Thursday, January 08, 2015

Hello Kitty Crochet Amigurumi...

Hello Kitty Crochet Book is on sale at the Book Depository - free shipping anywhere! (click on image to get to site)


Tuesday, January 06, 2015

Crochet and Other Stuff in 2014

Patterns
Only a few to list down...when it comes to writing crochet patterns and publishing it, though this coming year looks promising :)

Here are three designs that got published in 2014:

1. Pinwheel Flower - free pattern here in my blog.
2. Sienna Top - published in the book It Girl Crochet by Interweave Press. 
3. Pinya Glass Cozy - a free pattern published here.

Projects
Started with 554 projects and added 28 for a total of 582...(my Ravelry projects)
Some of my favorite projects are those for the babies in my extended family -


Another favorite of mine is the irish crochet motifs I made to be framed and hung in my workspace.



Yarns
There are now even more choices and more opportunities to buy yarns. One of which is having a crafty friend in another country, where quality yarns are available...and affordable too ;) Our Cebuana friend, Fe of Knitwerks and Crafts Boutique, retails yarns she buys mostly in Singapore.
Here's a recent purchase from Fe:


I even got more of the cotton yarns, since the colors are so nice and the yarn is smooth and would be a good choice for amigurumi toys and other accessories.

I also decided to order a bit from a big yarn company, Bergere de France, just for the experience. I love their yarns, patterns and customer service. I might order again, but need to order more yarns to maximize on the shipping cost...However, I'm reluctant to order more than $50. worth of items...for I have yet to ascertain if I will be taxed upon customs inspection at the P.O.

Bergere order
Bergere de France

Other Crafts 
I love sewing too...some simple wardrobe repair or upcycling here and there. No serious sewing yet, though I was able to make some recycled denim stuff, including denim star ornaments and reordered denim placemats for The Breakfast Table; and denim picture-frame souvenirs for my nephew's Christening.



My Working Space
I've completed my working space - thanks to the Surplus shop nearby. I kept on checking their items for several months until I got the big, and spacious shelves...
Most of what I have here I had for several years already...Again I thank my sis-in-law for the sewing machine, my brother for the working table, and my son for my computer and the size small dressform :)


More patterns and projects in the coming year, I guess ;)
Thanks for looking! And by the way, there's this blog featuring each week an interview with knit and crochet designers from around the world. I got included and you can find the article here.

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Random stuff -

Hi everyone, Happy New Year! 
I have yet to round-up my 2014 crochety and yarny stuff...Meantime, please have a look at these random stuff I came up with.

My new favorite crochet bag - this beautiful bag was crocheted by my friend Cat Yanna. I just sewed in the lining and handles. (Pattern details). I really love the texture of the Abaca yarn and the flower motif used in this project :)





Favorite Projects

My favorite projects in 2014, were of course mostly the ones made using my patterns.
Here's some from my crochet buddies:
From Yolanda: Romantic Shrug projects

Romantic Shrug
Romantic Shrugs
From Bheng - Lacey Top projects from Sienna Top pattern in It Girl Crochet book from Interweave
Sienna Top
Sienna Top projects

From Ravelers - some recently finished Flower Accent projects.This is the all-time most popular free pattern in my portfolio :)
More projects can be viewed in this search result on Ravelry.




2015 is the year of the Sheep!
And this only means lots of fiber and yarn for us :)
How about making some sheep amigurumi or any sheep themed project?...there's so many to choose from, check out Ravelry Pattern Search




Friday, December 12, 2014

Humpty Dumpty Crochet Puzzle Toy

I stumbled upon this free pattern from Book People Studio (details on Ravelry).
I had so much fun with this project! (details here.) I'll be giving this to my 17-mo-old nephew, and will be making another one for my 2 yr old nephew ;)

humpty dumpty crochet puzzle
humpty dumpty crochet

I followed the pattern except for the arms and legs which got a total makeover.

Arms (make 2)
Rnd 1: (Hand) With white, 6 sc in magic ring Rnd 2: dec 1 sc (5) Rnd 3: Change color to red, sl st in next sc, ch 13, sc in 2nd ch from hk, sc in each ch, sl st in next 2 sc of hand, turn. (12) Rnd 4: Sc in each sc across, ch 1 turn (12), Rnd 5: Sc in each sc across, sl st in next 2 sc of hand (12) Rnd 6: join edge of rnd 3 with edge of rnd 5 with sl st on each st. FO, leaving enough tail for sewing.
Legs (make 2)
Rnd 1: (shoe) Ch 5, sc in 2nd ch from hk, sc in next 2 chs, 3 sc in last ch, on the other side of foundation ch, sc in next 2 sts, 2 sc in last st (10) Rnd 2: 2 sc in next sc, sc in next 2 sc, 2 sc in next 3 sc, sc in next 2 sc, 2 sc in next 2 sc (16) Rnd 3: working in back loops only, sc in each sc (16) Rnd 4: sc in next 6 sc, sc2tog, 2 times, sc in next 6 sc (14)Rnd 5: sc in next 4 sc, sc3tog, 2 times, sc in next 4 sc (10) Rnd 6: sc in each sc (10) Rnd 7: working in front loops only, sc in each sc (10)stuff shoe Rnd 8working in back loops of rnd 6, sc 5 times skipping every other sc (5) Change color to blue, sl st in next sc, Rnd 9ch 19, sc in 2nd ch from hk, sc in each ch, sl st in next 2 sc of shoe, turn. (18)Rnd 10: Sc in each sc across, ch 1 turn (18), Rnd 11: Sc in each sc across, sl st in next 2 sc of shoe (18) Rnd 12: join edge of rnd 9 with edge of rnd 11 with sl st on each st. FO, leaving enough tail for sewing.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Art in simple things...

Here are the simple things I'd like to share for those looking for simple but fresh stuff ;)

Sweet Potato Flower
I got a surprise one day when I cut up a sweet potato and it revealed a small flower design! I don't know if this is a rare occurrence, but this is the first time I saw one...even if I was only intending to cut up the sweet potato into pieces, I at once realized that there was a flower print on the inside. It is so distinct and so pretty. I had to take a picture...

sweet potato flower print
sweet potato flower print


No-Twinkle Denim Star

While most christmas stars would have a twinkle or light on it, this one made from used denim fabric - doesn't twinkle but it has a charm of its own.
















and here's where the stars were hung to brighten up the place.


Apple keychain ornaments

I recently bought an artificial Christmas Tree - because it was affordable and looked good. I wanted to keep the decoration simple...and picked red as the main color. I already have some of the apple keychains I made a long time ago, and thought I needed to make some more.

Apple Keychain ornaments
Crocheted Mini Apples
Free pattern is published here.

Here's my little christmas tree...in need of more mini apples ;)

Little Christmas Tree
Little Christmas Tree

Little Christmas Basket



Thursday, October 16, 2014

Crafty stuff update

Denim projects


Recyclable denims

Aside from crochet, I also enjoy sewing projects, especially when using recyclable materials such as used denims. There's a good supply of this material from thrift shops nearby. However, not all are cheap. To maximize the cost and minimize waste, recycled denim projects are up on my crafting list...and fortunately I got another custom order to make use of denims.
This time around I'm using what is left from the jeans after I have cut off the legs for the placemats. The placemats are the main products ordered from me for a small restaurant which opened a year ago here in Quezon City (see previous post). They were quite successful in their venture, now they need more placemats! They're also ordering Christmas ornaments in the form of denim stars ;)

Denim Star

This looks simple to make, but if you're making a hundred pieces with just one pair of hands, it takes more than patience to finish. With a deadline to meet...I should be working on it double-time now. But wait! Halloween is near and I just got the urge to crochet a spider!

Spider charm


Crochet Spider Charm

Occasionally, I'd crochet small projects using cotton thread...I try to make it detailed as much as my hands and eyes can manage. This is the first spider that I made, and I quite liked it though it needs some improvement...maybe I'll post a pattern soon... :)

Thanks for stopping by, hope you have a blessed All Soul's Day celebration.