Thursday, February 4, 2016

Counting Yarns

Still counting...












NO, I haven't seen the bottom yet.... wish me luck!

Monday, February 1, 2016

My Crocheted Wedding Gown

Here is my most ambitious project to date, my crocheted wedding gown.

I originally planned to wear it for my wedding. I ended up using this for our e-session.

It took me 9 months to finish it. I used 11 or 12 balls of DMC Petra size 5. The gown itself is heavy because it is made of cotton. But once worn, it is just like any other gown.

Here are some Work In Progress photos of this gown..

Photo from Amazon.

The motifs I chose for the bodice...

The bodice originally...

Prior to assembly and changing the sleeves and fit.

The skirt:

Prior to assembly:

And some more....

The Edging...

The  skirt of this gown is derived from a famous crocheted wedding gown, but I can tell you that at the time when I am trying to make it from scratch, there is really no available pattern for it. I just stared at the picture for a long time.

I am obviously very proud of this. I am not sure if I can make another project of this complexity or maybe something more complex than this.

I decided to share it here, because it has been almost 2 years now.. ahhahahah And I'm planning on retiring from blogging soon...

I planned to share a tutorial, on how I made the skirt and then the bodice, but I decided that I'll keep that to myself.  This is my wedding gown, and the experience that I have in making it, figuring out how to make it,  is in itself, a unique part of our journey to the altar, so I think I should just keep "the how"  to myself.

If you are bride to be.. wanting to have a personal touch to your wedding..  a crocheted wedding gown is one of the best personal touch you can add to your special day :)

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Some Throwback Photos

I bought my PC 6 years ago. I noticed recently that it hangs already, and that it shuts down from time to time, most of the time.  And then the blue screen appears every now and then. I know that it will need to be replaced soon.

I backed up all my files. The whole thing took 4 days to complete.  Old pictures , files and a million crochet patterns are inside my computer lol I had to also back up my favorite links and save my passwords and emails and log in credentials for different sites.

Making a back up of your files ( 5 years worth of files ) , is like looking back at your life in the past 5 years. I shared numerous throw back pictures of myself and my siblings in Facebook whenever I found a photo I forgot was taken.

I can say that my looks didn't change that much, except that my face is now more red in color than before.

Me in 2010

Me in 2013
Me in 2009

I had to delete some photos of yarns, and those items which I sold in 2012. I  decided not to save those in my T drive.

Photo of yarn hoards from Baguio

I found this photo of my attempt for Brugges lace before.

There are also WIP photos of my gown:

And some crazy photos of myself and my son...

And some more projects..

And photos of myself crocheting..

Adorable photos of my then toddler son.. here is one of them...

Close up WIP photos , I don't remember why I took..

There were also vacation photos... I don't remember that I took vacations before lol that is what you call stress !


I did a lot of growing up in the past 5 years. I achieved most of my goals too.. but there are a lot more that I haven't... 

Anyway.. removing the crochet from my PC is actually a strategy so I can focus on my major goal this year. Hopefully it will help me focus.....

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Caramel Cap Sleeve Tunic

I have always wanted to make this tunic top using the full pattern , meaning follow the pattern to the last T. First time I tried it, I omitted the part that has the mesh in the middle.

Finally, I used up all the old thread in this shade..

I used 4/0 Tulip hook so this is larger than what the pattern calls for. It initially looked over sized, but when Mom tried it on , it gave a nice fit and my Mom looks happy with it. She wore it attending New Year's mass.

Here she is wearing it.

I finished it  first week of December, but I got too lazy to take a picture.

Friday, January 1, 2016

Confessions of a Yarn Hoarder: 2016

I wanted to start this year with  a clean slate, on a good note and  a  positive beginning. I am really loving my current age, because I am more accepting of my situation, and  I also feel like I am more forgiving.

At 32 years old, ( yes , it took me this long ) , I have more courage to face my issues in life.

I will not start this year with " my goals for 2016 are"..   whatever goals I have, I'll keep those to myself,  but I have this question that I want to answer once and for all...

How much yarn do I own now?

I was asked this question last year , someone offered to feature me in their blog.  It didn't happen because I backed out. This question hit a nerve though, then after thinking about it.. I realized that I lost track of how much yarn I own.

So I decided that I'll answer it in style ahahahaha 

I want to answer it because deep inside, I know that I also wanted to know exactly how much I accumulated ....And I am not bragging. I am not going to do this to make you drool.

I truly believe, that getting the exact figure ( amount / volume ) will be key to addressing the after effects of my  yarn hoarding. Putting a stop to hoarding is one thing.. knowing what to do with the physical stuff , which are hoarded,  is quite another.

I can't just throw away these yarns. They are worth something as some of these are pricey, and not really negligible..

Addressing my yarn hoarding problem goes hand in hand with addressing  the  financinal problems I encountered since 2010. I am not saying that the entirety of the credit card debt , that I kept on mentioning here , is spent only in yarns. It is only a part of it, but , it's the part that aggravated my problems.

When you stop buying yarns, you no longer spend , but remember that the yarns you bought before, and haven't used up,  takes space in your life, and in my case, maybe for as long as I'll live....

Yarns, how much do I love thee?
Let me count the skeins.....

I have 3 boxes and several containers of yarns at home. Honestly, I don't know where to start.. and I am not in a hurry.. but I have to start somewhere right?

Wish me luck!

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Projects Finished in 2015

I'm currently on vacation, and felt a lot better. Specially that I heard that in 2016, we are all in for a better year, a more auspicious one.. as the Chinese say.

Looking back how this part year went,  here are the projects I finished in 2015:

1. Orchid

2. Dahlia

3. Em's Red Sienna  - Made to Order that my fiend asked me to make for her...

4. Yellow Cropped top

5. 30 pieces Baptismal Souvenir - made to order for another friend.

6. Russian Bag

7. Wheat Stitch Shorts

Photo from random google search

The actual project I made.

8. Caramel Tunic for Mom - no photo available yet.

9. Shrugs Eternal

10. Hibiscus Tunic

11. Sheep Brooches

I also lined some of my previously finished projects,and put them to good use:

1. This is the mother and son Owl bag and purse..

And some more bags:

Not as much as I did in 2014, but still , relevant because some of these have stayed in my Work-in-Progress for a long time...

I finished Orchid and Dahlia, finally,after years of trying... and this really serves as some sort of closure, for me.

How about you? What projects did you finish this year?

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