Be Kind to Yourself

How are you all doing? Do you find yourself going back and forth with emotions and outlook? Because I sure do.

  • Some days I think this way of life will never end. Other days, I can look forward to future gatherings and trips with friends and keep it all in perspective. And you know what? Both of those views and all of those feelings are ok.
  • Some days I pick projects and yarn and can’t wait to get home from work to knit and other days I get home and scroll on my phone without getting any knitting done. And both of those things are ok.
  • Some days we eat healthy and get plenty of exercise and other days we make popcorn for dinner and don’t do much. And both of those things are ok.
  • Some days I think we need to open the shop back up for in-store customers immediately, and other days I think I can’t see us ever opening up again and feeling safe. And all of those feelings are ok.

I don’t ever remember having my feelings and actions swing so wildly from one end of the spectrum to the other. But I have learned to not be too hard on myself. If I need a night of cat pictures on my phone, then that’s what my brain needs. If I need a night of starting all of the projects and adding more to my queue, then that’s what my brain needs. I’m going with the flow. It’s all good.

Be kind to yourself. Give yourself plenty of leeway. It’s a weird time and you’re adapting as best you can. Things will get better. People still care. There’s lots of beauty in the world.

For me – I’m going to play in the Malabrigo Rios today so we can get it ready for Monday’s Update. I’m also looking forward to a long holiday weekend. I’ll probably do some knitting, check out some cat pictures, and take a long walk with Paul. How about you? What’s on your weekend schedule?

We’ll be back in on Tuesday to ship Saturday/Sunday/Monday orders. I hope you all have a relaxing weekend filled with good things.

Stay safe, take care, and remember to be kind to yourself. There are better days ahead.



  1. Love the photo. Absolutely gorgeous!!! Also loved you post. I do the same as do almost all of us do, if we are honest with ourselves.

    Stay safe!

  2. It is reassuring to hear that others have the same emotional swings that I do, sometimes knitting up a storm, sometimes just holding my knitting in my lap, sometimes eating too much of the wrong things, and other times grateful for the opportunities to get out in nature and take long walks. I can’t imagine facing this pandemic and staying at home for months without yarn, knitting, and The Loopy Ewe, so thank you. When I imagine better days, they often include spending time at The Loopy Ewe.

  3. Sheri, you have expressed so beautifully what all of us feel every day during this time of weirdess. And how fortunate we all are to live in a time of abundance of yarn choices which do so much to keep us sane, whether drooling over finished gorgeous projects or starting our own new ones! none of us has a clue what’s ahead, other than to say, there will always be yarn and the anticipation of something fun to knit!

  4. Substitute dog pictures for cat and corn chips with hummus (have you tried it? Delish) for popcorn and I’m right there. Stress is everywhere, it’s important to be kind to ourselves, and to others. It’s our anniversary weekend, should be unique… 🙂

  5. Thanks, Sheri. Wonderful message.

    This weekend: knitting, birding, hiking, relaxing, and popcorn for dinner. Maybe some general straightening up the house, probably not.

  6. Sheri, you have echoed how many of us feel as our emotions swing from one extreme to another in this time of chaos and uncertainly. I am ever so thankful for you, the Loopy Ewe, the Elves and Paul’s great photos for feeding my yarn obsession and my stash! My knitting soothes my soul when it is troubled and fuels my creativity. I will especially need my knitting after this weekend. My daughter is moving 3 hours away and the house will become pretty quiet.

  7. Thank you so much for the lovely photos and words. I, too, have had the same feelings you describe. And I find myself being extra emotional about the kindness I see on TV and so wish it would continue. The divisiveness the country is experiencing is tearing us all apart. Thank goodness for yarn, knitting, and our Loopy Groupie community.

  8. So true. We’re all in this together. The photos are beautiful. We just need to be kind to each other and ourselves

  9. Thanks for the supportive post. Saying what we are all feeling and doing. I’m still unpacking my yarn and my kitchen but knitting happens most days (even if just a few rows) so I can finish my Ramp up to Camp project. Also gotta wind my yarn for my June project. Such pressure.
    Having my Loopy friends to share the time with is so helpful. Thanks for creating this wonderful community of knitters.

  10. My own thoughts/feelings are the same. Some days I say “Tomorrow I’m driving 10 hours to get my granddaughter and bring her here to stay a month!” The next day I wake up and say “No way! Not yet!”

    I seem to want to knit all day when I have other things to do and by the time I’m able to sit and knit, I can’t get myself motivated to do anything.

    I do believe there are better days coming. Just home I’m still somewhat sane when those days arrive.

  11. You capture the moment very well in this post. I can’t imagine this time without yarn and knitting even when I just get it out of a bin and put it into a project bag. Be kind to yourself. I’m looking forward to seeing the new Casapinka pattern and kit.

  12. Sheri, this blog post was just what I needed to read this morning (even though I am reading it a week after you wrote it) !! It is such a different time. I really appreciate you…. and Paul’s gorgeous photographs. Take care.

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