Unraveled Wednesday

This has been an interesting week and I thought it fitting to open the mail and find this book at the end of a day filled with a lot of What if? conversations. Yup. I live very near the recent Coronavirus outbreak. On Sunday there was a run on toilet paper and canned goods at many of the local stores. It was strange to see rows of empty shelves and shopping carts filled with provisions. I’m not sure what people were thinking (I just needed some noodles and coconut milk for dinner) but I am sure there was a lot of overthinking going on.

I am not trying to diminish the severity of the situation; not trying to be callus. I do think there are a lot of folks who need to take a deep breath, wash their hands (the way we used to get rid of germs before they created hand sanitizers), and settle down. I am happy to say that I have another knitting project to keep me in knitting as meditation mode. I finished the color work yoke on my Engi. I need to find a smaller cord so I can finish the short rows and neck edging. Then I will go back and knit the body and sleeves. I may also have pulled yarn to join Vicki in a knit along.

Off to link up with Kat. Happy Wednesday and please wash your hands!

13 thoughts on “Unraveled Wednesday

  1. I have always been a “hand washer” (perhaps the only good thing I ever got from my mother who was an RN) and I had a long conversation with my son this week about his fears about living alone and this virus. I also had a conversation with my daughter who lives in Santa Clara CA who is on the opposite end of the spectrum in caring. And still…prayers for easing of concerns for one, more concerns for the other! And through it all, I am thankful for knitting, which calms my inner self!

  2. I think I finally figured out the toilet paper thing … in all our snow day hysteria, it’s always milk and bread, and I guess that’s because folks know it will be short-lived. TP, on the other hand, implies weeks! So glad you have a book to help you through it. and knitting (love that sweater … and oh my, especially love the one who made it a dress!)

  3. I think a lot of people are overreacting, but I’m not surprised given that we can’t really escape the news and it’s all over every news source. Everything I’ve seen from actual medical professionals says that if you’re generally healthy and have good hygiene habits, you’ll likely be okay even if you get the virus — and even then you probably just need to stay home until you’re well. I’ve seen people go similarly crazy if there’s a snowstorm coming (milk, bread, TP), but I’ve never experienced a storm where I couldn’t get out within a day or two, and frankly if you don’t keep enough TP in your house to last a couple of days, I really have to wonder about you!

  4. I’m also in WA, and the toilet paper people are making me crazy. I am *actually* running out of toilet paper, and not enthusiastic about standing in line at Costco for an hour to (probably not be able to) buy more. People: Wash your hands, and remember that coronavirus doesn’t make you poop…

  5. I love the colors you’re using for your sweater! That green just makes the whole thing SING! (And, oh. With the hysteria. I hope it passes, and people settle into a more pragmatic approach to this health situation.) XO

  6. can’t wait to hear about your book. I know that the little preschooler I babysit one day a week will take me off this planet before a pandemic. She is filled with all the germs! I wonder what TP has to do with an outbreak???

  7. Around here the hysteria for stocking up goes back to the Blizzard of 78 when people got stuck at home for 7-10 days in some areas. I tend to keep a good supply of food and necessities so I don’t worry too much. Maybe I should buy some extra vodka though . . .

  8. I had to laugh. On one side of Auckland, there’s a supermarket with hour plus queues just to get in. And out West, we’re very casually doing the normal weekend shop, no delays & especially no TP shortage!

  9. Ah yes, sometimes I think the media creates a siege mentality to have something to say. I’ve been a thorough hand-washer since the days of public school teaching and early intervention. I did buy an extra box of tea and a few extra canned goods. Naturally few of us will have to worry about not enough yarn.

  10. The news makes it sound so scary! We now have two cases in NH, so I’ve stocked up on cleaning supplies like Lysol and Clorox wipes, but not food. I think we’re going to be okay though.

    Your colorwork is beautiful! And I can’t wait to hear what you think of Anne’s new book. Have a good week!

  11. I saw a post that a news outlet made- they removed items from a shelf to make it look empty! The news deceit is horrible.
    I think if you are generally healthy it will be like having the flu. The percentage of deaths is very small although that is what the media focuses on.

  12. The hysteria is maddening. I’m on the East Coast, so I can only imagine how magnified it must be for you. What happened to good hygiene practices as the norm? Meanwhile Engi is gorgeous and I love the colors you have chosen.

  13. The Engi is so pretty – I wish I could knit, but it looks so complicated! Yes, I noticed some empty shelves here too … Though I was in our capital city this week, and I only saw one face mask the entire time. Hoping common sense and steady heads prevail.

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