What a ride these last four months have been!

What a ride the last four months have been! We’ve heard from lots of you since March, and many say that the forced inaction has made for ideal knitting time… a silver lining, maybe? For others, the pandemic has made you busier than ever. We have quite a few health care professionals and front line workers among our customers, and we say THANK YOU for all you do!
The shop has been going full steam ahead: we’ve been packing orders and keeping Canada Post hopping five days a week. We restocked our Malabrigo yarns (twice!), replenished our Cocoknits tool collection, and brought in a beautiful new sock yarn from Manos del Uruguay.
We've introduced lovely new yarn kits for Isabell Kraemer's “A Girl’s Best Friend” shawl, and the sweetest Stitch Marker Advent Calendars are available for pre-order. (Because it's never too early to start planning for the holidays!) You might have noticed that our sale section has grown, too, as we’ve been making room for more pretty things.
COVID-19 has been a good teacher. It taught us how important it is to stop for a moment – to consider the next step carefully and take our time. The most important lesson we’ve learned so far is that safe is better than sorry. In February, life was packed with friends, hugs, coffee dates: now, and maybe for a long time, chatting and laughing around a table piled with yarn can be dangerous.
Our studio is not a typical shop. We’ve always loved to invite people in, show them around our small space, and talk about knitting. But this new global landscape looks different, and we are changing with the times. Regretfully, we have decided to keep our studio closed to in-person visits. Many of you know that several members of our family live with chronic health conditions, and the safety of our loved ones must always come first.
Our studio has always been open online, and this part of Saltwater Purls has only become more vibrant over the past three years. Our online store will remain open 24 hours a day, and is a portal for you to reach us for help or answers to your questions.
We hope that we’ll be able to return to pop up shops, Knit Socials, and maybe even classes. A few months ago we would have tried to give dates, estimates, targets…but we’ve learned another important lesson: it takes what time it takes. No one knows when, how, or for how long we’ll be making room in our lives for this. For now, we’ll see you in the online shop.
In these changing and challenging times… knit on, friends.

Gwen and Shannon 

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