Crochet Wedding Accessories: Arras Pouch & Bride Garter

I had the chance to do wedding accessories for my friends’ wedding, who I consider more of my “bebes.” They were just small pieces but I was just so happy. =)

So these were the items:

Drawstring / Purse for Wedding Coins / Arras

I wanted to embellish the drawstring for the wedding arras with 4-leaf clover as a good luck to the couple. I used MyPicot’s Crochet Shamrock stitch but I modified it to make it 4-leaf. You can find the pattern here >>.

This was made from Sugar Free Fiber Arts’ Mountain of Light Soft Diamond. I added green sewing thread to the “4-leaf clover” part to make them more visible.

Bride / Wedding Garter

At first, I wanted to make a lacy garter. But I was having a hard time finding a lacy but on the fierce side kind of design because I just cannot see Jean, the bride, as that “lacy girly” kind of girl. So I ditched the lacy idea, and made a “Wonder Woman” themed wedding garter. Any how, if it would not suit the bride’s taste, it would really not make a disaster of their wedding. =)

I used Monaco mercerized cotton thread for the wedding garter. For the pattern of this Super Woman wedding bridal garter, I based it from a Wonder Woman beanie / hat which I found from stellabella_crochet’s instagram.

Expectation:

Vlogger @keihlasmom (check out her videos here >>) trying the wedding garter. This is how it’s supposed to be worn.

Reality:

Somehow, they did not get the memo. =)

Doily

I originally made this doily as the arras purse. But I made another one, the one above, because it’s a bit hard to convert it to a drawstring. I just gave it to them; in case, they need something as backdrop for their wedding rings or whatnot.

I used the Sugar Free Fiber Arts’ Mountain of Light Soft Diamond for this too.

Yarn Shops & Shopping in Hanoi, Vietnam

I really did not get horrendous amount of yarns, but it was more than what I usually buy, and it filled up almost an entire duffel bag.

It’s hard to be asking for suggestions or directions from the local when the yarn stores because we just have not common language. So I was very happy when I stumbled upon a yarn store on our first day of just aimlessly walking around the Old Quarter of Hanoi. Old Quarter reminds me of Colon / downtown area of Cebu with a lot of foreigners milling around like Boracay.

I was really itching to get away from the crowd, when this happened:

LEN – KHAN. Though Vietnamese language is written similarly to our alphabets but I’m still having a hard time figuring out what it means. Any how, let’s just call this yarn store as LEN – KHAN. (According to a blog I read, “Len” means “yarn.”)

The most yarns they carry, that I could understand, are acrylic, cashmere, and milk cotton yarns. Prices were relatively way low. In this yarn shop, 2 milk cotton in a pack was 100,000 VND which is around P200+; so basically it’s around P100+ per 100g milk cotton. Their milk cotton is similar to the ones in Gantsilyo Guru.

Here are some other photos of yarns from that store.

This one is similar to the Indophil yarns, which I could usually get from Baguio.

More inside the store…

I was drawn to this yarn. It’s like 6-ply combed cotton but just way softer, and feels lighter.

I was not planning to buy any yarns on that day yet but I could not resist it. So on my first day of roaming around Hanoi, I went back to where we stay with this:

Not bad for Day 1 in Vietnam.

Along this road are stores that sell knitted / crocheted items, and they also has few yarns for sale but are pricier compared. There are also thread stores.

2. Dung Thao Len. I found this yarn store through this blog post, Hanoi Yarn Shops. I was glad that I did not buy a lot at the first store because their prices are way lower. For the 2 milk cotton in a packet, it was priced at 70,000VND instead.


For the 2 milk cotton in a packet, it was priced at 70,000VND instead.

They also has more yarn choices. I spotted some fancy yarns, and some yarns from Japan.

They also carry crochet hooks, and knitting needles (straight and circular).

This was where I get a bit crazy getting yarns. @.@ I wanted to get a lot of milk cotton yarns, but I was really drawn to the ones that I first bought at the other yarn store. I bought 2 cakes for each color. If ever I would add more to it, I thought that we no longer have a luggage space for it.

This was my receipt from this store. If ever you visit Hanoi, and want to check this yarn shop, I think you can use the address, 20 Dinh Liet, on this receipt to spot it on Google Maps.

Here’s my saved Google maps of the yarn stores / shops in Hanoi, Vietnam.

Until next time, Vietnam!

Gantsilyo Guru Yarn Studio, Pasig, Manila: Local Yarn Shop Eyeball

Last month, I had a chance to be in Pasig, Metro Manila. And, I was like, “seriously, what’s in Pasig?” Forgive this probinsyana who rarely gets to be in the big metro. Until, I realized that Gantsilyo Guru Yarn Studio is in our hood (hood to be millenial-sounding.) EXCITING! =)

My first set of big hooks, and cotton yarns were from their online store. I order a few items from them from time to time. So visiting their physical store would feel like meeting your online friend, like eyeball. =)

And, I think Gantsilyo Guru Yarn Studio is probably the most popular local yarn shop (LYS) in Philippines. So it’s like meeting a celebrity.

So here are very few photos I took during the “fan meeting” because I was feeling shy. I was really hoping to get a photo with Trey, but my shyness overwhelmed me on that day! ARGHHHH!!! Major regret!

It can be a bit tricky finding the shop because it’s inside a building so you will not find a facade from the street. The studio is located inside this building.

I just bought a few hooks and knitting needles because I just recently received a package from them before going to Pasig.

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So there… I’m really still kind of regretting why I did not have a photo with Trey.

Mga beshies, nakarating na ako sa Pasig!

Twinning Socks

The 1st twinning project I made for I and the husband was a crocheted beanie which we used when we went to Baguio/Sagada. He wore it one time for photo, and never use it again. 😑

This time, I made twinning knitted socks, which we could use twinning in Sapa. And, he wore it… one time for photo purposes again.

It’s my fault though. The other pair is smaller than the other one because I thought of making it a bit smaller for a tighter fit. I think I have to redo it. 

It can also be because I used another needle brand for the other pair. I bought a generic brand because I was not sure if knitting needles can be hand-carried inside the plane. So just in case it would be confiscated on the final check-in, it’s not hard to let go of the needle. 

So yes, knitting needles like this aluminum or stainless steel(?) can be hand-carried.

Requested stolen shot…
Knitted socks pattern: Rose City Rollers by Mara Catherine Bryner (I modified it though.)
Needle size: 2.25mm
Yarn: Katia Sock yarn (not sure with the specific name)

I was able to make 2 adult sizes of basic socks from the 1 skein of 100m yarn, and I still have a leftover which probably can make 1 small adult size. But I got 1 packet (5 skeins) of this same yarn color, and I think I might get bored making from the same color. So if anyone interested to buy this yarn, feel free to message. 🙂

MOANA: Just Wing It

This Moana costume made me feel like I’m somehow getting good at crochet. The thing is I’m by-the-book/pattern kind of crocheter; I totally envy when other crocheters can just do projects without any pattern. I usually got tongue-tied when I’d be asked to do this and that, and there’s no crochet pattern (most of the time, when people saw you hold a hook and yarn or crochet a hat; they would then automatically think that you can do any thing like gowns and such.😂). 

Though on the other hand, I’m proud of my pattern-reading skills; I can, most of the time, read written or graph. I do enjoy interpreting patterns though; I get a high when  I would get a designer’s train of “thought;” it’s like having a glimpse into someone’s head. Once you get their “style” of writing a pattern, it’s like you “get” each other without saying a word.

This Moana costume is the first biggest crochet project that I had to wing out without following a pattern. And, it got me more “anxious” because I’m making it for another human, cute ball of human. 🙂 

Anyhow, I’m proud of what I came up (though I’m not sure how it would end up with the recipient.). There are a lot of things I want to change on it after looking at the finished item; but I’m still happy to see that “wow, I wing that out!” 🙂

So thank you to the mom who asked me to do this! 🙂 It feels like I’m the one who recieve a gift, more than you. 🙂

PS. I should really watch Moana soon.

 Month 3

Quick update. This Saturday will be our dressmaking class assessment, which I just want to get over with because it’s interfering with my crochet career. Chos!

Honestly, I’m not so happy with how I perform in my dressmaking class. I did not give much effort to it; I was such a mediocre. Chos #2! I was probably more absent than being present at the class. Just getting by is the just the worst way to waste time. I might as well just really waste by doing totally nothing than pretending to be “doing something.” Owkei, let me end my whining here.

So the past week, I have not hold a hook and yarn that much as I’m trying to put my energy on my dressmaking class (I will blog more about it on a separate post.). But I actually just end up watching nonsense clips of Bigbang (KPop) in youtube. #huhubels My daughter’s so into BTS, and she reminds me of my Bigbang moments, and there’s just too much funny and cute and random videos of Bigbang now on youtube so there.

Anyhow, I’m now in Month 3 of Khalista Andrea. I promised her mom that I’ll make her those costume props for that monthly shooting.

I made a “soccer themed” outfit because her dad, my cousin, was a soccer varsity back in high school and college. Hope he can go back to it.

I bought a soccer hat and diaper cover pattern but ditch the whole thing, and just wing it on my own. And looking at my finished project, I CRINGE!!! The soccer hat more looks like a black and white mushroom in Super Mario. I’ll try harder in my 4th month.

This was also my first time to use Gantsilyo Guru’s Dapper Dreamer Stardust, it’s a mix of cotton, silk, acrylic (maybe I should post a reaction/review of it.).


This is really not a quick update! 😂

Mandala Craze


Crochet Pattern: Whirl Mandala Cardigan from Lilla Bjorn’s Crochet World
Links to Pattern: Ravelry, Mijo Crochet Website
Yarn: Ashley’s Crochet “Cone Flower” / Around 250 grams (I used 1 cake, and a bit from another cake)
Hook: 3.5mm Clover
Not blocked.


Where do you usually start with a project? With the yarn, the pattern, or just the feels?

Because I honestly do not know why did I make this? I know that I wanted to make a gift for a friend, and the colors of this yarn remind me of her.

But because this took me some time to finish, I questioned myself from time to time, why did I pick this pattern for her?!?

Maybe because I thought it was an easy quick pattern. Indeed, it was easy, but it was NOT quick. I started this some time in the 2nd week of July (hoping to finish it by her birthday), and now it’s the 2nd week of August. It took so long to finish that I honestly don’t know if I still like it or not. But at least, it was only a month overdue. =)

Or maybe I pick this pattern because it uses Scheepjes Whirl? I find that the gauging of Ashley’s Crochet yarns (as well as other local yarn mixes) are not that far from Scheepjes Whirl. For those who got stuck on what pattern to pick best for local (Philippine) yarn mixes, you can check patterns in Ravelry that are made from Scheepjes Whirl.

For this Mandala Cardigan, I think a cotton mix is more ideal, like poly cotton, to give it a stiff to hold the form.

Now for #bloggperpose… This is not mine (unless the friend decided she want another kind of crochet stuff) so I’m trying to hold myself from bloggerposing it.

But I cannot resist… Just this one…

#projectuglysocks: The Journey to My FIRST Knitted Socks

(NOTE: When I say “ugly,” it’s my term of endearment for my projects. It means they’re loved.)

Back in the start of July, I proclaimed that I’m going to learn to knit socks, and even joined the Sari Sari Yarnery Sock KAL (You can read my previous post Project Ugly Socks here >>). But halfway through of July, I think I had done more ripping than knitting. I thought that it’s something that I could just learn on the side, but I had not moved any where forward beyond the heel flap. The whole heel part of the socks is definitely an “achilles heel.”

So last week, I decided to abandon all my other WIPs, and just concentrate on the sock business. What I thought was just going to be a 2-day endeavor turned out to be almost 2 weeks; it deserves a lengthy blogpost.

Do you resort to not-favorite yarns to do test projects? Well, I do. With this, I used the Robin acrylic yarns, which I think can only be found in Novo stores (Novo is like Unitop). I got mine in Ormoc Novo. But surprisingly, the Robin yarn is lovely to work with. I highly recommend it, especially to new knitters. It is pretty stretchy that will be a big help when your tension gets too tight, which is natural when we’re a beginner.

And, I absolutely love the Addi knitting circular needles. I wish I got more different sizes. And, I realized that fixed circular knitting needles are “smoother” to work with compared to interchangeable (or maybe I just did not do it right with interchangeables). I guess I’ll make a different blog post for knitting needles.

If you’re totally newbie to knitting and socks (and specifically using circular knitting needles), following is what I did to get a grasp of it.

TUTORIALS

1. Kelley’s Sock Class >>. It’s a series of video tutorials. I started with the Anatomy of a Sock video to get an overview idea of how socks are formed.

2. The Spruce: Practice Lesson: Learn to Knit a Small Sock. My mistake when I started to make a sock was that I went straight to adult sizes. The ripping usually happens when you reached the “Turning the Heel,” so there’s already quite a work done so it’s making me cray-cray after doing it countless times.

By the way, this uses DPNs (Double-pointed needles) and not circulars so there’s a bit of figuring it out. But this is one of the detailed photo tutorials, which is a big plus for me since I’m not really a big video tutorial fan. Sorry, it’s not the video; it’s I.

3. Kelley’s Sock Class – Heel Turn. In connection with number 2, I love Kelley’s explanation on how Heel Turn is constructed; it gives you idea on how to modify it.

For a more straightforward video tutorial, I also like Knit Purl Hunter’s Turn Heel (Magic Loop) >>.

4. Knit Purl Hunter: Sock Gusset (Magic Loop) >>. After the Heel Turn part, the sock gusset may look intimidating but it’s not really.

Though, there’s a part in here that I’m still trying to find a better way of doing it. I can’t explain it but for the mean time, this works for me.

Once you slay this part, everything will be a breeze after.

5. KNITFreedom – Russian Grafting: How To Join Live Stitches With A Crochet Hook >>. To close the socks at the toe, I used this method. Though the most common is Kitchener stitch, but it’s tad overkill for a beginner.

But the best Kitchener stitch explanation is from Kelley’s too, Kelley’s Sock Class – Kitchener Stitch >>. She made it pretty easy to follow.

PATTERN

Rose City Rollers. A lot would recommend Easy Peasy Socks for First-Timers >>, but I prefer how City Rose Rollers does its Heel Flap, which makes picking up the stitches for the “gusset” easier. Also, City Rose Rollers does the “gusset” part the same with how Kelley’s Sock Class does it. It also provides 2 options for the Toe decrease. I would suggest to go with the “Rounded Toe;” it looks prettier.

Also I modified the “cuff” part of Rose City Rollers, I ribbed whilst the Rose City Roller is stockinette. So I used the “cuff” part of Easy Peasy Socks pattern then switch to Rose City Rollers until the end.

This is the finished product. They don’t really look pretty, right? But I don’t care, I’m so damn proud of it! #projectuglysocks

Left is the Square Toe; Right is the Rounded Toe

#BLOGGERPOSE.

And, the best part is the bloggerpose…

It does not actually look bad when worn. It’s all about how you swagger it. =)

Yes, the Robin acrylic yarn feels good actually. I wish I would chance on a lot of stocks when I go to Novo.

And most of all, ENJOY the journey! Socks are quite handy to tag along any where.

This was last weekend. We went “trekking” with friends. =)

Made some coffee in the “wild.”

More bloggerposes in the wild… I guess this is the reason why it took me almost 2 weeks! @.@

Yarn Shops Hopping in Singapore

The other week, we were in Singapore. And the only thing that was in my mind on days leading to our trip was to go to as many yarn shops the google maps would allow me. @.@

Here are the yarn shops I was able to visit. It was really just more of “hopping” than shopping because, I believe, yarns do not really come cheap wherever we are in the world. (I reposted a list of yarn shops, which I got from a member of SG-based crochet group, way down below.)

Golden Dragon Store, Chinatown Area (See bottom for complete address.)

NOTE: There’s a People’s Park Centre and People’s Park Complex which are just nearby each other. Golden Dragon Store is in “Centre.”

My first yarn store trip was to something familiar. I’d been to this place a few times in our last trip. This was where I learned to knit, and got my first sets of needles which were both 4mm (You can read more about this place in my previous post, Project Ugly Socks.). When we got home after that first visit of Golden Dragon, that’s when I got really hooked to crochet that you will never see me without a yarn or hook in hand after that. I guess the crafting vibes of the Titas of SG (huddled in a corner knitting or crocheting) was so strong, it followed me until Cebu. =)

I don’t think their yarns here are really that extensive but coming from an island without any legit yarn shop, it’s already heaven to me!!! I could just stare at their walls full of yarn display.

On their entrance is shelves of their discounted yarns.This is the cheapest yarn in the store. It seems to be the equivalent of our Monaco.

They have a lot of crochet hook brands, the popular ones, from Susan Bates to Hamanaka. Though, price-wise, you may score a better price from local fb sellers.

They also carry a lot of knitting needles from Clover, and Aero.

Either way, I think this is a good place to start your yarn shop hopping because it’s in Chinatown. They have a nice hawker station in this area though can be crowded because it’s a popular area.

Well, I think what I really love about this place is seeing the Titas of SG with their crafts, and eavesdropping to their chatters. It’s my kind of “tourist spot.” They also display some knitted / crocheted items.

The only thing I hoard from this place was this stitch markers, Clover and Hamanaka, because I have enough of the generic cheap stitch markers which break easily.

SPOTLIGHT, Plaza Singapura

After doing some crocheting some rows done in Golden Dragon Store, I moved on to something “new” place. This was fairly near to Golden Dragon Store. According to Google maps, it was just less than 2KM away from Golden Dragon so I just walked it than trying to find a bus stop (I really have a bad sense of direction.). Though a friend said that it’s far but there were interesting places on my way; I passed by Clark Quay, Caning Fort. And, when you’re in 1st world, pedestrian life is really not that haggard. =)

Spotlight is like a home furnishing / decors, party supplies, and craft store. There was probably more to it. I just got stuck in the yarns area. There were probably 4 rows of yarns.

If you love acrylics and wool, you can find a lot in relatively low prices here. At that time, I think the cheapest I saw was 4 skeins for SGD15.

I got out of this place empty handed! YAY! =) (I actually planned to check all the yarn stores, and go back to each of them to buy yarns but plans changed, more of it on the later part.)

DAISO

Protip: There’s a Daiso store right beside Spotlight.

Because Daiso in Cebu does not have yarns, so it’s kind of fun to get inside a Daiso store and find yarns, and a bit of crochet and knitting notions. I think I got inside 2 Daiso stores in Singapore but I did not buy any thing. It was just for the fun of it.

All their stuff are priced at SGD2. It was so tempting to buy the crochet hooks but I stopped myself to save my chicken-rice-kopi-tiam money for the best. =)

ONDORI, Kewalram House, Bukit Merah

NOTE: They only accept cash. And, use Kewalram House to search it up in Google Maps as it’s easier that way.

Per Knitwerks’ recommendation, I ventured to this place. I made sure that husband was free to accompany me because it looks tricky on Google maps. But really, it’s not.

If you get intimidated with its location, don’t be. It’s located in a warehouse complex. If you’re in Cebu, it’s like you’re in MEPZA but only of warehouses. It’s an area full of buildings that are warehouses. You can find Ondori in one of the buildings.

Ondori is located inside Kewalram House. So I guess when you look it up on Google Maps, you search for Kewalram House. Once you reach Kewalram, you have to get inside the building.

They sale yarns by bulk, or as they say “peket” (packet). I think at least a packet may contain 6 pieces. They sell branded yarns: Katia, Schachenmayer, etc.

This shelf just looks so fluffy.

They have a specific shelves of yarns which are on SALE, where I got all my yarns. The lowest price I found was 20SGD for a packet but it was for some fancy yarns, which might just end up in your destash box. The nice ones were somewhere in 50SGD per packet (which consists of a minimum of 6 pieces).

They also have Tulip crochet hooks. I think they sell it at a relatively lower price. They also carry Addi knitting needles. I so wanted to get a set of the interchangeable knitting needles and Tulip crochet hooks; but it was a choice of needles, hooks, or yarns. So I picked yarns, then bought 2 circular needles. (The Addi needles really feel good.=))

I don’t know what’s in that place but it gobbled up all my chicken-rice and kopi tiam money. So if you plan to go yarn store hopping in Singapore, you can probably have this as the last destination because it’s just so hard to resist the yarns here. =)

After Ondori, I dared not go to any yarn store any more. This is where my yarn shop / store hopping in Singapore ended.

My loot.

LAST PROTIP! If you ran out of money from yarns and such, visit one of their National Public Libraries. It’s so LIT!

Here’s a list of yarn shops that I got from a member of a Singapore-based crochet fb group. I’m just going to quote the member’s full reply:

“Found this list on a ravely forum but it is posted 9 yrs ago. Some of the shops may or may not still be ard.

1) Spotlight – Plaza Singapura

Description: Best for novelty yarns and Australian imports (also sells cheap plastic needles!) HUGE selection of other craft and home-making materials

Prices: Variable, mostly affordable (starting from ~$5 per ball)

2) Golden Dragon – People’s Park Centre http://goldendragon.com.sg/index.htm

Address: 101 Upper Cross Street, #02-51, Singapore 058357

Tel: 6535 8454

Description: Huge handicraft store with one wall dedicated to yarn, with a few novelties

Prices: Variable

3) Yong Herng Co. – 211 Holland Avenue Holland Road Shopping Centre #02-12
(6468-3659)

Description: Tiny shop run by an approachable, friendly Chinese couple who don’t mind if you come in just to look. Small selection of plainer yarns, including Rowan, Butterfly…the shop also carries loads of ribbons and other fabric-craft-related items like buttons, zips, bells, cross-stitch etc.

Prices: about $10+ / ball

4) Ondori – 8 Jln Kilang Timor #01-06 Kewalram Hse (Alexandra Road area)

Description: Wholesaler (sale by packs) selling needles dizzying array of imported yarn

Prices: Expect to pay at least $10 per ball x (number of balls in 1 pack) (CASH ONLY)

5) Ishida Craft – Great World City (across from Cold Storage)

Description: Small supply but very friendly and helpful staff. Also stocks Addi needles and Clover. Lots of baby cotton. Also sells cross-stitch supplies.

Prices: ?

6) Siew Lip

Address: Jurong Point Shopping Centre at boon lay mrt #03-01
Telephone: 68610020
Opening hours:??

7) Creative ______ (CLOSED. I checked this, and it no longer exists.)

Address: 1st Floor Coronation Plaza, Bukit Timah

Description: Excellent prices and selection. Has addi and clover needles tons of patterns english and japanese friendly staff and good prices. Highly recommend!!”

 

BAD JOB

Have you give up on a project when you feel like it’s not going right? Is it easy for you throw in the towel?!?

So I’m blogging to let my steam out. I’m so frustrated, disappointed of a very bad job I made of my current project (but I can label it now as ex-project because I’m totally giving up.) . 

Expectation:


Reality:


This is actually a relatively easy pattern; and I guess that’s what making me more frustrated because it’s supposed to be easy. But maybe it was not. (I have a twisted perception of easy and not.)

What made me more frustrated because I need to wear it today, later at 3pm for a wedding where I’m going to walk down rhe aisle as secondary sponsor! 😭😭😭

I caught this mistake a day ago, but I thought I could just wing it out by trying to make up with stitches here and there. I was trying to correct a mistake by another mistake. Unfortunately, it ends up a total disaster.

Back


Here are details of this if you want to make it:

Pattern: Seaside Dress by Moon Eldridge
Yarn: Dazzle from Sugarfree
Crochet hook size: 3.5

This is relatively easy pattern. My mistake was (and is always my weakness) that I did not thoroughly read the pattern instructions. This is a seamless pattern BUT There was supposed to be a “TURN” in every row, but what I did was continouosly work in circle / around. Before this, there were already other mistakes. But this mistake could not be easily detected unless you made quite a length of job already. And if you have limited time, frogging could not be an option; all I can do is cry-cry and whine!!!😭😭😭

(It’s not obvious in the earlier part.)

On the bright side, the journey of this bad job was not really bad. It gave me company in SG last week… ( Please watch out for my SG yarn shop hopping in my upcoming blogpost.😊)

…and it ticked off my 1st-world bucketlist: to have a crochet photo in a train. 😂

But I just have to cut the journey short as it no longer makes me happy. 

On the other thought, maybe I could pull it off and pretend I’m boho chic. 😂 TOO MUCH EXPECTATION again! 😂