My Love Affair with Crocheting

My Love Affair with Crocheting

Yes, I love crocheting and I think learning this craft had helped me to be the person I am today. It sounds cheesy and maybe boring for some, however that’s the truth and that’s how I perceived it.

Let me tell you the reasons why.

Back in the days, my playmates always got Barbie dolls and chocolates when their Mom comes back from a weekly shopping trip. My case was different.

When I was 5-years old, my Mom brought me a pink Monaco thread and a No.05 crocheting hook. It was a bit confusing at first because, what I heck will I do with?

But unknowingly, my Mom is molding me to become a crafty person. Well maybe she might not realized it too. And from that moment, I knew it is something important.

She patiently taught me how to create a simple chain. I practiced day and night, after my school and while in front of the television.

A chain becomes a bracelet, then it comes a small coin purse, etc. etc. until by skills are enhanced.
I remember that each time I finished my crochet project, Mom will praise me that I did well. And I felt so happy about it. My every numbing hands are worth it.

Years have passed and now I’m still loving it!

Each summer, I saw many clothing and accessories that are accentuated with crochet, and I always find them so pretty. But I never bought any single of it. Rather, I will patiently checking its designs and studying how they made it, and when I returned home I am excitedly playing my threads and hook with my hands, and that means another sleepless night for me, just to finished another crocheting project.

And I realized that I am a crafty person.

You see, I’ve save a lot of money for crocheting! Instead of buying new outfits I learned how to up-cycle and decorated it with my crochet laces, and voila! It’s a new outfit


My Love Affair with Crocheting
I’ve upcycled my pink boyfriend shirt and accentuates it with pink crochet lace for a more lady-like summer look.


But am not saying am a PRO of crocheting because my skills are still considered a newbie. I’ve seen many crocheting projects online that have very complicated designs, and it’s amazing! Crocheting needs a lot of patience and attention to details, and of course master in counting! I don’t know how many times I need to redo my work because I missed the numbers.

But like my Mom always says…. Practice makes it perfect.


My Love Affair with Crocheting

My Love Affair with Crocheting


Another reason why I love crocheting it’s because I love colors! It makes me so happy whenever I visit the nearest craft store and browsing for the newest thread display on their shelves. It gives me a very relaxing feeling.

And I also love creating. It gives me an unexplainable fulfilment - a form of mind relaxation.

I remember back in the days when I visited our grandmother’s ancestral home and I can’t believe on what I saw. Her house was made of brick with well-polished wooden floors, a bit of old Spanish style home. And her white curtains are all crocheted.

Yes – her curtains, pillow cases, table center pieces, coffee table mats, her dining table place mats, etc. are all made of her tedious hands, all crocheted by her. And when she passed-away, it is even stated on her will that all of her crocheted pieces must be treasured by the family.

No wonder my Auntie saves it!

In 2014 when I attended the annual Art Fair Philippines, I’ve also encountered this artist (I forget his/her name sorry!) and they exhibited this religious figures wearing all crocheted clothing and accessories.


My Love Affair with Crocheting


Though I must say that these religious figures are quite freaky (well honestly I don’t like religious figures at all) but I can’t deny the creativity and hard-work that they’ve spent for the exhibit.


My Love Affair with Crocheting

My Love Affair with Crocheting


That time I realized, if I will pursue a career on crocheting, maybe I could also have my own exhibit just like these. It was fascinating idea!


Maybe someday I will!


My Love Affair with Crocheting


Monaco thread is what I always used, because it is the only thread that seems always available in most craft stores locally, and I love it! It is easy to glide and also soft, and the fibers are well-behaved I may say.


My Love Affair with Crocheting

My Love Affair with Crocheting


Whenever I need a new bikini or summer top, I always rely on my thread and hooks for the newest outfit!

Sometimes I also crochet cropped tops and handbags for friends as gifts for the holidays and they love it!


My Love Affair with Crocheting

This top is my latest creation, and brought it during my weekend getaway in Batangas.

And am telling you ladies and gents that you should never ever underestimate the power of crocheting. Just like the recent collection of J.W. Anderson's Fall Winter 2017 Menswear Collection during the London fashion Week, in collaboration with matchesfashion.com were they showcased these sweaters, bags and scarves with crochet appliques!

The collection is also available for women :)

J.W. Anderson's FW17 collection

J.W. Anderson's FW17 collection

Exclusive for the site, the Irish designer worked closely with Matchesfashion.com  to produce a five-piece capsule collection further bridging the menswear-womenswear gap. Anderson, whose female fans have fancied his menswear since its launch in 2008, long before his debut women's line, included in this gender crossing, a coat (with full crocheted sleeves), a cardigan (a navy blue now instead of the tan on LMFW), and a bucket bag adorned with 3D floral appliqué. 
J.W. Anderson's FW17 collection
So crocheting is not just a hobby - it is high fashion!


How about you? What's your hobby that you love most?


xoxo, Blair





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  1. I do not have the patience to crochet, but kudos to all those that do. Takes true talent to create things this way!

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  2. I've always wanted to tryly crocheting!

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  3. Whoa!!! You crocheted your bra and your top that you wore in Batangas. Nice!!!

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  4. I’ve never tried crocheting, but am intrigued to try now after reading this. Will let you know how it goes!

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  5. I love crocheting too. You have done wonderful work here.

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  6. It takes a very special talent to be good at this. I tried and never got it down

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    1. Patience and back then in grade school, we have no choice but to learn in order to get a high grades!

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  7. That top is super cute! I agree crocheting products look neat and I can see how it would be relaxing to do.

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    1. Yeah, and whenever I am in my writer's block-mode, I get my crochet hook and yarns and start crocheting. Then good ideas suddenly pouring in.

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  8. First of all I must say, I love the dress that you are wearing. It's very nice! I use to do crotchets in my childhood when the times that I feel alone.. they became nice.You remembered everything to me again :) All looks awesome! Stay happy!

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    1. Thank you dear! Maybe you can start crocheting too :D

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  9. This is amazing! I LOVE the swimsuit top. You are quite talented.

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  10. This is so funny, I just found a crochet class by me. I always wanted to know how to do all those pretty crochet stuffs, now I will join the club next Friday and can't wait.

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  11. Wow you’ve made some amazingly beautiful things! And what a gift your mom gave to you. I wish I knew how to crochet let alone sew! Beautiful pieces!

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    1. I am very thankful for learning this craft. I would love to pass it on to my future kin.

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  12. You can do some amazing things... my mother-in-law does somethings for my daughter but nothing like what you can do!

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  13. I think being able to crochet is a wonderful skill! My mother and sister are both amazing at it. I didn't get that talent though. My talent is in writing and reading. haha

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  14. Wow, what you make is amazing. I want to learn to crochet because it looks so fun. CDo you think it would be easy to self-teach myself how to crochet with looking at videos on Youtube?

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    1. I also learn some crocheting techniques from YouTube!

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  15. You have made some wonderful stuff. Life has taken me in a different direction, I use to do alot of crocheting and I made some awesome afgans. thanks for sharing.

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    1. Ohh my goal is to make a full dress made of crochet!

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  16. I’ve always wanted to learn about crocheting but I don’t know where to start. You did a great job!

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  17. It looking nice. I like the black dress most

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    1. I am looking for a cheaper jacket like that and accessories it with my own crochet flowers.

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  18. I love crochet but am terrible at it. Your work looks neat.

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  19. Oh wow! This is so awesome! You are very talented. I wish I was half as crafty as you. That top you crocheted is magnificent!

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    1. Thank you Lindsey! Crocheting makes me have that relaxed mind, and happy!

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  20. It is really good to have a passion that way. Well done!
    Ben C www.nutrition-newage.com

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  21. Wow! These designs are amazing. You're nothing less than an artist.

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  22. I remember during high school, I got the highest grade for making a crocheted back pack.

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  23. I just learned how to crochet last month and so far I finished 3 projects. One cellphone holder and two stuffed toys. I hope makagawa din ko ng damit like you. :)

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  24. I'm not good with my hands, I can barely hold a pen, but I would love to crochet, even if its just to save money on clothing 😅

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    1. Yeah one of the reason I am eager to continue this craft its because I want to save!

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  25. Wow! Your creations look so pretty! I think I got interested in crocheting as well when I was in elementary then my interest died down when I got to HS. Keep it up!

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    1. When the need to save money kicks-in, I have to be creative and resourceful all the time.

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  26. I love the pieces you made and especially that top. I used to crochet as a kid but I haven't done it in ages.

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