Wednesday, December 31, 2014

2014 PROJECT REVIEW



2014 - before reaching half of the year, I lost my job. Then more than half of it, i spend crafting. is that good or bad?:-) Well, of course I was still looking for a job, on and off, but I don't know, just didn't get any until the end of this year. While I don't have a day time job, might as well enjoy my "crafting days" for now, because when I will find one, am sure I won't own as much as my time now. Happy and endless time of crafting will be over for me. Working for almost 10 years in a day time job was so much pressure than I can handle, have you ever tried dreaming about your job? Really! I did! That was the time I thought I was totally stressed out. I had a technical job, and even at home I have to think if I didn't make any mistake.whew!

Crafting more this year, was indeed a BREAK for me from a technical,stressful world I have in the shipbuilding industry as a production design engineer. Maybe there are just too many standards that I have to follow building a ship, where as making a garment there are standards as well, but there is more flexibility in it...haha just a funny thought, or else maybe I'm just bored with ships now.:-)

I discovered from Amy Herzog's Knit to Flatter book, that making a knitted garment there really is a lot of mathematics involved. I hope to learn more from it, how to take body measurements to fit the garment to the person who is going to wear it.

As for my crafting in 2014, I knew I had been making more hats than any other project. Most of the baby/kids hat are made to orders. The adult hats I made were for the local garden show, hosted by Talisay Garden Club in my hometown in Cebu. I wanted to observe what kind of customers I will have during that local craft show, during our City's Annual Fiesta. From the name itself, they sell mostly plants, but my partner who is a doctor, who is actually the mother of my kindergarten/highschool friend was the one who encourage me to join and sell. She herself is a craft and yarn addict!

I made 2 shrugs, a baby blanket for a birthday gift, a scarf - which was a good practice for grafting, but not so successful with that. The owl purses which I made several ones for sale during the craft show, dish cloths for my house, a baby girls dress - 80% done. Through the woods hoody - needs buttons, a dress for my furry family member - Lovely also around 70% done. This yellow supposed to be cardigan, I feel guilty about this project because i've change the pattern twice already. for the third time using this yarn, I'm thinking this will be my practice piece to start doing a simple pattern of a cardigan using Amy Herzog's book as a guide.

For 2015, I want to make more adult garments. Using a simple pattern with this book as a guide might just be a good start.

Happy New Year! Cheers to more crafting, more yarn and more learning in the year ahead!

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Kitchen Towels and Crafting Goals for year 2015


So whenever I get bored with big projects, I resort to making quick and easy knit/crochet projects like this kitchen towels. I really wanted some handmade projects that I can accessorize in my house, and this is just one of those. The pink and multicolored ones I made long back and the blue one just very recent. I want to see these hanging in my kitchen to have that handmade feel in my house. Before I made this one too - a knit lace cover for a jar. Could you guess what's inside? Chocolates! Not so tempting anymore, lacy...makes you think what's inside, or sometimes I forget I have chocolates in this jar.
I hope to make more crochet/knit projects for the home next year. I also hope to teach my housemaid to do the craft, so I can multiply myself on what I want to achieve or make. It is not just teaching a craft, but more of sharing a life skill to her. It is really one of my goals to have somebody learn from me, to gauge myself of what will my output be - that is what kind of student I will produce.:-) Apart from making a "handmade home" and teaching the craft. I want to learn more on making garments. I just bought Amy Herzog's Knit to Flatter Class in Craftsy. Well, there is a lot to tackle but I'm making baby steps with it. I hope to have an output next year too from this class. Good luck to me!:-)

Tuesday, December 09, 2014

Lacy Orange Shrug


So I finally finished this knitted lacy shrug. The pattern is a free pattern from deramores website. My aunt, who I think is fascinated with me and said, "You're still crocheting/crafting until now?" What would you say to that comment? I guess she's always notice me that I like to craft. This was the reason I decided to make this shrug for her. Maybe so she can see what I can do.:-) I remember I was bringing a knit blanket I needed done for a week as a birthday gift to a baby during our city's fiesta. I was there in her house to have lunch and knitting away the afternoon after getting full.:-) I thought to make this for her and hope that she will appreciate it. We'll i hope it's will fit her just fine. I didn't totally close the shoulders yet as with the instructions of the pattern just to see how it fits when I give this to her.

Thursday, December 04, 2014

DIY Christmas Tree and Garland


This is what I came up with and finished last week. Excuse me for the photo, as lovely, my dog just want to sleep beside the handmade christmas tree. I didn't finished it as fast as i expected. I only manage to put on printed fabric flowers as ornaments and the star on top, and added the steady christmas lights. I like the combination of the white fabric which I made as a base and covered it with green tulle to make it look more of a tree. What took me long to finish it was sewing the tulle by hand.
I made several of these, but still the tulle i bought wasn't enough to cover the whole tree. I wanted it glued overlapping each other as it gives more body and appeal to it. You can see I covered the bottom part with yellow ribbon, just to fill up the space as I was running out of tulle. I don't have a photo of the lights on. I think that would have been more nicer to see.
I made several of these fabric flowers to put on my tree and the garland. I have combined tulle and fabric and use my fabric covered metal buttons. The fabrics I have used I got from a fabric warehouse supplier just near my place. I should make a post about that mountain of fabrics!...literally:-) Since my sister left several pieces of styrofoam balls, I made use of them. I covered them with cords, and pearls, put a ribbon and a piece of string to hang then on my Christmas garland here:
I put the christmas balls and fabric flowers together with the garland. The fabrics in this garland I also got from the fabric warehouse supplier. I wanted to put more christmas balls, but I used up only what I have around the house. This one shows clearer colors of the fabrics that I use for my garland.
I used this floral printed fabric, mix with white and brown lace. I just tied a knot with each fabric on a piece of string/yarn, with the length the same as the width of my window. I really like the way this garland turned out. When I and my household helper got tired making the tree and garland...here's what we made fun of.
huh?
"I'm cute. isn't it."-lovely.