A wife, mom, business owner & athlete on the lookout for extraordinary every day.
First I tried sourdough. Then I considered learning to play guitar. I cleaned out closets, weeded gardens (a pointless exercise given how out of control they are now) and bought new Adirondack chairs for all the time we’d spend relaxing outside (which, given the mosquitos and “Cicada Killer Wasps,” also became pointless).
And then I started making masks. Now let’s be clear, while I have a sewing machine (thanks mom!) I would not call myself a seamstress. Before the mask making began, my largest sewing project was curtains for our daughter’s room – and I used stitch witchery for those. But there is something very satisfying, for me, about making masks. Maybe it’s the research and experimentation as we try different patterns (who knew there were so many ways to make a face covering). Perhaps it’s the mix of creativity and repetition. Or maybe it feels like something I can do to protect my family and my community, when I feel helpless as the world seems to spin out of control.
After a few “favorites” I believe I’ve finally hit on my favorite. It’s a big mask – turns out, the masks that work best for our faces, particularly when we are speaking, cover a lot of skin – and, the simplest of the patterns I have tried.
(Important note: I can’t find the original pattern that inspired this version. If I find the video I will be sure to share it).