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.

Differences Between 5-ply & #8 Monaco Mercerized Cotton Thread Yarn

I got excited when Monaco Thread announced about their new 5-ply mercerized cotton thread. I love their #8 mercerized thread, which I think is equivalent to 3-ply. But sometimes, it’s nice to have a thicker yarn option so when I saw some craft stores selling the 5-ply, and also in shopee, I checkout right away. (You can find the unboxing video here >>.)

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:

  1. The very obvious difference is its thickness.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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

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.)

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! 🙂

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. 🙂

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.

Twinning Socks

The 1st twinning project I made for I and the husband was a crocheted beanie which we used when we went to Baguio/Sagada. He wore it one time for photo, and never use it again. 😑

This time, I made twinning knitted socks, which we could use twinning in Sapa. And, he wore it… one time for photo purposes again.

It’s my fault though. The other pair is smaller than the other one because I thought of making it a bit smaller for a tighter fit. I think I have to redo it. 

It can also be because I used another needle brand for the other pair. I bought a generic brand because I was not sure if knitting needles can be hand-carried inside the plane. So just in case it would be confiscated on the final check-in, it’s not hard to let go of the needle. 

So yes, knitting needles like this aluminum or stainless steel(?) can be hand-carried.

Requested stolen shot…
Knitted socks pattern: Rose City Rollers by Mara Catherine Bryner (I modified it though.)
Needle size: 2.25mm
Yarn: Katia Sock yarn (not sure with the specific name)

I was able to make 2 adult sizes of basic socks from the 1 skein of 100m yarn, and I still have a leftover which probably can make 1 small adult size. But I got 1 packet (5 skeins) of this same yarn color, and I think I might get bored making from the same color. So if anyone interested to buy this yarn, feel free to message. 🙂