Friday, April 24, 2015

Starts with a Square Crochet top

This is another project which I attempted 3 times before. I  just cannot find the right yarn to work with.




That's a very silly reasoning coming from me. I  have more than 100 kgs of yarn in my stash. And I'm not bragging. ( I will show you how much yarn I own in due time.)


I wanted to explore this garment construction too, that's why I gave it another try. Using 2.75mm  Clover Soft Touch hook and Monaco Multicolor crochet thread. Besides,I just can't get over the fact that I attempted it 3 times, and gave up on it, when all I had to do is add rows.

It's a monotonous project, seeing that there is not really  a lot of variation on the stitch, but that is the reason why I choose to make this. I am a firm believer of investing in stitches.

I hope to finish this by adding some 5 rows daily, or whenever I feel like it, so that it will have some progress on it, while I work extensively on my Bag closer Bag and Dahlia.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Gumamela Tunic

I recently finished this Hibiscus tunic ( design by Mimi Alelis ),  I didn't plan to make this tunic this year, or at least, not as early as now because I have a list of 7 items that I should be able to finish this year first.

But I realized that finishing it is like hitting two birds with one stone. First, I wanted to use and experiment with the Baguio Classic Cotton yarn. Next , this is the perfect gift for my Aunt who I haven't seen in years.

I also wanted to try this type of construction of garments.  I thought at first that is an overwhelming project, but it was really very fast.




Here is a close up detail of the flowers:




I like the drape of Baguio Cotton, but this is really not for everybody.If you are a perfectionist, this yarn is not for you, according to my crochet buddy Moira. If you are in a hurry, this is also not for you, and that is according to me.

The hardest part when using this yarn is during the foundation chain. I discovered a trick to make it easier, and I will share that in my next post. This yarn is not meant for "rush" projects, and you shouldn't really hurry when using it because, it's very hard to frog the work if you made a mistake. The plied or stranded nature of this yarn, being an  improvised one, makes frogging very hard.  The strands tangles easily.

You can still frog the work , but it should be done very very carefully and slowly.  But once you get over it and get the hang of this yarn, the drape is to die for.  I don't recomment it for extra long projects though, it sorts of drags dangerously on very long lengths.

I haven't tried to block the work, but when washed, the work retained it's shape and size,  but for some reason, the curly nature of this recycled yarn seems to be more obvious after washing. But for me, it's just perfect. It didn't expand or shrink too. So I guess it does not really require blocking.

A Finished OFF! finally! Eternal Shrug

I finally finished my corrected version of Shrugs Springs Eternal, which took almost an "eternity" to finish, due to the many adjustments that I made on it.  I started on it sometime in 2011 and finished only yesterday.

Here is one of my previous attempts:



I changed yarns 5 times, and settled finally for a powder blue crochet thread. This blue one is my nth attempt for this shrug. And even so.. I frogged it 4 times..  before deciding that I really have to accept whatever output I can get.

Before weaving in ends...

The body of this shrug, is the most challenging, but once you joined the sleeves, everything is quick and easy. The sleeves are meant to puff like that. I was really challenged in the prospect of using crochet thread , for a project that used DK weight.

I honestly think that it's a bit too formal for a shrug..and too girly or too young for my taste. I like it , but I think it does look like there's too much effort going on, just wearing the shrug.

This is how the back looks.. I really love this stitch pattern!



It looks good with dresses with this type of neckline.

I am still glad that I finished it !

Here are my notes:

The pattern calls for DK weight yarn. It's too thick for me. So I insisted on using crochet thread. But I kept the required 3.5mm hook. Canon crochet thread is size 8 thread, not size 10. The difference on the gauge requires adjustments on the foundation rows and set up row where you place the markers.Some math is involved to get the measurements right, but resulting fabric is just so solid, but stretchable.

The pattern is meant to be worked back and forth as you turn after each row, this gives a criss cross effect for the cluster, and it gives the project an ample amount of texture.

I would like to make another in coral, making the ch 1 at each start as part of the row.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Dressing the part

Most of us heard of the motto "to not judge a book by it's cover ". However, when you are looking for a job, you cannot wear your party animal get up on your job interview and tell the interviewer that they shouldn't judge the book by it's cover.

The outside appearance is only one aspect. It doesn't mean that if someone looks like a professional,  that they are professional all way. But that should be the start, a good start.

Now here is an interesting idea from this article: Closet Psychology 101.

""Then think about who you want to be and "how does that woman dress", not a specific person, but your ideal self, and start dressing like her.""

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3 years ago, I decided to give away a huge portion of my closet, and those clothes went to  my niece. Most of those are clothing that I used to own when I was in college.  I used to keep them thinking that I might be able to shrink back to that size and wear those clothes.  When I did the first sets of purging on my belongings, I only have "minimalism" in mind. I haven't heard about Closet Psychology yet.

According to this article, keeping and holding on to old clothes is a sign that a person is holding on to her past so much.

When I let go my college clothes, burned my college journals, some old letters  and threw away other items, it is ceremonial, but I honestly felt that was able to let go of  a huge baggage behind. I felt somehow lighter.

Knowing inside my head that those paraphernalia's are gone, I sort of stopped thinking about what those things reminded me off, effectively allowing me to forget most of what they reminded me off in the first place. So I really believe in what this article is saying.

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Now, I am purging again, and what caught my attention now are the not so frequently used clothing, which are no longer from my college years but still unworn because they also don't fit . Quite the irony. First I've been keeping clothes that I thought I can wear again, and then I've been buying clothes which I thought I can wear when I loose weight.

There are two things that I can do to resolve this problem:
1. Give away everything that does not fit, and just buy clothes that fit.
2. Since these clothes are on sizes that I wear before I got pregnant, 3 years ago, I can really work so hard and loose the excess 35 lbs.

One easy solution and one hard solution.

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Now, going back to this:

""Then think about who you want to be and "how does that woman dress", not a specific person, but your ideal self, and start dressing like her.""

Who exactly do I want to be?

I want to be a happy and fulfilled woman,  (who has some crochet in her wardrobe) . I no longer want to be a slave to my emotional baggages and frustrations in life. I don't wanna be stuck up in the past, and just dreaming about the future.  I guess I can start by dressing the part.



I'm not saying that simply having a different wardrobe,  will magically make me that happy woman, but I also realized that I also got tired with dealing with weight issues and clothing issues. I know in my heart that I didn't try hard enough, or there is something else that I haven't done.

If I can remove these clothing and weight issues in my life, then that is one less issue to think about.

Also, how does one incorporate crochet in the wardrobe and be happy?  ( hahaha ) I would like to find that out.

Closing the very last few chapters...

Last year 2014, I spent the whole year, trying to finish things which I started. I made a list of those unfinished business.  I am not able to finish everything on that list, but I finished the most important and relevant ones.

As for the crochet related  part of that list, there are still some items which I really really want to finish. So I started this year with those projects.

Here is the upper most part of that list:
1. Shrugs Eternal *
2. Jennifer Aniston Luau Dress
3. Orchid   *
4. Dahlia -
5. Started with a Square blouse
6. Russian Cotton Bag -
7. Square Motif Cardigan


I really attempted to make these projects before. I reached until  10 rows or more, then gave up in the process because the yarn didn't work or the gauge wasn't right. The rest of the items in this list are items included because I already bought the pattern,  in some cases, the yarn and the pattern. So I consider that as an attempt too.

While checking my "Hibernating list" on Ravelry, I realized that there are items which I can never really finish, because they are just not do-able. So I am now starting to delete items from that list.

Orchid, pattern by the talented Lily Go


Shrugs Eternal

So now, since I have finished Shrugs Eternal and Orchid, I started right away to work on Dahlia., picking up Russian bag which has proven to be a lot easier than I thought, as well as the Started with a Square Blouse.

Hopefully after this list, I can now move on and proceed with new projects.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Flower in a day Hullabalu

Obviously, this goal of making 100 flowers in 100 days, is an epic fail. I don't think I can really come up with 1 flower per day for 100 consecutive days, so I am now giving up on that goal..

There are flowers on this pattern,and maybe if I count all of them, there goes my entries.




The Hibiscus Tunic in size Medium has a total of  324 flowers.  lol bwhahahahahahahaha
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