Saturday, January 24, 2015

first for 2015

Unfortunately as of now, I still haven't got a job. Maybe in around 3 weeks I'll be back to Cebu. I will be having a short stay in Manila for some legal document to be done.

On the brighter side, I have all my time to craft. I have been cross-stitching for the past 3 days, seriously... this project has been sleeping for years.

I guess that was the time I was taking knitting seriously too and learning more. Then I totally forgot about this. Maybe now, after more than 2 years of constantly knitting, I must have improved a lot with gauge and making my stitches really even.
I remember when I rekindle with knitting 2 years back. I also started with baby clothes, with results, that didn't really satisfy me on my own standards. This is my first knit project done for 2015, which I want to gift to my officemate's wife who is giving birth to a baby boy. I still have to make a hat, shoes or socks maybe to go with this.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Yarn Substitution in Crochet and Knitting

I sell craft materials on my facebook page: . Mostly yarns, knitting needles, tatting needles, shuttles and threads, tatting books and a lot more.

Several times, I've been ask by some customers on how much yarn they will be need for a particular project. I remember one customer, and I gave her a calculation on how much yarn is needed for her project. She will need 5 balls of yarns, but she wants to buy 2! Even with all the help and explanation I did, she didn't purchase even one.

To give an example, I would like to make this project from redheart . It requires 5 skeins of red heart with love. I don't have red heart yarns in my location so I wanted to look for a substitute for this yarn. But first, I check how many meters does 1 red heart with love skein has. I refer to solid colors, which has 338meters, since the pattern calls for lilac.

Before looking for the substitute yarn, I also have to consider the gauge of red heart with love, which is 16 sts. and 22 rows for 4"x4". I want to make my blanket the same size as in the model, so I have to look for a yarn that is of the same weight. I found this Moda vera Biscay, which has the same gauge as redheart with love. If I would use thinner yarn than this, I will need to make more stitches than what is mentioned in the pattern.

Here's a summary:

First, I have to multiply the number of skeins of redheart to its yardage per skein, so I will get the total length of yarn use for the project. That is 1,690 meters. Next is to divide the total length by Moda Vera biscay's length per skein, that is 124 meters/skein. So I found out I need to purchase 14 skeins of Moda Vera Biscay.
It's not really that difficult to estimate your substitute yarn for a project. Another essential thing to learn as you crochet/knit. Happy Wednesday and Happy Crafting!

Friday, January 09, 2015

Inspired to make amigurami and felting projects

There are several crafts that I want to learn this year, needle felting is one. Tools aren't so expensive and from what I've learned from one of my crafting friends, shaping is the challenge in needle felting. I am inspired now to do this craft after seeing my housemate made a cat celphone charm, which she got from daiso as a kit. I think this is very easy, you just have to keep piercing the felting wool with the felting needle.:-) It would be easy for me to teach this craft too to my housemaid.

I want to share some crochet inspiration I found on instagram. Since I'm active there, aside from facebook. There is a lot of inspiration too in instagram, when it comes to crafting.

I admire this instagram user's amigurami projects. I think she sells these during craft shows in japan. Here are some of her works:
I never would like to make amigurami projects, because it is small and I think more intricate to do. But after seeing her work, I got inspired and inclined to make some projects which I can gift. Most of what she makes are celphone charms, earrings, necklaces. They're very cute and very clean work. If you are on instagram, you can follow her @alfaoscar Thanks for Reading!

Tuesday, January 06, 2015

Travelling to Cameron Highlands

From time to time I would like to share some travel adventures I have, as currently I am not in the Philippines. Last December, I had a trip to Cameron Highlands, Malaysia, with my husband. As a Philippine passport holder, you are only allowed to stay in Singapore for a maximum of 30 days. We stayed for 3 days in Cameron. We travelled for approximately 10 hours from Singapore to Cameron Highlands by bus.

And this is the view from our Hotel room in Copthorne Hotel. Cool climate at 18deg.cel. and the mountains are covered with fog.

Since I've been to these kind of places before, like Baguio in Philippines, and Mahabaleshwar in Kanataka, India, I can say l like this place among the three. I think there is much to do here. Well, maybe I haven't seen everything about Baguio? I know, i missed out on picking the strawberries.:-) We just rested for the whole afternoon as we were tired from travelling, and booked a tour for the following day. Had lunch at 4pm and went to stroll around the market area of which our hotel was located at.

A variety of flowers that grow just along the sidewalk when we were going out from the hotel to the market.

Things that you can see and buy in the market, cactuses,fresh flowers, and fresh vegetables and souvenirs that I didn't take a photo of.

chocolate covered strawberries.

First stop was this tea plantation, as the van went up to the highest point here in Cameron Highlands, all I can see are these tea bushes.

The BOH Tea factory. I forgot what this round part of a machine is called, but I remember watching the video in the factory that this is use for crushing the tea leaves. I cannot forget to bring something I knitted, and I had to wear it.:-)

This is how they plant their strawberries and below are some vegetables.

I like cactuses/succulents and i saw different types here that I haven't seen before, like both the ones on the right side. There is more that i didn't include in the photo. This place is called Cactus Point. If I could just bring at least 2 or 3 types of the smaller ones to Singapore, but the tour guide told us that immigration will not allow even if I declare. I would have made terrariums of these and give them as gifts. The lower right isn't so appealing to me and so it doesn't with my husband, he called it an ugly

Lettuce plantation which are all hydroponically grown. On the same location, there is a small cafe, beside the cafe you can also get souvenir items or food items. I got this strawberry/chocolate hot drink. At the back of this is a strawberry plantation, where you can pick and buy your own strawberries.

Last we visited was this flower plantation. I took some with me, since C grade flowers are of low quality already and they wouldn't be selling these anymore. I wasn't able to bring it back to Singapore, it will die anyway during the trip.

I missed the lavender plantation. I really wanted to see how it grows, since I planted my own in Cebu, but I guess it all just died because of the humid weather. Anyway, I still enjoyed the trip and the climate there.

I hope it's not too late to to greet everyone a Happy New year!

May the year be fruitful for all of us as we set new goals to reach and achieve!