CAL photos

Hello :-)

I’m aware that my CAL block makers (Rachell and the block-heads?!) are spread online: through the blogging world, Ravelry, Twitter, Flickr and some are email followers, so I thought I might do a little poll to see where the majority of you are going to show off your finished blocks.  I’ve been dying to find another excuse to host a poll. I don’t know why, but I love them!

Now only vote if you’re doing the CAL with us please, don’t be norty ;-)

200 Blocks Crochet Along with Rachell

Introduction to my CAL:

A couple of weeks ago I mentioned starting a CAL – a crochet along – as I’ve owned this  superb book: 200 Crochet Blocks for blankets, throws and afghans by Jan Eaton for a while now but haven’t used it apart from referencing stitches and techniques. (See here if you’re interested.) I asked if anyone would be interested in making 2-3 squares a week and had an enthusiastic response.
Which block will we begin with?:
We will start from block number one and take them as they come in order (2-3 blocks a week) otherwise I just know I’ll choose all the easy ones first. The CAL would become a bit of a trial, I’d stop and I’d have to leave the blogging country!
You’ll need to get hold of a copy of the book:
If you have decided you want to join this CAL you’ll need to get hold of a copy of the book, since I can’t post patterns here as I would be infringing copyright.
This is a popular book that many crochet fans already own, and it should be easy to get hold of a copy.  I have a link to it on Amazon on my sidebar to the right under ‘Books!’ If you are trying not to buy anymore books at moment you could try looking in your local library for a copy.
Themes for the CAL:
Patch suggested having a colour theme for the CAL such as:
Sea and Sand
Moonlight and Stars
Autumn Leaves.
I loved it!
I’ve added a few ideas of my own too:
Cottage Garden
Summer Fruits
If the theme fits with my yarn collection I’m initially going to use that up, but we’ll see. I’m hovering between themes and so am going to vote last, because I can! I’ve made myself choose a theme because I could dither for days otherwise!
So do we all need to use the same colours and type of yarn?:
NO!  :-)
Once the broad theme is decided we would use our own choice of yarn, shades, colours and hook size, then compare notes as we go. It will make the CAL much more interesting especially at the end; seeing everyone’s choices.
Voting for a theme:
If you want to join us please vote on one of the following themes, via my contact me form on the ‘Hello’ page above by Tuesday 28th August
Here they are:
Sea and Sand
Moonlight and Stars
Autumn Leaves
Summer Fruits
A Cottage Garden
Sharing our progress:
I will post links to your blog as well as photos of my completed squares as we go on a weekly basis, ideally at the beginning of the following week.
Announcing the winning theme:
I’ll announce the winning theme on Tuesday 28th August here in a new blog post, then we can get our yarn together and fingers flexed ready to start the CAL.
When will the CAL start?:

From the 1st of September onwards

I’ve only just seen this post, can I still join?:
 YES! At any time, the more the merrier.
It’s going to be fun!

Technical hitch!

Hi Rachel,

Thanks for your email, I’m not at all sure what’s happened to the voting for our Little Blog Awards but it’s definitely not working! I’ve passed it on to our web team who will hopefully find the problem and fix it quite soon, so I would try again in a day or so and fingers crossed all will be working again.

Good luck in the awards!

Best wishes,

Dorset Cereals Ltd

Oh well, it was lovely to be nominated and thank you for all your messages saying voting wasn’t possible :-)