So ok I just had to start another mandala project. 🙈 And this time I fell for the Mandala Madness CAL from 2016. Yes I know, I’m such a sucker for CAL:s. But they are almost always so much fun, well worked and absolutely stunning.
Trying to contrast my oh so colorful Atlanticus this will be challenging in the opposite way. I’ve chosen to only use three colors. A raspberry red, a vintage rose and a crispy white.
As gorgeous as it is in its full size I’ll probably settle for making it in a “baby blanket-version”. I already have several large blankets in the making and I would love to finish it sometime this year. 😅
I’m so in love with this CAL! Each and every round is pure magic, and the pattern is so well written. We are now at part 3 out of 12, and the circle starts to become a square. Little E is also quite fond of all it’s pretty colors. 😘
A few more weeks has passed and unfortunately there were only small squares left in the CAL. And even though they are turning out beautiful I really can’t finish my blanket in that way. I don’t find it fun anymore and for that reason I changed my mind.
Now it’s going to be a mix between the two CALS: Spring Lane and Nuts About Squares! Have done a few squares from the second and they are turning out great, a perfect match. I’m so in love with this blanket again! 😄
Firstly, I’m totally hooked on the Atlanticus with all its challenging and stunning overlays. As I said in my last post; I choosed a yarn I happened to have, in 7 different colors, at home: Drops loves you 7. It’s a cotton yarn that worked perfectly for this mandala. I placed the colors by heart and hoped for the best, and I’m so pleased with how they turned out. The next part is released on Monday and I can’t wait!
My morning beginning by breakfast…
…and a few hours later:
I love it!!! 😍
The next mandala inspired pattern I’m working on is different clues from the Nuts About Squares CAL. It’s gonna be several amazing squares that I will use as a compliment to my blanket from Drops CAL Spring Lane. In the beginning the Drops CAL was filled with the most stunning larger squares. But after some weeks the small, and very tedious, squares came along. They were bulky and unfortunately I did not like them at all. So after making about 60 of them I stopped. And now this is my plan B, to add more squares from different patterns. It could be great. Cross my fingers and hopes for the best!
And here you have three of them. The beginning of the 7th clue of Nuts About Squares, the Atlanticus and my own. 😄
I fell head over heals in love with this gorgeous pattern by Hooked on Sunshine called the Atlanticus. It’s a CAL that started this week and is ongoing for the next 14 weeks, a new part is released every Monday. The pattern can be found by following this link.
After posting this pic above on both Facebook and my Instagram; I got so much love and questions from so many people regarding my choice of yarn and colors. So therefore I decided to post all info here for anyone to use.
The yarn is simply what I had many of at home: Drops loves you 7. Unfortunately, I’ve tossed the paper ribbons around them but I believe I’ve figured them out anyway, see the list below. 😇
..has been packed! 😅 A lot of errands, a cozy crochetdate with a dear friend and trying to re-think some projects. So there has not been so much crocheting at all so far. Hope to change that tonight by working on some ufo:s, but I’ve been too tiered lately. I might blame it on the greyish weather. It has been such windy and cold days. When will the sun come back again?! I need some light to be my usual energetic self.
Until then I just have to settle for warm knits, freshly baked bread and my beloved yarn.
A while back I got the questions if I would like to test the pattern for Favoritgarners latest CAL, and of course I said yes! The designer is none the less than the colorful and creative My from @mydiy.se who has created a gorgeous blanket for us to crochet.
It comes in two sizes: a larger afghan (115x150cm) and a smaller blanket (70x100cm). You can choose between 14 (!) amazingly spicy yarn-packages from Scheepjes, or compose one with your own favorite colors. Nina at Favoritgarner can definitely help you out. Just send her a message at their support. They ship worldwide!
I’m doing the smaller version as a bead spread for my daughter. I choosed the gorgeous combinations of grey and pink, called the Spicy Marbel. The colors are so soft and subtle, works perfect with my favorite northern color scheme.
The CAL started yesterday but it’s definitely not to late to join in! As it’s a mystery CAL a new part is released once a week, and the pattern will also be available after it has ended. Just follow this link to their facebook for more info. You can get the pattern and support in both English and Swedish. I hope you will check it out! You won’t regret it. 😘
The Drops-along Spring Lane CAL (Crochet ALong) 2017 is this time a beautiful blanket that are crocheted during 13 weeks.
We are now upon week 9 and after being hammered with tiny little flowers for some weeks now it’s finally time for two big ones again. Don’t get me wrong, the small ones are super cute and all but if anyone sais that it’s going to be yet another 28 little mini-squares next week, I will surely scream. 😉
I still have a few pieces left from week 7 and 8 but I’m working hard to be back on track again. It’s going to be a mama/papa/baby blanket for two of my nearest and dearest friends that are expecting their precious little baby before summer. I hope they will love it!
I have found that I’m kind of addicted to CAL:s these days. CAL stands for Crochet A Long and it’s just what it sounds like. You crochet a specific pattern that are sometimes a mystery (as in you have no idea of the end result) or after an open pic on the finished product. You do this together with others for a specific period of time. Everyone is doing their own piece but follows the same pattern. The parts are released accordingly to a preset schedule, usually once a week. Some are quick and small, and some takes weeks or months to finish. The patterns is free and connected retailers sell “ready to go”-yarn packages, or you can choose to put together one of your own choice with new yarn or from your stash at home.
Doing a CAL is a good way to learn something new and develop your skills as a crocheter. The patterns often has really good step by step-pictures, videos and not to mention a super helpful gang of people to ask when you are stuck or unsure, including the designer.
It’s so much fun trying out new patterns, big and small, together with others. Sharing the joy, the learning process and all the creativity! People from all over the world coming together and creating together. Some follow the pattern (like me) and some does it the free styling-way. It’s like a big party that goes on for several weeks and everybody is invited resulting in a great mix of beginners and more experienced crocheters.
Det välgörande påskmysteriet (the well-doing Easter-mystery): Camilla and Diana witch starts the 1/4. – I have no idea what we are doing, but a part of the proceeds goes to charity.
I would have loved to do Scheepjes and Esters “Nuts about squares” that starts at the end of the month but I don’t think I’ll have the time. So for now it’s a pass but you never know, hihi.
Another CAL coming up soon is by Camilla and Diana with pattern from the lovely Virklust. Be shore to check that out, it’s gonna be magical! Don’t know the time for it just yet but they will announce it shortly.
Favoritgarner are releasing their next one shortly. Its still a mystery as they haven’t announced the time nor the designer yet. I heard that the later will be released in their Facebook-group this weekend! Can’t wait.
Do you know any more CAL:s that I need to check out, please let me know!