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The Mask

June 2, 2020

I went back to work 2 weeks ago. Our office was closed for 8 weeks except for the last several weeks of quarantine when our doctor worked seeing emergency cases. Those cases were being called “emergent” cases, which I didn’t know was a thing.

I spent some time sewing masks. I had various bits of quilting cotton fabric from my sister-in-law from years ago when she stopped quilting.

These first models had ties because I had no elastic.

I had, the operative word being “had”, a friend on social media who chastised a woman who was charging $5 per mask. Said friend said that she had made 350 masks and given them all away, and she thought the $5 woman should also give hers away. She was outraged that someone dare charge anything at all. I commented that perhaps the $5 woman needed to recoup some money so she could buy more materials to make more masks. After all, you can’t pour from an empty jug. “Friend” wasn’t having that kind of thinking. She scolded me. And I, not needing aggravation of that sort, I unfriended her. Something was off in that conversation. If she found a spool of 100 yards of elastic in her sewing room, how is that enough to make 350 masks? I think it is not possible.

Pet peeve: the folds on the outside of the mask should point down, not up, unless your nose grows upward. Wear the mask the wrong way and expect a poor fit.

Then the elastic arrived. I thought that would make my life easier until I wore one for the day.

It was unbearable.

I figured I could make 2 masks per yard and that would cut down on production time immensely since I didn’t have to cut, press, and sew the ties. Yes, but no. Yes it is a faster construction. No it is not comfortable. So boo to yet another brainstorm.

If you want to look at these with a description, they are in my Etsy shop, “Catcatcher Corner”.

Just please, y’all? Wear a mask.