Foressa Trails: Hooking in Between

Crochet Pattern on this WIP: Starburst Table Runner from Red Heart >>.


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!

Expectation vs Reality

Crocheting in coffee shops be like:

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.

[3rd Session] GANCHILLO at the AZOTEA: That Spark

Related story: GANCHILLO at the AZOTEA: Crochet Workshop in Cebu
Upcoming Event: Coffee and Crochet, March 17, 2018 >>


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:

More photos from Sarah Palmares >>

For those interested with crochet, feel free to connect with us by joining Cebu Crochet Group facebook group >>.

Feel free to drop by in our upcoming meet-up this March 17, 2018.

*Top photo by Sarah Palmares of Crochets by Tomatofire >>

[SNEAK PEEK] UNDYED: TABLESCAPE COLLECTION

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.

Photo: Mary Flor Garcia, youtube channel >>

Home decor / dining table decor pieces above are still all WIP (work-in-progress). For custom orders, feel free to email at hello@craftynanay.com, or leave a message in CONTACT page.

GANCHILLO at the AZOTEA: Crochet Workshop in Cebu

To sign up for the upcoming crochet workshop (Feb. 10 & 17, 2018), click here >>.


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:

Photos below are from Sarah Palmares / Crochets by Tomatofire:

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!

The cozy Azotea is waiting for you!

BAZAAR: #OOTD

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.

Something Round: Crochet Splish-Splash Blanket

Crochet Blanket Pattern: Splish-Splash Blanket by Justyna Kacprzak
Links to Pattern: Ravelry >
Yarn: Assorted Baguio & Vigan Multi-strand Fine Cotton Yarns
Hook: 4.5mm Clover
Not blocked.

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It started with this:

And, it ended up like this:

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.

2018 Crochet-spiration from KPOP

I’m a comebacking KPOP fan because the daughter discovered BTS 2 years ago. So lately KPOP- related videos has been ruling my youtube timeline.

Yesterday, I came across Girl’s Generation “Why So Lonely” music video. This is probably an old song already because Girls Generation disbanded already. And, I was “WOW” when I saw that the members are wearing crocheted outfit. (Anyhow, this is probably the third KPOP video or drama that I saw actors wearing / doing crochet / knit related. There was even an old music video where Sandara Park or Dara was knitting. I’ll look it up again.)

The cooler thing about it is that their outfits are practically doable to make. I made screenshots of some of the scenes of the music video for “color references” and inspiration. 🙂

Yarn Store & Mini Shopping in Da Nang, Vietnam

I got a chance to go to Vietnam last November. Husband was there for work so I had some time to roam the city on my own alone. This was not a planned trip for me so I had no expectation or set some “101 things to do.” So with no particular itinerary, I naturally went looking for a yarn shop the first time I was alone.

But first coffee…

Unlike in Hanoi, finding yarns in Da Nang was closed to nothing. The google search results were useless. It was purely out-of-luck that I stumbled on a small stall among the hundreds of stalls in Con Market.

Con Market is like a public market or “tabo sa banay” or bazaar place where you can find detergent powders to underwears, party favors, along side with fruits, vegetables, meat, etc.




Unlike the shop I found in Hanoi, Vietnam, there was nothing much new type of yarns in the shop in Da Nang, Vietnam. There is the milk cotton yarn, the fingering-weight cotton I really love (which I hoarded a bit back in Hanoi), the soft acrylics, and wool (which I’m not really sure because the store staff could not converse in English, as well as I could not do Vietnamese). I noticed that milk cotton yarns is really abundant in Vietnam.

I really wanted to hoard on milk cottons but I still have a few, which I got from Gantsilyo Guru (you can check my previous post about this local yarn shop in Pasig, Philippines here. >>). And, I really feel so bad looking at my unnecessary hoard already.

But it’s just so hard to resist so I picked out a few of the fingering weight yarns, few acrylic (or maybe they’re wool), and a big crochet hook (size 6). The crochet hook reminds of the black special edition of clover.

Quick review on the hook: This actually feels nice and light. It’s so light that it feels like it’s hollow, and I’m afraid that it might easily get bent when a strong force hit it. But it’s really nice. The black color is cool but the downside is it can be hard to find the hook when being used especially when it’s used with dark color yarns. I got this for 15000VND (which is around 30Pesos) so it’s not that bad. =)

For those who wanted to visit this yarn store in Da Nang, Vietnam, following is the address. The yarn shop owner gave me her “receipt” as her business card, so I have reference when I need to find her again.

To celebrate my discovery, I got myself a legit streetside dining. =)

I think this was Mi Quang. Mi Quang is pho equivalent of Da Nang, Vietnam. If it’s your first time in Da Nang, please don’t make the mistake of finding pho; look for mi quang instead! =) Pho is Hanoi’s specialty.

Made in Vietnam: Ballet-Neck Tee

Crochet Tee Pattern: Ballet-Neck Tee by Linda Skuya
Links to Pattern: Ravelry > Vogue Knitting Magazine
Yarn: Cotton (No brand but this is quite a common yarn in Vietnam, see here >>.)
Hook: 4mm Clover
Not blocked.

 


Did I lose my interest in crocheting already? I don’t buy impulsively yarns and other crochet-related items now, which is a good thing. And, generally, I’m just less hooked to my hook and yarns. So lately, it really takes a lot longer time to finish a project.

Sa pa, Vietnam

And, this Ballet-Neck Tee is a testament of how I’m so slow right now in crocheting now. I started this in September during Hanoi trip. I was hoping to get it done for a friend’s birthday but nada.

Then, I got the chance to go back to Vietnam again, this time in Da Nang. I thought it’s cool to have this project started, and then be finished in Vietnam too.

Da Nang, Vietnam

Vietnam has really this pretty coffee places.

Da Nang is pretty. It kinda feels like Cebu 15-20 years ago. But I love more the food scene of Hanoi though; but Da Nang food can be more familiar because seafood is abundant.

Thankfully, I got it done. I probably need to be on a trip to finish a crochet project; if this is the case, my next project will be done after 48 years. @.@