Monday, July 21, 2014

Gantsilyo: Sumpa or Biyaya ?

Matagal ko na gustong sagutin ang tanong na to. At sinusulat ko to sa Tagalog dahil trip ko lang.

Eto ang back story:

Dati, noong nasa call center ako , isang araw, nastress ako dahil ung pangarap kong posisyon, ibinigay ng manager ko sa paborito nyang alalay, este, empleyado.  Dahil sa stress ko sa buhay, at bilang unang trabaho ko un, nagbrowse ako at itinype ang salitang "crochet" sa google task bar. Nakita ko ang pattern na ito, at eto ang naging simula ng paggagantsilyo ko .


Hindi ako mahilig sa pusa, pero dahil intriguing ang concept nito, nagustuhan ko sya.

Noong una, ito ay hobby lamang. Unti unti, naging masaya ako ulit at narelax ako . Pero nung nagtagal na, ninais ko pa ng higit pa sa relaxation.

Dahil maraming potential ang gantsilyo, pinangarap ko na magtayo ng negosyo, kung saan  ako papasok at kikita ng pera araw araw, habang ginagawa ang mga bagay na gusto ko . Ung negosyong out of "passion" , parang artist at pintor lang. Pero eto gantsilyo.  Gusto ko sana na magtayo ng tindahan na parang ung paborito kong "Dreams Yarnshoppe". Gusto ko magtinda ng yarn, at magturo ng crochet at iba pang crafts.



Inisip ko nun na dapat marami akong libro, yarn, gamit, para maitayo ung gusto kong Craft School.  Kaya naman dun napunta ang malaking bahagi ng sweldo ko .

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Para sa akin ang gantsilyo ay sumpa sa buhay ko. Una, wala akong naipon sa matagal na panahon ( from 2008 to 2011 )  dahil nga bili ako ng bili ng yarn, at kung ano ano pa. Ninais ko na makapag pundar ng negosyong maipapalit ko sa trabaho ko bilang isang call center agent noon.

Bilang mahusay sa negosyo, hindi nga po nagkatotoo ang plano kong yun lol ahhahhahaha at nauwi sa hoarding ang lahat.

Pangalawa, madalas akong laging lito sa kung ano ba ang dapat kung unahin. Kapag nasa review ako ng certification, naiisip ko ung mga projects ko . Pag naman naggagantsilyo na ko , naiisip ko ung review ko .

Bwisit na gantsilyong yan.. lagi akong tinetempt, inabot tuloy ng 5 years ang certification ko .

Minsan naisip ko , siguro ay mas marami pa kong certificate, kung hindi ako nag gantsilyo ulit noong 2008.

Pangatlo, ang hindi alam ng marami, makalat ang may yarn sa bahay. Mabulto po yan, at sa totoo lang.. nangagaling pa yan sa mga ware houses na pagkalalaki. Dahil MASUKAL ang yarn.

Sa sobrang galing ko mag ayos ng gamit, minsan, nilagay ko sila sa isang buong kwarto, at nilock ng matagal. Ang kalat kalat.  Hanggang ngayon, challenge talaga na pagkasyahin sa isang bahay ang lahat ng mga gamit ko .

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Sa kabiling banda, tingin ko e hindi naman ganun kalala para maging sumpa sya.

Una - ung mga taong hindi naman  namili ng yarn ay wala naman ding malaking ipon ngayon. Halos pareho ko lang, pano sa ibang bagay naman napunta ang mga sweldo nila. Ung iba nag travel, ung iba nangbabae, ung iba nanlalake, ung iba naman nagdrugs at ung iba e na scam lang.

At least, pag binenta ko to lahat, may mababawi akong halaga.  Inisip ko rin na mainam na sa yarn napunta ang pero ko , kesa naman sa lalake? or kaya  naman e nanakaw. Okay na rin to, naging masaya naman ako sa pagbili ng mga yarn.

Pangalawa - ang mga taong hindi naman bumili ng yarn sa tanang buhay nila ay hindi naman lahat naging manager. Ung iba e wala pa nga rin trabaho hanggang ngayon. Kahit papano din naman e may inimprove na ang trabaho at sweldo ko , mula nung mag simula ko magtrabaho noon 2006.  At least naman e may "progress" na tinatawag.

Pangatlo -  natutunan ko ang tinatawag na "minimalism". Napakahalagang bagay na matutunan, at hanggang ngayon ay pinagaaralan ko kung pano pa ito maiapply sa ibang aspeto ng buhay ko .  Ang ibang tao na walang yarn ay makalat pa rin naman. So hindi talaga ung yarn ang sanhi ng kalat, ako talaga un.

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Masasabi ko na biyaya ang kaalaman ko sa paggagantsilyo, dahil maganda rin naman ang mga projects na nagagawa ko . Maraming beses ko naman napasaya ang nanay ko sa mga damit na ginagawa ko para sa kanya.

Kumbaga, masasabi ko na may creativity naman din ako kahit papano. Biyaya ito , kasi Una, alam ko balang araw , may pagkakalagyan din itong mga pinaggagawa ko . Hindi ko pa nga lang alam kung pano, pero eto ay isang "skill", kaya okay na rin na meron akong ganito.

Pangalawa, mainam na kung meron man akong kalululungan, ito ay gantsilyo. Kesa naman sa alak, sugal, lalake, droga, sekswal.  Kumbaga, walang parental guidance na kailangan para sa hobby na ito. Spousal guidance lang siguro, dahil hindi ko na solo ang sweldo ko . Meron na kong pamilya.  Kahit papano, matino naman ito, kahit parang bisyo din sya.

Pangatlo, ito ay naging daan para makilala ko pa ng maigi ang sarili ko . Natuklasan ko na alam ko ang "tiyaga" at "pasensya", dahil bukod sa oras, dapat meron ka ng tiyaga at pasensya para makatapos ng gown, kagaya nito.



Pang-apat , noon na gusto ko talaga ang magnegosyo, ang isang bagay na kinailangan ko rin pag ipunan ay yung puhunan. Dahil nga gusto ko maipon ito agad, pinilit ko na tumaas ang sweldo ko . Isa ito sa naging drive kung bakit kahit papano e nag aral pa ko ng ibang bagay para gumanda naman ang credentials ko. Kung wala akong pangarap na ganito noon, siguro hanggang ngayon nandun pa rin ako sa dati kong trabaho, at naiinis sa boss ko at sa alalay nya. Isang reason bakit ako naghanap ng mas magandang trabaho ay dahil din dito sa negosyong gusto ko.

Pang lima - Marami akong nakilalang tao, at sa kanila,  natuto ko ng maraming mga bagay bagay at aral sa buhay.Ang iba sa kanila ay mga kaibigan ko na rin.

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Ang problema lang , nung nagtagal e napatunayan ko na hindi para sa akin ang negosyong gusto ko.

Dito ko na inisip kung ano na ba ang mas mahalaga sa akin. Nagkataon noon na nag-asawa na rin ako , dahil bukod sa naggagantsilyo ako , buhay ako at may love life din. ehehhehehe
Bandang huli, isinuko ko na ang business na pangarap ko noon.  Ginive up ko lahat at inayos na lang ang mga problema ko, ang isa doon ay sa pera, na ang pinagugatan din ay ang sobrang daming pagbili ko online ng mga yarn at gamit para sa crochet.

Sinubukan ko naman ibenta rin lahat, at kahit papano , naranasan ko nga ang mini business. Doon ko nalaman ang ilang bagay tungkol sa negosyo. Pero dahil din sa kasakiman sa benta, ung ibang napagbentahan ng gamit e naibili ko pa rin ng yarn.

Ngayon hindi pa ko sinisipag na ibenta yun. Tingin ko e tapos na ko pagbebenta ng yarn. Iba na ang gusto kong gawin ngayon.

Nung igive up ko rin ang lahat ng mga nagpapagulo ng isip ko , nagawa kong magfocus sa pag aayos ng mga bagay na importante sa akin.


Pero, nandito pa rin ang mga yarn. Eto ngayon ang gusto kong pagtuunan ng pansin. 



Sa susunod, ikukwento ko ang laman ng mga box na yan.

Para sa akin hindi ang pag re-sell ng yarn ang solution sa problema ko . Merong iba, pero saka ko na ikukwento.

Kayo ba? Sumpa ba o Biyaya?

I survived YO ( Yarn Over )

I didn't plan to knit again this year. In fact, when this year started, I was really sure that I will never knit again. However, since I was not able to sell my knitting paraphernalia, I have no other choice but to use them myself,  by becoming a real knitter this time.

I was able to finish a few projects, and those projects are acceptable projects. I have always known how to make the basic stitches, but only recently, did I realize that I can now read patterns.

As if I am reading for the first time, things that I have been hearing for all my life.. it's really exciting to finally know how to execute most of the instructions on my knitting books.

Maybe it's because, I already cleared and completed some things that was bugging my head for the longest time, that I now have some room to "process" knitting.

Here are my recent progress...

This brown owl hoot project seems to be impossible to understand 2 years ago.. and I finished it after finally understanding the concept of double knit.  I just didn't add the eyes, but the owl on the cables is already recognizable.

 


This gray bag is a perfect beginner project because you can utilize the basic dec and inc for knitting.  I added a base on the bag because the pattern originally is just a flat bag. I added a strip of knitted base to give it more room inside. I haven't lined the bag yet.

I chose to "finish" those projects that I already tried before ( so at least it still goes with my "finish-what-I-started peg  for this year )  and gave up on. I got them from this book by Claire Crompton: The Knitter's Bible: 25 Irresistable Projects:



I really like how stockinette stitch looks like on acrylic yarn.  I used up my Stone Gray Carmencita Yarn. Recently I took very aggressive measures in consuming my stash. I want this year to end with all my Monaco Acrylic Yarn and Carmencita Yarn used up. 

Another surprising discover is how to make the basic YO.  I finally got to use this peach yarn that Geraldine gave me 2 years ago.


I used a pair of US 6 knitting needles, because I wanted a slightly bigger bag. I liked the texture of this yarn after I finished 3 repeats of the pattern. It's slips easily and it's really hell to frog..


After several repeats that I can finally say.. I survived YO!

I have been steadily uploading pictures of my stash and projects. I found out that Ravelry works best if you can see your progress. It gives me that sense of "completion" whenever I see a picture of a finished item there.


Monday, July 7, 2014

knitting again, surprisingly...

When I was in high school,  my math teacher, after discussing a  certain formula / equation for trigonometry, asked us something.


" Naintindihan nyo ba , class? "

Most of the class smiled meekly, to say that , not all of us understood the formula right away. She said:

" Sigurado kayo? okay lang if tingin nyo hindi nyo yan naintindihan agad agad. Naiisip nyo ba , noong mas bata pa kayo, ung simpleng addition subtraction, di ba, hindi naman lahat napeperfect nyo noon. Ung multiplication table na ang hirap sauluhin noon. Pero di ba, lahat kayo ngayon marunong naman nun ngayon.

Ganun naman kasi ang mga napagaaralan nyo. Napipick up yan ng utak. Di ba minsan, may binabasa kayo tapos parang hindi nyo naintindihan, pero after many years, at may nagtanong sa inyo nun, halimbawa , ung mga nakababatang kapatid ninyo. Di ba, naiituturo nyo sa kanila ung sagot sa tanong nila about dun, although nung time nyo parang hindi nyo naintindihan.. Kasi ganun un, napaprocess ng brain natin yan, unconsciously. Magugulat na lang kayo isang araw, naintindihan nyo pala.

Yan na ang nagiging stock-knowledge na tinatawag.

Sige, bukas na lang natin itutuloy ang discussion, pero sana hindi naman kayo puro nag stock knowledge naman ah!".

And we all laughed. I remember that shift of personality from my normally very strict math teacher.

And I remember her now, after I made my first knitted button hole, finished the heel of my knitted socks and finished my first ever lace project.

I gave up knitting last year. Actually, I gave up that I will ever learn knitting. I was trying to make this project last year, when I got really frustrated because I was watching You Tube videos on how to make button holes and reading the instructions on my books and yet, I can't figure it out.

It also felt very disappointing, that I have all the materials in front of me, and yet I can't make a decent knitted project.

One day, my crochet buddy Cat, showed me the Icosa Knitted ball. I thought,  why not try to knit again? and maybe, if I am already a knitter, I can finally justify my numerous knitting magazines. They will not be left gathering dust in one corner.

When I picked up my knitting needles this week, I tried to recall all the stitches that I learned: k, p, ssk, psso, selvage, yo. I was surprised that I can still recall those stitches.

I read the instructions for the knitted button hole and this time, I got more progress. I remembered my math teacher, maybe she is right. Maybe, it just took a while for my brain to process how to knit.




I gave it another try and I was able to figure it out :)



I used to also think that I don't need DPNs, I started to like DPNS after I finished the first half of my knitted sock :)

I finished this lace headband today too. This lace pattern is actually a scarf. I tried it before when I'm still working for Sykes Asia. I was not able to get over the yarn over so I gave it up. I converted it to a headband.




So now, that I'm making some progress, I will try to make a knitted project every now and then :)

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Working with Lavander yarn


These are Monaco Acrylic Yarn.



I bought these yarns from my yarn supplier last 2009. I was intending to use this for my wedding souvenirs.



Someone reserved this set of yarns before, but forgot about it. Anyway, I can't wait forever, so I made use of them instead. I guess I am really stuck with Acrylic Yarn until I made a huge dent off my stash. So after working with greens,  I am now working on violet.



This will be the base of my next free pattern, the basket weave hobo bag, which is inspired by a bag that I bought online.

Right now, I'm on the last tier of the bag.  I hope to finish it in the next few days...

Monday, June 30, 2014

Lessons from Stash Busting

It is already July. And after July comes August.. after that,  is September. then my birthday , then Christmas. Time passes by very fast indeed.

For the month of June, my yarn diet failed, but I made progress on my "scrap-busting" activities. So should I say that for that, it's just "break even".

I got inspired when fellow members of Crochet in the Philippines also did their own versions of stash busting.

Stash Busting 

Here is the photo of the scraps that are in my possession before:


I'm more particular with the order in which I want to tackle my stash. I started on the bottom, which includes the "scraps" and acrylic yarns. Those scraps looks hopeless for size-able projects, but when you combine them for one big project, they are very useful.

Here are the bags that I finished from my acrylic "scrap" yarns. I made a total of 4 huge bags.

1. Round Base Market bag -   June 12, 2014

This is a huge bag and even Dylan can fit inside it. Our clothes hamper can fit in . Actually I wanted to make a cover for the hamper, but I thought that it will not be practical, so I turned it into a bag instead.




2. Purple Scrap Bag  - Finished JUne 24

 This shades of purple bag is made by all the violet and lavender colored yarns that I can see in my stash. After those run out, I added the brown scraps and added yellow for the edging. This is by far my favorite, because it's size-able enough to be used when I go to work.



3. Rectangle Base Bag - June 13




This is the biggest of all the 4. And I made the bag on this shape because I wanted to make use of it as a market grocery bag.

4. Super Scrappy Bag - June 30



This is the most special of all the bags, because it is made by what I call the "scrappiest of all scrappy yarn " in my stash.

These came from these very very short portions of yarns, that I do not want to throw away. I can no longer bring them to their previous skeins because most of those are used up , and then some of these are very battered already.




That green ball in the left is also just like the pack of scraps on the top photo. I used to call it an odd ball. I first made them when I wrote this post:   How to manage scraps.


Bags number 1-3 are made of "scrap " acrylic yarns.  The last one is made by variety of thinner yarns, held together in 5-6 strands, which is a by-product of forever frogging of projects.

I will have the bags lined, and I might add some final touches.

Here are the things I learned from this stash busting:

1. Using the scraps to make big projects like this , instead of miniscule projects , will make the resulting project more usable. Although making miniscule projects are normally used to accentuate a bigger one, the point is, the yarns are already scraps, so under no condition should you use them for scrap projects. Because you will end up frogging that scrap project again.

For me, turning them into reusable market bags is really a very practical thing to do. I will post a picture of these bags when I use them for our grocery shopping.

2. I didn't use any pattern for my scrap yarns. I just can't find a suitable one. Maybe that is just me. These are projects that starts from a round or rectangle base, then I picked up stitches around it and added rows until my heart's content. I added handles afterwards. I call is mindless crocheting, because I didn't even count the stitches.

3. While using these scraps, I realized that most of these are results of forever frogging a project that turned out bad, or unusable or just too weird for use. So I realized that it will be best to choose the project wisely next time, so you will not need to frog it later.

So, this concludes my scrap busting, I may be stuck with Acrylic yarns for the meantime. Even if it does not look special, what ever it is that I'm doing is part of a bigger plan :)

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Using Up all my Acrylic Scraps....

They say that the best way to keep yourself focused on a certain goal is to make sure that you are reminded of it everyday...

Someone asked me, exactly what I am up to, but the more I tell her details of what I am trying to achieve, the less she understood. Maybe it's because she was only interested whether or not I am going to resell the yarns.

My problem is not as  simple as to sell or not to sell.  To resolve it "forever", I had to break it down to "small " steps. So let's just focus on the crafting side of it....

To focus on that "smaller" step of using up scrap yarns , I look at my yarns everyday.


At a glance, my scrappy stash looks like this..  Because this is more of an eye sore than "inspiring", I decided to spread them nicely on my work bench...

 




Looking at them like this, makes the task of "Using Them All Up" easier..  I call them "scraps" because they are un-sale-able, half skeins, left overs, frogged and recycled from other projects.

I diligently segregated those scrap yarns per color and placed them in packs. I started on this journey to "eliminate my old acrylic yarn purchases from my stash " last year. This is the very first scrap busting project that I made last year:



It's easily noticeable that the yarn changes colors after a few inch or so. It's because those scraps are shorter, only a few yards or so per color. There is also a monochromatic effect for several rows. It is because I grouped them together per "hue", like all greens here, all browns there, all yellows, then pinks.

I thought I'd use up everything in one bag, but I finished a huge bag and there's still more . So, I made another bag, with the similar concept, but this bag has a round base. It's as huge as big as our dirty clothes hamper.

For this project, the yarn changes colors every inch or so, or at least one straight line around the whole round. It's also noticeable that these has more pinks than the first bag. It also has that striping effect already.

It is because when I'm on the "pinks", I finished the handles of the first bag. So on my next bag, I used the remaining packs of "pink" scrap yarns.



Again, I thought finishing another bag will use up all the rest. I was wrong. It turns out that I have more scrap yarns left for at least two bags even bigger than the first two.

So I worked on another bag. Most of the pinks are used up , so I started working on those that have purple shades. What remains are the blues and the whites.

These are my progress.




Maybe I ran out of ideas, because I'm focused on using them all up . I could've attempted "rainbow" colored projects, but I sort of wanted unique and one of a kind projects for these scraps.

I also wanted to sort of put them all together in one HUGE bag, as they are very short yarns and tiny skeins.

I wanted "usable" projects from my bags, so I didn't proceed with a huge play mat and amigurumis. I wanted to use them up, and use up the resulting project , right away.

So I ended up making bags using only DCs , with minimal shaping.

Where are the greens?


Here on this picture I have some green yarns, but I decided to not use them for these bag projects. I used up a lot of green yarns from my arosep scrunchie and green basket weave make up purse, when I realized I needed some more green yarns for other projects.

I believe that after finishing these two bag projects, I have used up 90% of my acrylic scrap and I can move on to another project. If these scraps grows to a certain number again, then I'll make these colorful bags again.

So, with this task:  Using up all my Acrylic Scraps: I think, I am doing pretty well...  Aja!



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