Yes, I know, that time, Covid19 starts to rise and making many people anxious, and some of us even doing something that so unnecessary (like hoarding items we usually don't care before, that makes the people that actually need it now have difficulty to get it). Surgical masks that before Covid almost taken-for-granted item, now became a rare one and people start to search for a substitution mask.
Back to the comments that I found on the page. apparently, some people felt that my mask pattern will do harm to them, or maybe they try to prevent people do harm to themselves if they make this mask pattern. But what makes me sad was they decided to leave blunt comments that quite sound rude if the words being voiced.
The accusations made me want to explain about the pattern itself. Because really, this pattern does not have any connection with Covid19. It published years ago and even created more years back. I first made it for my husband in 2010 as first anniversary gift.
So I decided to write a disclaimer related to the pattern on the March,18th, that everyone can read when they visiting the page on Ravelry or Etsy.
I release this pattern back in 2017. The background of it was from my personal need. I am riding a motorcycle on a daily basis. I always need a mask to cover me from road dust and heat on the roads (also seek warm from the night wind). Sometimes I also want to cover my face when I have to go to public spaces (like a mall or social events). And since I am not sick, I feel that using a disposable surgical mask kind of a waste (I prefer to use them when I truly sick, because that’s the true function of the mask and it only can be used once). I also have a tendency to always touch my nose, so this mask really a big help for me to prevent me touch my own face. I frequently wash my knitted mask with my other clothes in the washing machine too to keep it always clean and fresh.
So, this mask is more to cover your face from dust, sun, cold weather or to cover your face without any particular medical reason. Like a knitting scarf, balaclava, or cowl.
About corona prevention:
in where I live now, I also one of the people that not fortunate enough to get a standard mask supply. So if you are fortunate to get hold of them, please only use them when you really need them since they are rare items now. Like I read on WHO site: the most effective way to protect yourself against Covid-19 is: frequently clean your hands, cover your cough with the bend of elbow or tissue, and maintain a distance of at least 1 meter (3 feet) from people who are coughing or sneezing.
I now bring hand sanitizer everywhere (this also became a rare item in my place), and always wash my hand with water and soap after doing almost anything. I also eat vitamin and herbs to maintain my immune system. And go out when I need it not when I want it.
I also try to help by giving some discount on the pattern, since I cannot make it free. My husband is a freelancer working from home and I am a full-time knitter. I try to help contribute to my family's income by selling knitting patterns I created. I am always thankful for every pattern sales. It will give our family foods to eat and rents and bills being paid.
Thank God, for the knitter that wants free mask patterns, can visit this page made by knittingpattern.org that diligently compiling great mask patterns for us to knit!
Now, using a cloth mask became mandatory if we want to go outside our house (for example grocery shopping). Many people take this as an opportunity to make and sell their handmade masks. But half of them also just make the mask without deep though of the function and comfort and jumped in for the easy money.
After tried couple of homemade cloth masks I bought online, my husband declared that the most comfortable one is the knitting mask I made for him. So I now try to make more for us and using the cloth mask I bought before as lining.
For you all knitter and crafter out there. It's very lucky that we can make ourselves what we need. We can make what we want with the exact specification we wanted too.
So if you can and have the time, make and make more. For ourselves and for people around us.
Don't forget to always be kind in what we write to others (especially if we do not know them personally). Remember that we are facing a real person behind the screen, that absolutely also have feeling like you. So try to talk gently and politely.
Always be careful, keep your health, and always be happy.
May us all survive this time together!