On June 18th, Once Upon a Sheep will be opening after what seems like forever to all of us. We are anxious to get started and so I wanted let you in on the news.
To keep our volunteers and customers safe we are putting a few policies in place:
All customers are asked to wear a mask in the store
Only two (2) customers will be allowed in at one time due to space constraints
Hand sanitizer will be available at the door to use before you come in
Books and patterns will not be available at this time for sale
Sorry, but there will be no washroom available for customers
Only credit and debit will be accepted at this time
No returns or exchanges at this time
We know this will be a strange way to shop for our volunteers so please be patient while we all adjust to these new ways of doing things.
We are looking forward to seeing you all again. It has been too long and we’ve all been anxious to open again. Since it is almost summer, we will be opening with summer hours, and only three (3) days per week.
Sunday to Wednesday – CLOSED
Thursday – Saturday – 10 am – 2 pm
Thank you for your continued support of our business. We hope that all our loyal customers will return to stock up for summer knitting.
To all our fellow knitters and crocheters, all of us at Once Upon a Sheep want to let you know we are thinking of you during these strange times. Each of us has been knitting and crocheting away our days, longing for the time when we can return to the shop and greet our customers once again.
What have you been working on? Sweaters? Shawls? Accessories for next year? Another great idea to use up stash is knitting toys for children. Here are some great websites/blogs to visit if you like toys. Click on the photos to go to their blog. Many of their patterns are available on Ravelry.
There’s not much you can do when you’re stuck inside. For knitters and crocheters, we do our thing. I’m sure many of you are using up your stash at record speeds. Arne and Carlos are doing the same. Click on the photo to go to their blog and read how they are coping.
Rowan has some new designs for the home. Check these out:
As if we didn’t already know... Here’s a good article for you to read. Just click on the photo below
Berroco is doing something to help local yarn shops. If you want, you can order project kits through us and we can send the order in and they will mail it directly to you. Click on the image to the right and check our what they have available. If you would like to order one of the kits, send us an email to email@example.com and we will place the order for you.
If you would like to be in the next blog post, send us a story of what you’re knitting, who it’s for and a decent photo, and we’ll include it in and upcoming blog post. If you’re brave, you can include yourself in the photo!
We are still helping customers at the shop. If you send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org letting us know what you’re looking for, we can arrange for a volunteer to come and help you out. We take payment over the phone, use sanitary precautions on packaging and can pass your package out to you. We’ve been able to help several customers this way. We may be able to send something through the post if you are unable to come, but it would be on a case by case basis based on if a volunteer is able to accommodate that request. Drop us an email and let us know how we can help.
We are still supporting the ministries of The Salvation Army, however, all children and adult camps have been cancelled this year. If you would like to help by donating, front line workers are continuing to serve through this pandemic to people who are hungry and homeless. Many people are struggling to make ends meet with job loss and lowered incomes. The Salvation Army is grateful for the support of the public who have stepped up to donate and offer assistance. You can donate over the phone to us. Contact us by email and we’ll arrange for someone to call when they’re at the shop and take your payment info over the phone and we will send you a receipt.
Or you can donate online – here’s how:
1. Click on the Red Shield below.
2. Choose “British Columbia” in the drop down menu
3. Choose “Maple Ridge – Ridge Meadows Ministries” in the second drop down menu
4. Choose amount to donate – you can donate by credit card or PayPal.
Thank you so much for your continued support of our little shop. We care about all of you and continue to keep you all in our thoughts and prayers. Stay safe and healthy and keep knitting and crocheting.
All of us at Once Upon a Sheep want to let you know we are thinking of you and praying for you during these days. Some of us are having a hard time with isolation and some of us are getting our knitting groove on and having Zoom knitting get-togethers.
We had a couple of requests for yarn recently and it caused us to reconsider what we are able to do as a volunteer run shop. We were able to help someone who wanted to pick up yarn they had put on hold and a volunteer was able to go down and in a safe way, handle payment and pass the purchase out to the customer.
Therefore, we have changed our policy.
Once Upon a Sheep is willing to consider any requests for yarn under certain conditions.
If we have the yarn in stock.
We will take credit card payment over the phone
We will arrange a time for a volunteer to meet the customer at the shop and pass the purchase safely out keeping all proper sanitation and COVID-19 guidelines in place.
Please contact us at: email@example.com
Someone will get back to you quickly to see how we can help.
Be patient with us. We’ll do our best to help where we can.
We hope that all of you are safe and well. Many are in isolation because of their age or health and that can get lonely. Browsing the internet for patterns and yarn can be a great way to pass the time.
One of the brands we carry is Berroco. They offer quality yarns that our customers love and have great pattern support for their yarns. Here is this week’s free pattern. They have a great newsletter and we would love to hear from you about what yarns and patterns you are interested in. Although we do not carry summer silk, it is knit in a DK weight and we have many great DK weight yarns.
Browse through the Berroco website, download some of their free patterns and if there is a yarn you would like us to carry, send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know. We’ll consider it when we do our ordering for the fall.
Based on government and health authority information and recommendations, we feel the time has come for us to temporarily close the shop and the Tuesday night drop-in.
There has been much thought and prayer over this. We believe it is the right decision for our customers, our community and our volunteers.
We are in unprecedented times, so the time for re-opening cannot be accurately determined at this time. How the virus moves through BC will determine what is allowed and how the shop can respond. We will do our best to communicate with you regularly as things unfold.
We are looking into options for yarn emergencies and will post again if we have a way to do orders over the phone. Stay tuned.
Thank you so much for your patronage and support for our little shop. We appreciate you all very much.
In the meantime, we have yarn and needles and can mindfully knit the hours away while we are isolating at home.
Now is the time to keep in touch with our loved ones. Some of us are in isolation because of our physical health and are in the high risk category for serious illness with this virus. Keep all those affected this way in your thoughts and prayers.
With the rapid spread of COVID-19 around the world, people are concerned about going out and coming in contact with the virus. We want to assure our customers we are doing what we can to keep the store clean and ready should you want to come in.
We are sanitizing the door and other surfaces frequently
We are wiping down the debit machine
We are keeping hand sanitizer by the check out for your convenience.
If you are experiencing any symptoms we kindly ask that you stay home. If you are well and you wish to limit your time in the shop, feel free to call ahead and ask if we have what you’re looking for. We will hold it aside for you for when you come into the shop, making your stop here shorter.
We will continue to be open our regular hours, 10am to 4pm, Tuesday to Saturday.
Our thoughts and prayers are with our community and those whose lives have been affected by this virus. May God bless you and keep you.
This is something we have brought in to sample. One of each colour of this 100% Llama Lace is 100% super-soft baby llama. Knit or crochet up your favourite shawl with this beautiful yarn – all 550 metres of it.
And coming up in April – Woolith Fair. Stay tuned for details.
With the winter weather upon us in a sudden way and snow and ice all over the streets of Maple Ridge, Once Upon a Sheep will be closing. We do not want any of our volunteers to risk their safety trying and the parking lot is full of snow and not cleared.
Therefore, Once Upon a Sheep will be closed until Tuesday, January 21st, 2020.