Day Two – Take It Outside

Day two; it’s a gorgeous day here in the sunny Okanagan. It’s about 10ºC and sunny, although there is a bit of a brisk breeze now and then. John and I decided it would be a good day to go for a walk through the neighbourhood. I’m glad we did. Now that the weather is getting nicer, we’ll be doing more of that.

So, looking on the dark side of things for a moment, there are now 454,398 confirmed cases of Covid-19 world wide with 20,550 deaths and 113,045 recovered, leaving a total of 320,803 confirmed active cases. That, obviously, isn’t an accurate picture because, as we all know, there are not enough Covid-19 test kits to confirm every case. I won’t dwell on it; I’m only posting the numbers for future reading.

I would rather focus on what we’re doing to stay sane in a world that feels a little insane right now.

Yesterday, I picked up a project that I had started before Christmas – a pair of felted slippers for John. I usually end up making him a pair every other year, sometimes every year, as needed. He starts out wearing them only in the house but ends up wearing them outside occasionally and that’s pretty hard on them. They’re usually a quick knit but concentration-demanding because of the construction. It’s fun to see the difference between the pre-felted slippers and the post-felting result.

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I used my flip flops for comparison.

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The “lint” on the slippers is from the insole of the canvas runners I used in the felting process. One of the insoles came out and it had a chipboard backing that completely disintegrated. They’re not so bad after a bit of a shave but the slippers did look a little disgusting at first, as if they’d been vomited on (sorry, but they did!).

Today, I’ll be finishing up a small knitting repair project for a friend; I’ll post pictures once it’s all done but maybe not until she’s seen it. I’m also working on a shawl I started earlier this year. Again, I’ll post pictures once I’m a little further into the project but here’s a little preview.

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What about you? What are you doing to keep yourself sane in this time of pandemic? I’m trying to turn the radio off as much as possible so we’re not hearing about it all the time and, instead, turning to other things. Let’s help keep each other’s spirits up as much as we can.

See you tomorrow!

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