This is going to be a very short post, as I intended for this to just be a Facebook status, but I’m going ahead and putting it here, so I can refer to it some day.

You know I have taken up crocheting very recently, like early this month, and I’m enjoying it immensely.  If you are following me on Instagram and on Facebook, you’ll notice that my recent posts have been mostly about my crochet projects.  I’m not going to apologize for my excitement overload, as I love to keep it real.

I’m not a stranger to this craft.  I’ve seen my sister doing this for years already, but I have not really taken it up as a hobby.  Have not even tried a hook for size.  But last year, there was a crochet workshop and my firstborn attended, so we went home that day with our first batch of yarns.

Early this month, it was my turn to be interested in attending a workshop, and boy, I had a blast!  I also got to meet new friends who live just a short drive from us.  Ever since I became a WAHM, the friendships I have developed have been mostly online, so physically meeting women who share the passion for hooks and yarns, in whatever size and blend, was truly something to celebrate.

So back to why I’m writing this post…

I spent this morning with my firstborn, buying her school uniform, her t-shirt for the freshman orientation, picking up her ATM card from the bank and a lunch date, just the two of us.  It has become a norm that I always carry a bag with a work-in-progress crochet project so I don’t feel like I’m wasting time sitting in an empty van waiting for it to fill and leave the terminal, or wasting time sitting in the bank waiting for my turn.

The other day, I had my first major yarn purchase.  I just felt that I deserve a treat, you know?  So I went ahead and purchased some sugar-free cakes from The Craft Hut, who also graciously threw in some freebies, so I actually had more than I paid for.


Notice the cotton cake in red, black and silver on the corner?

That’s the one I tried to start this morning.  And I totally failed!  And right in front of my firstborn.

It went like this:

Mommy, ano’ng yarn po ‘yan?

No idea, anak, but this is cotton daw.

Ano po ang gagawin mo?

I’ll try a simple scarf lang.

And I went ahead and started the chains.  Turned around and tried a single crochet.  And tried again.  And again.  And again.

I just couldn’t get the hook through the loop without leaving a strand behind!

And so I stopped trying.

And then turned to my firstborn.

You know, Xia, it was ambitious of me to even buy this cake.  But I just had to try, you know. I would not know how to work this yarn if I didn’t try.  In fact, I’m not giving up.  I’ll try again maybe with a bigger hook.  Or maybe I can use the loom for this.  I don’t know.  But I’ll experiment with this until I get to use this cake.  

Now, let’s see.  This goes for you, too.  You’re going to college, and you’ll be in a new environment.  I encourage you to be ambitious. Try new things. Be brave.  ‘Wag ka mahihiya mag try.  ‘Wag ka matatakot mag try.  Marami kang kayang gawin, anak.  Discover what you can do.  All you have to do is try, then do. What do you say?

Yes, Mommy.  Alam ko na!  Pwedeng chain ka na lang ng chain, tapos slip stitch lahat to connect. 

Okay.  I’ll stop here.  Just thought I’d share some parenting highlight today.  The banter went on all the way to Lipa.  My firstborn just loves to annoy me, but I know she totally got the message.  Here’s how half of my office table looks now.  Can you see that I have a few single crochets on the cotton cake?

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