Hope you'll come around to Village Court or Michael's tomorrow afternoon to pick up a few. Here's the plan. I’ll arrive at Village Court, 21345 Hawthorne Blvd Torrance CA 90503 about 4:00 p.m. I'll have plenty of Magic Balls. Ready to Knit, and a few 9-Stitch kits. Once you make your selection and drop off your finished scarves, I’ll move right along to Michael’s, 4240 Pacific Coast Hwy, Torrance, CA 90505, arriving around 4:30. Again, I’ll have plenty of kits from which you can choose. I’ll be there around a half hour, depending how long it takes you to pick up kits and drop off scarves.
More and more members of our group have had their first and second doses of the Covid vaccine. This is so wonderful for all of us. But if you haven't made an appointment yet, please keep trying. Don’t give up! The best place to do it still may be: https://myturn.ca.gov/. I understand Blue Shield has taken over the distribution of the vaccine here in CA and making the appointments for the actual shot. But I haven’t seen anything yet on how to get on their list or how to find them. Please, please if you haven’t received a shot yet, look all over until you find a place and a time to get one. You will feel so wonderful once you receive both shots. I can tell you, I do.
Even if you’ve had your first (and second) shot, you still have to be careful. This virus is very pesky and isn’t giving up spreading easily. Today I read there is a third surge starting in Europe. Because everyone we meet is not as careful as we are, we must continue to observe the following safety rules when we are in each other's company:
1. First and foremost, wear a mask.
2. Second, try to stay at least 6-feet apart from all those present.
3. Place your finished scarves in a bag 6-feet away from me and others. The bags with the kits also will be 6-feet away from me and others so you can have easy access to them. Unless they’re in the trunk, in which case one person at a time can drop off and pick up.
4. Wait your turn.
5. Give everyone space.
6. Last, wash your hands when you return home.
I must address a problem that has come up. A few volunteers are picking up kits and knitting them but not following the directions, either using too small needles or knitting on the points of size 17 needles. When you use too small needles or knit on the points, your scarf comes out too narrow, too short or both. It is very important to follow the directions. We want the scarves to be similar in size and style so the women who receive them feel great that someone has made a scarf for them, but not superior because someone has made a “better” scarf, or INFERIOR because someone has made a scarf that is poorer, smaller, shorter or in other ways different than the others. Again, please remember we make comfort scarves with a purpose, to help lift the self-esteem of abused women who have sought the protection of a shelter. Yes, we want to keep busy, but just knitting without consideration of the goal and quality of the product is not enough. Check out our website for Helpful Knitting Hints.
Finally, I’ve gotten some responses from you about the possibility of having a Handmade lunch in April. Quite a few just can’t wait. That’s how I feel too. But a few have asked if not having had the vaccine will mean they can’t attend. Yes, I think (and most of you agree—please confirm) that having had the vaccine is what opens the door to resume lunch. No vaccine, no lunch. I am happy to wait until May so more participants can get the shot. Cinco de Mayo theme. Really just like old times. Let me know if that is fine with you too.
I’ll be so happy to see you (masked and very briefly) tomorrow in one parking lot or the other.