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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