[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. @.@
 

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!