It's hard to figure out how Gabriela "Gabby" Enriquez has the time for any more projects.

The 16-year-old Oak Hills High School junior, who has been selected for the National Honor Society, plays varsity volleyball, is the president of the school's AVID club, is a member of Interact and a project leader for the United Way.

But the summer before school began, she had a brainstorm: salsa.

Her mother, Rosie, is a caterer, and Enriquez knew her way around a kitchen. Soon she was roasting peppers and filling mason jars with homemade salsa, and selling them to friends and relatives. ("We would spend hours roasting chiles," mother Rosie said.) She takes the proceeds down to Los Angeles to buy fabric in bulk and turns them into blankets for local shelters. (She estimates each blanket costs between $20 and $25.)

She dropped off 10 at the High Desert Domestic Violence Shelter on Friday. And she's not done yet.

Enriquez told the congregation at Holy Family Church about her project, and donations and offers of support poured in.

"All I wanted from them was to come and bring a good pair of scissors," she said. Beyond that, though, she had parishioners thrusting money at her for more fabric to keep the blankets coming.

On Saturday, she and fellow congregation members got together to make more knotted fleece blankets. The blankets are made from two layers of fabric with matching fringe cut with scissors. The fringe is knotted together, creating warm blankets without the need for a sewing machine.

"You cut and you knot, and go around," said Enriquez. "No sewing at all."

The blankets are all blessed by a parish priest and a prayer card is attached as well.

The 10 Knot for Love blankets she dropped off at the domestic violence shelter has met that organization's needs for now, so the next stop will be High Desert Homeless Services.

"So no matter what, they'll keep going," she said. "As long as they keep buying salsa and [local shelters] keep needing blankets."

The sort of focus required to go from a brainstorm to churning out salsa to creating blankets will serve Enriquez well in the future: She plans to attend UCLA and study to become a pediatrician.

For more information about the salsa sales or blanket donations, e-mail Enriquez at univ.hereicome@yahoo.com.

Beau Yarbrough can be reached at 956-7108 or at beau@hesperiastar.com. Follow us on Twitter at Twitter.com/HesperiaStar.