some of the restaurants in town are closing their dining areas, but not all. I work for a group of orthopedic surgeons and so far it is business as usual. I am so thankful to have my beautiful yarn and knitting to come home to after a long stressful day at work!

How nice to see a wonderful picture of your family! II have been a loyal customer since before James was born or even before you were pregnant, so it has been fun to watch your boys grow up via your blog. Enjoy this time to spend with your family, even if not under the greatest circumstances!


My world just got a little bit larger by reading all of the posts here. It definitely makes me feel connected and humbled by all of the different situations that people are in. I’m a high school teacher and will see my students for the last time tomorrow until who knows when. I will miss them but am thankful that technology will allow us to continue to meet virtually and to continue to learn new things. I am so grateful for knitting. Thank you for bringing us all together through your blog!

Linda Marlatt

You are so right to encourage us to stay home and flatten that curve! I am a knitter and crocheter so I switch between projects when my hands hurt. Due to being in a high risk group solely based on my age (68), I have been staying home for several days now. I am healthy and hope to stay that way. I miss seeing my grandchildren every day though. I'm thankful for texting and Facebook and now I found your blog! Keep up your encouragement.

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