What with France now being in lock-down since Tuesday, and Covid-19 being on everyone’s minds . . . the husband and I are pottering around indoors or in the garden, trying not to dwell too much on the fact that no one is allowed out, unless for specific necessary purposes, and for which we need to print out a form to justify our being out. Failure to produce printed justification will lead to a fine if stopped and checked (amount currently set at 135€ until further notice, I believe).
We are very lucky that we live in the countryside, with a large garden, so we’re able to get some fresh air, rather than having to stay cooped up indoors (weather is glorious here at the moment). I spare a thought for those who find themselves shut up indoors, perhaps in a flat, with young children. For the elderly. For those in the medical profession, army, police force, postal services and supermarkets (just to name a few) who are working in very difficult & stressful conditions.
I’ve been entering into the spirit of things, with some sewing. I believe quite a few people have been doing the same . . . inspired by several articles, namely a pattern & tutorial by CraftPassion which seems to have been officially adopted by the Grenoble Hospital service in France (who are telling hospital staff to get sewing), with what appears to be exactly the same pattern.
Different governments and different experts are all giving differing opinions as to the utility or necessity of wearing a face mask at the present time. By my way of thinking, if Grenoble Hospital are sharing this info with their medical staff, then it can’t be totally without use.
The husband and I won’t be walking around wearing masks BUT the husband was rather concerned about Carole and Audrey (the mother & daughter team) who run our local Spar supermarket. They’ve been serving customers as usual, 6 full days a week, plus Sunday mornings. Tirelessly restocking shelves (when supplies arrive) and no doubt putting up with a few uncivil customers (when supplies don’t arrive). They’ll be in contact with the general public all day, every day, so I made a couple of masks. Whether they choose to wear them or not, is up to them.
The one on the left in photo is my first attempt.
Go ahead and laugh if you want to . . . but it might do some good.
Needless to say, I didn’t try on the ones I made for Carole & Audrey. Fabrics were washed before sewing. I washed my hands before sewing sessions too. And once made, I washed finished masks (as recommended) on a normal cycle & left to dry, before placing in a brand new freezer bag and giving to our Spar ladies.