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South Africa has been in lockdown since Thursday 26 March for at least 21 days. Until we hear what will be happening after this period you, my customers, are welcome to contact me regarding wool purchases. I will be happy to reserve the yarns you want to purchase and send them to you as soon as I know that the couriers are operating again.
Unfortunately for yarn lovers the Government does not deem wool selling as an essential service although we knitters and crocheters know that it is - especially if our stash is getting a little low!
So...orders can still be made and will be packed and ready for collection by locals or by couriers as soon as the lockdown restrictions are removed. I will continue to dye new stock and will be adding it to the website from time to time.
Until life gets back to "normal" - the old or new version of "normal" - I wish all my family, friends, customers and everyone connected to them, especially those who are using their skills to nurse and protect our loved ones, a safe and virus free time ahead until we get through this!
On a personal note, I have my school age son at home with me, my husband is still working part-time but at home and my daughter, who lives in a flat near her varsity in another province, is working online as she felt she was safer there than flying home. While I know she was very sensible, I'm sad that she won't be home for the holidays and will only come home in June or July if all is ok to do so and by that time it will be 6 months since I've had a hug! Somehow WhatsApp and Facetime etc just isn't the same.
Also all the events I was planning to participate in have been cancelled or postponed to much later in the year and will only be confirmed if the situation in South Africa means it is safe to do so. After a really wonderful 2019, I was hoping that 2020 would be even better. I am sure that there are many other small businesses who are in dire straits with more restrictions on them and their futures will be looking bleak so I am counting my blessings.
I would encourage everyone to support small businesses where you can. Remember that small businesses have smaller cushions, if any, for the bad times and they need to keep their small contingent of staff employed as many are the single earner in their families. Our local mall has organised a fund for their car guards that is a great initiative to assist them as they are without any income during lockdown. I have also bought vouchers from http://payitfoodward.co.za for my favourite restaurant whose owner is a friend of mine and also a crocheter and that too is an initiative to assist small food operators who may not survive a longer locktown time with overheads and salaries to pay.
For those of you at home, enjoy your knitting and crocheting and post pictures of your projects on social media and connect with fellow crafters as well. Self-isolating doesn't mean being on your own - technology is a wonderful thing in times such as these so make use of it! I have posted lots of free patterns offered by designers on my Yarn Stash facebook page and have pinned many on Pinterest so make use of them and enjoy! Remember to post a thank you and a photo of your finished project so that the generous designers who are also offering free patterns can see them and keep supporting them even when life goes back to "normal". Keep the love in the wool community!
Take care each and every one of you. xx
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