While We Stitch Away - March and April 2020

A number of our friends have asked us to re-cap our while we stitch away section We think it will be fun to look back at what kept us busy throughout this unusual time. Let's start with the first 6 weeks of our "Knit and Be Well" newsletters

March 19th - 

We asked or friends to share what they are doing to keep busy while spending quiet time at home.  Here are some of the suggestion we received in response.  Hopefully you will find something new to enjoy! (Please note, have not personally tested all of these out!)

Watch - The Crown - Great British Bake Off - Outlander - Downtown Abbey - Marvelous Miss Maisel - Grantchester - Grace and Frankie - Outlander - Schitt's Creek - The West Wing - Call the Midwife - Rick Steves - Weeds - NCIS - Blookline - Abstract - The Good Place - Altered Carbon

Listen - The Daily - Stuff You Should Know - Here's the Thing - Chef's Table - This American Life - Binge Mode - My Favorite Murder - Shmanners - Next Question - Clear and Vivid - Armchair Expert - TED Radio Hour - Red Haded 

Crafting Podcasts - Grocery Girls - The Fat Squirrel - Cozy Up Knits - Curious Handmade - The Crazy Sock Lady - Sandy by the Lakeside - Bakery Bears - Yarn Hoarder - A Homespun House - Craft House Magic - A Wooden Nest


March 26th - 

Learn - Yale's most popular class, The Science of Well-Being is being offered for free on Coursa - Check out Open Culture for a list of free cultural and education content online 

Armchair Travel- Prowalk Tours -  20 Amazing Places You Can Visit Without Leaving Home - Travel + Leisure 12 Virtual Museum Tours - Google 360 National Parks 

April 2nd - 

Classic Movies - Have you maxed Netflix out? Tired of Tiger Kings?  Ann and her family are revisiting some classic movies. Check out imbd's list of "The Top 500 Greatest Movies" you will find something you love!

Clicky Chef - If you don't feel like cooking but want to be an armchair chef give Bon Appetit Test Kitchen or Binging with Babish, videos a try! Wet your whistle with some cocktails from Steve the Bartender

April 9th - 

Get Movin' Ann and her daughter LOVE Sky Ting Yoga (7 day free trial), Ann uses Nike Training ClubCore Power Yoga, and Jenn is loving Fitness Marshall for some dancin' fun and some hand stretches for knitters.

Visit Us! We thought it would be fun to take a little virtual tour of our area... 
Monterey  Bay Aquarium live cams 
Tour of Pebble Golf Links
See Monterey from a few Virtual Cams

April 16th - 

Let's Day Dream  This week we took a tour of Frank Lloyd Wright's incredible buildings,  Rockefeller Center, an Art Deco marvel.I also did an online tour of Petra (I have always wanted to see it in person, but this will have to do for now!)

Finding Calm Ann has been enjoying moments of calm with videos like Lakeside Campfire (thanks to Clara Parkes!). Landa Conservatory has some beautiful ambient sounds and videos as well, in case you're feeling a bit nature-deprived.  Jenn loves this video of sheep grazing in a Napa Valley vineyard for a calming visual and audio background!

And Who Wouldn't Want to Know How the Romanov Emeralds Ended Up with Barbara HuttonHow I'm Living Now: Carol Burnette Comedian

April 23rd - 

Little Acts of Kindness Last week on our Instagram Stories, we asked 'What are some acts of kindness you've shown during this time?' We love so many of them, we decided to list some here!
  • Leaving messages online for our healthcare workers
  • Wishing a friend a happy birthday from afar
  • Sending my friend photos of my pets
  • Supporting small businesses by gifting online gift cards to friends
  • Trying to stay connected with our older family members
  • Sidewalk chalk messages and art in my neighborhood
  • Filming silly videos to loved ones to brighten their day
  • Mailing notes to knitting pals with Lobird cards


April 30th - 

Shelter In Place BINGO! How many have you checked off your list?
Sourdough starter - this recipe from Food52 is great!
Make no-knead bread - Ann loves this recipe from the NY Times.
Tired of banana bread? Browned Butter Carrot Loaf from Joy the Baker is just what you need.
Who's bartending? Jenn has been slinging drinks! Her current guide: Drinking French by David Lebovitz
Sewing Masks for Family and Friends?  Try this Simple Step-by-Step pattern.
Binging Watching a Good Series - NY Times has a list!
Knitting on Zoom - check out or times below and join us!
Household organizing - The Home Edit featured a 14-day mini edit 
Christmas knitting?! Yep!  We're starting earlier!

Next week we will recap May 2020's posts! 

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