It seems I’ve been rekindling old skills from my youth. The ones I fell in love with and just made sense to me, but never lasted through the jumble of life. One of those is counted cross-stitch. I bought a unicorn pattern for my girls, only to find that it was blank, so now I’m working on the unicorns while my girls work on the new ones that are printed that I got them later.
The girls are really excited to work on their own and I love how quiet they are while working on them! I also love that they are getting into some of the things I like to do.
I also finally pulled out my sewing machine for the first time. My mother-in-law gave it to me years and years ago. She tried buying me supplies as a separate trip, but she’s not very direct and I’m not good at figuring these things out. So she bought me a bunch of yarn and some knitting supplies. Oops.
It’s small, it’s easy to use, and best of all it’s mine. So I picked up a few colors of thread and some fabric to start making some masks. I definitely do not have enough for both work and my days off. The ones we have, the ear loops are basically gone from wearing them just a couple of times. And now that we are taking the girls to stores for short trips, they need masks they like to wear.
I had each of them pick out fabric they liked and I found some flannel squares to use as liners. I made sure to buy some pins too. And the hair ties for the ear bands. It definitely took a few tries. I have no pattern and no printer to print a pattern. Someone I work with did give me one of her masks, which are so comfortable, so I wanted to make that shape. Using that mask I figured out what to do.
These were the first few. I started by trying to make the girls masks, as they use less fabric. I didn’t quite figure out the need for a hem stitch until later. And it wasn’t until the last couple I just made for my dad that I realized it helps to cut the extra fabric from the nose and chin fold I sew in.
The girls really enjoy their masks and I will be making more. It has been so much fun playing with my sewing machine! But that also means that my shawl that should have been done a week ago is still waiting to be finished. I have been working on it, but not much. My Wonder Woman shawl is just yarn skeins still and I haven’t finished copying over the pattern.
Oh well. I’ll get to it eventually. I really just want to finish making all the masks I have plans for and then figure out where and how I’m going to start storing my sewing machine and supplies. I really don’t want to put it back in the box.
Well, happy Father’s Day to all the dads out there and hopefully I can help my husband have a good one.