The mask thing wasn’t something I was eager to participate in. We are, after all quite isolated as it is. What use would we have for such a thing? But my grandparents asked if we could find them a few on Amazon and order them as they aren’t all that savvy when it comes to internet shopping. I looked on Amazon to see what they had…and wasn’t impressed. So I looked for an easy pattern to follow to make them some masks myself. We have a pretty slow internet connection, and not very much data, so we subscribe to YouTube to download videos in the early morning hours when we have a more generous streaming allowance. I found a pretty simple instructional that got me a basic mask but then I decided to add a pleat at the nose and the chin for more protection and better fit and I thought , why not use some wool? So I did! The result is a pretty stout little mask with a measure of air filtration sewn in. It is NOT hot by the way. One common misconception about wool is that it is hot, but truly some of the virtues of wool are that it is a great insulator to keep you warm when it is cold and it breathes very well to also keep you cool, other wise our sheep would die of heat stroke in the hot Texas sun.and the generation of mankind that only had clothes made from wool and had NO air conditioner would not have been able to wear it. It is also antimicrobial, antibacterial and naturally flame and moisture resistant. <https://skeinyarn.com/blogs/blog/34415044-10-wondrous-properties-of-wool> So if you haven’t explored wool, there is no better time than now. And of course if you need some wool send me a message and I’ll let you know what I have in stock. Also if you’d like to order a mask from me, made as shown in the tutorial, I’ll try to make you one. I’m charging $12 for these but I have limited materials, thread and fabric choices and fabric stores are a bit slower and lower in inventory than normal. Send me a message and I’ll make as many as I can! Here is a link to my tutorial. This is my first attempt at making an instructional video with text and music. There is a little bit at the end where you can heal my 7yo doing school work 😉 <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VXaCHi38FZQ>
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Hi Rachel — what a great idea of using a wool filter in the mask! I’ll take two if you have enough materials. 😊 I’ll us PayPal if that is OK with you. Just email me an invoice with the shipping.
I will tell my friends with sheep about this, and maybe they would also want one, or they will sew them. I will forward your wordpress blog. I am well acquainted with many of the people who run the Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival so maybe we can generate quite a bit of interest.
We are well, now living in Maryland. Hope you are also.
On Thu, Apr 9, 2020 at 10:25 AM WhirldWorks Farm wrote:
> WhirldWorks posted: “The mask thing wasn’t something I was eager to > participate in. We are, after all quite isolated as it is. What use would > we have for such a thing? But my grandparents asked if we could find them a > few on Amazon and order them as they aren’t all that savvy” >
Thanks! Sounds great! I’ll invoice you as soon as they’re ready, probably later today:)
My parents have been making pocket masks with an air filter material (I forget the specifics) in the pocket. Apparently it’s the request of the healthcare workers they’re collaborating with. I’m glad you were able to find a way to help your grandparents.