What is a CAL or Crochet Along?
Crochet Along is a crocheting activity that encourages participants to work on the same project such as a cardigan, a scarf, a cushion cover, etc. Before the CAL starts, the organizer will set out the guidelines which includes, among others, the project (such as a baby cardigan), specifics about the stitch, yarn and colour (yarn brand/type, afghan, bold colours, etc), the pattern/design, the duration of the CAL and so forth.
Crochet Along is a fun activity because the participants can share their project, get ideas and advice from others, share tips, and most importantly getting motivation to work on a project and finishing it within the time-frame. Less chances of the project becoming an indefinite WIP (work-in-progress)… 😀
While I am writing this, I am also running to finish my CAL. I have about 1 day left to submit my Crochet Granny Square (pillow cover) for a Crochet Along (CAL) organized by Malaysia Knitting & Crochet Community FB group.
What is a ‘Granny Square’?
Despite it’s name, it’s not an old square thing. A granny square is ‘… a piece of square fabric produced in crochet by working in rounds from the center outward. Granny squares are traditionally handmade. They resemble coarse lace.’ (refer Wikipedia). I suppose hundreds of years ago, industrious and thrifty grannies would crochet squares out of leftover yarns to make blankets, clothes and so on, hence the name.
Now, the guidelines of the CAL are as follows:
- Theme : Pastel Colour
- Stitch : Granny Square (any design)
- Project : Pillow Cover (any size)
- Duration : 28 February – 28 March 2015
I noted it when it was announced on the 27 February, looked at patterns here and there, and realize that I have only 1 or 2 pastel yarns to choose from. A week later, I ordered myself some pastel-coloured cotton yarns from my favourite yarn supplier, Pinkyfrog Shop.
I bought these budget cotton yarns (RM5 each, 50gm) and started crocheting a few days later. Now, I must try my utmost to finish it by tomorrow, 28 March 2015 (hopefully before the stroke of midnight! :D).
So far, I still need to crochet a few more squares. Assembling them is another matter. Consider this a record of my habit of doing things ‘last-minute’. Unfortunately, I can’t post pictures of the squares here as they are at home and I am writing this from somewhere else. So far, I think 7 members have submitted photos of their finished granny square pillow and I’m sure more will follow. Hope mine will also join in the fun – on time!