As we dusted off the patio furniture just to turn around and stoke the fireplace, we felt the onset of summer this year reflected the unpredictable times we are living in. Shall we knit a lace-weight tee-shirt or go full-on worsted cardigan? Hmm, forecast is flurries followed by scorching sun. Casting on 6-ply socks when the humidity is 97%? Why yes, because the mercury is falling fast. Each day seemed to bring more turmoil and uncertainty.
We are very thankful that we never had to close our store completely during the unsettling early stages of the Covid 19 pandemic. Our doors were locked during the first weeks, but we continued to connect with knitters and crocheters. We continued to be a supportive community of makers.
We are beyond happy to be open to the public again. There have been hiccups and awkward moments, but our customers have accepted the new way of retail with grace and positivity. This in itself has made it easier for us, and we are so grateful.
Our business will look a little different this summer. We’re going to maintain reduced hours, and we won’t have additional staff to help us out. We may need to close the store for a few days here and there to manage family tasks, but we’ll be sure to give as much notice as possible. Again, we thank you all for your understanding and patience.
As hand-crafters, we make and we fix. Let’s keep strengthening the fabric of our society by reaching out to our neighbours and listening to their stories. Let’s start talking about Black, Indigenous and People of Colour dyers, designers and makers. Let’s carry on being kind and patient, listening and learning.
Next month we’re going to celebrate our first year at Riverside Yarns. We’ve had to put the street party on hold (dang-it-all!). Since we can’t dazzle you with fireworks, we’re going to celebrate three local dyers with yarn inspired by our friendships, our family connections, and our love of the water and hills that surround Owen Sound.