[Cebu Crochet Group] Little Hats Big Hearts: Thank you for Being That Preemie Hat

Upcoming Event: Cebu Crochet Group’s First Anniversary Lunch Date, Feb. 23, 2019. Details >>


“A hat is like an extension of the warmth of a mother’s love.” – Hija Mangapis

This February 2019, Cebu Crochet Group turns 1-year old. This tiny “young” group thought of celebrating it by creating preemie hats for the tiny young babies.

Premature babies (preemies) may be isolated from the mother for awhile as they’re needed to be incubated. They can be deprived from the mother’s touch and warmth until they’re able to catch up with their missed growth and development.

Photo from Venus Uy

As such we thought of creating preemie hats, which may serve like an extension of the warmth of mother’s love. Hopefully, the babies can feel additional warmth from our hands and hearts when we created their tiny hats. When they feel warm, it can make them stronger faster.

After a month, 5 weekend sessions, we gathered 314 preemie hats, and more are coming. (If you’re still having preemie hats as WIPs (work-in-progress) feel free to continue making and sharing them with us. We’re happy to receive them, and deliver it to the hospitals once we have gathered enough.)


Photos from: Sarah Palmares, Yasmin Jumao-as, Hija Mangapis, Leigh Castillano, Brey Uy, Liza Selda

This is probably not my role to be saying THANK YOU! But anyhow, THANK YOU, for everyone in the Cebu Crochet Group for the preemie hats and time you shared.

Personally, I thank each and everyone in the Cebu Crochet Group. You are like my preemie hats. I totally feel the love. I hope that you too feel that our tiny community is your “preemie hat;” the preemie hat that may not “grow” your crochet skill into some Picasso-level, but at least it can make you feel the warmth of support (So feel free to share your projects and adventures and crazy ideas; we always have the “thumbs-up” button for that.).

Also, thank you to the babies of CENTCOM Station Hospital and tiny babies of Sotto Hospital for letting us share our love with them. Thank you to the hospital staff we coordinated with.

Thank you also to our families / relatives / friends, organizations and other individuals who collaborate with us, appreciate our work and existence, for letting us be, for being supportive despite that they can sometimes be weirded out by us.

Who would have thought that this group who started with humble granny square has produced 314 preemie hats, and more in between?

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We, hookers of Cebu Crochet Group, rock!

Preemie Hats Mommies:
Adrianha Dayne Dess
Ai Yen
Ana Lo
Archie Iligan-Francisco
Bernadette Dy
Brey Üy
Emily Abastas Abais
Endres Margie
Enriqueta L. Enriquez
Fe Cañas
Fe Palmares
Ferm Suralta
Flor Hirayah
Floredith Papa Pragados
Grace Lopez-Gingoyon
Hija Mangapis
Jo A Nne
Judith Entica Saturos
Judy Desamparado Cimafranca
Karen Lepon
Leigh Castillano
Liza Selda
MaChina Su
Rachel Po
Raquel Canedo
Rose Buen
Sarah A. Palmares
Sharol Valdez
Tanya Lee
Trisha Mae Veliganio
Venus Caralde Uy
Yasmin Jumao-as

Yarn Mommies:
Hirayah Crafts
Judith Saturos / Pretty Crafts
Endres Margie & Friends


SEE YOU!!!

Perfect Valentine: Finding the Lost Soulmate

Pattern: Lost Souls Skull Shawl by Maryetta Roy
Crochet hook size: 4.5mm
Yarn: Black Rainbow by Yarnline, 243 grams

This pattern has been on my to-do wish list, and I even bought the yarn for it way back in 2017. Yes, I am that kind of crocheter.

But it’s not until ENVY hit me that I finally pick up the yarn, and finally make it. I saw a friend crocheting this shawl pattern, and I was envious. Envious is such a great motivator! I’m also that kind of crocheter. =)

So, here! HAPPY VALENTINES, no-more lost soul! =)

New Video: Yarn Hopping. *Baha Hopping in Cebu.

Related stories: Buying Yarns in Cebu, Philippines


The things a crocheter would go to just to get her yarn fill. I made this video last December 31, 2018; I realized that I spent the last day of my 2018 haunting for yarns in a stormy weather. I should have an award for this! =)

The video is not so clear but nevertheless, ENJOY! =)

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Little Hats Big Hearts Project: Getting the Right Size Hat With Whatever Yarn Weight or Hook Size

Upcoming Hat-making session: Jan. 26, 2019, Robinson’s Galleria, details >>


For the upcoming anniversary of Cebu Crochet Group, we’re doing the “Little Hats Big Hearts Project.” The project is about making hats for preemie babies to be given to NICU department of hospital.

When I made my first preemie beanie, it was a struggle to get the right size of it especially that I’m only used to making beanies for adults, in which I basically have the estimated number of stitches in my mind.

After a few trials, here’s how I got the beanie / hat sizing right using whatever yarn weight and hook size that are available:

Start with any number of DCs or SCs. Then increase the number of stitches in the succeeding rounds until you get to the desired “DIAMETER” of the hat (not circumference as diameter is easier to measure). Once you reach the right diameter, you maintain the number of stitches or you stop increasing your stitches. Continue crocheting in rounds until you get the right hat length measurement.

This applies to “Basic Top-Down in a Round” crochet hat patterns. Top Down in a Round hats is when you start at the top of the crown, and then in circles (I hope this definition makes sense.)

Materials: Yarn, Hook, Tape Measure / Ruler, Hat Size Chart (see below)

Source: www.petalstopicots.com

Here’s a more detailed steps. Hopefully, this helps than confuse you. =)

1. Start with a Magic Ring. You may start with chains and slip stitch to make a circle. But it’s also great to learn Magic Ring. Once you learn magic ring, you don’t want to go back. =)

2. How many count of single crochet or double crochet should I start with? When you’re used to following a pattern when creating beanie, you’re used to being given a number of DCs or SCs to start with.

But since we’re kind of winging it, you make as many DCs until you get a flat round after a slip-stitch.  For me, I’m lucky starting with 8 or 10 DCs.

10 DCs in this photo

3. In the next round, increase the number of stitches until you get the DIAMETER size (not the circumference) of the preemie hat you want to make.

For this example, I’m doing the smallest preemie hat size.

When increasing the size of a hat, the rule I follow is: multiply the beginning number of stitches with the number of row. For example, I began with 10 DCs so I will multiply it with 2 in the 2nd row, meaning you’ll have 20 DCs in 2nd row. If you had made coasters or any thing round pattern, you’re familiar on how to add the stitches for the increase like 1-2 then 1-1-2, etc.

For those who are not familiar, you can do it by grouping your stitches by the number of row you are in. For example, in Row 3, I group the stitch by 3. So 1 DC in first stitch then 2 DCs in the next stitch. And, when in Row 4, it would be a group of “1DC 1DC 2DC” repeat until the end.

4. Measure the DIAMETER of the circle every now and then. Once you reached the desired diameter size, you can now stop increasing the number of stitches in the following rows. You just then maintain crocheting the number of stitches in the following rows.

In this example, the desired diameter size was met in my 4th row which has 40 DCs. The following rows will then have 40 DCs or stitches.

5. Continue adding rows until you reached the right length size.


The finished product:

OTHER TIPS:
1. If you find your hat stiff, try a bigger hook size to make it stretchier.
2. To add designs to your hat, add different stitch patterns. It’s easier to do different stitch patterns once you’re done increasing. In my example, I add a different stitch pattern on the 6th row. You can check different stitch patterns from mypicot.com.  But no pressure, the best thing is that we’re making something to give warm to the tiny babies.

Ganchillo Artistico 2 at The Outlets at Pueblo Verde, Lapulapu City: Cheers to 2019 (and onwards)!!!

Crochet Installation: “Shapes” and “Earth, Sea and Sky”
Location: The Outlets at Pueblo Verde, MEZ II, Basak, Lapu-Lapu City
Upcoming crochet event: Little Hats Big Hearts Project. Meetup Every Saturday Starting Jan. 12, 2019. More details >>


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! =)

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Other Photos:

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

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.)