I’ve been thinking for a while now about joining a CAL*. I never have, mostly because the level of commitment required to finish is much higher than I feel I can ever achieve. For instance, my Mood Blanket from 2014 is still stalled in February!
However. I decided it was time to find the commitment and join in. And serendipitously, Shelley from Spincushions announced a brand new one, called GREG.
Why GREG, you ask? Well, it was a bit of a joke that turned into a cool acrostic title: Grand and Resplendent Endeavour in Gaiety. Cool, hey?
So then there was the task of choosing the yarn. I have a lot of yarn in my stash, but not enough of one colour to make an entire blanket, and I really wanted to follow Shelley’s lead and make a solid colour blanket. I hit the ordering machine and after about 45 minutes going back and forth between yarns and their costs, I chose Drops Belle.
The yarn is a Cotton, Viscose and Linen blend and uses a 4mm hook. It’s soft and has a slight sheen, but isn’t shiny like mercerised yarn. It can also be machine washed which is a real bonus when making a blanket.
I immediately had to make a test square to see how it felt, and thankfully it was a good choice. The square looked great!
Then all I had to do was wait for the CAL to start. I’m not alone in thinking that the waiting is the hardest part, am I?
Finally (well, a week and a half later), the first square was released. TOM (Talismatic and Officially Marvellous) is beautiful and wonderfully mindful. I have a feeling that all the squares will be great exercises in mindfulness actually.
Now I have to wait for the second instalment, in a few days…
Do you participate in CALs? Which is/was your favourite?
*If you haven’t hear the term CAL before, it means Crochet Along, and is essentially a joint project between a designer (or designers) and anybody who would like to join. It’s essentially like a giant group crochet session, with everyone sharing pictures and experiences, and it really builds a community.
GREG is in my queue to do. I want to do it in a taupe colored yarn or perhaps a pale olive green. Right now, I’ve got “marshmallow” colored 100% cotton yarn to start the Dutch 2015 CAL. I’m just trying to get up enough nerve to start it. 😉
I’m looking forward to working on GREG soonish.