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Social Distancing & Project Finishing

We are nearing the end of the first week of Spring Break and of course, this year, it has not been the ‘normal’ break that we have enjoyed in past years. Our Spring Break here is two weeks, then back to school and off again a week or so later for the Easter Long Weekend. It is a time of the year that I really enjoy and look forward to because of the longer days, brightening mornings and warming weather. There is still the morning and evening chill when we go out for walks and I miss that time I used to spend walking to dogs. Over the past few months, I have made it a habit to begin that practice again of walking, especially because I haven’t been excerising due to a study I have been involved in since January.

The Shift by Andrea Mowry

Finishing The Shift Cowl by Andrea Mowry in the sun today while the kids played in the front yard. They were making games with the kids across the street by shouting back and forth to remain separate. As noisey as it was, it was heartwarming to see the kids understand the importance of connection with one another and love each other anyhow.

As many you of you know, we are all now mostly on self-isolation protocols and actively socially isolating. The kids have taken this in stride – they’ve been real marvels to be honest – and we have enjoyed the past couple of days. There’s been fighting for sure but overall, they’ve been very gracious to one another. I have been thinking about creating slightly more structure to our days starting next week, once they have had a chance to fully relax and have a break. Due to the threat of not necessarily returning to school for the remainder of the year, and starting back in September, I have thought a lot about creating some home learning opportunities, particularly for my Grade 2 son!

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Weaving in ends on my Shift! It’s washed and blocking now, at which time, I will seam the hem & post some modelled photos. The plan is to talk about this FO on next week’s live stream!

That said, I have been really inspired by our greater community as well – people came together today to join me on a bonus episode of the podcast. We streamed for a longer time than we normally do because I felt that everyone was so engaged and interested in what we were talking about. I had organized a slightly older-style format to the show to update everyone on all of me WIPs and progress because I’ve recently cast on for many projects, in both handspun and commercial. I also wanted some feedback on my Felix Cardigan and the button band!

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All the woven ends on my side table with my ‘plant-based rock burgers’ (thanks to Norah), sparkle water & tea! Small blessings at the moment go a long way.

As I work through some stash and cast on for some new projects, I am reminded that this too shall pass. Coming together as a community at this time, holding one another up and getting creative about how we approach will be the difference between how different groups and people cope. We have seen this within our own community thus far — please think about joining our Made with Love – ALONG.

To that end, I will continue working on my projects that I am really enjoying and focusing on the positive things I have influence over – spending time with the kids, quality time with my husband and reaching out to friends and family who are more isolated than me at the moment.

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We discussed on the podcast this afternoon the idea of Capsule Wardrobe, which is the primary topic of discussion on The Wool Stream twice per month. I hope you will think about joining us if this is a topic you’re interested in! The ideas I was discussing are from Project 333 and the idea of creating modules were from the YouTube video here.

I will be posting quite regularly throughout this experience – if there is anything in particular you are wondering about or would like to know in terms of building my Capsule, please let me know! I’d be happy to include it!

Stay healthy, much love,

R.

 

 

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