Sunday, May 17, 2015

Another Hibiscus Tunic

This crochet design came out in summer 2013, and is still very in for this summer. I'm saving this for cooler weather though, since its very warm here now to wear layered clothes.

I finished this project a week ago...unfortunately my camera of several years broke down...and probably retiring for good.

Here is my attempt to show you this lovely tunic :)

Project details here on Ravelry. Pattern is available on Interweave.

Friday, May 15, 2015

Crochet and other hobbies...

Summer is a good time to take up a new hobby or spend more time on your favorite.
I tend to look for simple and practical ways to brighten up my home, and at the same time improve my crafting skills.

I worked on my own little outdoor space/garden...(Progress is shown from left to right photos.)
I have a few plants to begin with...I will definitely add some more!
Here's my favorite plant for now, this peace lily I put in front of my door.
Btw, my camera isn't working properly anymore... :(

Summer is also a good time for bird watching, and we've been seeing different kinds of birds here...
Just this afternoon I heard the unmistakable sound of a crow, and looked up to see it on the top of this bamboo tree - its awesome! I could have gotten a picture, but when I changed the battery it flew away :(

May 20 update - I saw the crow again (later joined by another one, but no pic) camera was able to function on some shots.

I have been sewing a few projects too...starting with this tote bag. It then got me motivated to work some more on recycled denims.

(pardon the blurry pics...its not me, its my camera :p )

Since my main hobby is crochet, I would end this post with my latest favorite project (details on Ravelry). (I did finish another project after this, but I have yet to take a modeled photo.)

Monday, May 04, 2015

Getting to the finish line...

Still crocheting this is taking too long!... and I do have some excuses :p... 1. Summer here is too hot...crocheting easily gives me a headache and stiff neck. 2. I'd rather work on my outdoor garden project, and enjoy the cool breeze while its there. 3. When it gets too hot outside, we go to the mall :p 4. It is a good time to catch up on the laundry, since a new shop opened and its still on half-price promo. (I even  brought my project there, but only able to do a few rows...)

Thank you Quicklean, laundry isn't horrible now!

Friday, April 24, 2015

Picking up the pieces...

I thought it was going to be a simple DIY bamboo fence...but these bamboo slats are mostly poor quality, I was fooled by the packaging :p Anyways...I just have to make the most of it to cover the wall overlooking the street.

Btw, I got the 3rd tomato from my lone tomato plant!...hehe

Crochet WIP

My Hibiscus tunic project is about 70% done...its a slow-going pattern, but its worth it ;)

crochet hibiscus

Finished project coming soon!

Sunday, April 19, 2015

An outdoor project - time to take up gardening!

I guess that at a certain stage in life many of us would take up gardening as a hobby, if we haven't already. Fortunately or unfortunately, I have reached that stage...haha! And thanks to a friend who inspired me with her beautiful green home and her vegetable garden in Antipolo, I might be on to something good.. :)

I have a big enough outdoor space which is all concrete - perfect for potted plants...though it is in dire need of a makeover...

I have privacy as well as aesthetic concerns...
With a limited budget and some kind of a plan, I began my outdoor project...

I bought inexpensive ready-made bamboo fences and set these up on one section of the balcony.

 Still a lot to do, but I'm pleased with what I've done so far ;)

Thursday, April 09, 2015

Crochet Pineapple Square Dress - finished project

Finally finished this crochet wearable!

If you've seen the progress pics in my previous post, this looked like a sack, since it was made with 8 square motifs joined into a tube ...However, by adding the sleeves and yoke, it became this dress:

Mimi's Crochet Stuff
Crochet Pineapple Square Dress

I could have made the squares a little bit smaller for my figure (maybe next time around...), though this loose-fitting pullover dress can still adapt to a wide range of sizes and worn in different styles. It can be worn with or without a belt... It can be dressed up or can be worn as a tunic top or a party dress, or a swimsuit cover-up :)

Alternate method for cap-sleeve:
(note: sleeve edging is crocheted directly on the underarm; always work on the right side; beginning ch 3 counts as dc)
  1. Attach thread on the fan stitch to the left of the corner fan stitches at the underarm joining, ch 71, (be careful not to twist the chain, move to the opposite side of underarm joining), join with sl st to the fan st at the right of the corner fan stitches.
  2. Make a double fan stitch (2dc, ch, 2dc, ch, 2dc) in same fan, ch 3, dc in the corner fan stitch joining, ch 3, double fan stitch in the next fan st, (ch 3, skip 5 chs, dc in next ch, ch 3, skip 5 chs, double fan st on the next ch) repeat across the ch stitches, sl st on the beg ch3. (7 double fan sts, 7 dc)
  3. *Fan st (2dc, ch1, 2dc) in ch1 sp, ch 2, fan st on next ch1 sp, ch 1, dc on dc, ch 1, rep from * around, join.
  4. *Fan st in ch1 sp, V st (dc, ch 1, dc) in ch 2 sp, fan st in next ch1 sp, ch 1, skip (ch1, dc, ch1), rep from * around, join. Fasten off.
Yoke tips:
  1. Start on same st as the beginning of one sleeve.
  2. Follow the pattern for the first rnd.
  3. I made 13 rnds in all, with decreases just thought of as I crocheted each rnd.
  4. The last rnd is all hdc.
Here's a close-up of the yoke: 

Tuesday, April 07, 2015

Crocheting a beach cover-up, progress...

Here is how the joined-as-you-go motifs look like. Its looks very neat and doesn't bunch up...

pineapple crochet
Joined-as-you-go crochet motifs

As mentioned before, this isn't my own pattern (see previous post)...I fell in love with this pattern at once, seeing that it could be done with cotton thread.
For the sleeves, I decided to make my own. I usually make cap-sleeves, since sleeveless isn't for me...and longer sleeves are warm for our weather here. So after finishing the main body of the garment, I came up with the idea of crocheting the sleeve directly on the underarm. You can see in the next two photos what I've done...those aren't straps, but the edging of the sleeves!
Now I will have to see this for myself if I can crochet the yoke from bottom to top...

pineapple square dress
8 pineapple square motifs
pineapple square dress
Edging of sleeves crocheted before the yoke

Friday, April 03, 2015

Crocheting a Beach Cover-up...

...just because its summer and I found this delightful pattern suitable for cotton thread.
I've introduced this project on my previous post. And you can also view the details here on Ravelry. I'm eager to finish this, and so far I'm done with the bottom-half!

crochet square
crochet in-progress, bottom-half

This is made up of 4 square motifs (17 rnds), joined to form the skirt part. Then the rest of the bottom is crocheted in rounds (12 rnds). I followed most of the pattern, but I modified the last row and added the slightly scalloped edging. Here's a close-up:

crochet bottom finish
crochet in-progress, bottom finishing