I felt intimidated when Cebu Crochet Group was invited to “yarn bomb” a tree in front of the ECCP (European Chamber of Commerce) in celebration of Cebu Design Week (which is part of the Cebu Business Month celebration) because “Cebu Design Week” sounded like something for sophisticated high art or something like that. And, then here we are a bunch of people hooked to this craft they categorized that is for grandmothers, CROCHET…
I mean I know there is so much art about crochet; but still, even as a crocheter, I could not help but underrate it as something any grandmother can do. Hey, you don’t really need some art degree or some highly creative skills to do crochet. You just get a hook, yarn, and a lot of time and patience; then viola, you have a beanie, mandala, etc. You suddenly then become this uniquely creative person to the unknowing friends.
But I guess at the end of the day, there’s no such thing as high art or low art. It’s all art!
And, also mad love and thanks to all of us, crocheters, who turned into grandmother mode, shared time and resources in yarm bombing a tree for the Cebu Design Week. (If I missed out a name, I’m sorry. Please message me.)
Irene Del Mundo
Maria Cielo Aljecera
Cory Campus Ortiz
Mil Ann Cabigas
Avril Jzaniah Cimafranca
We were supposed to just yarn bomb 1 tree, but there were so much love shared; we ended up spreading the love to all the neighboring trees. Grandmothers are really the beast and best!
I guess that’s what make CROCHET such a cool “art” because it’s just like your grandmother — there’s so much love to spread.
Here are some behind-the-scene photos from the preparation to installation of ECCP Tree Yarn Bombing. (Photos from me and Sarah Palmares)
The different faces of your Grandmother’s Art. Plot twist: There is as young as 9 years old crocheting doilies / circles contributing to the yarn bomb.
Thank you Casa Gorordo Cafe for accommodating us! =)
Thank you, ECCP Cafe, for the space!
Again, BIG BIG THANK YOU to all! I wish I had some deep thought to share to end this post so just let me #bloggerpose. Kidding! =)
We went to Hong Kong last March 2018, and for this 3rd world citizen (I should retire using 3rd world but I could not find any better adjective to use), I could not deny that I definitely could not afford that much in Hong Kong. But I definitely could afford topping up my Octopus card (HK’s public transportation card), and just go around to find some yarn shops.
We stayed in Kowloon area in first few days, and so I was just really able go around this part of Hong Kong. I did not feel crossing to Hong Kong Island because I felt it’s really quite far and it’s probably more expensive there. I mean Kowloon feels more like I’m in downtown Colon of Cebu, while Hong Kong Island feels like more you’re somewhere uptown in business districts of Cebu. You know what I mean.
I’m just going to post photos of the shops I was able to find while I was trying not to get lost in Hong Kong.
Lai Chi Kok Area
We stayed in this area, somewhere near the Mei Foo station. The first time I tried to go around, I got lost after 500 meters it’s because my google maps’ Location Services setting was not set on “Always,” and I just realized that when the address says “Street,” it can mean the whole long Highwayyyyyy. @.@ There was a big stupid blooper story on this but I’ll spare you from the boring details.
It’s inside D2 mall. This was really more of a craft store for your different crafts so there was not much type of yarns there. Mostly, yarns that can be used for other crafts not solely for crochething or knitting. But this store also has crochet hooks. It’s on the pricey side.
This place is just near HandCrafter but in a different building. But KPC Yarn is actually a yarn brand so this place was really more of an office. Their yarns are wool. There was showroom for their yarns, and some crochet and knitting gears from Clover and Addi. It’s where I actually find the lowest prices of Clover and Addi stuff among the shops I stumbled upon in Kowloon area.
I think you can also stay in their showroom to work on your projects.
Mong Kok Area
The next area I went to was Mong Kok because it’s like the most familiar to me, and google search results also pointed a lot of shops in the area. So on a Sunday, I went there alone, and it was a bad idea because some of the shops are closed on Sundays.
So I just do with what were open on that day.
I landed in Fa Yuen Street Market because I thought it was like a bazaar market, like Ladies’ market. But it was really literally a wet market / farmer’s market.
Is it just me? But English is a bit harder in Kowloon area compared to Hong Kong Island or Lantau Island. Thankfully, I was not so bad in picking up a noodle dish by just making “turo-turo.”
Thankfully, someone in the diner was able to point me out to the “street market” that I was looking for, and from there it was easier for me to navigate to other yarn shops nearby.
Just one more block away from the Fa Yuen Street Market was a street market of wearables, like Ladies’ Market. One of the stalls there is selling yarns.
This place was where I found the lowest priced yarns. Its yarns mostly reminded me of those I found in Vietnam so I was not that tempted much. And, it’s still way cheaper back in Vietnam because well HK’s 1st world.
This on a parallel road of the street market, which building was facing the main road / highway. This is definitely YARN HEAVEN, but every thing was just expensive for my 3rd world pocket so I just stare and feel. =)
DAISO is called Living Plaza in Hong Kong according to google search results. So if you want to look for Daiso shops in HK, search for Living Plaza.
This Living Plaza was along Nathan Road, which was the nearest from Fa Yuen Street.
I tried visiting other yarn shops in my list, but either they were closed because it’s Sunday or permanently closed. Anyhow, I had fun roaming around Kowloon.
The Outlets at Pueblo Verde (a property development of Aboitiz Land) has been actively contributing to the art scene of Cebu. They have a mural in one of the areas of The Fork. Then, last April 27-29, 2018, they hosted Art in the Fork (#ArtInTheFork) in which the Cebu Crochet Group has the privilege to be part of in putting up the Ganchillo Artistico, a yarnbomb / crochet installation.
I’ve been wanting to post about the first ever yarnbombing / crochet installation of Cebu Crochet Group for Art in the Fork, The Outlets at Pueblo Verde in Lapu-lapu City, Cebu but I DO NOT KNOW WHERE TO START. For a crocheter like me, it felt like joining Miss Universe. Even if I were just a “clapper” of Miss U, it’s still such an overwhelming experience that it’s just so hard to put them in words!
So first let me instead invite you to please visit The Fork of The Outlets at Pueblo Verde, Lapu-lapu City, Cebu. There’s a lot of restaurants and outlet stores where you can also swing by while you’re there. =)
Next is BIG THANK YOU to the marketing ladies of The Outlets at Pueblo Verde (Aboitiz Land properties) for collaborating with Crochet Cebu Group for the Ganchillo Artistico. When they approached us for a possible yarnbombing event, it was surreal! It was like, “Seriously, this is happening in my life time?!?”
Also, thank you for introducing us to the talented crocheters of Aboitiz women’s group, and giving us the chance to work with them. I’m so sorry that I failed to have a photo with the crocheters of Lilo-an who pitched in crochet stitches.
Then, reality set in, “So where could we get crocheters crazy enough to do this with us?!? Seriously, why did I/we ever say yes to this?!?”
We had 3 weeks to prepare for it, and along the way, the doubt of being able to pull it off started to creep in. So there was always a bit of uncertainty if were we really moving forward? Were we really going to make this happen?
But, one thing I learned, never underestimate a hooker’s determination!!! A week before the opening of Art in the Fork, all sorts of crochet motifs, granny squares, doilies / circles, chevrons, amigurumis from 30 different crocheters started to trickle in. Despite that most of us are mothers or/and working, everyone managed to sneak in some stitches by hook or by crook!
And, every thing just fall into places.
BIG HUGS and THANKS to the CEBU CROCHET GROUP, as well as to others I missed to mention. Special shoutout to Sarah Palmares (@tomatofire_crochets in IG) for keeping every one and every thing in sync. =)
For the parting words, I’m going to steal Bernadette Yu-Dy’s (@5chubbyfingers in IG) words:
Thank you everyone who pitched in #ganchilloartistico at Pueblo Verde. Nothing brings community together like an insane over the top project like yarn bombing. ❤ It was an exhausting but fun process.
We went to the mountains, Foressa Trails, last weekend because we figured out that the beach must be so crowded because of the Holy Week vacation. They have a campsite with the basic toilet and bathroom amenities so it was perfect for kids. But I won’t bore you with that. 🙂
I wrote this because it kinda still gnaws me that I should have left this WIP (work-in-progress) crochet project on one of the campsite’s bench because I find the color combo so pretty and cozy.
There was really not a lot of hooking, just a lot of photos of hooking.
But there was a lot of coffee, and brownies from @keihlasmom.
I’m really wishing to go back there before the summer ends, and yarnbomb one of the benches because camping and trails are love!
With the instagrammy feels of cafes, I cannot help but take photos of my #wip.
Crocheting at home be like: 😂😂😂
I don’t have a crafting space in our house. My favorite place to crochet is on the stairs. And, in this always-summer weather, crocheting outside the house, under the “hinayhay” is also refreshing minus the beach vibes.
Me: Do you want to start on granny square?
Kid: Yes. My goal for today is granny square, then next is water bottle bag.
You’re only given a little spark of madness. You mustn’t lose it. – Robin Williams
Adulting and such can somehow make us jaded to go after what could fire inside us, or sometimes we did not even know the fire has long gone. Adults always find legit reasons for excuses. Seeing and listening to the little boy’s determination was a big reminder to me to never ever lose that spark.
It may not be crochet, just don’t ever ever lose the will to find that spark… and #bloggerpose.
Here are some photos from the 3rd and last session of GANCHILLO at the AZOTEA, a crochet workshop organized by Casa Gorordo Museum:
In between mother duties and me-time, I and Karla of @damgocebu are trying to come up with enough pieces of crocheted home decor for your dining table. Crossing fingers, we can pull this off, and have our first collection, UNDYED, be available by March 20, 2018.
For the mean time, here’s a peek of what you can look forward to.
Home decor / dining table decor pieces above are still all WIP (work-in-progress). For custom orders, feel free to email at email@example.com, or leave a message in CONTACT page.
Studies said that CREATING makes us more happier than consuming; and therefore makes us more beautiful. 🙂 (I kinda just made this up.)
Last Saturday (Feb. 3, 2018) was the first workshop session of Ganchillo at the Azotea, organized by Casa Gorordo. Sarah Palmares, the crafter behind Crochets by Tomatofire, led the workshop though she wanted to be described more of as a friend who just want to share her love for crochet.
I, being inlove with crochet, was so happy to be invited to assist the workshop (I hope I was useful though.). There are just so many things I love about crochet or knitting, but I’ll spare you from my boring sentiments. =) So I was just so giddy to see other people trying to make their first (or not so first) chains, single crochet, double crochet, to granny square. I wish it sparked some thing inside of them / us that will inspire us to create more out of life (not necessarily just in crochet though). =)
Another crocheter, Bernadette Dy of Hoopaholic Cebu, also joined to assist in the workshop.
Here are few photos from the Ganchillo at the AZOTEA:
Please join us in the upcoming Ganchillo at the Azotea crochet workshop sessions in Casa Gorordo. And, hopefully, we can work on more creative activities the whole year round. Because makers / creators are beautiful!
I’d been really curious of joining bazaars. I’d been invited to a few bazaars by other crocheters before, which I was very excited to say yes to but then back out later on because. I always told myself that this coming month, I would really join a bazaar but then always balk out when the event’s nearing.
It’s not that I’m afraid. It’s that I realised that coming up with collection / inventory to sell really needs a total dedication and time. Also, I did not know what to sell; I lack a lot in the creativity department.
Anyhow, 2 Saturdays ago, the PTA announced about the booths for rent in the upcoming Family Day. I was like, “THIS IS IT!” @.@
I had one week to make the items for the bazaar. I thought of coming up with even just 10 items. I picked out small easy items to crochet so I could be done fast. One thing about my crochet attitude is that I really hate making small items. I mostly love very big projects that it feels like there’s no end to it (I’m probably a masochist.); so I guess this is the other reason why I always balk out doing bazaars.
So I’m posting here photos for keepsake of my very first bazaar.
#OOTD was the name I registered for the booth. It was just the first thing that came into my mind, and I did not really have the luxury of time to think of any better names. I asked the daughter to make the signage for me. @.@
The eldest (not in photo) and the youngest were with me to man the booth.
There was a long line… to the food stalls near us. @.@
The youngest kept saying, “Ma, I think we’re not making any progress here,” since we’re not making any sell. @.@ It was like funny and reality bites. Manning up a store was not something new to me because I grew up helping my Lolo man his sari-sari store, billiaran, computer-an but this bazaar is a different kind of beast. Honestly, I was so bored af. @.@
But still I’m so thankful. It was not bad. We sold 4 items. And, what I really wanted to achieve was for the kids to experience selling or something related to that. I think I learn a lot dealing with people when I had to look after my Lolo’s smelly billiaran and computer-an; it’s when I got to be around the not-usual people, like kids who cut classes or who were told to not be there, when I was in grade school. I kind of feel sad that my kids could not have that kind of experience / adventure.
I hoarded quite an amount of yarns that will probably take me 5 years to use them up. So I solemnly swear promise to myself that I will use them up all before I would even dare look at yarns. So 2018 is the year of GREAT DESTASH!
So I started with this baby blanket. This is for the “monthly” birthday celebration of my niece, Kahla. I’d been making themed-beanies, outfit, and tops for her. I thought of making something her mom can use as backdrop for her monthly photo shoot.
I did not use all the yarns on the photo above. I only used up to 3 cakes but each cake were not totally used up. The finished blanket was quite huge already; it can cover a 6-year old. Sorry, I forgot to take dimensions.
So I’m planning to make one again with the rest of the yarn cakes. It’s definitely a great project for destashing yarns. So please God of Hookers let me not be lazy. I’m not really fond of crocheting the same pattern again and again.