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Snohomish yarn shop owner considers her business essential, turns to delivery

The table in her shop, typically used for knitting classes, has turned into a one-person assembly line as she fills orders.

SNOHOMISH, Wash. — A Snohomish County yarn shop is closed under the Gov. Jay Inslee's stay-at-home order that only allows essential businesses to remain open. But she believes what her shop offers is essential and is the exact thing isolated people need for comfort and feeling of normalcy. 

"Your knitting or crocheting ... it’s the thing you come to when you need something comfortable,” explained Teresa Wilson, owner of Country Yarns.

She’s owned the shop for nearly 15 years and the coronavirus pandemic isn’t going to stop her from pressing on, she said.

“When you isolate people, they need something comfortable, they need something they know about, they need something that gives them joy. So, their knitting and crocheting does those things. I want to make sure they can continue doing that,” Wilson said.

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She began delivering her products. 

“I put them in a package and either have them available for curbside delivery or I take it to their house and leave it on their front porch,” she said.

Making this transition is crucial and not just for her customers, she said. 

“[Business] would be zero, very close to zero. I can’t afford to have zero, or I won’t be here,” she said.

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The table in her shop, typically used for knitting classes, has turned into a one-person assembly line. She prints the order, fills the boxes, then places them together, ready to be delivered.

“I view this to be essential. I think this is important for people and I am going to be here,” Wilson said, “I wouldn’t give this up for anything and I don’t intend to give it up now. Not going to happen.”