There were 3 reasons why I signed up for the Wacky Weave Interlocking Crochet-a-long.
One. I've never Interlocked before. This technique was totally new to me when I saw it. It intrigued me that I couldn't figure out how it's done by staring at the pattern and trying to count stitches. I'm on a mission to learn everything there is to know in crochet and the day I mastered the Jasmine Stitch AND could apply it in a design I thought I'm pretty close to knowing it all. Apparently not... (insert *meh* emoji here).
The cotton rug I made my daughter using the Jasmine Stitch.
Two. I wanted another handmade natural fibre heirloom quality blanket. When the Wacky Weave Interlocking CAL was announced I was in the final stages of my Granny Square blanket done entirely in Vinnis Colours Tori (chunky cotton and bamboo mix). In the past I've only made blankets for charity projects. In all that time I've kept only one blanket for myself - and it's acrylic. As part of my legacy I want to leave my children blankets that they can keep as a remembrance of my passion and a reminder to all those times when they called me and I answered "Mamma kom nou-nou" and never showed up.
Three. I needed something to blog about. Why do people blog? Some bloggers blog (say that a few times in quick succession and it will sound like you want to throw up - which may or may not be the way I feel about this specific group of bloggers) because they have an over-exaggerated sense of self-importance and think the inhabitants of the world wide web will find it interesting on how they live their lives. That's not me. Really. No! Really! Promise! I blog for my website's SEO (search engine optimisation - basically when someone google the word 'crochet' my website will turn up on page 18 of the search results because I've on purpose used the word 42 times on the blog). But I cannot blog about anything randomly. In order for the blog to be even more effective it has to drive traffic to my website. The higher the click rate on my website and the longer you stay on a page will indicate to google that my site fulfills the need of person who initially searched a keyword. So, I have to add value to my target market (that's you).
Halfway into the CAL I realise that I should've added a fourth reason. Four. To teach me perseverance. This is the first time I joined a CAL. How could I have known that the CAL will move forward with or with out me! It's hard to not let your hook wonder onto another project! It's hard to not pack up the completed squares and let it become just another work in progress! Although I'm a week (OK, maybe 2) behind the other crochet-a-longers I will persevere until the last stitch is stitched and the last yarn tail is tailed.
Until next time.