So it happened: I decided to join my first Crochet Along – Arizona blanket! I’ve never participated in any CALs or KALs, for two reasons: I haven’t found any that would appeal to me enough to get out of my comfort zone, plus I’m just too impatient for that. I still don’t think I could participate in a KAL – I’m not sure why, but just the thought of having on ongoing, long term project hibernating on my needles while I’m working on other things gives me anxiety and my obsessive brain just can’t handle this idea. It seems a little easier with crochet. I already have such project – my Swedish Popcorn Blanket (which by the way is going to take years to finish, if I ever finish it at all) and I’m really relaxed about it, so adding another one was an easy decision.
I haven’t been trying to find any CALs and I stumbled upon Pippin Poppycock’s Arizona by accident, while ordering Malabrigo yarn on the Wool Warehouse website. Wool Warehouse sells yarn packs for this CAL and I quickly decided to order the Thunderstorm colourway set (mainly gray, black, red and white). I love this style of blankets, I love that it’s Navajo-inspired, and all the symbolism of colours. I didn’t want to choose other shades of yarn for this project, since those in Thunderstorm pack look very authentic and I just want to keep my blanket close to its inspiration.
I’m not sure what will I do with the blanket once it’s finished – I’m hesitating between keeping it and giving it to my parents (and then crocheting another one for myself, in lighter shades, as nothing shows cat hair as well as black yarn). It doesn’t matter though, I’m really excited about this CAL and I can’t wait to begin crocheting! Still two weeks to go until it begins in March 🙂
Have you ever participated in crochet/ knitting/ other crafts make along? I’d love to read about your experiences!