It has been such chaos this week but I really wanted to stop by to say hello. It’s a shorty and I feel like a stuck record but I hope you enjoy it nevertheless. Click on the image above to go directly to the episode or to my YouTube channel HERE. Cheers. x
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I’m slowly making progress on Hannah’s Frost shawl. I love it so much. Wish I hadn’t made mistakes on it but I love it regardless.
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It’s Granny time again! In just a couple of weeks let’s start grannying with a Crochet Along, what do you say?!
Last year’s Granny CAL was loads of fun and I absolutely loved seeing all the different projects that you came up with. The great thing about Granny is just how diverse she can be. It’s a super simple stitch but can be used in a myriad of ways. She is my heart and soul. Anyway…
First things first, what is a CAL? I wrote a blog post about that last year. Go HERE to find out.
Unlike last year, this Crochet Along will be a bit more low key. I’m into the idea of a very laid back CAL. Rather than going in all guns blazing, which I feel the last two CALs have been, this one will be mega casual. I’m not going to have loads of categories for entries and I’m not going to be dishing out loads of prizes (soz!). It’s all too much for one person and to be honest, the bit I enjoyed the most was seeing everyone come together to share their enthusiasm for crochet.
The rules are there are no rules! Well, there’s one: your project must contain the granny stitch somewhere (you know the one). Other than that, make what you want. Finish off an old wip, start something new, use up your stash, whatever, there’s no pressure here.
The CAL officially starts on Friday 22nd February. Let’s say it’ll run for 6 weeks but if we’re all having so much fun we can’t stop then I’m pretty sure we can keep going.
Please look at my Free Patterns page HERE , you’ll see rather a lot of patterns with the granny stitch and that’s because I love it!! I have bags, blankets and things that go round your neck. There’s lots to start you off and I also have another idea for a shawl design that might become a free pattern very soon. ;p
Chat over on Instagram HERE (use #grannycal19 or #grannycal2019) and on the Ravelry thread HERE. Absolutely everyone is welcome to come and chat. Share your ideas, help out others, share what you’re making etc.
And I think that’s it! I thought I was going to write more than that but actually this is keeping in line with being laid back. Phew! 😀
Another crochet podcast so quickly? Yes, absolutely! Despite this arguably being the second half of last week’s offerings (go HERE for Episode 45) it is nearly an hour long. There is a lot of catching up to do! I do hope you can hang out with me for a bit. x
As usual, you can click on the picture above to go to the episode, or go HERE to my YouTube channel where you’ll find more episodes and lots of crochet video tutorials as well.
Keep scrolling for links and photographs of things discussed…
It’s done, it’s over. Step away from the crochet! … How do you feel?
For all my thoughts on the Corner to Corner Crochet Along 2018 please do check out the video (click the pic above) over on YouTube. I chat about what I made, what you made and who won prizes!
I have posted quite a bit on here about the CAL over the last couple of months, there are tonnes of ideas if you want to check them out. The original posts are HERE and HERE.
Thank you so much for joining in, it really does show what a fantastic community we have here. Below are plenty of lovely corner to corner pictures, showing the sort of thing people got up to. There are so many impressive projects here, really demonstrating the tricks one can get up to with this fab stitch! What do you think?
I will leave the vid up for a week before publishing the winners here and on Ravelry. I want it to be a surprise! If you watch and you find out that you’re a winner, please give me a shout and we’ll go from there, cheers ;p
Get yourself to the Ravelry threads and look at the #c2cCal18 hashtag on Instato see all wonderful makes.
If you missed the original C2C CAL post then go HERE, you’ll find loads and loads of inspiration, stuff about rules (there aren’t many), and let’s not forget PRIZES!!
So, get c2c-ing and I’ll be doing the same. I have ideas for two projects, possibly three… I wonder if I can squeeze them all in!? What are you going to make? Get chatting over on the Ravelry thread where you can share your ideas and what you’re up to! Remember, you can make anything you like as long as it’s corner to corner! Let’s have 6 weeks of C2C fun!
Hello and welcome!! You must be here because you quite like the idea of making something with corner to corner crochet…
This is the second Crochet Along that I’ve hosted, it was so much fun the first time that I’ve decided to do another one! The first CAL was back in February and it was the Granny CAL 2018. Looking back I can see that I already mentioned the possibility of a C2C CAL and here it is!! Yay!
The CAL is six weeks long. Day one is Sunday the 7th of October 2018 and the final day is Sunday 18th November. I’ll close everything on the Monday. I have already opened a chatter thread on Ravelry so if you want to get the talk started early then pop over and say hello, share ideas etc. I’ll open a finished objects thread after the start date.
To join in, all you have to do is pop pictures up of your C2C work on Instagram and/or the Ravelry threads. That’s pretty much it. How much you join in with the chat is up to you.
The aim is to have fun and maybe try something you’ve not tried before. C2C is great for stash busting, fantastic for quick gifts, and once you get going you can really pick up speed and make something in a flash, honest! You can keep it simple or get yourself in a proper tangle by working with lots of different colours at the same time. There are so many (too many?) ways you can adopt this stitch. Honestly, I don’t think we can squeeze it all in here. Join as you go? All in one (my fave)? Stitch pieces together? Ach! So. Much. Choice…
For Instagram entries don’t forget to use #c2cCAL18
I would suggest that your first port of call is Pinterest. I’ve set up a board especially and I’m going to keep adding pretty pictures as often as I can. There are free patterns and paid patterns to be found. I’ve also added how-to’s and top tips. Essentially it’s all things C2C in one place. Go and check it out, I think there will be patterns and ideas that surprise you!
Especially for the CAL I have a free pattern available right here on the blog, it’s called Apres-Ski and it’s HERE. There is a written pattern, chart and video tutorial. I showed the first part of the design on my latest podcast HERE. If you want to learn the absolute basics try Bella Coco for her video tutorials. And Mandy from Crochet RedAgape has a great photo tutorial HERE
Also, rather cheekily, may I point you in the direction of my Ravelry store?! I have a few C2C patterns for sale and during the CAL they will have a 20% discount applied (keep your eyes peeled for that). Havana Nights (my absolute favourite blanket design to date) is released on the first day of the CAL. It appeared in Crochet Now magazine a few months ago and I love it! It has 14 different colours of acrylic dk (just mentioning that in case you wanted to make it and prep your colours in advance!)
Don’t forget that you can make your own design too! Get some graph paper and play around with patterns. Or use online software such as Stitch Fiddle. It’s one I use for C2C ideas. It’s free and you can make grids that are especially for C2C!
As long as it’s corner to corner it really can be any stitch. The majority of patterns you’ll see are like the pictures I have here but I’ve seen corner to corner grannies and moss/linen stitch. Use you imagination. Likewise, you can kinda go corner to middle, then stop, if you wanted to make a shawl. I’m OK with that.
When you begin the CAL please make sure your project isn’t just three stitches from the end. If you’re joining in, you’re eligible to be entered into the prize draws. It wouldn’t be fair if someone else was making a blanket from scratch and you’d already completed 75% of your project. Let’s say anything 50% done (or less) will be accepted.
Double dipping is allowed (I’m trying to work out if I can c2c half decent socks….hmm…)
Oh, this is going to be so exciting! There are lots of categories and therefore lots of chances of winning a wonderful prize. There will be digital patterns, yarn and accessories. There are lots of things lined up that I think you’ll like a lot!
Categories include random draws from the Raverly chatter thread, finished object thread and Instagram. There will also be a prize for my favourite comment from the chatter thread (I like things that make me laugh!), my favourite finished object, and from IG, my fave picture (note that I said picture, not just what it is you’ve made. Play around with the composition of your image, experiment with flatlay, stuff like that.).
Everything comes to an end. Even super fun granny crochet alongs. Did you join in? Did you have fun?! I blimmin’ well did! I have loved every minute of it. I’ve loved getting stuck in, making grannies just for the pure pleasure of making grannies! I’ve played and experimented, I’ve failed at some projects. I’ve seen your makes and been envious, I’ve seen your makes and decided that I want to make them too. It has been awesome!! Thank you so so much, what an inspiration! The success of this CAL has been thrilling and I’m truly amazed. I would suggest a group hug but we’re getting into soppy territory here and I might chunder.
Click on the image above to watch the YouTube video. It’s basically like a usual episode only it’s granny specific.
Firstly, let me show you some of the things I made. Or didn’t make. I didn’t finish my granny jumper but that’s OK. It’s still eligible for two other CAL’s at the minute so it’s getting entered into Crochet Luna’s Fortune Cookie CAL and The Crochet Circle Podcast’s Different Designer CAL. Just because I didn’t make my own deadline doesn’t mean I can’t still enjoy what I’m making.
Another UFO, never mind, I’ll get there in the end. I’m going to experiment with joins for this one. I’ll report back. One fail is some kind of other achievement. Or something.
And, phew! I did actually get one thing finished.
Anyway, I expect you want me to move on at this point and start telling you about the prizes! And then winners, you’ll want to know about who won!! At this point, I haven’t exactly allocated which prizes are going to which winner but I hope you think it’s OK that I will be trying to match up where the prize is travelling from to where it’s going. Mostly, this is going to work out quite nicely. UK to UK, Australia to Australia and where there are US winners, there will be digital prizes.
In no particular order, here are the prizes… First up is a beautifully made project bag by Pearl & Plum. I met Vivian and Alyson in Edinburgh this weekend and they handed it over to me in person. Whoever gets this is one lucky person. The mother & daughter team have a terrific podcast Keep Calm and Carry Yarn (or KCACY, which is what it’s called in my head).
Qualyn Stark is an up and coming crochet designer from the US (check out Ravelry here), he has offered two designs to one winner, both patterns celebrate the granny stitch. He also has The Quoe Podcast, which you should check out.
Here’s a digital copy of Take Two by Fay and Lynne of the Crochet Circle Podcast. There are some really thoughtful designs in this book. This will be emailed to a winner very soon!
I love the look of this matching set made by Laura of Homefire Ridge. Aren’t they pretty?! I don’t know what it is about a handmade project bags. I can’t get enough of them!! These are waiting for someone in Australia!
Kirstyn of Miss Moffat Yarns dyes such lovely colour ways. One winner gets to choose one of these coast inspired skeins as their prize. I feel really bad as I’ve just recorded the granny special and I get Kirstyn’s name wrong. We’ve met and chatted in real life, this should not happen. I’m so sorry!
A lovely parcel arrived in the post for me this morning from Busy Bee Blocking Boards or @crochetblocking This is one of their small blocking boards especially designed for granny squares; they come in other sizes too. I love it so much. It’s delicately decoupaged and there’s one still prettily wrapped, waiting to be sent off to someone. The prize board won’t be green, it’s lilac.
I have one of these enamel pins and I think it’s the best idea ever! It’s quite clearly a perfect prize for a granny CAL too, just look at that granny motif!! Claudia of Crochet Luna sent this to me along with the stitch markers. Check out Claudia’s Etsy shop for her other pin design too.
And then there’s patterns by me. One winner can choose five of my paid for patterns over on my Ravelry store. I’ll pop one over to all the other winners and collaborators too.
Two winners have been randomly picked for each category, apart from my favourites, which were chosen cos they’re my faves (obviously).
I’m hosting a Crochet Along at the minute and it has got me thinking. It’s easy to assume that every crocheter/maker knows exactly what a CAL is but it turns out that’s not the case at all. Since the beginning of the “great” Granny CAL of 2018I’ve had a fair few folk ask me what it’s all about and I thought a more in depth look would make a pretty good blog post. Soooo…
What is a CAL?
The acronym CAL means Crochet Along, just as KAL is Knit Along and MAL is Make Along. Whatever kind of Along it is, it’s usually a themed virtual get together where everyone makes the same thing. For fun.
The CAL I’m hosting is the Granny CAL and the idea is to crochet something in the granny stitch. That’s all. Nowt tricky. However, there can be loads of different sorts and loads of different reasons why a CAL pops up. Let’s have a look.
The biggest element of a CAL I’ve discovered is the community. Joining in CALs really got me chatting away to other crafty people online and I’ve made new friends by taking part. I admit that this didn’t even occur to me when I first entered my finished crochet items on Ravelry. To be honest I just wanted to show off my new stuff and be in with the chance of winning a prize!! The social side was an unexpected perk but now it’s one of the main draws. I now know there’s not much chance of getting a prize (CALs are mighty popular and get super busy) but I’m genuinely not fussed about that. The sharing of ideas, as well as tips and tricks brings a disparate bunch of enthusiasts together, enriching what can be a quiet and solitary hobby. In other words, it’s loads of fun hanging out with your crochet mates!
There are lots of different platforms you can choose to hang out on. I’ve seen CALs hosted on Facebook and Instagram whilst I mainly find them on Ravelry. Check out this thread from The Crochet Circle Podcastwhich lists the CALs happening in 2018. Also, have a look below for a few that are happening right now!
It’s an opportunity to try something new too. Perhaps you’re not crazy about handmade socks but don’t want to dismiss them. Why not try making them with others in a sock along? Maybe their positivity will rub off on you! Want to make a snazzy shawl but not that confident? Join in the chat and you’ll be helped and supported by people all over the world! A CAL (not to mention the people participating) can give you focus and encouragement so you can achieve your goal without the energy wearing off.
There are other benefits too. It might be that the pattern or colour palette is picked for you so it removes the pressure of working out those details (that’s one of my favourite things to do but I know it’s not everyone’s cup of tea). And let’s not forget the potential for a prize or two!
There are also many reasons why people host CALs. In my case, the idea popped into my head one day, maybe I was just jumping on the bandwagon but a seed was planted. When I mentioned it on an episode of the Z&R Crochet podcast, there was such a wonderfully positive response that it would have been silly not to do it. The most important aspect was that it had to be fun and easy, with no pressure to buy a pattern or any extra yarn if you didn’t need to, the granny is the perfect stash buster after all!
It is also a fabulous way to raise money for charity. The host asks lots of people to contribute a small piece of crochet to make up one impressive, giant project. And then there’s the publicity angle. What a great marketing strategy for advertising a new yarn, or pattern release. Whatever the motivation, every single time, it enables people to come together to do what they enjoy and there isn’t much wrong with that.
I don’t think CALs are going anywhere. Here are just a small handful that are happening at the moment:
The Fortune Cookie CAL by Crochet Luna, grab a fortune cookie, crack it open and use the saying as inspiration for you project.
I’m hosting a CAL! I fancy trying something new and this is it! Have you ever taken part in a crochet along? It is so much fun! Not only does it become an opportunity to try something different it also gives you the chance to hang out with online friends (I’ll be honest, the community aspect was an unexpected perk when I first discovered CALs, I just did it cos I thought I might get a prize! I’ve never won anything in a CAL but it absolutely hasn’t stopped the enjoyment of taking part). Go HERE for the 2019 Granny CAL.
Why a Granny cal? Well, it dawned on me that I have two favourite “go to” stitches. One is the Corner to Corner (Oooh, I could do a C2C CAL!!) and the other is the Granny. I love its traditionality but I also think it’s great that it can surprise people. It doesn’t have to be a plain old granny, you could turn it into anything. I know that there are people out there who aren’t that fussed about the granny, so let this be your challenge. Create something that changes your mind, put a twist on it, bring it up to date. Do something different! Yes, this is classic crochet but that doesn’t mean you have to stick to traditional. Or actually, you can if you want. How you dabble in your grannification is entirely up to you.
The CAL is six weeks long beginning on Thursday 1st of February and ending on Thursday 15th March 2018. A chatter thread is up on Ravelry so jump over there, get talking and share your ideas. I’ll open the FO thread nearer the time. Need help? Here’s my Granny board on Pinterest to get you started. I’ve got a few granny patterns for free right here on the blog, they’re on this page (evidently, I really do have a thing for the granny). If you have seen something amazing let us know in the comments or on the Ravelry chatter thread. For Instagram entries, please use the ever so adventurous #grannyCAL18 (I struggled with an awesome name – they were all too rude…)
There aren’t that many…. There must be granny stitches in your make (clusters of three UK trebles/US doubles) * It can’t be something already finished * Wips are allowed *It can be any size (if you’re short on time then don’t feel bad about making a small purse, that’s what I’m doing!) * This CAL is for everyone, whether you have just started to crochet or you’ve been hooking for yonks, this crochet along is for you. * Double dipping is fandabbydozy, I don’t mind if you don’t.
The winner of each category can choose five patterns from my Zeens and Roger Ravelry store. We are also very lucky that some prizes have been donated!! Fabulous Fay of the Crochet Circle Podcast is offering one electronic copy of her pattern book Take Two, which she co-wrote with Lynn Rowe. The lovely Vivian from the Keep Calm and Carry Yarn podcast (it’s a lovely listen) makes beautiful project bags and sells them in her Etsy shop, Pearl and Plum. I had a message from her daughter, Alyson to say they would like to give one as a prize! And Laura from Home Fire Ridge will also be sending out a gorgeous project bag to one lucky winner (the ones I’ve seen are really pretty!) Laura’s Etsy shop is having an update on the 23rd of Jan so keep an eye out! Winners will be drawn after I get back from a weekend away in Edinburgh (arghhh, EYF weekend!!) Edit:: Qualyn from the Quoe Podcast (fast becoming a favourite of mine) is offering his Les Mis collection: two fab granny shawl patterns (I have had the songs in my head allll week). And Claudia (my mate Clauds) from Crochet Luna sent me a message to say she’s popped something in the post for us as a giveaway prize!! This is getting exciting!!
I will randomly select one winner from the chatter thread on Ravelry and one winner from the finished object thread too. I will randomly select one winner from Instagram and one prize will be awarded to my favourite make overall. That is four opportunities to win a prize! Wahoo!
Finally, a massive Thank You!! I have had such a hugely positive response about this crochet along, it has been truly awesome! Without the enthusiasm from you guys the idea would have been fleeting and surely fizzled out. If you have any questions or feel like I’ve left something out, please comment below or get yourself over to Ravelry to join in the chat. I cannot wait to see your gorgeous grannies!!
By the way, it’s episode 21 where I first mention the idea of a Granny along and then there’s a bit more blather in episode 22. I’m sure I’ll go on about it in future episodes too! Ta. X