Tuesday, 19 August 2014

My New Crochet "Gadget"

Having a new crochet tool is like getting the latest version of some gadget for me. I just discovered one, thanks to a friend who introduced it to me (out of the need to have one as well). Can you see it here?
For those of you who have seen some of my travel blog posts, you might know by now that I like to bring my crochet along with me (as much as possible) anywhere I go. This tool has proven to be an essential (and badass) accessory for me. It's so badass, it deserves an entire blog post!
This is the Clover Yarn Cutter Pendant. Yes, it is a cutter. Yes, you can wear it! And did I mention, it looks badass too? I love it so much that ever since getting one for myself, I've been wearing it with my necklace. I retained the other pendant to make it look more "stylish." 

The yarn can be cut by using any of the grooves in the pendant. There's a very sharp circular blade inside. Don't worry, it won't cut any of your fingers! The blade is secured and masked by the thick grooves. It really cuts the yarn clean. 
I wonder if this will get through the last check in the airport. I still have to test it. I remember risking bringing my treasured Hamanaka aluminum crochet hook in my hand carry together with the skein of yarn I am working with. It went through, thank goodness! I don't know for this one. Cutters or scissors are not allowed in the plane, so this is a mystery I have to solve!

And yes, you can buy this cutter HERE :)

Tuesday, 12 August 2014

Gantsilyo Guru Selections is a Year Old!

Gantsilyo Guru Selections is a year old! We wouldn't be able to reach a year without the support of family, friends, partners, and of course, our clients - you who actually dared to buy our offerings even without seeing them in person and of course dared to create with them. THANK YOU!
We are excited for the coming days, weeks, months, and even years for the store. As a small gesture of our appreciation, we will be giving away this yarn stash (bowl not included) to one lucky person who will be drawn from a list of those who purchased any item from our store this month of August! The recipient of the stash will be named on September 1. The announcement will be made at my store's Facebook page, Gantsilyo Guru Selections.

If you're wondering about what these unlabeled skeins of yarn are, they are pretty much "clues" to what's coming ahead. Yes, that means more yarns :) Lots of them!

By the way, I created another Instagram account dedicated solely to the products we offer in our store. Follow us @yarnsph :)
Of course, I still have my other Instagram account, @gantsilyoguru. This is where I post my projects and crocheting adventures. 

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

You Know You're Addicted To Crochet When You...

How do you know if you're addicted to crochet? Well, here's my list!

Or I may just be describing myself here.
  • Have tons of yarn in your Wish List. Just because.
  • Bring it anywhere! In the airport, in the car, at work, in the salon, during your vacation, and possibly even during a date (?)
  • Have skipped a meal because...you were crocheting
  • Tell yourself you'll stop after this row or round but end up making 10 more rows or rounds before you actually stop
  • Have a bag that has at least a hook and/or a skein/ball of yarn
  • Think yarn hoarding actually means only "collecting" or "preparing" for a future project
  • Know the etymology of the word "crochet"
  • Have at least two of these sites bookmarked in your browser: Moogly, Ravelry, Petals to Picots, Red Heart, Yarnspirations, Crochet Crowd, Etsy, Interweave, Crochet Geek, Crochet Pattern Central, etc. 
  • Are already used to doing it in public (alone) and don't care what other people think when they see you
  • Take your coffee with your crochet (or the other way around). [This is another topic that can take up a whole blog entry for me]
  • Have that "ability" to see the "potential" in every yarn
  • Count how many skeins or balls of yarn your meal could buy
  • Have more yarn in your stash than clothes in your closet
  • Consider a bad day to be the absence of crochet
  • Can easily spot in less than a second the "prodigal" stitch in a project
  • Can crochet with your eyes closed (yes, it can be done)
  • Already know your crocheting angle in pictures [insert vain crocheting picture here]
  • Always have to post your latest work online and say, "Fresh off the hook!"
  • Know the difference between a Hamanaka and a Clover or a Susan Bates and a Boye
  • Already have your own yarn swatches
  • Begin to worry about carpal tunnel
  • Are actually considering getting a rocking chair
  • Have 2-3 different kinds of hooks...of the same size!
  • Look forward to the weekend because you can stay at home and crochet (and probably not socialize)
  • Have more WIPs than finished projects
  • Have worn a head lamp to try to crochet in the dark (or use a lighted crochet hook)
  • Have crocheted at least 1 of each type of project: coaster, doily, shawl/scarf, blouse, afghan, bedspread, amigurumi
  • Are already thinking of your next project while crocheting another one 
  • Automatically daydream of crocheting when you see the sight of rain (or better yet, jump into it right away)
  • Make a list like this :p