Day 2 Quarantine

Today is Day 2.

I will be busy later to attend with the office tasks I brought home, backtracking property cards for years 2014, 2015 and 2016.

I will also work on the Manual that we are proposing for efficient and effective operations.

Keep safe everyone.

Quarantine Day 1

I was informed just today to be on home quarantine.

This is not new.

Anyway, office work is not and will not be hampered because I have many take home works to do.

But today, I attended first my plants. Than cleaned the electric fan and even the glass windows. And then sweep the floor, sanitize everything that’s inside the room with alcohol.

Later in the afternoon, I will be doing my take home works. And the rest of the quarantine days.

Later in the evening, beddings will be changed.

Keep safe everyone. Pandemic is not yet over. Let’s all be disciplined and follow protocols.

What I have Done the Few Days

Hello beautiful people. I was not able to make posts the past days, because I got caught up with my made to orders, and recently I am doing my second crochet pattern, which this time a more complicated pattern because it is a top. I can show it to you once done. I got excited because at last I could be able to design my own pattern. I hope that this is a success.

That’s all for now.

Christmas starts in September

Did you know that in the Philippines, Christmas starts in September?

In the Philippines, Christmas Season begins today, September 1, and Pinoy’s called it the “Ber Months”.

You can now hear christmas songs in the radio, and televisions. Malls are now starting to decorate christmas themes, even houses started to put up their christmas trees and the uniquely Filipino ornament called parol. And the ornament stays up until January.

Bible Cover with Optional Handle and Marker

Sorry, I was not able to catch up with the write-ups here in my blog because I did finish a made to order project which is the Bible Cover with Optional Handle and Marker.

I hope you all like it.

I have a written pattern for this project. You can purchase it just send me a message to avail. Thank you.

Introduction to Crochet Tools

This is the tool I am using. I bought this in Japan surplus. I love it because it is very sturdy and the brand is Clover.

A crochet hook is used to make loops in yarn and to interlock them into stitches. It is basically a round shaft pointed on one end, sometimes other hooks are designed to have both sides have pointed end featuring different hook sizes. The point eases the insertion of the hook through the yarn and the groove makes it possible to pull a loop back through the material. The shaft is then divided into a working area that determines the hook’s nominal diameter and ensures the uniform sizing of the loops formed on it, and a handle.

The Hook History

Crochet is a unique form of woven art in the early 19th century, and many crochet hooks survive from that period. Crochet hoks has two groups:

a. the one with thin steel hooks that are set into separate handles,

b. single-piece hooks made in a variety of materials.

The distinction between steel and other hooks persists to the present day, although all are now commonly of single-piece construction. A variety of coverings may be applied to the handle for ergonomic reasons. Ornate handles have been made for their decorative value, throughout.

Crochet Hook Sizes:

Crochet hooks are produced in diameters ranging from 0.35 mm to 25 mm. These diameters are express both directly in millimeters and by various numerical sizes. Hooks under 2.0 mm are made of steel (for its strength) and are alternately termed steel and are called lace hooks. Hooks of 2.00 mm or larger diameter are called yarn hooks or regular hooks. Aluminum is the predominant material from 2.0 mm to 6.0 mm (for its lighter weight). Beyond that, bamboo, wood, and plastic are the more common materials (for their even lighter weight). During the early days, crochet hook handles are made of bones, porcupine quill, celluliod, agate, ivory and fossilized mammoth ivory among others. There is also a longer hook variation used for Tunisian crochet to accomodate the long rows that comes with the crochet style.

Common Hook Sizes

Metric Diamter
2.25 mm
US Knitting Needle Sizes
1
Crochet Hook Equivalent
B-1
2.75 mm2C-2
3.25 mm3D-3
3.5 mm4E-4
3.75 mm5F-5
4 mm6G-6 (Boye G-6 is 4.25mm)
4.5 mm77
5 mm8H-8
5.5 mm9I-9 (Boye I-9 is 5.25mm)
6 mm10J-10
6.5 mm10.5K-10.5
8 mm11L-11
9 mm13M/N-13
10 mm15N/P-15
12.75 mm17
15 mm19P/Q
16 mmQ
19 mm35S
25 mm50U

How to Use the Hooks

The two basic ways of holding a crochet hook are:

  • the pencil grip, with the hook going over the crotch of the thumb, resembling a pencil,
  • the knife grip, with the hook under the palm of the hand, resembling a knife held when held overhand.

These grips are functionally equivalent and selected as a matter of personal preference, it depends on what you like and on your comfort.

Enjoy, beautiful people and Learn One Today!

References:

  1. Donna Kooler’s Encyclopedia of Crochet, Leisure Arts, Inc., Little Rock, Arkansas, 2011.
  2. Margret Wilson. Simple Scarves made with the knook (now you can knit with a crochet hook!). Leisure Arts.
  3. Wikipedia.

Philippine National Heroes Day

The National Heroes Day is an annual celebration in the Philippines pursuant to Republic Act 9492, declaring the last Monday of August, every year a national holiday to honor all the known and unknown heroes of the country who have once fought for the freedom the later generation is enjoying

The History

The celebration began during the American Colonial Period.

* Republic Act No. 3827 on October 28, 1931 declared every last Sunday of August for the occasion.

* The celebration was at first celebrated on November 30, same day as we celebrate the Bonifacio Day by virtue of Act No. 2946 s. 1921.

* November 30, 1941 was the last National Heroes Day celebration before the World War II.

* During the Japanese period, national heroes day was celebrated on Nov. 30, which the then Pres. Jose P. Laurel through Executive Order No. 20 signed on March 20, 1942.

* In 1942, Pres. Elpidio Quirino reverted back the celebration to the last Sunday of August.

* During the term of Pres. Corozon Aquino, National Heroes Day was declared a regular holiday every last Sunday of August.

* Pres. Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, signed in July 24, 2007 Republic Act 9492, amending the declaration of Pres. Aquino to celebrate the heroes day every last Monday of August. The very reason that Pres. Arroyo changed the day of celebration is her program, “Holiday Economics”, which aimed to reduce work disruptions by moving holidays to the nearest Monday or Friday of the week, allowing for longer weekends and boosting domestic leisure and tourism.

References

1. Official Gazette

2. Adolfo, Maria Cherry Lyn S. “Crafting Filipino Leisure: Tourism Programmes in the Philippines,” Domestic Tourism in Asia: Diversity and Divergence. London, UK: Earthscan, Inc., 2009.

3. Hurley, John F. Wartime Superior in the Philippines:1941-1945. Quezon City: Ateneo de Manila University Press, 2005.