Vlog 1: Baguio Yarns Haul

Malaki ang pangangailangan so here’s my another attempt at becoming youtuber. So please support me by subscribing to my youtube channel, share it with your friends even if they don’t need it, and watch it again and again until your eyes and ears bleed. =)

I just took this video in one go, and I realized that I missed out on a few important details. So the yarns I showed in the video are from Gantsilyo Baguio. It’s called MOHAIR (Specialy Yarns).

Photo from Gantsilyo Baguio

Casa Gorordo’s Ganchillo at the Azotea: The Titas Crochet-lla

Upcoming Crochet Workshop Event: Ganchillo at the Azotea (Christmas Edition), Nov. 10, 17, 24, 2018 >>


 

If you could feel an aliveness of the crochet scene in Cebu, I guess it’s just right to give credit to Casa Gorordo Museum. It’s nice to see that there’s an organization, Casa Gorordo Museum, in Cebu who is supporting the local artisans (you can find a lot of items made by local artisans in their souvenir cafe / shop), as well as working on preserving the handcrafting skills… of the Titas.

Cebu Crochet Group kind of started in Casa Gorordo Museum, last February, 2018, when they invited Sarah Palmares to facilitate a crochet workshop. (The Cebu Crochet Group has been created during the workshops for us and the participants to connect.)

Since then on, Casa Gorordo Museum has been like the “meeting place” for the Titas. It’s like the go-to place if you want to find someone who can relate to your kind of happiness, crochet.

So when Casa Gorordo organized a series of workshop last October, it’s like Coachella to the crochet addict in me.

Here are some photos from the last Ganchillo at the Azotea as organized by Casa Gorordo Museum.

Jasper Dayola of Casa Gorordo Museum giving an introduction on the very first session.

Sep. 22, 2018 Session

Sep. 29, 2018 Session

I’m so happy to see a friend from running community, Liberty. =)

For the next series of crochet workshop at Casa Gorordo Museum, Cebu, see details below. You can register here >>.

My Go-To Beanie / Hat Crochet Pattern

Crochet Striped Slouchy Beanie from Corn on the Monkey has became my go-to beanie pattern if I want to make something quick for a gift. The alternating rows of HDC, and HDC around HDC makes it less boring to make. The all straight similar stitches pattern for a beanie can really make me cry of boredom.

But I made modifications to make it more faster to make. I use DC (double crochet) instead of HDC (Half-Double Crochet). So here’s my own crochet pattern recipe:

For yarns that are suitable for 6mm crochet hook size, I start with 8 single crochet on the magic ring. Then increase each row until I get to 60 stitches, which is around 8 rows. From there, I’ll stop increasing, and I’ll maintain the number of stitches each rows until Row 21. From Row 9-21, it will be alternate of a row of DCs, and row of DC around DC. When I reached row 21, that’s when I’d create a “band” for the beanie by doing an alternate of 4 FPDC (front post double crochet) and 4 BPDC (back post double crochet), which will form the “band” of the beanie. I usually do up to 4 rows for the “band” part.

The beanies I made based on this pattern:

A colorful version…

Photo from IG: ca_yoga_mo_si_firestarter

With a pompom…

Photo from IG: karya1981

This is quite a flexible crochet hat pattern. You can just add rows to make it slouchy, or have a lesser number of rows if you want something more fitting. For the original crochet pattern, find it here.

BLUE…

…Blue Bell Hill Scarf
Pattern by: Jocelyn J. Tunney
Source: o-wool.com

A lot of friends are traveling out of the country, and a few of them are staying there for good. And, they definitely kept my hands busy crocheting (and lately knitting) that the motivation to update this blog (and my other random blogs) has gone nil. Aside from crochet, coffee drowning, and a bit of running, I think “writing” is another thing that is a part of my life. It’s not really “writing,” but I do talk a lot (mostly in my head); they said this habit is an only-child thing (I’m an only child.). And, I tend to write a lot when I have a hard trying to make sense of things; I’m confused; or simply, I’m just that.

So on to this post… A friend is leaving for Europe for good. And every time a friend migrate for good, I always cannot make sense of my feelings. There’s happiness, and there’s melancholy. And, there’s that “is there something we could have done to make people stay instead? But then why would you want them to stay?”

Too many things in my head about this, and thus this post. I’m torn between should I be happy that I’ll be making a lot of crochet/knitting stuff because there are a lot of friends leaving or should I be melancholic about it? =)

But first let me #bloggerpose. And, I’m thankful that friends are just happy to accept my “labor of love.”

This is my very first knitting project that has a bit of pattern; I’m referring to the “chevron-ish” pattern of this scarf. Knitting the knockers in the past weeks made me more confident with my knitting skills. And, thankfully, the Blue Bell Hill pattern scarf is a perfect beginner scarf knitting pattern. The o-wool.com has a lot of beautiful free patterns that are perfect for beginners. So if you have been knitting for awhile, and wanted to get adventurous, check the patterns from o-wool.com.


Notes on my version of this project:
Knitting needle: 7mm
Yarn: Value Ball from Spotlight (I wish I had a fancier yarn but they’re the only available to me.)
Dimension of finished project: 12″x75″ up to 10 repeats of the pattern.

BT21: This Tita Does Not Only Know BTS, She Can Create Them

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.

THANK YOU SO MUCH, TITA KET! =) (If you’re interested to order from her, here is her facebook account >>. I’m just not sure if she can right away accept your BTS BTS21 amigurumi order.)

[Part 2] Philippine Yarns: Local Fiber Artists

Related Article: [Part 1] Philippine Yarns 101 According to my Addiction

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.

RAINBOW CRAZE

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. =)

The ones below are from Yarn It, Darn It,, and Yarnline.

PLIED FINE COTTON YARNS

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.

I got the following from Sugar Free Fiber Arts, Yarn It, Darn It,, Ashley’s Crochet.

Curly Cotton Mix

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.

Gwendoline Ferguson

Yarnline

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? =)

WITHDRAWAL SYNDROME

“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.”

That was one great journey though. =)

Of Weddings and Boho

Weddings & Event Planner: SCARK Events and Lifestyle (based in Cebu, Philippines)

I mostly crochet for my self. But from time to time, it’s nice to crochet and be part of a bigger event.

So last July 2018, we found our way to a wedding being styled / planned by SCARK Events and Lifestyle. =)

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!!!

Crcohet Center Piece by Cielo Aljecera

(Photos from SCARK)

Lion Brand Mandala Yarn: Hanggang Saan ang Aabutin Mo Sa Virus Shawl?

56 inches in width Virus Shawl using a 5.5mm crochet hook.

Link pattern: https://www.woolpedia.de/english/crochet-tutorials/shawl/

500 Grams of Yarn, 3 Days = 12 Feet

is equal to 2ftx12ft Starburst Table Runner.

Crochet pattern link: http://www.redheart.com/free-patterns/starburst-table-runner

Yarn: Monaco 4-ply undyed

Hook size: 3mm

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. 😂

Anyhow, THANKFUL for this! 🙂