Wednesday, June 22, 2016

When Creativity Strikes

I am on a creative streak right now.

I'm knitting stuff like crazy.

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I've even ventured in to Bullet Journaling which I've taken to quite naturally given my propensity to organize, containerize, and systematize all things in my life - as well as my love for notebooks and pretty fonts.
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As anyone who lives a creative life can attest, there are just some days that the energy flows and you're making something left and right.  These days can get pretty overwhelming, wanting to make something - anything - everything. On days like this, I tell myself to do one thing at a time - breaking each project into little chunks so that I can actually "touch" each project for a portion of the day.  I am certainly not complaining about this overflowing season. I've been in a drought for a while.

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Washcloth-of-the-Month at Hooked

I have a new class forming at Hooked. I just love making washcloths! They're easy, quick, and very practical.  They make lovely gifts and are a perfect way to try out new stitches.  And when you use good quality cotton or linen, they are simply a joy to make and use.

Here are the details:

6 sessions - $20/session
Sundays - June 26, July 24, August 28, September 25, October 30, November 20; 1:30 to 3:00 pm.

Join the washcloth revolution. These easy and quick handcrafted items are great to use around the house, and make thoughtful gifts - heirlooms even.  Practice your knit and purl stitches, lace, and even cables, with a new pattern every month.  Attend all six sessions or drop-in.  The month's pattern will be announced at the beginning of the month.

Materials:  Your choice of cotton or linen yarn (approximately 100 yards for 1 washcloth); knitting needles to make gauge; pattern

This class is for knitters with novice to intermediate skill.

The June Washcloth-of-the-Month is the Boxy Dishcloth by Michelle Krause. (Free Ravelry Download - An easy and functional waffle stitch washcloth with an attractive slipped stitch edge.

There are several yarn options for the projects at the store. Please visit the shop to purchase your yarn and supplies prior to the beginning of the class.

Call or visit the store to sign up for one, or all six once-a-month class.  Class runs until November.

Hooked Fine Yarn Boutique

411 N Haddon Ave
Haddonfield, NJ 08033
856.428.0110 | Directions | Map

Monday, May 2, 2016

Summer Lace Shawl Project Class @ Hooked

As some of you know, I have joined the teaching staff of my favorite local yarn store (LYS), Hooked, in Haddonfield, NJ.  As my first project class for the year, please join me in creating a beautiful lace shawl for this summer.  The class is timed perfectly for you to debut your new memory piece on the 4th of July.

Summer Lace Shawl Project Class
Fee: $80 (for all 4 sessions)
Tuesdays, June 7, 14, 21, and 28, 2016 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm

Spring has sprung, and soon summer will be upon us. A lace shawl makes a perfect summer cover up or layer while walking along the shore or boardwalk at sunset. Let's create that memory piece together every Tuesday night from a pattern of your choice or from the following recommended patterns (available on Ravelry):

"Imagine When" by Joji Locatelli,
"Haruni" by Emily Ross,
"Pebble Beach Shawl" by Helen Stewart,
"Pretty Basic" by Janina Kallio,
"Iron Maiden" by Marissa Hernandez,
"Summit" by Mandie Harrington.

Materials: Circular needles required to make gauge; Yarn and notions recommended by pattern.

If the recommended yarn is not in stock at the shop, we will assist you with identifying a appropriate available alternative.  Please visit the shop to purchase your yarn and supplies prior to the beginning of the class. This class is for knitters with intermediate to advanced skill.

Book now at the store or here!

Hooked Fine Yarn Boutique

411 N Haddon Ave
Haddonfield, NJ 08033
856.428.0110 | Directions | Map

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Tacloban Project Update

Life has certainly been like a whirlwind and roller coaster lately.

I just wanted to share with all of you that the box containing all the donated items for the survivor women of Tacloban shipped in mid-March.

To all those who supported my Tacloban project, thank you very much. This box is headed to the women survivors of...
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Thank you to following fabulous folks who donated their yarn, needles, tools, and books:

Anne DeGroot
Sarah Hawkins Miduski
Ellen Melcher
Crawford & McElhatton Law
Gina Moskal
Sara Stopek and her knitting circle

We received enough to fill a "balikbayan" (repatriates) box. Thank you again for supporting this project.

Monday, November 16, 2015

A Call to Arms, Crafters!

Beginning today, until December 31, 2015, I will be collecting donations of knitting needles, crochet hooks, yarn, and pre-owned pattern books for the Typhoon Haiyan women survivors of Tacloban for this very worthy cause.  I ask that you consider this project as worthwhile of your assistance.

As many of you know, I am from the Philippines.  In November of 2013, my home country was hit by Super Typhoon Haiyan, resulting in devastation in the region of Tacloban.  Now, two years later, life has returned to some kind of normalcy in the area, but there is still much that needs to be done.

Recently, I was contacted by my high school classmate and fellow maker, Candy Reyes-Alipio, about a project that she is currently involved in. She is part of a group called Knitting Expedition and is involved in teaching knitting to women in the Philippines as a livelihood skill. 

She recently returned from a trip to Tacloban, where in partnership with a local designer, Tipay Caintic and non-governmental organization (NGO) SANKATIGAN, she taught the ladies of the community to knit. SANKATIGAN was created to provide a safe space for the survivor women and children to play and move onwards from the tragedy of the great storm of two years ago. Now, the women are being taught crafting as a livelihood skill to provide a dignified source of income.

Photo Credit: Candy Reyes - Alipio

In July 2015, Ms. Caintic brought a group from Craft MNL to teach the ladies how to crochet. Here is a video of that project and the impact it will have for these women.

The women of SANKATIGAN are enjoying their new learned skills and must continue to practice.  Currently, they are working with donated materials of varying grades, hindering their ability to meet their potential to create consistent high-quality, salable items.

Photo Credit: Candy Reyes - Alipio
On behalf of the women of SANKATIGAN, I am calling on you, my dear friends, fellow teachers, and makers to step up and help these women.  Please consider donating knitting needles, crochet hooks, pattern books, and yarn for this worthy cause.  Feel free to buy a set from your local yarn shop or craft store, or give any of your extra needles and materials and send them to me for collection and shipping to the Philippines.  All your donations will be cataloged and accounted for once they have been received. 

If you would like to participate, please let me know either by commenting below, sending me a private message, or e-mail.  You may also mail the donation items directly to me at:

Handmade Love and Joy
PO Box 491
Cherry Hill, NJ 08003
Please remember to include your contact information (Name, address, e-mail address and/or telephone number) so I can acknowledge receipt of your donation.

If you are in the Philippines and would like to participate as well, please let me know and I will direct you to the persons who can help you there.

Friday, October 2, 2015

Friday Free For All

Just a few random updates on what's going on.

1. I have two knitting classes opening this month. 

Knitting Basics Workshop through the Cherry Hill Township Recreation Department.  Click here  to enroll. Seats are still available.

The second is the fall Project Class at The Treehouse Coffee Shop in Audubon, NJ. Click here to enroll.

2. I've got a new writing gig, and it's all geeky, nerdy, and conspiracy theory-y. 

Season 10 of "The X-Files" is arriving on January 24, 2016.  Check out my catch-up posts on all nine seasons of "The X-Files", on pop culture site Biff Bam Pop.

3. I'm going home to the Philippines for my 25th high school reunion, and it's going to be EPIC.

4. I'm developing a new project for the Sustainable Cherry Hill Art Task Force and it involves plastic bags and hooking.

Thursday, September 10, 2015

New Knitting Workshop - Knitting Basics

I am holding a one-night-only knitting basics workshop on October 6, 2015, Tuesday at the Kay Evens House at Croft Farm, 100 Bortons Mill Road, Cherry Hill, NJ 08034.
Fee: $15.00 per person.
Sign up for this workshop is only available through the Cherry Hill Township Recreation Department. Please visit to sign-up. Use Course No. 839c.

Seats are limited to 10 only.

Hope to see you there!