Knitting Through a Pandemic

Updated May 13, 2020

Sorry I couldn’t talk to you sooner but this pandemic doesn’t seem to end soon and I’m still volunteering at one of the intermediate care units of our university clinic. As I told you last time they called in all medical students with experience in anaesthesiology and as I’m one of them I offered to help – and still am.

Schools will start to re-open in the next two weeks with smaller classes and only part-time. Our clinic still has Covid-19 patients but there are a lot less now, and so far we’re dealing okay with the situation. We’ll see how it goes.

More Free Patterns

Friday Freebies are still suspended but there are five new patterns (the third batch) available for free until the end of the month. Details can be found below.

The following patterns will be available for free here in the shop until the end of May:

 

How can I support you?

If there’s anything I can do for you please feel free to let me know! I was thinking about making my online courses about shawl design open and available for free … but that’s maybe not enough.

Do you have any ideas how I could help you at this very moment? If yes, please let me know here: https://forms.gle/aQSvEiFijbcXjjUx7

Can’t promise I’ll be of help but I’ll try at least. Sure thing!

 

I need your support – if possible

As I can’t work at the moment (actually I’m working a lot, just not on knitting unfortunately) I’m asking for your support please. You can help us with purchasing patterns or books (coupon code below) or by using the following link: paypal.me/jriedeKT.

The coupon code is “stayhealthy” (without the quotes) for 40% off has been prolonged and is valid on both Ravelry and the shop, and for all my patterns and books as usual.

Thank you, and stay safe and healthy!

Yours truly,

Julia <3

 

 

 


Update from April 18, 2020

Almost a month ago since I published this article! Sorry I couldn’t talk to you sooner but this pandemic doesn’t seem to end soon and I switched from epidemiology to more “real life” medicine. Since three weeks, I’m volunteering at one of the intermediate care units of our university clinic. They called in all medical students with experience in anaesthesiology and as I’m one of them I offered to help.

Schools and shops (except groceries) are closed since mid-March over here. We’re still in lockdown and it seems like our government is handling the situation quite well, as Germany has one of the smallest mortality rates as far as I can tell. Our clinic is busy but not (yet) overcrowded with Covid-19 patients, and so far we’re dealing okay with the situation. We have enough personal protection equipment, personnel, and trying our hardest that it stays like this in the near future.

We’ll see how it goes.

 

Thank you, and stay safe and healthy!

Julia <3

 


Original article, March 18, 2020

Seems we’re living in interesting times, aren’t we? Maybe we can all stay home, safe and healthy and knit through a pandemic.

I hope you are all well and healthy and I’m very sorry you haven’t heard from me in a while and there have been no Friday Fridays lately.

I’m a medical student (as most of you are aware of) in Germany. Two weeks ago, all courses have been cancelled until further notice. School are closed since Monday, yesterday all public life (shops (except food supplies), bars, swimming pools, museums, libraries and many more) has been shut down. People are advised to stay at home unless they need supplies (groceries) or are working in so-called infrastructure critical jobs (nurses, doctors, police, etc).

All clinical students of my school including me have been called in and are working 24/7 to help prevent a collapse of our local health system. We assist nurses, are testing people for the Coronavirus, evaluate samples in the labs, and are working in hotlines for citizens helping to find out who needs to be tested or needs medical assistance. I am currently assisting our city’s public health department in epidemiology to help “flatten the curve” and prevent new infections as good as possible.

I can’t work on patterns or books at the moment and it doesn’t look like this is going to change until the end of April.

This lead to the following decisions:

1. More free patterns available

For those of you who have to stay home I made ten of my paid patterns available for free. You can download them from the shop and add them to your Ravelry library for free (details on how to do this can be found in the FAQ). No hurries with the download – these ten patterns will stay free until at least April 20. 

Free patterns:

  1. Pegantha Parthenon
  2. Aulacodiscus Grevilleanus
  3. Magenta Loops
  4. Crystal Clear
  5. Autumn in Grey
  6. Progress
  7. Hug Me
  8. Stashy Josephine
  9. Andrea
  10. Cathedral

New patterns might be added to this list in the near future. Please come back frequently during the next weeks for updates!

2. Friday Freebies suspended until further notice

Friday Freebies will continue after this crisis is over. Until then, please enjoy the new free patterns listed above in the shop.

 

Thank you, and stay safe and healthy!

Yours truly,

Julia <3

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3 thoughts on “Knitting Through a Pandemic

  • March 19, 2020 at 6:59 am
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    ¡Muchísimas gracias por compartir tejidos y como personal sanitario! ¡Besos!

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  • March 18, 2020 at 10:20 pm
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    It’s so hard having to stay in with no way of knowing how many days or weeks will pass before this is over. Thank you so much for the free patterns, it helps.
    Please stay safe.

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