Friday, May 1, 2020

Crafty times in quarantine...

Hello all! And we've made it through another week, I'd say that's a win at this point. ;-) Plus, we made it to May 1st! I have to admit, I'm a bit apprehensive about what this month will hold, but I do feel like we'll be a bit more emotionally prepared than we were in April. This is all positive news!

My family and I are also adjusting a bit better to our "new normal." In many ways, I feel like it'll be difficult to go back (which we've all been longing to do!) because it will mean a big change again, and the change is what I struggle with the most. But it's still an improvement over where we all were back in mid-March when this first began. The kids are much more adjusted to doing school from home. Henry, in particular, being a teenager, is completely fine. He's happy to sleep in, do his school work in his pj's, and socialize with his friends via the online games they play together. Anne, on the other hand, has definitely been suffering more. But we've been doing what we can for her to set up online things for her to enjoy, and she's doing a little better.

For my part, I've been keeping up with my dance and fitness classes, and I'm performing in another online dance show tomorrow. Although it all feels a bit weird, it's what we have for now, and I'm enjoying them in their own way. I'm trying not to think about what I miss about performing and taking classes in normal, in-person situations, because I have no control over that and I have no idea when that will happen again, so focusing on it only makes me unhappy. I'm doing what I can, and it's helping!

I've also been crafting up a storm. I mentioned this Breathe and Hope shawl last week:

...and I received the yarn that I ordered for it yesterday!


This was all in support of National Local Yarn Shop day, and it makes me so happy to support that! Relatedly, the Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival was supposed to be this weekend (cancelled, of course), so it's going online this year, and one of their big vendors is putting her coveted, special festival colorways online. I partook in that too, naturally. ;-) I just joined the online festival group on Facebook, and am excited to experience a little crafty community time this weekend!

I've been working along on my Find Your Fade shawl, and it's about 85% done at this point!

That's the second to last color I just added in. I also started a new Crochet -along, and this is my first block:

Pattern is Renata and is currently free!
This is all contributing to my quarantine happiness, to be sure. *halo*

How have you been keeping busy in isolation this week? I think things will start opening back up in the next 1-2 months, and suddenly that doesn't seem as long of a time as it did back in March! We'll take it. I'd love to hear from you in the comments!


  1. You're so good, Tiffany, with your crafting and exercise. I was finally able to get out to my garden for the first time this year (it's been buried under snow) and poke around out there. I've been reading, binge-watching the Great British Baking Show (so soothing), binge buying Scentsy :) and today I canned some cinnamon rhubarb jam. Have been doing a lot of spring cleaning.

    We're in Michigan, and thought everything would open up mid-month, but we were told today it's been extended through the end of the month. Our little town is hurting (so many small businesses closed) but everyone seems stoic, as is the Upper Peninsula way. "Sisu" and all of that.

    I'd give anything for a pedicure.

    1. Hi Amy!

      Yes, lots of solidarity. I'm very worried about a number of things coming up here, including my own job in the fall if the hit to the university is particularly bad. There's nothing I can do about it, so I'm trying not to worry, but it's hard.

      Binge watching is always good, and cinnamon rhubarb jam?! I wish I knew how to do that, ha ha!

  2. The yarn you ordered is lovely. The colors are beautiful. Glad you and your family are adjusting better. We have been busy. We have gone through some things that needed to be thrown out. We have been staying in and ordering online. Stay well and safe.
    Joan,Marion and Marilyn

    1. Hi ladies! Online retail therapy is very, very real right now, to be sure. :-0 Decluttering is an excellent plan, we need to convince my children of this. ;-)


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