Posted on Leave a comment

Take the Biden 100 Day Mask Challenge

Biden has challenged US to wear masks for the first 100 days of his presidency. If you have been wanting a national pandemic plan, it would seem as if one is well on its way, beginning with this challenge. Before he even took office Biden was challenging Americans to take the 100 day Mask Challenge. How has your state dealt with the pandemic? How do you think a national plan may or may not help? Have you knitted or crocheted your own mask? Do you still wear woven masks?

You can Make your Own Mask & Learn about classes and our knit along…

knitted mask shidonna raven patterns and publications
MAKE A KNITTED MASK
knitted mask shidonna raven patterns and publications

Or get your Ergonomic and No Fog on Glasses Mask – Already Made

Share your answers with the community by posting them below. Share the wealth of information with your friends or family by sharing this article with 3 people today. As always you are the best part of what we do. Keep sharing.

Posted on Leave a comment

DIY Holiday Knit Scarf

Knitting for Beginners Shidonna Raven Patterns and Publications

If you are anything like us, you have a list a mile long and everything on it is DIY. We highly recommend starting now because time goes fast and lets face it: it takes time to make something DIY. If you are like us, making DIY holidays sounds great right now because you could save a little money with some extra effort and time. DIY gifts always have a special touch that other gifts can just not offer. Whatever your reason they are sure to love it and ask you for another one.

Speaking of the time it takes to make DIY holiday gifts: get started now. No, consider your projects when you are working down your list. Some projects will take longer than others obviously. That is why we love cowls. Depending on the length, they take a lot less time and are a must for those really cold locations. But, nothing beats a traditional scarf with a quick box hat or the traditional round hat. Both are excellent DIY holiday options as one can typically be worked up in one day.

With all that said, we put together some tips for your holiday DIY project list:

  • Make a DIY Holiday list
  • Make a Plan
  • Make a schedule and keep it
  • Get your patterns and supplies in time to stay on schedule
  • Get yarn and supply recommendations from our posts and patterns *see below, other articles and patterns
  • Make it personal (something They will like)
  • Consider your projects carefully. Keep it simple and fast so that you can complete your list in time
  • Use down time by taking your projects with you (lunch time)
  • Use the same pattern and different yarn to make it unique to each recipient
  • Take a knit along or crochet along or class
  • Get support from us on patterns you buy with us
  • Get 10% off in time enough for the holidays
  • Shop YLS (Norfolk, VA, USA)
  • Have Fun
  • Finish and mail early *the post office has been experiencing delays
  • Take pictures of your projects and share with us and others
  • Instagram your pictures
  • Have recipients take pictures of their gifts and share with us
  • When all else fails get them a gift certificate
  • How will you get your holiday DIY projects done in time? Which tips will you use? Which tips ended up being the most helpful?

Share your answers with the community by posting them below. Share the wealth of information with your friends or family by sharing this article with 3 people today. As always you are the best part of what we do. Keep sharing.

Posted on Leave a comment

Row Counter – Hand Knitting and Fiber Arts

Finger row counter review

Shidonna Raven Patterns & Publications
Using an Electronic Row Counter – A Review
Shidonna Raven Patterns and Publications

How will you use your row counter? Which fiber craft / art do you do? How long have you been doing it?

Share your answers with the community by posting them below. Share the wealth of information with your friends or family by sharing this article with 3 people today. As always you are the best part of what we do. Keep sharing.

Posted on Leave a comment

Why we love Cowls

knitted mask / cowl shidonna raven patterns and publications

We love cowls for several reasons:

  • easy to keep up with / hard to lose
  • maximum warmth
  • maximum comfort

Having experienced the cold winter months of the Northeast, we know a little about cold and how to stay warm. In addition to staying warm, a cowl can be worn around the neck (almost like a turtle neck) making it easy to keep up with and offering some scaled down warmth once indoors. Because cowls can be tucked under coats and pulled up under and over chins, they provide maximum warmth by keeping cool and cold air out while clinging to the body, if made the right size. They also offer a lot of comfort during winter months and can be made out of soft wools like merino wool (below) to reduce itching and increase warmth. Shop our cowl patterns today! These make the perfect holiday gift as they can be quicker to work up than a traditional scarf. If you need help making your holiday gifts, sign up for one of our knit or corchet alongs or classes.

Who is on your Christmas list? What other DIY Holiday gifts are you making? Send us a picture of what you have made so far. Which types of arts and crafts are you using to make your DIY Holiday gifts?

Share your answers with the community by posting them below. Share the wealth of information with your friends or family by sharing this article with 3 people today. As always you are the best part of what we do. Keep sharing.

Posted on Leave a comment

Baby Blanket, Student Project

Christonya Crochet Baby Blanket Shidonna Raven Pattern and Publications

A long time crocheting student decided to take a knitting class (view our classes here) with me. Her experience with crocheting definitely helped her learn knitting fast! Although, she thinks crocheting is more forgiving than knitting. Nonetheless, she did very well. She recently shared a few of her crochet projects with me featured here in this article. Like many of us, she has gotten several projects done during the pandemic. Also, like a lot of us she has been working from home.

She used yarns similar to the ones below to create her blankets and you can too. Be sure to order enough yarn to complete your Holiday projects and check your dye lot number. Also give yourself enough time to receive your yarns and supplies.

If you are a beginner and looking to get started, the kit below will have several of the items you will need to start a project like this. These projects are very doable for the beginner and a lot of practice. However, if you are just getting started, consider starting with a smaller project.

Contact us with any questions regarding your holiday gift projects. Have you chosen your Holiday Projects yet? Who is on your list this year? Did you select your yarn(s) yet? Share your answers with the community by posting them below. Share the wealth of information with your friends or family by sharing this article with 3 people today. As always you are the best part of what we do. Keep sharing.

Posted on Leave a comment

Holiday Projects: Get started Today!

6 Tips for Holiday Knitting and Crocheting!

Shidonna Raven Patterns & Publications
How to do Holiday Crafting Right
Shidonna Raven Patterns and Publications

Its the most wonderful time of the year! Its time to get started on your projects. If you do this all the time, you probably have already started. If this is your first time, we got you covered with a variety of resources including classes that double as Holiday Gift Project Classes (including cowls / masks) and Learning Classes (Knitting and Crochet). Whatever you choose, now is the time to get started! Get started with the following resources:

Holiday Gift Project Resources:

Contact us with any questions regarding your holiday gift projects. What gifts would you like to make for the holidays? Who is on your list this year? Have you made your schedule yet? Share the wealth of information with your friends or family by sharing this article with 3 people today. As always you are the best part of what we do. Keep sharing.

Posted on Leave a comment

Types of Face Masks and Effectiveness – USA Today

Woven Mask Pink - Premade, no pattern Shidonna Raven Pattern and Publications

Knitted Masks: For this one, researchers used a mask with a looser weave.

“Think of the fabric as being something more similar to a sock than similar to a bed sheet, which is more like what you have for the standard cotton,” Warren said.

Larger and open pores in the masks may allow more particles to get in. Washing and drying the mask may further decrease its deficiency.

Souce: USA Today

There are a few things, we discovered, that can make your knitted masks more effective.

  • Use 100% cotton, preferably a stiffer cotton like Pima Cotton
  • Use a smaller needle or hook than required to create a fabric with smaller pores
  • Sew a side loading filter pocket on the back of the mask to decrease pore size and increase cleanliness by replacing used filters.
  • Some recommend coffee filters. Of course you can use what you prefer.
Types of Masks and Effectiveness
Source: USA Today
Shidonna Raven Patterns and Publications

Shop our mask patterns, which include side loading filter pockets or Shop our pre-made and ready to go masks with side loading filter pockets. If you would like to make your own, attend one of our knit alongs or classes for help. When you purchase a pattern with Shidonna Raven Pattern and Publications, you also receive free pattern support. We pray that you and yours stay healthy and keep preventing the spread of COVID 19. Share your comments (about your projects or our products) with the community by posting them below. E mail us a photo of your project or our project and we may post it in our articles (here). Share the wealth of health with your friends and family by sharing this article with 3 people today.

Posted on Leave a comment

Making Masks and CDC on Masks

Robert R. Redfield, MD | #COVIDStopsWithMe

Shidonna Raven Patterns & Publications
Source: CDC -Robert R. Redfield, MD | #COVIDStopsWithMe
Shidonna Raven Patterns and Publications

Points to remember when making your face masks: To create a denser fabric with no ‘holes’ use a smaller needle to create less space between the strands of yarn. Should you have questions email us for pattern support. Shop our masks patterns and already made masks. Want help making your mask? Join one of our knit or crochet alongs or classes. You can also email us to get pattern support.

Posted on Leave a comment

Making and Safely Wearing Face Masks

How to safely wear a face mask - Brett Sutton

Shidonna Raven Patterns & Publications
Source: Department of Health and Human Services, Victoria, State, Australia
Shidonna Raven Patterns & Publications

Points to remember when making your face masks: To create a denser fabric with no ‘holes’ use a smaller needle to create less space between the strands of yarn. Should you have questions email us for pattern support. Shop our masks patterns and already made masks. Want help making your mask? Join one of our knit or crochet alongs or classes. You can also email us to get pattern support.

Posted on Leave a comment

Why we should all start making our own face masks during coronavirus—and an expert-approved guide on how

knitted mask shidonna raven patterns and publications

Published Thu, Apr 2 202012:12 PM EDTUpdated Fri, Apr 3 202012:35 PM EDT Nir Eyal, Contributor@NIREYAL

During the early days of the coronavirus pandemic, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and World Health Organization made it clear that, unless you’re sick or are a medical professional, you do not need to wear a face mask.

On February 29th, U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams tweeted: “Seriously people- STOP BUYING MASKS! They are NOT effective in preventing general public from catching #Coronavirus, but if healthcare providers can’t get them to care for sick patients, it puts them and our communities at risk!”

Adams’ message comes with good intentions. With COVID-19 cases soaring, doctors, nurses and other frontline health-care workers confront a severe shortage of masks — and cautioning people against buying them can help offset the problem. 

But other countries have already taken aggressive measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 by telling citizens to wear masks, even if the masks are homemade.

Last week, George Gao, director-general of the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention, told ScienceMag.com that the “big mistake in the U.S.” is that people aren’t wearing masks. “This virus is transmitted by droplets and close contact. Droplets play a very important role,” he said. You’ve got to wear a mask, because when you speak, there are always droplets coming out of your mouth.”

Gao has done significant research on viruses that have fragile lipid membranes called envelopes — a group that includes SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19) — and how they enter cells and move between species.

“Many people have asymptomatic or presymptomatic infections,” he continued. “If they’re wearing face masks, it can [help] prevent droplets that carry the virus from escaping and infecting others.”

‘People should be contemplating wearing masks’

In recent days, it appears that U.S. authorities are realizing they should have encouraged mask-wearing during the early stages of the outbreak.

Scott Gottlieb, former Food and Drug Administration Commissioner, said on Sunday in an interview with CBS News’ “Face the Nation” that “people should be contemplating wearing masks. We should be putting out guidelines from the CDC on how you can develop a [cotton] mask on your own.”

And on Wednesday, Adams told NBC’s “TODAY” show that he has asked the CDC to investigate whether his earlier recommendation should change. (Current CDC guidance is that healthy people don’t need masks or face coverings.)

While homemade masks aren’t as effective as medical-grade masks (like N95 respirators, which filter out at least 95% of airborne particles), researchers studying respiratory illnesses — including SARS, which is another form of coronavirus — have found that a simple mask can help lower the risk of infection.

It’s important to note that wearing a homemade mask alone will not guarantee protection against COVID-19. But its effectiveness is better when combined with basic safety precautions, such as regular hand-washing and social distancing. 

Shop our Masks Patterns & Handmade Masks today. Or get help making your mask in one of our upcoming knit or crochet alongs. Once you have completed or received your mask email us a picture and we will share it with the community. You may also post comments about making your own masks here. Share the wealth of information with your friends and family by sharing this article with 3 people today. You are the best part of what we do. Keep sharing!

Source: CNBC