Knitting in Place

This is a photo of me doing my day job. I am the children’s book buyer for an independent bookstore called Book Passage. As you can imagine, this is not a desk job, although I do have a desk in the middle of the children’s section. In my day job I read stories and run craft times for preschoolers, I host events with authors in and out of schools, I run a teen readers group, I spend a lot of time with teachers, I decide what new books to buy and I sell books to kids, parents and grandparents in the store.

But I can’t do that right now because the county where I live and work is under a Shelter in Place order and has been since Monday, March 16th. It’s very strange to be away from the kids and my staff and the books. It’s also disturbing because I am paid by the hour, so I haven’t been paid for a week and I’m unlikely to be paid for the next month, probably longer.

The future is very wobbly so I’ve been thinking about ways to keep me busy and help everyone stuck at home and looking for projects or knitting help or ideas.

Here’s my plan:

#1 More blog posts. I don’t often have time to write these because I normally have that full-time job. I posted a new free knitting pattern last week and there will be more to come.

#2 I’m going to try and make how-to videos. I’ll be enlisting the help of my (now homeschooled) teenage son to get some videos up on Instagram. I hope this will help knitters to be less intimidated by short row shaping or SSKs or even sewing pieces together and inspire them to try knitting around corners with my patterns.

#3 There are lots of Natty Knits patterns that use less than one ball of yarn and even more that can be knitted in a weird color. Many of them are free, but there are some that cost $3. I’m going to focus on promoting these stashbuster patterns which will be the subject of my next blog post.

The Natty Knits patterns are available on Etsy, Ravelry, Knit Picks and Loveknitting. As well as free patterns here in the right hand sidebar.

Stay home and healthy everyone!

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