This school year the word unprecedented lost all meaning. The good news is that summer is finally here!
Right now I am working on a giant crochet blanket that I have been working on for the last 10 weeks or so. It is part of a crochet along called The Old Wool Factory by the Neave Collective. I got involved in this particular project back in February after a particularly bad day at school. At lunch I was scrolling through Ravelry to cope with some stress and I came across the CAL (crochet along).
I thought the pattern was beautiful! I even splurged and bought a kit containing the suggested yarn. When the yarn finally arrived it was slightly different than I remembered purchasing but just as beautiful as I hopped!
I got started right away on the CAL with everyone else. I even managed to stay on schedule for the first 4 weeks out of 8. Then came the last month of school…I was just too tired to do much crochet work at night. I was too tired to do much of anything. Most teachers will tell you that the first two weeks of school and the last two weeks are often the most exhausting of the whole school year; followed by the week leading up to winter and spring breaks.
After sleeping for 12 hours straight for almost a week I feel alive again. I am back to making significant progress on my blanket and already planning my next projects. I am even doing double duty and listening to an audiobook for one of my summer training classes while I crochet.
My questions are: how often do you participate in a CAL or KAL (knit along)? How do you choose which ones to participate in? Are mystery CAL and KAL more appealing or do you like to know what the finished project will look like?
This is only the 2nd CAL project I have even participated in. The first one was a mystery CAL and this one was just a plain ol’ CAL. I honestly can’t decide which I like better.
I have never done a knit along and since I don’t crochet that would be out of the question. You are not alone in your stress I’ve been home the whole pandemic and I’m still stressed out I have lost a landscaper cleaning people and even major help. The only thing that’s kept me sane is my two puppies who are now 16 months old. We finally have a fenced yard so they can run and play and that has made a big difference for all of us. I don’t know what people did with toddlers cooped up during lockdowns I would have lost my mind. Anyway we are here at summer and I am able to knit a cardigan for myself which is very enjoyable since my last project was a baby sweater I particularly hated doing wanted to finish. No my grandson probably won’t wear it because it is summer and it will be too hot but oh well it’s done. I hope you have a good stress free summer.