My daughter is a BIGGGGG BTS fan. She’s a BTS ARMY above all else. She’s that fan who’d break her piggybank to buy the BTS CDs though we do not have a CD player, watch BTS youtube videos to give it a million views, go to whatever BTS-related events near us. I’m praying that there will be no BTS concert any time soon in Philippines because it’s probably going to break her heart if she can’t attend it because definitely it’s going to be EXPENSIVE! =)
So when a Tita shared her BTS BT21 plushies / amigurumi she made for her granddaughter, my daughter squealed when I showed it to her. She has been asking me to make one for her but amigurumi is really just not my thing. So I begged the Tita to make one for me so I can gift it to her on her birthday which is this September.
Over a year ago, I posted about the different yarns and yarn sellers I found locally here in Philippines. I deliberately put “Part 1” to the title because I was planning to post more details about each seller or type of yarns I found locally… but hooking and life happens, as well as hoarding of yarns happened.
I “stopped” buying yarns this 2018, and unfortunately, the yarn stash also stopped moving. For some reason, they just did not decrease in numbers. So the previous day, I found myself boxing a portion of the yarns so that I could store them away. There’s just no way I could use all of them up in 2018, and also, to free some space for other more necessary things. (And, sorry, I’m not giving them away because I’m attached; I know one should not get attached to material things but yarns and hooks are totally different kind of things.=))
I boxed first the yarns that I’m mostly “attached” to. They are from local fiber artists. Looking at them, I honestly could not recall why I bought them before aside that they all look pretty, and I’m just so proud that local artists were/are creating them. And, most of all, they’re all created by women.
So I’m sharing photos of them again because this kind of beauty are meant to be shared, and to honor the talent and time put into these yarn creations.
I’m not really the rainbow-y unicorn-y type of person but it’s just hard to resist rainbow-themed yarns. I had more cakes of these color combination before but, yeah, amazing that I used and gave some of them. =)
Most of the local fiber artist use fine cotton thread (or other types of thread), and mix them to create beautiful mixes and gradient yarns. It can be tricky to use them especially for first timers, but you’ll get the hang of it after some time. Just be patient, and you’ll be blessed with pretty finished crochet items.
Following are some plied yarns I purchased. Is it worth it or not? I should make a review but I’m not going to promise. Just a tip for using hand-plied yarns, minimize “undoing” your work because it could “un-ply” the yarns.
From Sugar Free. It looks like a thicker type of cotton thread is used.
GRADIENT YARN MIXES
These are the yarns that I have most. This type of yarn is best use for huge continuous type of project like shawls, seamless tops/dresses, blankets, and others to get the full effect of the yarn mix.
Sugar Free Fiber Arts
They have yarn mixes that use different types of thread in one mix.
I forgot the name of this mix, but my most favorite. It’s perfect for that classic vintage effect. It’s perfect for doilies, and such type of projects. I’m not sure for wearable because is has this silver strands which I’m not sure if it’s plastic or thread.
Dazzle. It uses poly-cotton thread. I actually love this for its “shiny” effect.
Pure Cotton Mix. I forgot the name of this line. This is the most kind of thread used in mixes by local yarn artists.
Aren’t they all beautiful?! I pat myself on the back for really being able to control my buying impulse this year. It’s a bit hard to control it especially when there are more new local yarn artists now. Let’s see my “strength” this 2019? =)
“WHAT TO DO WITH MY LIFE NOW?!?” This is what we blurted looking at the hundreds of crochet pieces we packed for delivery, which we worked on for over a month.
There’s that nagging feeling of emptiness inside while we’re carrying the packed crochet items to finally let it go to the person who commissioned us to do it. Ironic that we’d been loathing it to be over soon when we’re still working on it.
LOST is always what I feel every time I’m done with a “huge” crochet project. Huge for me is when I would spend more than 48 hours solely on 1 crochet project. It’s like my life revolved around one thing or trapped in it in that 48+ hours that made me detached from the world, that when I’m done I’d feel like, “Hey, where am I? What to do with my life now?”
So I’m currently in the LOST state right now, after I got off from a more than a month-long crochet project. And, it does not help that the last crochet project I was in required me to start hooking early in the morning until midnight or beyond midnight to hit the deadline. In one way or another sort of, it became my life for the past month. It stripped me off from the thought that “crochet for me is about love and passion and fun.” It turned me into a machine. The task became so mundane, that for me to survive it, I have to let myself go numb.
I know this is exaggeration but it totally sucked the life out of me. I don’t mean it the negative way though.
So now that it’s over… “Where am I again?!?”
Let me just end with this cheesy quote, “Get lost to find your self.” Though I prepare the “You don’t find your self. You create your self.”
It feels great to be part of an event, especially a special milestone event of one’s life. This crocheted table runner was definitely made with much love from me; it was exciting at first, a lot of doubts in the middle, but there’s the greater push from love to make through it all the doubts. It was not all fun in making the table runner, but that what makes the journey more beautiful and meaningful. (If you want to make this table runner, check “500 Grams of Yarn, 3 Days = 12 Feet >>.)
Wishing this lovely couple the best of love to pull them through all the doubts that may come in between!!!
In the middle of doing this project, I realized that it was so stupid of me to say yes to this project. A major achilles heel of mine is that I always underestimate production time of projects.
A friend was looking for a 2ftx12ft table runner, which she would need in a week. No one replied to her.
I love making table runners, doilies, and those kind of stuff, and I had done an 8ft table runner within a week before. So I was like, WHY NOT?!? What’s 4 more feet right???
So without much thinking, I volunteered myself to do it for her.
And, on the 2nd day of doing it, I already felt like banging my head on the wall for saying yes to her. It was just so stupid of me, and tad irresponsible because it might not really be doable and she would end up with nothing for her client.
Anyhow, a hooker never backed out from a fight so I just sucked it up.
And, WOW I MADE IT!!!
My stat was that I could do 2X4feet in a day straight hooking; I just took a break to eat and a little stretching. It was really like a 5-7 work. It kinda remove the happiness of crocheting, but the thrill of being able to make it made up for it. That sounds that I have a masochist in me. 😂
The photo shoot we did the collection was the best part. =)
I’m not really a good teacher / tutor but I put it in my 2018 bucket list. I just feel like sharing crochet to others, and that hopefully it will chance upon on a few persons who would turn to really love it.
One time, Sarah, Dess, and I were talking about where is our dream place for crochet installation. Dess mentioned about Ayala mall, Sarah talked about doing the Pari-an monument (if I remember it right), and I mentioned something about displaying it in a museum.
And, then Voila! Well, it’s not really a museum but it’s an art gallery, QUBE Gallery in CrossRoads, Banilad, Cebu; hey, it makes me want to do a cartwheel! Please do check it out; and, also we’ll be doing more crochet installation there. =)
There were a lot of people who were involved in this project so I’ll be creating a separate blog post for this. =)
CROCHET FOR A CAUSE or something like that. This is one in my bucket list that is yet to be realized. Honestly, I’m not such into this thing. I mean that I don’t really want to “label” it as such. Like if I wanted to do it, I just want to do it without labels or did I make sense? So there, universe, please help me understand this. =)
THANK YOU TO EVERYONE who helped me tick off items in my bucket list! =) Seize 2018!
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.