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Found! Corner Craft Punch

I’ve been looking for a corner craft punch for a while now. I have one that’s great for big projects, but not suitable for smaller pieces like postcards or calling cards. I ordered one online but due to a mix-up on the part of the shop, I never got it.

There’s a shop in Greenbelt 5 called Noteworthy. I try to avoid this shop because it’s a big temptation. Last Saturday though, I couldn’t resist going in. Guess what they had? A corner punch.

What made this so great is that it was perfectly sized for the projects I had in mind. Not only that, it already had three different sizes. I didn’t have to look for anything else, plus, no worries about twisting or moving any parts.

I didn’t buy it immediately, though I went back today to get it. I’m pretty excited to use it.

Another interesting thing about this is the packaging. The craft punch comes in a plastic shell with cardboard backing, which is standard for a lot of products. I hate this packaging, purely because it’s such a hassle to open. Most use a stapler to keep the cardboard and the plastic splitting, and removing that is a pain (literally and figuratively) if you don’t have a stable remover.

What made this ingenious is that you don’t need to use stapler or tape to keep it together. There’s a small slot in the plastic, where an extended part on the cardboard slides into, effectively holding it all together. You can either cut it off, or slightly turn the plastic back to let the cardboard slide. The latter will let you reuse the packaging if you need to.

Neat, eh?

Project Four Update

I’m on the third incarnation of the scarf. I began on Wednesday, using the colors that I already had. But on Thursday I found a better yarn and a better pattern, so I started all over again. I was able to reach about 10% of the scarf by Friday, which had me feeling pretty good about myself. Sure there were probably some dropped stitches, but it wasn’t bad for a beginner.

Saturday afternoon after class, I passed by an ukay-ukay shop that I frequent. On the way out of the store, I spotted a plastic bag full of yarn! Digging through it netted me unused skeins in the shades that were very close to what I need for the project. I asked how much it was and when I was told it was P10 each, I grabbed what I can. My friend Ivy said I should grab everything and she was willing to lend me money to pay for it. I regret now that I didn’t take her up on that, but then again, what would I need the others for?

*whispers* Future project, ano ka ba?

Yarns

Here be the yarns. The purple ones are made of wool, and the brand is Paton’s. The maroon-ish one is a Chinese brand called Si Wang. The Lego Minifig is for size comparison purposes, since I don’t now what is the size of this skein.

Comparing colors

The two yarns have a more muted color than the ones that I’m currently using and seems more appropriate for the project. This resulted in my dilemma on whether or not I should unravel what I have done.

After a day or so of thinking, asking other people’s opinions and asking other crocheters what they think, I ended up unraveling it and starting over. I like the colors better now… but I’m re-thinking of undoing it all again because I dropped a few stitches and it’s looking very uneven. But I’m controlling myself from doing that.

Here’s a pretty neat tool that shows my progress. I’ve done this much since I started over yesterday morning. I think that so long as I don’t run out of yarn, I should be able to finish this in two weeks. Not bad.

P.S. It’s also kinda addicting to go around looking for yarn and buying them even though I have more than enough… danger!

The great crochet project

Sometime during 6th or 7th grade, the girls in our class had to learn how to crochet (the boys learned how to hook rugs). My mom taught me the basics of how to do it, and she also gave me the tools I needed. While it was fascinating, I never really used this skill after that.

Fast forward to now. I am getting back to crochet for one thing: the Fourth Doctor’s scarf. My first attempt at making a Doctor Who related costume re-sparked the desire to create. As much as I’d like to have the official merchandise, it’s far too expensive for my current budget. Plus, it would be subjected to the wear and tear of actual use, so a handmade one would be a little less taxing on the pocket. The biggest investment would be the time and effort to make it.

Preparation
I had gone through many sites and blogs to look for tips and patterns on making the Fourth Doctor’s scarf. Most of the information was about knitting, but there were also those who adapted the patterns to crochet. Thank you very much to you guys.

Next thing I did was search for places to get the materials I needed. I know yarn can be bought in many places around the metro, but the problem was that if the stores would have the color I needed. Divisoria was the best place to go to (Tabora St., specifically), but it was too far and I was on limited time.

Blogs like gantsilyoguru (post is gone now, unfortunately), Digital Brew and Crafty Neko recommended VC Trading and Maning’s in Farmer’s Plaza Cubao, which was a much better option for me. But first, I thought, why not look around in my own backyard first?

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