As I mentioned on my About page, I’ve just recently gotten back into crochet after many years of pursuing other things. Work, school, family commitments and life in general filled my days leaving little time for crafts of any kind. But I’m back!
So many crochet options!
A lot has changed about crochet since I was previously involved in it (in the 70s, 80s and early 90s). The biggest change I’ve encountered is crochet on the internet! The internet wasn’t a common household appliance the last time I was heavily into crochet in the early 90s. At that time I thought the pharmacy down the street had a great selection of crochet magazines!
With all the great designs available on the internet (so many of them free!) I’d have to live 100 lifetimes to make everything I want to make. I’m amazed at how many talented designers there are in the world! I love admiring a design and wondering how did the designer think that up? The imagination and creativity they have is incredible!
What is a crochet along?
Another really cool thing I’ve found in the online crochet world is Crochet Along (CAL). When I first heard the term, I imagined a group of crafters all logging in at the same time, like gamers do, and crocheting together like an old-fashioned sewing circle or quilting bee. Wrong!
Maybe there are some CALs like that, but the one I recently joined (Moogly CAL 2018) doesn’t require any kind of time commitment like that. And it’s free! In fact, it doesn’t require any commitment at all. The designs are provided and it’s up to you whether you do it or not. There’s a Facebook group to join where all the conversations take place and where help and motivation is there if needed. Or if you prefer, you can remain completely anonymous and invisible like a happily crocheting ghost.
Moogly CAL is an annual CAL where individual designers provide their instructions for blocks that are sewn together at the end of the year to make an afghan. Of course, nothing is required so you’re free to use your own creativity and put the blocks together however you want or not at all. You can pick your own colors as well or use the supply list provided on Mooglyblog.com. It’s your to do with as you wish!
The Moogly CAL for 2018 started in January, but I just started my first block in April. Two blocks a month are released, so catching up provides an added fun challenge. I’m in the midst of making block 4, so I’m not doing too bad at catching up. So far. I’m using leftover yarn I had from a few years ago when I knitted my daughter a Dr. Who scarf for Christmas. I suppose my blocks will eventually become a Dr. Who afghan!
My first crochet along piece
Here is a photo of my completed block #1 Flower Burst designed by Jessie At Home:
The link above links to the page where this square lives. You can see a photo of Jessie At Home’s original and download the instructions for your own crochet fun! The instructions are free and very clearly written and easy to follow. I found it really fun and mentally therapeutic.