We receive a few inquiries about wanting to learn to crochet, or learn new tricks, or how to make certain projects. So we thought of having a regular once-a-month meetup session to tackle crochet-related stuff with fellow crocheters. Please note that this is open to public, non-members of the group are very welcome. We are lonely creatures stuck with hook and yarn so we do welcome new type company. =)
But, reall, don’t get intimidated, we just want to “chismis.” Think of it as a good excuse to take a break, sit down, and just betch. =)
I really have a problem when it comes to selling crochet items. On a few times that other friends / people would ask me why am I not selling crochet items, I always have a hard time explaining to them why. I would go around making excuses.
On our way to the last day of crochet workshop in Sevilla, Bohol, this topic was discussed again. This time, I confessed that it’s really hard when it comes to making money from crochet because it’s like sex to me. If I accept money from crochet, it feels like I’m prostituting myself. Though, there’s nothing really wrong with prostitution as long as you’re for it. But you get what I mean… I/we just cannot have sex with any one.
Now on to helping facilitate a crochet workshop for a women community, I always say that I hope crochet can unlock more than learning how to crochet in them (My previous post, Crochet WOKEshop >>).” I hope crochet can spark whatever undiscovered “madness” / passion inside her that would give them immense self-pleasure that they would do any thing just to achieve it.
But thing is, for most community workshops, the main goal is mostly about uplifting financial status, social impact, and whatever to-help-others tag line. Any thing NOT about contributing to the greater good of the community / financial impact does not deserve to be spent money on, be given budget by the government or any organization (Even I would probably question it.). Why is “giving ones’ self pleasure” not actually a worthy cause?
And, don’t get me started with “Who am I / we to have the say that they need uplifting or they need some social impact form of activity?” I mean they’ve been doing “social impact” their whole life probably.
So it makes me so happy when I’d hear from the participants that crochet can make them forget house chores, their husband… I’d like to believe that for once, these hardworking women — who spend most of their waking hours thinking and serving others — just forget about the world and immerse their selves in doing something selfish, on something which might only be beneficial and pleasurable to her alone.
I can probably easily talk about self-pleasure as we might not have the same reality. But who does not want pleasure for the sake of pleasure? I guess we all deserve it, wherever we are in the spectrum of “all walks of life” (Anyhow, screw the spectrum!).
If ever you get to the end of this post, if you receive a crochet item from me, please do not think dirty of it. I actually think of any one having this great passion on something as “sex.” Like you can be obsessed with baking, and I would see your baking as your kind of sex.
I started this in February 14, 2019, the VALENTINES DAY because cliche! 🙂 Then I finally reached the end of the yarn this March 10, 2019. This took me almost a month. It feels forever. There’s really forever! 🙂
Making this is probably like in a romantic relationship. It was exciting in the beginning.
Picking the right crochet hook at the start is one of the most exciting things for me.
Then, it got boring, dragging in between. But then you can always find ways to make it exciting.
We travel together.
We coffee-date… a lot?!
I think we’re a great tandem. We made a total of 120 HEARTS, and infinite #bloggerpose! =)
Hopefully, this will warm the heart of the person who is going to receive it! =)
First of all, we would like to thank friends who shared crochet-related stuff to us, which made the party more funner: Grace of Your Handmade Happiness, Knitwerks and Crafts, Pretty Crafts, Yarnia, Hirayah Crafts, Tomato Fire Crochets, and many more from individuals (yes, we brought prizes for ourselves because we’re self-sufficient like that! sorry, i did not take notes of the names.)
Thank you @5chubbyfingers for this yummy #yarncake! Every yarn addict’s dream cake! 😂
Now to the photos:
We games like queens!
The hooks and yarns are part of games, and life!
…and food!Special thanks to Shakey’s Robinson’s Cybergate for accommodating us! 🙂
And #WIPS, and finished crochet items!…and we live by the saying, “just 1 more row…”
To 1 more ROW-RRRR, Cebu Crochet Group!
S/O to Sarah @tomatofire_crochets & Berns @5cbubbyfingers for putting this up!!! 😘😘😘
Photos: Sarah Palmares, Bernadette Dy, Sharol Valdez
Cebu Crochet Group “goes” to Sevilla, Bohol for a crochet workshop. A crochet workshop was organized by DTI & Sevilla LGU, and another organization invited us to facilitate the crochet workshop.
Whenever I get so passionate about some thing, there’s that big enthusiasm in me to invite and sometimes “forced” them on others. But of course, I grow old, and realized that not every thing is for everybody just like I don’t understand why others find zip-line exciting.
Thus, I now have this sort of reservation when helping facilitate a crochet workshop; like I hope I don’t waste this person’s time, as well as mine. I hope no one forced him/her to be in this workshop.
But then, I’m really MORE EXCITED to be in a workshop. There’s that magical feeling in me seeing someone make their first “chain.” There’s that hopeful feeling of what the crochet can unlock in this person, of what possibilities crochet can open in him/her. It does not necessarily be about crochet, but whatever passion she/he has inside like his/her unique creative instinct, entrepreneurial skills, and other skills/talent that has been long hibernating inside them.
So thank you to the women community of Sevilla, Bohol for that “magical feeling.”
More photos from the 1st crochet workshop in Sevilla, Bohol:
“A hat is like an extension of the warmth of a mother’s love.” – Hija Mangapis
This February 2019, Cebu Crochet Group turns 1-year old. This tiny “young” group thought of celebrating it by creating preemie hats for the tiny young babies.
Premature babies (preemies) may be isolated from the mother for awhile as they’re needed to be incubated. They can be deprived from the mother’s touch and warmth until they’re able to catch up with their missed growth and development.
As such we thought of creating preemie hats, which may serve like an extension of the warmth of mother’s love. Hopefully, the babies can feel additional warmth from our hands and hearts when we created their tiny hats. When they feel warm, it can make them stronger faster.
After a month, 5 weekend sessions, we gathered 314 preemie hats, and more are coming. (If you’re still having preemie hats as WIPs (work-in-progress) feel free to continue making and sharing them with us. We’re happy to receive them, and deliver it to the hospitals once we have gathered enough.)
Photos from: Sarah Palmares, Yasmin Jumao-as, Hija Mangapis, Leigh Castillano, Brey Uy, Liza Selda
This is probably not my role to be saying THANK YOU! But anyhow, THANK YOU, for everyone in the Cebu Crochet Group for the preemie hats and time you shared.
Personally, I thank each and everyone in the Cebu Crochet Group. You are like my preemie hats. I totally feel the love. I hope that you too feel that our tiny community is your “preemie hat;” the preemie hat that may not “grow” your crochet skill into some Picasso-level, but at least it can make you feel the warmth of support (So feel free to share your projects and adventures and crazy ideas; we always have the “thumbs-up” button for that.).
Also, thank you to the babies of CENTCOM Station Hospital and tiny babies of Sotto Hospital for letting us share our love with them. Thank you to the hospital staff we coordinated with.
Thank you also to our families / relatives / friends, organizations and other individuals who collaborate with us, appreciate our work and existence, for letting us be, for being supportive despite that they can sometimes be weirded out by us.
Who would have thought that this group who started with humble granny square has produced 314 preemie hats, and more in between?
We, hookers of Cebu Crochet Group, rock!
Preemie Hats Mommies:
Adrianha Dayne Dess
Emily Abastas Abais
Enriqueta L. Enriquez
Floredith Papa Pragados
Jo A Nne
Judith Entica Saturos
Judy Desamparado Cimafranca
Sarah A. Palmares
Trisha Mae Veliganio
Venus Caralde Uy
This pattern has been on my to-do wish list, and I even bought the yarn for it way back in 2017. Yes, I am that kind of crocheter.
But it’s not until ENVY hit me that I finally pick up the yarn, and finally make it. I saw a friend crocheting this shawl pattern, and I was envious. Envious is such a great motivator! I’m also that kind of crocheter. =)
The things a crocheter would go to just to get her yarn fill. I made this video last December 31, 2018; I realized that I spent the last day of my 2018 haunting for yarns in a stormy weather. I should have an award for this! =)
The video is not so clear but nevertheless, ENJOY! =)
For the upcoming anniversary of Cebu Crochet Group, we’re doing the “Little Hats Big Hearts Project.” The project is about making hats for preemie babies to be given to NICU department of hospital.
When I made my first preemie beanie, it was a struggle to get the right size of it especially that I’m only used to making beanies for adults, in which I basically have the estimated number of stitches in my mind.
After a few trials, here’s how I got the beanie / hat sizing right using whatever yarn weight and hook size that are available:
Start with any number of DCs or SCs. Then increase the number of stitches in the succeeding rounds until you get to the desired “DIAMETER” of the hat (not circumference as diameter is easier to measure). Once you reach the right diameter, you maintain the number of stitches or you stop increasing your stitches. Continue crocheting in rounds until you get the right hat length measurement.
This applies to “Basic Top-Down in a Round” crochet hat patterns. Top Down in a Round hats is when you start at the top of the crown, and then in circles (I hope this definition makes sense.)
Materials: Yarn, Hook, Tape Measure / Ruler, Hat Size Chart (see below)
Here’s a more detailed steps. Hopefully, this helps than confuse you. =)
1. Start with a Magic Ring. You may start with chains and slip stitch to make a circle. But it’s also great to learn Magic Ring. Once you learn magic ring, you don’t want to go back. =)
2. How many count of single crochet or double crochet should I start with? When you’re used to following a pattern when creating beanie, you’re used to being given a number of DCs or SCs to start with.
But since we’re kind of winging it, you make as many DCs until you get a flat round after a slip-stitch. For me, I’m lucky starting with 8 or 10 DCs.
3. In the next round, increase the number of stitches until you get the DIAMETER size (not the circumference) of the preemie hat you want to make.
For this example, I’m doing the smallest preemie hat size.
When increasing the size of a hat, the rule I follow is: multiply the beginning number of stitches with the number of row. For example, I began with 10 DCs so I will multiply it with 2 in the 2nd row, meaning you’ll have 20 DCs in 2nd row. If you had made coasters or any thing round pattern, you’re familiar on how to add the stitches for the increase like 1-2 then 1-1-2, etc.
For those who are not familiar, you can do it by grouping your stitches by the number of row you are in. For example, in Row 3, I group the stitch by 3. So 1 DC in first stitch then 2 DCs in the next stitch. And, when in Row 4, it would be a group of “1DC 1DC 2DC” repeat until the end.
4. Measure the DIAMETER of the circle every now and then. Once you reached the desired diameter size, you can now stop increasing the number of stitches in the following rows. You just then maintain crocheting the number of stitches in the following rows.
In this example, the desired diameter size was met in my 4th row which has 40 DCs. The following rows will then have 40 DCs or stitches.
5. Continue adding rows until you reached the right length size.
The finished product:
1. If you find your hat stiff, try a bigger hook size to make it stretchier.
2. To add designs to your hat, add different stitch patterns. It’s easier to do different stitch patterns once you’re done increasing. In my example, I add a different stitch pattern on the 6th row. You can check different stitch patterns from mypicot.com. But no pressure, the best thing is that we’re making something to give warm to the tiny babies.