This coronavirus has sure been an interesting experience, hasn’t it? We have all made some significant changes to our daily routines, some drastically more than others. I myself have been working from home for a very long time, as has my spouse. Our kid homeschooled for the last 3 years of high school, and has now been working full-time, so when her job sent her home for almost a month, it was just nice to have her home again. She and I have a whole slew of shows we like to watch together, and between her work schedule and mine, we hadn’t had time to watch shows for a long time, so we had plenty of episodes in our DVR waiting for quarantine. We got caught up right before she had to return to work!
One chore that I absolutely despise is the grocery shopping. Because we always fail to plan ahead, in pre-coronatimes, I was going to the store on a daily basis. Now I venture out only once every week or longer, and it takes a lot more time on a trip, but it really has been nice not having to go there every single day. Plus, as a low-maintenance lady who works from home, I typically wear some version of dirty pajamas when I go out and about. Just a couple of months ago, people gave me dirty looks at the store. Now? Everyone dresses weird, and nobody bats an eye. I have worn a t-shirt as a turban, crocheted face masks, rubber gloves… heck, I have even worn my spouse’s (clean) boxer briefs as a mask/headwrap combo! And you wanna hear something super strange? I have gotten COMPLIMENTS on my creative Corona Fashion!
A friend sent me a photo she had seen on the web of some cute crocheted masks, and tasked me with making some for her family. I very quickly discovered that the cotton yarn, combined with the tight tension makes for some serious rope burns and sore hand muscles. Unfortunately, I have to charge a pretty penny for my crocheted masks, because they take 3-4 hours to make and a toll on my poor body.
I finished that first order of masks and posted a picture on Instagram. The next day, one of my repeat customers contacted me with a special request for a V for Vendetta mask. While I was dreading the rope burn, I was really excited about this challenge. I honestly had no idea how I was going to accomplish making the mask, but I did finally come up with a game plan, and I can’t tell you how tickled I am by the final result. She hasn’t sent me a photo of her wearing the mask yet, but I hope she does!
I haven’t figured out how to avoid the yarn digging crevasses into my fingers or the need to slather copious amounts of Aspercreme on my hands, but I have really started to enjoy making masks. And I absolutely love when someone sends me a challenge to create a design I have never thought of, let alone attempted. If any of these custom orders get enough demand, I may have to write some patterns for these whimsical masks! If you would like to order a custom mask, you can get one HERE
So that’s pretty much what I’ve been up to. I have some more exciting stuff in the works for May, so be sure you subscribe to my newsletter so you don’t miss out!
Until next time,