It was so sad when my local yarn store had to close its doors due to the pandemic. I loved meeting with friends every Tuesday for our Stitch and Chat classes. I was at a loss as to what I would do with all these projects I was working on and needed some help with. No more running into Westport Yarns for help with pattern interpretations, instruction on new techniques, etc. But alas! Pam Grushkin started a Zoom Stitch and Chat! Have to admit I was skeptical. Couldn’t figure out how this would work but decided to give it a go and it has been a lifesaver these past 5 weeks. Pam was able to help all of us, each week. I don’t think anyone asked her a question that she wasn’t able to help. I felt that I could continue with some difficult projects with her on my screen. Pam runs the class asking each person what they are working on and what they need help with. It is instructive for everyone. She also has us all hold up our work and will pull up patterns so we can see the final outcome. Pam will show us all new projects that she is working on. It is not all knitting. We discuss what books we are reading, programs we are watching on TV, and basically how we have all been coping thru all of this. It’s been great seeing friends from the shop and also meeting some new people. I feel that Pam’s Zoom class will continue to be irreplaceable. When I am on vacation this summer I will use it and if there is a surge or if this virus recurs in the fall/winter months it’s nice to know there is help out there in the tech world. Anyway for those of us who are not yet comfortable venturing out or still want to self- distance, Pam’s Zoom Stitch and Chat is a great alternative!