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Aug 12, 2017

Hook with Amis

     So I finally had the time to check and update this blog. It has been almost a year since I had my last amigurumi project. My previous projects was into crocheting and sewing purses. You will find some of my purses on my Etsy Shop.

     Lately, I was asked by a friend if I could make wedding souvenirs for her client. She owns a catering business and an event planner herself. So I said yes and told her that a wedding couple doll would be great as gifts for the sponsors. But I really am no good in creating dolls but thought it was a challenge for me to again create some. And so I stumble upon some etsy stores in search for a simple crochet doll patterns and I found one from Sylem (note: This is a paid pattern). Indeed it was very simple, her instruction is easy to follow and the dolls are customizable. A very challenging project.

      So here are my finished projects:

Amigurumi - Kokeshi wedding dolls
The couples

The grooms

amigurumi - koskeshi doll
The brides

Bride and Groom
Bride and Groom

      Below are the dolls that I customized:


 Barista
Got the inspiration from my son who is working as a barista in a knon coffee shop.

 The debutant



 Kokeshi Doll Bag Charm

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May 2, 2017

Recycle Soap Scraps Into Soap Bars

      Don't throw away your soap scraps instead gather them and turn them into soap bars.

     A month ago, my brother brought me about 1 kilo of soap scraps. It was really from a soap factory near our place. I was wondering how can we use them since they were into tiny pieces. So I decided to search on you tube for some tutorials on how to turn it into bars. 

     Contrary to the tutorial that I found (from Good Earth Spa), I never scraped or grated the soaps since they were already small.  I never used a slow cooker instead I used a regular stove only that I heated the soaps into very low flame for about half an hour.

 
Here's how it looks when they started to melt.

I don't have a mold so I only used a regular plastic tray for molding the soaps but I first lubricated the tray with coconut oil before pouring the melted soaps.

I used a heavy duty cutting knife in cutting the soaps.
Ta-da! Here's what my finish products look like. Though not perfect, but they are set to be used again.

For the full tutorial here's the link >>> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rDf_TCnfC9w

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Apr 22, 2017

I'm Back! A Tribute to Nanay

When mom was still alive
     2 years ago, I opened my Etsy store. But after my first item sold, I had to quit so I could take care of my mom who had an Alzheimer's disease. She became paralyzed and had been bedridden after her potassium level drop and I had no choice but to be her full-time/sole caregiver

  
    I only stop posting items for sale but I never stop creating. I crochet when I had a time to. A small purse would take me 2 days to finish. I crochet not to sell but to satisfy my cravings and at the same time to relieve stress and grief. It was hard though but it was through crocheting/ crafting that helps me combat my feelings of isolation, frustration and loneliness.
  
    Last September, mother came into full rest. The feelings of
I used to lay by her side after a tiring houseworks
grief and loss was there again. It was harder than I thought. For years, it was only me and her. She has been part of my daily routine. Moving on wasn't that easy. I had to divert my attention. And how would it be possible? Doing things I love and I'm passionate about. There's my children. I need to make up with them. And here goes my crafts. I'm back with crocheting. Yes it helps me alot. And in fact I feel rewarded. Truly, talent multiplies. Thanks to her, she thought me so many things.

     As I grieve for the loss of my mother, I also thought of her passion... gardening... her plants almost died and what a wonderful feeling seeing them restored.

Honestly, I don't know what plant this is... Tried to google but I couldn't find something similar.
Recycled coffee grounds from Starbucks. Starbucks is giving these away for free!
And yes... sewing (I got my crafty side from her), she's a dressmaker in proffession. I only knew basic in sewing and I must not allow this talent to die with her.

A combination of fabric and crochet
She loved dressmaking, I love purses!
Now I'm back again in selling some of my crafts on Etsy. Keeping myself busy in something I love doing helps me readjust and move on after her death.

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Mar 31, 2017

Rainbow Bright Crochet Coin Purse

I am addicted into making framed coin purses. I bought Caron Simply Soft Paints Rainbow Bright a year ago planning to make my girl a skirt out of it but never had a chance to do so. I never thought that it would make a cute frame coin purse.

Materials:
Caron Simply Soft Paints Rainbow Bright 4 oz (1 skein = 3 purses)
Rainbow Bright Crochet Coin Purse Free Pattern
4.0 mm hook
Frame Kiss Clasp Lock 8.5cm x 6cm
Needle

Abbreviations used:
st = stitch
ch = chain
sl st = slip stitch
sc = single crochet

Gauge:
10 stitches = 5 cm
5 rows of sc = 2.5 cm

Procedure:

Start with a magic circle

Round 1: Start with a magic ring. 6sc in ring. Sl st to join. (6 sts)

Round 2: Ch 1, 2sc in same st and each sts remaining. Join. (12 sts)

Round 3: Ch 1, sc in same st, 2sc in next st. *Sc in next st, 2sc in next.** Repeat from * - ** until end. Sl st to join. (18 sts)

Round 4: Ch 1, 2 sc in same st, sc in next 2 sts, *2 sc in next st, sc in next 2 sts, ** Repeat from * - ** until end. Sl st to join. (24sts)

Round 5:  Ch 1, sc in same st, sc in next 2 sts, 2 sc in next. *sc in next 3 sts, 2 sc in next.** Repeat from * - ** until end. Sl st to join. (30 sts)

Round 6:  Ch 1, 2 sc in same st, sc in next 4 sts, *2 sc in next st, sc in next 4 sts, ** Repeat from * - ** until end. Sl st to join. (36 sts)
Round 7: Ch 1, sc in same st, sc in next 4 sts, 2 sc in next. *sc in next 5 sts, 2 sc in next.** Repeat from * - ** until end. Sl st to join. (42 sts)

Round 8:  Ch 1, 2 sc in same st, sc in next 6 sts, *2 sc in next st, sc in next 6 sts, ** Repeat from * - ** until end. Sl st to join. (48 sts)

Round 9:  Ch 1, sc in same st, sc in next 6 sts, 2 sc in next. *sc in next 7 sts, 2 sc in next.** Repeat from * - ** until end. Sl st to join. (54 sts)

Rainbow Bright Crochet Coin Purse Free Pattern

Round 10:  Ch 1, sc in same st, sc in next and each of the remaining sts. Sl st to join. (54 sts)

Round 11: Ch 3, yarn over, insert hook in same stitch, draw the yarn through the stitch, yarn over, draw the yarn through 2 loops on the hook(2 loops remain on the hook),yarn over, draw the yarn again on the same stitch, draw the yarn through 2 loops on the hook(3 loops remain on the hook), yarn over, draw the yarn again on the same stitch, draw the yarn through 2 loops on the hook, now there are 4 loops remaining on the hook, (see pic below)
Rainbow Bright Crochet Coin Purse Free Pattern
4 loops remaining on the hook
yarn over and draw the yarn through all 4 loops. First CLUSTER made. Ch 1. Skip next stitch.

First cluster made
                  *Yarn over, draw the yarn through the next stitch, yarn over, draw the yarn through 2 loops on the hook(2 loops remain on the hook),yarn over, draw the yarn again on the same stitch, draw the yarn through 2 loops on the hook(3 loops remain on the hook), yarn over, draw the yarn again on the same stitch, draw the yarn through 2 loops on the hook(4 loops remain on the hook), yarn over, draw the yarn again on the same stitch, draw the yarn through 2 loops on the hook, now there are 5 loops remaining on the hook, yarn over and draw the yarn through all 5 loops. Second CLUSTER made. Ch. Skip next stitch.**
                   Repeat * - **until end. Slip stitch at the top of the first cluster to join. 27 clusters and 27 ch1 space made. Slip stitch at first ch1 space.
Rainbow Bright Crochet Coin Purse Free Pattern

Round 12-14: Repeat Round 11.

Round 15: Ch 3, yarn over, insert hook in same stitch, draw the yarn through the stitch, yarn over, draw the yarn through 2 loops on the hook(2 loops remain on the hook),yarn over, draw the yarn again on the same stitch, draw the yarn through 2 loops on the hook(3 loops remain on the hook), yarn over, draw the yarn again on the same stitch, draw the yarn through 2 loops on the hook, now there are 4 loops remaining on the hook, yarn over and draw the yarn through all 4 loops. First CLUSTER made. Ch 1. Skip next stitch.
                  *Yarn over, draw the yarn through the next stitch, yarn over, draw the yarn through 2 loops on the hook(2 loops remain on the hook),yarn over, draw the yarn again on the same stitch, draw the yarn through 2 loops on the hook(3 loops remain on the hook), yarn over, draw the yarn again on the same stitch, draw the yarn through 2 loops on the hook(4 loops remain on the hook), yarn over, draw the yarn again on the same stitch, draw the yarn through 2 loops on the hook, now there are 5 loops remaining on the hook, yarn over and draw the yarn through all 5 loops. Second CLUSTER made. Ch. Skip next stitch.**
                   Repeat * - **until end. Slip stitch at the top of the first cluster to join.
Rainbow Bright Crochet Coin Purse Free Pattern
Round 16-17:  Ch 1, sc in same st, sc in next and each of the remaining sts. Sl st to join. (54 sts)
                   Fasten off.

Assembe and sew the frame onto the purse. Please see tutorial here > Metal Framed Crochet Coin Purse

Don't know how to crochet? Don't worry. You can check out my shop on Etsy for ready to ship items.
Rainbow Bright Crochet Coin Purse Free Pattern
Rainbow Bright Crochet Coin Purse Free Pattern

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Nov 22, 2016

Crochet Headset Cover

   
Free Crochet Headset Cover Pattern
Free Crochet Headset Cover Pattern
  
   This was a request of my daughter whom is working as a call center agent. I started working for her and then for her co-workers. It's been a hit. I had two versions using acrylic yarn and mercerized cotton for the other. 

Version 1
Crochet Headset Cover - Free Crochet Pattern

Materials:
Red Heart High Bulk Acrylic Yarn (any color of your choice)
4mm crochet hook

Abbreviations used:
st = stitch
ch = chain
sl st = slip stitch
sc = single crochet
scdec = single crochet decrease (Pull up a loop in next 2 stitches, yarn over, pull though all 3 loops on hook, counts as one single crochet.)

Gauge:
12 stitches = 2 inches
4 rows of sc = 1 inch

Procedure:

Round 1: Start with a magic ring. 6sc in ring. Sl st to join. (6 sts)

Round 2: Ch 1, 2sc in same st and each sts remaining. Join. (12 sts)

Round 3: Ch 1, sc in same st, 2sc in next st. *Sc in next st, 2sc in next.** Repeat from * - ** until end. Sl st to join. (18 sts)

Round 4: Ch 1, 2 sc in same st, sc in next 2 sts, *2 sc in next st, sc in next 2 sts, ** Repeat from * - ** until end. Sl st to join. (24sts)

Round 5:  Ch 1, sc in same st, sc in next 2 sts, 2 sc in next. *sc in next 3 sts, 2 sc in next.** Repeat from * - ** until end. Sl st to join. (30 sts)

Round 6:  Ch 1, 2 sc in same st, sc in next 4 sts, *2 sc in next st, sc in next 4 sts, ** Repeat from * - ** until end. Sl st to join. (36 sts)

Round 7 - 8:  Ch 1, sc in same st, sc in next st and into the remaining sts. Join. (36 sts)

Round 9: Ch 1, sc in same st, sc in next 3 sts, scdec in next (2 sts). *sc in next 4 sts, scdec in next.** Repeat from * - ** until end. Sl st to join. (30 sts)

Round 10: Ch 1, scdec (sc in same st and next), sc in next 3 sts, *scdec in next st, sc in next 3 sts, ** Repeat from * - ** until end. Sl st to join. Fasten off and weave ends. (24 sts)

Version 2

Crochet Headset Cover - Free Crochet Pattern

Materials:
Mercerized cotton no.10
2mm Crochet Hook

Gauge:
14 ch = 1 inch
4 rows of dc = 1

Abbreviations used:
st = stitch
ch = chain
sl st = slip stitch
dc = double crochet
dcdec = double decrease crochet (Yarn over(yo), insert hook into the next stitch, yo, draw the yarn through, yo, draw through first 2 loops on hook, yo, draw the yarn through the stitch, yo, draw the yarn through the first 2 loops on hook, yo, draw the yarn through all 3 loops on your hook.)

Procedure:

Round 1: Start with a magic ring. Ch 2 (doesn't count as dc), dc 12. Sl st to join. (12 sts)

Round 2: Ch 2, 2 dc in same st, 2dc in next stand into the remaining sts. Sl st to join. (24 sts)

Round 3: Ch 2, dc in same st, 2 dc in next st.  *Dc in next st, 2 dc in next.*** Repeat from * - ** until end. Sl st to join. (36 sts)

Round 4: Ch 2, 2 dc in same st, dc in next 2 sts. *2 dc in next st, dc in next 2 sts.*** Repeat from * - ** until end. Sl st to join. (48 sts)

Round 5:  Ch 2, dc in same st, dc in next 2 sts, 2 dc in next. *dc in next 3 sts, 2 dc in next.** Repeat from * - ** until end. Sl st to join. (60 sts)

Round 6:  Ch 2, dc in same st, dc in next st and into the remaining sts. Join. (60 sts)

Round 7: Ch 2, dc in same st, dc in next 2 sts, dcdec in next (2 sts). *Dc in next 3 sts, dcdec in next.** Repeat from * - ** until end. Sl st to join. (48 sts)

Round 8: Ch 1, dcdec (in same st and next), dc in next 2 sts, *dcdec in next st, dc in next 2 sts, ** Repeat from * - ** until end. Sl st to join. Fasten off and weave ends. (36 sts)

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