Catching Up

Yey! In a few days I'd be able to catch up with my WIPs. Sure, I'd miss my students for a few weeks but I could use some free time for my life's passions.

For the past few days, I have been spending my coffee and lunch breaks on a tee pattern by Pierrot Yarns.  The pattern, Beauty Silk Cotton Tee, can be found in Ravelry and also in Pierrot Yarns' free pattern site.  The tee is made up of lacy, daisy-centered motifs.  I think this would look better if a thin yarn is used for the project, but of course, would take longer to make.
In the above photo, I used Cannon mercerized cotton crochet thread and an IMIA 4 crochet hook.  I still have to work on my tension and gauge though.  It's not that neat to look at, uhmmm, not yet!  But I'm looking forward to actually finish this project before June. Wish me luck on that, ha ha!

Aside from this, I have been working on coin purses, again.  I will share the pics once I put the last stitches on its lining, errr... Soon!

Oh, before I forget, I found some jute strings for garden use ( as the label says), but I think this would be useful in some crochet projects, don't you think? (*wink!)
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Moms and May

It has been more than a year since I last checked in here. After my mom's demise, I've been busy both at home and at work.  You can say I do miss this --- just as I missed my hooks and yarns.

Oh, it's May! I see my neighbors' children gathering flowers to bring to the chapel for Flores de Mayo (and thankful that my lilies outside our house were spared, as of today). I'd love to catch up with the last days of summer at the beach, and hoping I'd find time to say yes to some fiesta invites. Aside from summer and fiestas, it's Mom's month here in the Philippines. Here's an early greeting from me:  Happy Mom's Day to all moms out there! 

Speaking of moms, I miss my mom a lot, and my grandma too. I wouldn't have anything to share here if they didn't teach me how to sew and crochet at an early age.  I used to sit with my nanay (mom) and lola (grandmom) while they work with their hooks and yarns.

Since the hooks available here in our place are IMIAs, I've learned to work with it up to now.  I'm hoping to get better hooks soon. :)
Remembering Nanay and Lola.
Mom always supported my love for crafts.  In fact, she painstakingly kept all my beads organized by color, size and shape. And she kept my loose yarns around boards to prevent tangles.
Aside from my IMIAs, my nanay and lola left me with this.

I don't know what it's called but it is a flower-making tool. My Lola used to make motifs for table runners and covers.  This comes in sizes too. I have kept this one for more than 20 years now.

This tool is quite easy to use.  You simply wrap the yarn or crochet thread around the spokes, and sew around the center. 

Then you can press the spring (they remind me of polvoron molds) to release the flower. You can crochet around the flower any way you want to form a motif. 
I'm hoping to make a lot of this flower motif before May ends for a project.  

Till next my next post!

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