Monday, March 7, 2011

Crazy Me

I'm sorry if I update my blog just once a week.  I know, I know, I'm the laziest blogger on earth :D :D  Now, you will think I am the craziest of all the crazies out there :D  Why? . . . Because despite having not enough time, or should I say lifetime, to finish all my cross stitch patterns in my stash, I enrolled in the Crochet class in Dreams Yarnshoppe.  It's not only crochet lessons that the store owner, Ate Lilli, is offering.  She teaches hardanger, knitting, tatting, cross stitch, totsuka, specialty stitches and many more.  She's one very talented and very nice lady.  If I remember correctly, she was once been a consultant for DMC Philippines.  

Okay, back to my crochet thing.  To tell you the truth, I enjoyed it tremendously.  What's more, it's really fun when you're around with other needlecrafters.  By the way, in my vaguest memory, I know that I did crochet when I was in grade school, but for the life of me, I cannot remember what my project was.  Maybe after submitting it to the teacher, she didn't return it anymore because I've asked my mother about it and she also cannot remember what I did.    Anyway, here are what I did in the two sessions that I had:
The rectangle was the first that I did.  It contains some of the basic stitches like the chain, single crochet, half-double crochet and double crochet.  You can see how very tight my work is.  The coaster was next.  It's still tight.  Then I practiced some more:
This is the second coaster.  Same pattern, different thread color.  I think my chains are a bit relaxed compared to the first coaster.

This is the third ( I love, love, love the color of this one, by the way) and I think the best out of the three, or is it the second that is the best?  We'll, please judge here:
And since I am ambitious and wanted to do this someday:

which is from this book:
I asked Ate Lilli to teach me how to do the squares and here is one square that we did:
Now, I've got so much squares to practice doing!  It's just sad that we cannot get the exact colors shown on the afghan photo as those yarns, I think, are not available here, so we just opted for the nearest colors that we can get from the available threads in her store.

Don't worry friends, cross stitch is my first and true love and will always be :D

Thanks for dropping by and have a nice week everyone! 

For Philippine residents:  I've been receiving emails and private messages inquiring about the needlecraft lessons that Dreams Yarnshoppe offer.  For better assistance, please call them at 856-0741 or visit their store at the 3rd floor of Glorietta 5, Ayala Center, Makati City.  


Nina said...

I liked the third one too, maybe because its colours are my favourite :) And I really love the afghan, you have quiet much to crochet there!

Lostinblue said...

The 3rd one is gorgeous Toni, I LOVE those colours together!!
Such a pretty coaster pattern, you've made them all beautifully and I love your pretty square as well. I don't think it will be too long before you're crocheting that afghan!

x x x x

rosek1870 said...

Love them all and I am very impressed! I have tried crochet but no luck. I do a little loom knitting. And I am as crazy as you. I have a BAP going and a bookmark exchange and more patterns than I could do in many lifetimes but just ordered a punch needle and to books on how to do it. Crazy but just couldn't resist!!
Enjoy the change of pace!