Before pandemic, Cebu Crochet Group had a once-a-month group session. So if you’re interested to join once it is super safe, just search and join Cebu Crochet Group facebook group.
So we have not done any group sessions since lockdown started in 2020 so having to host a crochet workshop last Cebu Design Week was exciting. Of course, there were feeling of reservations but it was exciting to be seeing crocheters again.
But of all the interesting things happening in Cebu Design Week, I thought that there would be no or very few participants in our crochet session (It was actually a crochet “workshop,’ but we thought of just calling it as “session” to make it just free flowing, less intimidating.). But surprisingly, there were more than enough participants that we could handle.
Bigger surprise was that we had a very young crowd. Looking at the young faces, I thought that this would be a breeze; they’d get bored easily, and would drop out fast. But damn, they’re up for the challenge; the “old goats” had a hard time keeping up.
They were amazing. It was hard to end it, but it started to get dark and we just had call it quits, and packed up. Ow, I wished we had more time.
Here are my few photos because it got busy.
More photos from Sarah Palmares, Judith Saturos, Aubrey Uy:
Thank you again to those who join us, and to CDW for giving us the venue. =)
Unknowingly, Cebu Crochet Group have been joining Cebu Design Week for years. In 2018, we did a crochet installation at the DOST compound across Cross Roads, Banilad (story here >>.); I guess that was the first CDW. In the following year, together with a few friends, we joined the Maker’s Market they organized. Then pandemic happened in 2020.
This year, with pandemic and all, it was a surprise for Cebu Crochet Group to receive an invitation for a yarnbomb installation for Cebu Design Week 2021. When we got it, I honestly was not up for it as it was around during / just after the surge of COVID cases in Cebu around late July-early September; it hit a few of my immediate family so I was kinda mentally/emotionally exhausted at that time. But Sarah and others were up for it.
And, I’m glad that the friends made it happen. It’s like one for the books to have done it during pandemic.
I first thought that having each of us to work on our own, because of pandemic, would be a challenge, because yarnbombing is best enjoyed when done in group. But then I realized that generally crocheters are introvert, we function best when we’re alone in our own world with just our hook and yarn.
So honestly, it was probably the fastest installation we had done so far. Though, stitching the doilies together alone by my self got a bit lonely but I just got to work faster to get over it the soonest. =)
Here are some photos from the installation day. This was the very first time we see each other since pandemic happened.
Photos by I and mostly from Sarah Palmares.
I think there are 20-30 crocheters who contributed to the Cebu Design Week 2021 installation.
Once I received them, I tried using it the soonest. So here’s a video of my reaction and impressions of the new 5-ply Monaco Mercerized cotton thread.
Here’s a quick summary of the main differences basing on my first use of it:
The very obvious difference is its thickness.
The yardage or length of the 5-ply Monaco mercerized thread is only 105 meters, while the #8 is 175meters but I guess that they have the same weight in grams. Depending on your project, you might use less or more balls compared to what you are used to the #8.
The recommended hook sizes. Based on my own preference, the smallest hook size I will use for the 5-ply is 3mm. With my current doily project, I’m using the 3.25mm hook size. I think I can go up to 4.5mm with the 5-ply Monaco Mercerized cotton thread depending on how loose I want a project to be.
The 5-ply is softer than the #8 Monaco mercerized cotton thread, which can be a plus or not. It’s good because it can be more suitable for wearables especially for babies. But if you wanted it to use for doilies or other accessories which require a stiffer yarn to enhance its form, the 5-ply may be too soft for it but there’s always stiffener products.
In conclusion, I love that Monaco releases a new yarn product line. I hope they will add more though I’ll be fine without new yarn products because savings. =) I hope they put out a bigger ball of it because
I have this Tulip Sucre Bead Crochet Hook set for awhile. I bought it when I had the “lace crochet” phase, when I wanted to crochet using threads. But it’s really meant for crochet pieces that have bead works.
Finally, I’m done crocheting the wedding accessories for my friend: the ring bearer’s pillow, the arras or coin bearer accessory, and the Bible cover (though my friend said that Bible bearer is no longer required in Roman Catholic weddings.). I got them done in time when the news of Sarah Geronimo and Matteo Guidicilli wedding drama, and the end of Crash Landing on You.
As always, I get always a bit lost when a “huge” project is done. The wedding accessories are just actually tiny pieces but it took the whole of me to get them done. I was so conscious; I overthink on them. With the “hugeness” of the wedding, I know these accessories are so trivial but I still cannot help but get anxious over it. So since January, my mind is mostly focused on this tiny part of my friend’s wedding.
And now that it’s over, I suddenly have nothing to fuss over. I’m not yet in the mood to get to another crochet project or whatever project, and so I make fuss on other people’s lives like Sarah and Mateo.
I read whatever related nonsense articles from her Rayver love story, to her mother’s rags-to-riches story. And, it’s like Sarah has a huge feeling of being indebted to her parents for what she is now. And, now it looks like her freedom is anchored on Mateo. And, I don’t want her to feel she owed Mateo her freedom. Anyhow, I look forward as to how she will metamorphosis-ed now she is free, with Mateo. On the other hand, it can be a great pressure to Mateo to prove that Sarah is really way better off with him. On the other hand, I wonder what Sarah would be when she was able to get that “freedom” on her own.
On Crash Landing on You, I hated it that I did not start crocheting the wedding accessories right after when my friend asked me last July. I could have done it before the CLOY started. I started watching CLOY around the time I started crocheting the wedding accessories. But CLOY had to be given up because I need to concentrate on my crochet. I was doing a lot of “R&D” thus I was winging mostly the crochet pattern, and so I could not read subtitles while crocheting. So if I had crocheted them last year, I could have watched CLOY without any distractions, get done with it, and I won’t feel left behind.
But for a moment, I’m proud that I know my priorities. =)
Anyhow, it took me awhile for the tiny pieces to get done because I kind of divert from the bride’s suggested designs. She’s such a classic soul, while I’m unidentified soul. She wanted this, and I wanted that. I made what I liked first, and so I always ended up starting from scratch again to do the original suggestion of the bride.
I was like, “OMG, this bride, thankfully, I’m not marrying her.” And, I felt like I was in a marriage while doing the wedding accessories like I cannot always have it my way. But at the end of the day, the other person’s happiness is your happiness, and that we just have to move forward.
But despite of, I kept on whispering to please bless the marriage while crocheting the pieces.
But first let me repost Yasmin Jumao-as’s invitation last year to give you a history of how Cebu Crochet Group started contributing handmade knockers.
“This will probably be my longest post in our group. Not solely crochet, but still fiber art-related.
Seven years ago, my mother was diagnosed with Breast Cancer. She had a number of procedures before she finally had a total mastectomy. She still has annual check-ups – thank God she is cancer-free. For a number years after her surgery, she used a silicone prosthesis, as she opted not to undergo breast reconstruction. This was uncomfortable for her as the prosthesis was heavy, would abrade her scar and was very warm to the skin.
Early last year, I learned about the knitted knockers movement in the US. I downloaded both the knit and crochet patterns for the knockers and was able to make a few for my Mum and very good highschool friend who was diagnosed with breast cancer and underwent a mastectomy last year. They say the handmade knockers are definitely more comfortable than the silicone prosthesis.
Last October, I made a few knockers and donated them to the ICanserve foundation. This year, I hope to make more so that somehow, in my own little way, I am able to help these courageous women and let them know that they are not alone in their fight against breast cancer.
Please let me know if you are interested in making and donating knockers, too. I’ll be sharing the crochet and knit patterns for the knockers in the comments below.”
This year, we received an overwhelming support from the crocheters / knitters, and also support from outside the crochet group.
Special thanks to sponsors of knockers through Judith Saturos. Proceeds will go to purchasing knocker materials so more yarns, more happy crafting time, and more knockers for our survivor friends. So thank you again to the kind sponsors.
Big thanks also to those who donated yarns and fiberfill. Wishing you more blessings and good health! =) You know who you are. =)
Thank you also to the iCanServe, survivors, clinics, and recipients of the knockers. Thanks for the happiness we got from making these knockers for you.
Big shoutout to all the friends who shared their time and skills to make the knockers! You made it all more fun!
It was a random meetup with the hooker friends, and when crocheters are together, alams na where they would most likely end up.
So @sugbo_sinulid wanted to have refill of fiberfill for the knockers, and supplies for birthday giveaways, while @tomatofire_crochets wanted to buy supplies for her parent’s wedding anniversary’s giveaways. It’s giveaway season! =) And, I, am just happy to tag along.
Here’s a video compilation of snapshots of the places we went to in the downtown area of Cebu to get crochet and other related crafting supplies.
For reference, we went to:
Cebu Progress for fiberfill and bag clasps
Prime Basics for charms, key rings, tassel accessories
I don’t know how to describe Freedom Park, Carbon. It’s part of being a Cebuana; you don’t frequent going there but you know that if all things fail, there is Carbon. (Freedom Park is a section of Carbon. And, I don’t know how exactly huge is Carbon.)
Cebu has no fancy huge crafting supply store but we have Freedom Park, Carbon. So if you’re into crafting or making, it’s on top of your vocabulary.
Every time I would be looking for a material so hard to find, chances are friends would tell you to go to Freedom Park or Carbon. Or, if you show something you think you got for a low price, chances are friends would tell you that you can get it at much lower price at Carbon. Chances are I would also give you the same reply on where to find stuff in Cebu.
So here’s a day of I and @yourfavoritethingsbyhija looking for something rare and low because we’re budget Heart Evangelista.
I never heard about handmade knitted or crocheted breast prosthetics, or called as knockers, until Yasmin / @sugbo_sinulid shared to us her annual tradition of creating them. She would then gave the prosthetics to the survivors. Some members of Cebu Crochet Group joined in her tradition last year, and I guess we are now making it our own annual tradition.