Monday, January 21, 2008

My favorite crochet shrug

I really didn't think I'd be making another one right after the previous breezy shrug... I guess the chilly nights inspired me to come up with a warmer shrug. Besides, I had to continue on where I left off with these (ugh!) shrug projects.
Of course, I still chose cotton thread for my material ;) I also have not gotten tired of this shade of brown, so even if I got lots of other colors in stock, I still bought the 3 balls of cotton thread size 8 for this project. Luckily, the store near our house has the color I wanted.
I also had the magic hook (size 4/0, equivalent to 2.5mm) I wanted to use to create the right tension for the thread. A looser tension will make it more holey than I intended, and a tighter tension will make it heavier.
I'm happy with the result, it looks and feels just right...this is my favorite shrug from now on ;)

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Breezy Shrug 2

This is the second one I made from the same pattern.
A simple design which is easy to make, but still I had to frog it several times to get it right ;)
More details here on my website.

Gene's Breezy Shrug

Monday, January 14, 2008

A flower from Argentina

Today I got a surprise in the mail, a handknitted flower from a friend in Argentina.

Thank you so much for the gift and the holiday wishes, Vik! I'm in awe of your knitting skills and so touched by your sweetness. Btw, love your label, so cute! And your card really cheered me your signature too ;)

Sunday, January 13, 2008

Breezy Shrug - first pattern for 2008

This was actually my last FO for 2007.
Here I am, (last Dec. 30) finishing it so I could wear it at once with my sleeveless brown tank.

Now I can show my modeled pics since I have already finished writing up the pattern ;)

More details on my Etsy shop.

Wednesday, January 09, 2008

Beauty from Nature

First of all, I avoid commercial products as much as I can.
I am still looking for a natural and inexpensive substitute for commercial soap and shampoo, and I still use the ones readily available at the grocery. But for deodorant, when I feel I need it, I just use a little baking soda.

My main tip now is to USE WHATEVER YOU HAVE IN YOUR KITCHEN, that in one way or another someone has already tried as a beauty treatment. Just Google it, and you'll find what you need to apply it.
For example, here at home we now have a good supply of Papaya. My father and brother have planted lots of papaya trees, and now regularly harvest the fruit.
I googled papaya beauty treatments.
There is so much information to be found, but for now these are the ones I tried:

Papaya and Coconut Oil hair spa

After eating a generous serving of delicious papaya, I scooped some of it to a small bowl, and mashed it with about a teaspoon of coconut oil. Coconut oil has long been used as a hair treatment. And I read that papaya and coconut oil can be used to condition dry hair. So before I shampooed I applied the mixture to my scalp and hair. It was so soothing!

Papaya facial

While I was waiting for the papaya conditioner to work wonders on my hair, I thought... I could still use the papaya peel!... so I searched and found this tip:
Rub inner peel of ripe papaya over face and neck. Wash off with tap water, and wipe with a soft towel after 15 minutes. This leaves a cool, fresh, Feel on the face for hours. Regular use, will make the skin soft and glowing.
I tried the tip right away and it sure did make my skin soft and smooth. I also had a cold, so the pampering really worked to make me feel better :)

Btw, this is our one and only horse, Petra. She lives on my father's farm lot ;)

Sunday, January 06, 2008

The Mom Song

Found this on youtube. This is really cute and funny, and I can't wait for Mother's Day to share this ;)

"The Mom" song, sung to the William Tell Overture, by Anita Renfroe
(lyrics available on youtube)

Saturday, January 05, 2008

A look back at 2007, and my latest Crochet Top

These are what I have accomplished in 2007, as far as crocheting goes. I'm squeezing it all in one post (please bear with me) :p

I was featured on t.v., Jan.14 - in a small segment on the program "Convergence" on Net25. Though it didn't make me popular or anything, I considered it a lucky break and a great way to start the year.

I made it on t.v.!

I put up my website on Googlepages and announced my first published patterns with Coats Manila Bay.

Tank Top and Bolero Set

In keeping with the spirit of Valentines Day: made instructions to make a Heart Souvenir.

Worked as one of the judges in a nationwide Needlecrafts Competition held by Coats Manila Bay

Posted free pattern on my blog - Loopy Flowers


Two brimmed hats I made from Japanese pattern book:

Made these dishcloths for swaps:

Posted free pattern - Scallop Coaster

Joined the Project Brave Kids livelihood project, teaching crochet to the moms of cancer patients.
Printed Halter Top


Flower Chokers - for my blogiversary giveaway.

Items I designed and made for Project Brave Kids

Yoko Suzuki's Square

Toys we made at Project Brave Kids from patterns shared by Kristie


Peek-a-boo Shrug - the shrug I made for my sister's b.f.'s niece.


Design submitted to Coats Manila Bay (pattern coming soon)

Simple shrugs I didn't get to finish writing patterns for

More designs and projects for Project Brave Kids

Baby Hat pattern finished for Crochet Calendar 2007


AdriafilDitto & Rovescio no. 42 baby hat:

My black tunic

Projects from Japanese designs

Small Tote Bag
Mini Basket

How to attach magnetic snaps on bags

New pattern: Crochet Mesh Bags
Pattern for sale here ;)

Instructions to make your own personalized labels

Green Mesh Bag

New Patterns:

Poinsettia Coaster

Poinsettia Flower Doily and Coaster

Posted Free Pattern - Flower Choker

click here for pdf pattern

Purse Keychain designed by Mary Jane Hall

My Purple Shrug

And, finally, this is my last FO for 2007:

I submitted this design to Coats Manila Bay a few months ago. I made this short top for myself, but the one I'm modeling below in mustard color is the one I submitted to Coats. I really like the mustard yellow more than the other color I made...but I used the gold color thread, since I had it in my stock :p