These last few months have been rough - none of us could have predicted at the beginning of 2020 that we would soon be running out of toilet paper, cocooning in our homes for weeks on end, and wearing masks whenever we go out in public. I’ve spent a good deal of time over the last few months thinking about how I can help my fellow fiber enthusiasts cope during this bizarre time and I’ve come to the conclusion that we makers have been training for quarantine for most of our lives. Being forced to stay in our homes gave us an excuse to bust out our special stash of yarn and dust off the knitting needles and crochet hooks so we could finally bring some of our project ideas to life. I won’t say that the quarantine has been easier for us, but at least we’ve had something to keep our hands busy!
With all the fabulous making that’s been going on, I started brainstorming ways I could help you keep those creative juices flowing as we start settling into this new “normal”. Fresh Fibers Finds, my new email/blog series, is designed to provide you with weekly inspiration and share some of the fantastic things I’ve found for fiber artists. I’m going to be sharing some beautiful yarns, awesome patterns, and other amazing products to help keep you inspired and creating. This week we’re exploring all things socks - stay tuned every Monday for your next dose of fiber-y inspiration. If you want to make sure you won’t miss out, sign up for my email list and get your weekly creativity boost delivered directly to your inbox.
Are you a sock knitter? Socks are a relatively quick and simple knit, they’re super versatile, and they make GREAT gifts! They’re also a great project to take on the go, since you can easily throw them into your bag on your way out the door. If you haven’t tried making socks yet, it’s high time you did. I’ll give you a fair warning though - knitting socks can be HIGHLY addictive, so if you’re anything like me, once you start you won’t ever want to stop!
To help get you started, I’ve rounded up this great selection of FREE sock patterns for you. With a little something for everybody, from beginners to more advanced knitters, you’re sure to find a great new pattern to try.
I must confess, it was SO hard to pick out only a few sock patterns to share with you - there are SO MANY great ones out there! If you’d like more sock inspiration, follow my Socks board on Pinterest, where I’m always pinning great new sock patterns that I’d like to try.
I can’t wait to cast on some Broken Seed Stitch Socks - which pattern are YOU most excited to try? Once you’ve decided, head on over to the shop to grab the perfect yarn for your new socks.
I know most of us are MORE than tired of hearing about COVID-19, but if forecasts are right, I doubt we'll be done hearing about it anytime soon.
For the protection of you, my customers, my family, and the patients I serve as a front-line health professional at the pharmacy, I have made the very difficult decision to close the doors of the shop until at least the end of March. I did not come by this decision lightly, but I feel called as a health professional AND as a human to do my duty to protect those around me.
As knitters and crocheters, we are well equipped to keep ourselves busy while following the Public Health recommendations for social distancing. In fact, this may finally be the time some of us make a significant dent in our never-ending yarn stashes! That being said, I understand the frustration of being SO CLOSE to finishing a project and realizing that you are missing some essential element needed to complete it. Or the letdown after the excitement of planning a new project, only to discover that you don't have the needles or hook you need to get started. So I have come up with a way to meet your fiber-related needs without risking virus transmission - you will notice a new "SHOP" button in the navigation bar at the top of the page.
In the new online shop, you can browse the yarns available in the shop, check out the wide array of knitting needles and crochet hooks, or find that missing tool you need to finish your latest project, all from the comfort of your living room couch. Once you've found what you need, you can pay for your order online and select a time to pick up your order at the shop. When you arrive at the shop, I will have your order packaged and deliver it to you at the door. At the moment, the online shop is very bare bones, but I will be working diligently to update the item listings with photos and descriptions over the next week or so.
I am working on coming up with an online alternative for boot camps and workshops, but this will not happen overnight. All classes scheduled to take place this week will be postponed for ONE WEEK while I finish figuring out what their online versions will look like. I ask that you be patient with me as I work hard behind the scenes to make these changes.
For those of you who have already started your socks in this month's boot camp and might be concerned about the idea of learning online, please know that I will NOT just be giving you a YouTube video to watch, because I am committed to truly TEACHING you and holding your hand (virtually) through every step of your first adventure in sock-making. I will make sure that there are open communication channels throughout the classes and plenty of opportunity for interaction. I will provide additional information about these changes before the beginning of next week.
Thank you all for your ongoing support during this trying time. Stay home, stay healthy, and stay tuned - I'm dedicated to finding a silver lining in this storm cloud and I'm hoping this may be just the motivation I needed to come up with some new and innovative ways of serving you in the future.
I apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. I will be happy to serve you on Tuesday when the shop reopens. Have a happy Family Day and enjoy your long weekend!
Happy New Year!
I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and enjoyed some quality family time during the holiday break. I thoroughly enjoyed the chance to relax and unwind with my family and friends, although I must admit, my knitting needles didn't get much of a break!
I have always loved this time of year, especially the days between Christmas and New Year's Day. I love the feeling of new beginnings that comes with the start of the new year, and this week is the perfect time to reflect on the past year, decide what worked and what didn't, and dream up some ambitious goals for the coming year.
I will confess that I started my reflection process a bit earlier this year. I have been excited to share with you some of the fun changes I have planned for 2020. The first of those, as the title of this post suggests, is revised studio hours. As of January 2nd, the studio hours will be as follows:
Tuesday 10 am - 5 pm
Thursday 11 am - 7 pm
Friday 10 am - 5 pm
Saturday 10 am - 5 pm
You will notice that the biggest change is the extension of studio hours on Saturday afternoon. The decision to do this was multifactorial, but was based primarily on two things:
1) Many of you indicated that you had attempted to stop in on a Saturday afternoon, only to be disappointed when you discovered that the shop was not open; and,
2) After taking some time for serious reflection, I have come up with what I think will be a much improved children's program. This program is called Creative Kids, and will be running on Saturday afternoons from 1:30-3 pm. Unlike the workshops I have previously offered for kids, this program will NOT be project-based but will instead focus on teaching kids the basics of knitting and/or crochet and allowing them to learn the craft at their own pace. As the children progress in their knowledge and skill, they will be able to select projects that interest them, and I will help guide them through the entire process, from choosing a pattern and materials to adding the finishing touches. I think this is the change I am MOST excited about, and I can't wait to see what the kids will create!
Another result of my reflections over the past week has been a change to my workshop schedule. I doubt that many will notice much of a difference, but believe me when I tell you that the change will undoubtedly have a HUGE impact on my home life. Moving forward, all workshops and boot camps (aside from Creative Kids and technique workshops) will be held ONLY on Tuesdays and Thursdays. I've made this change to allow me to be more present at home in the evenings so that I can help more with extracurricular activities and bedtime routines. The biggest change for YOU is that the Loose Ends Drop-In will now be held on the last THURSDAY of the month (instead of the last Monday) and there will be no evening workshop that week.
I have a few other exciting things up my sleeves for 2020, but I will leave you wondering for a bit longer. The growth of my business and your incredible support over this past year has been more amazing than I ever could have imagined, and I can't wait to see what 2020 will bring! Thank you all for joining me on this incredible journey. I look forward to seeing you all in the studio someday soon.
Hi! My name is Lindsay and I am the creator behind Fresh Fibers Studio. I am a creative and craft-loving wife and mother of three wonderful children.