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  • Per the World Health Organization (WHO) : preventive measures continue to include maintaining a social distance (at least 3 feet), washing hands, coughing/sneezing into your elbow/shoulder, staying home if you feel unwell, and cleaning commonly touched surfaces often. They do not recommend shelter in place unless local authorities specify it. 

  • Per the Center for Disease Control (CDC) : same as WHO but recommend social distance of 6 feet. The CDC now recommends people use  cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain. See below for links to patterns and ideas for both sewn and non-sewn masks.  

  • The White House

  • The State of Texas: on June 26, Governor Abbott issued an Executive Order in response to the rising number of COVID-19 cases. It limited certain businesses operations. From what we can tell, this means that retailers like Yarnivore can operate at 50% capacity, excluding staff, and while taking good faith efforts to maintain social distancing and wearing masks. 
  • The City of San Antonio: Mayor Nirenberg and Judge Wolff continue to adapt safety guidelines and guidance for retailers; you can find the latest at Metro Health's website.  To keep everyone safe, Yarnivore will is open for low-capacity shopping while continuing to offer curbside pick up; masks are required

  • Yarnivore is minimizing expenses so that we can meet our financial commitments (e.g., rent & payroll) and still support each other. Your continued moral & financial support has been unbelievably sweet, our thanks to all of you in the fiber community. In turn, we are sharing our support with our vendors, like indie dyers and notions manufacturers. Virtual hugs & kisses!

Inspiration!
Face masks! Tiana's Closet (a sewing blog) has patterns for two styles of face masks. The first is a fitted mask that comes in kids, women, and men's sizes. (Note: we tried both the women's and men's sizes and found that the men's size is a better fit for many of us. Make sure you check the sizes before you sew!) The second mask is a 'super easy' mask to sew. 
Also, the NY Times published a pattern that looks straight forward.
This  no-sew mask uses a scarf/towel and a couple of hair ties. 
If you're making your own masks, you'll quickly figure out that 1/8" elastic (for the ear loops) can be difficult to find. We used yarn (cause, yarn stash...) and it works well enough to keep the masks on our faces without being uncomfortable. You can also use bias tape, shoe laces, or hair ties, go with what works for you. Also, to help the mask fit your face, we recommend that you sew a small piece of metal or wire into the nose bridge area. Caryn used pipe cleaners and others report that bobby pins work well. We haven't tried it, but we assume that floral wire would come in handy, too. Just make sure that you don't have a sharp end poking into the wearers face. :)

Be kind to yourself: crafting helps all of us stay sane, but so do exercise, meditation, and immersing ourselves in a movie or book. Even 5-10 minutes of walking or yoga per day will help you stay calmer. (Stuck at home and need an instructional video? Check out SarahBethYoga's 15 minute morning yoga routine, which is beginner-friendly. Want to walk but concerned about mingling with people? Try Walk at Home by Leslie Sansone's series of walking videos, like Heart Healthy - 1 mile walk.)

Be kind to others! A
s health worries, grocery hoarding, and financial uncertainty increase, we're all stressed. A recent study showed that people feel loved when someone shows compassion to them in difficult times. Also on the list: snuggling with a child, a welcome home from a pet, and hearing someone tell them "I love you". WE LOVE YOU!