One of the joys of a hobby is that, no matter what project(s) you are working on, there is always space for more. This is true of reading, as we regularly discuss across our blogs and social media platforms. It is also extremely true of knitting, crochet and no doubt other creative endeavours too.
I last wrote about my knitting and crochet exploits in this post. I’ll be posting an update on my brioche project in the coming days. In the meantime, here is another project which I have sort of accidentally fallen into lol!
The Rozeta Crochet-Along (CAL) is a weekly crochet adventure. I have absolutely tons of other knitting and crochet projects on the go, but somehow I just could not resist tackling this one too. The pattern looked amazing when it was being previewed and I could see that I would learn and develop some new crochet techniques, so why not?
I had some suitable yarn in my stash, so off I went. Here are some progress shots from weeks one to four:
This is a highly enjoyable venture for all sorts of unexpected reasons.
Firstly, I have been heartened by the extensive, friendly and mega-supportive community of fellow makers taking part in this project around the world. People have been asking for help and receiving it; discussing different colour-ways and yarn options; and comparing notes on progress. All the comments I have seen have been aimed at giving praise, encouragement and confidence to those publishing the original posts. It is so gratifying to see such positivity at a time when it seems like the default position for online comments is so often one of negativity.
“I define connection as the energy that exists between people when they feel seen, heard, and valued; when they can give and receive without judgment; and when they derive sustenance and strength from the relationship.”
There is also an extremely healthy approach to a lack of perfection. I have seen many makers allowing themselves to live with what seem to them to be inadequacies in their projects – of course they look absolutely fine in the photos. This has allowed me to go with the flow much more than I probably would have done otherwise. For example, in the fourth picture above, you can see the ‘brick’ pattern at the edges. The instructions are very clear about the need for the posts to lie straight across the work. Up close, there are several places where, to me, they do not seem as straight as they should be. But I decided to focus on the bigger picture and just go with it. The photo is proof that I was right to do so!
I will also confess that there have been a few places where I ended up having to fudge the pattern slightly. But any ‘imperfections’ are lost in the overall effect. It’s great to know that I can be a bit relaxed about getting things minutely right, making the whole project must more enjoyable.
Lastly, the weekly posting of pattern excerpts is genius. It allows makers to maintain momentum and, for my part, make much more progress than I would have done if the whole thing had come out at once. There are eleven weeks in total, meaning that there is the prospect of completing a large blanket before Christmas – amazing!
So now I am off to start week five. Looking at the latest pattern, it feels as if we have just been strolling in the foothills, and things are able to get a bit more challenging. But bring it on – I’m totally hooked in to this project (excuse the pun) and am so glad I started it. This and my various current readathons truly emphasise and celebrate the strength of our human similarities, and the value of our differences in gaining new and shared experiences. 😀
“Our ancient experience confirms at every point that everything is linked together, everything is inseparable.”
By the way, it is not too late to join in with the Rozeta CAL if you fancy a go. It is billed as suitable for anyone, whatever their crochet experience, including ‘adventurous beginners’. In addition to the free written patterns, there are photo tutorials and detailed video tutorials which provide an excellent level of all-round support. You can find plenty of information here and of course I’ll be happy to answer any questions as best I can.