WIPs, UFOs and CALs
I might be one of the worst crocheters for doing this. Then, I end up needing that same size of crochet hook somewhere down the road and have no clue which box, closet or drawer that I’ve left that hook into and have to purchase another hook. But, you’d be amazed at some of the stashes that people have. When my last parent passed away, I inherited their combined yarn stash. I received many sets of knitting needles, dpn’s (double pointed needles), a few crochet hooks, some tatting shuttles, tatting thread and yarn. Would you like to know how much yarn? My uncle packed most of it up and stuffed it in the back of his pickup truck (with a cab cover). With the help of another uncle, they vacuum sealed most of it and it was stuffed: and, I do mean stuffed. I’ve sold some, donated some finished objects to charities and have the rest of it stuffed in my second bathtub and storage closet; as well as stuffed in storage containers and stacked in my second bedroom which may never be a bedroom again. Oops! I was supposed to be talking about other readers out there, wasn’t I?
Okay, as for CALs. What are they? Simply worded, they are Crochet A-Longs. There are a few different types of crochet-a-longs. One of the most common types are when the ‘leader’ will show a pattern and what magazine/URL or such where the pattern can be found. Then, sufficient time will be given for everybody to purchase the yarn, hooks, embellishments, etc. Thus, the crocheting begins. Sometimes, the leader will suggest that everybody crochet to a certain point ,in the pattern, by a specific day and if anybody needs help with the pattern, they can discuss it in a forum somewhere. Once everybody has gotten to this point, they move on to another point.
Another type of CAL is done by a leader-generally this is someone who is a designer-will tell everybody what items are needed and give ample time for everybody to purchase them. Sometimes the leader will tell what the product is, or maybe only if it’s a men’s wearable, woman’s accessory, etc (I think the not knowing what the item will be is pretty fun). From this point on, the CAL continues pretty much the same as the previous CAL. Sometimes, the finished projects are swapped amongst those who were in the CAL or sometimes they’re donated for charity.
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