The 2018 had been exceptionally really good to me, and likewise, I believe that I was also being very good to 2018. Crochet-wise, it was like a tsunami of goodness. And as they say, “time flies when you’re having fun;” I felt like it left in me in a speed of light.
And, just like that, here comes 2019. Is it just me or is it everyone’s general feeling to have that certain (self-imposed) pressure to be better than last year? And, with the awesomeness of 2018, it feels it’s so hard to exceed it. The last weeks of December 2018 got me feeling a bit lethargic from the uncertainty from my made-up pressure that I should do better in 2019 that I kind of just want to freeze in a corner, and just watch the world pass by.
But those feeling of uncertainty dissolved going to the first yarn-bombing activity of 2019 with some members of the Cebu Crochet Group at The Outlets at Pueblo Verde in Lapu-lapu City. When you’re surrounded with well-meaning talented creative hardworking (and all the positive adjectives) people, it’s like a confirmation that everything is going to be alright this 2019 and onwards.
It’s hard to put into words that all-positive feeling when you’re surrounded with people who are all just pushing for the best, not minding the limitations or who gets the credits. It’s just all about how our creation would hopefully lighten up another someone’s day.
Seeing the final work after putting it up, it’s WOWWWW!!! We do love our own work because it’s the greatest love of all!
After a year since Cebu Crochet Group was created,I don’t want to say that we’ve come a long way because it would feel that we’re done. Instead, I want to say that we just started. =)
So personally (and also on behalf of the Cebu Crochet Group), I’m grateful to The Outlets at Pueblo Verde / AboitizLand for this yet another chance for the group to work on a crochet installation. It’s such a great and inspiring way to start our 2019!
To whoever who will come across the crochet installation in The Outlets at Pueblo Verde, we hope that it will cheer you up this 2019 and onwards, just how it cheers us up!
CHEERS to another year of growing, or simply of being a sunshine to others and most of all to ourselves! =)
Also, big thanks to all the ABLE staff and security staff of The Outlets at Pueblo Verde for helping us during the installation.
Photo credits: Sarah Palmares, Judith Cimafranca, Angel Mangapis
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? =)
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!!!
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! =)
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.
“Sis, where do you buy your yarns?” is a question I would get from time to time in instagram.
This was also the very first question I had when my nanay tried crocheting again. I think I had tried all sorts of places where I think it’s possible to buy yarns: from the “merkado,” neighborhood school / office supply stores, book stores, malls, and downtown / Colon of Cebu. Cebu does not have a dedicated store for crochet / knitting supplies. We could mostly find yarns in fabric / sewing notions suppliers.
Just a quick note, the most available yarns in Cebu are acrylic and the mercerized cotton threads. Acrylic is a synthetic type of yarns, and tend to be warm. The cotton are of course come from the cotton, so they’re closer to being natural and cooler.