Cebu Design Week: CCG Crochet Session

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.

Photo from Sarah Palmares

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.

This is Gia(sp?), my ka-session. She knows the basic of crochet, and she also paints. So I told her that I look forward to her art gallery in the future.

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. =)

Cebu Design Week 2021: Cebu Crochet Group Installation Day

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.