CAL Prizes

What is so amazing about a CAL (Crochet-A-Long)?

Is it the camaraderie? Is it the pressure to keep up with the schedule (so that you can *finally* finish a project?) Is is the free aspect (not all CALs are free though)?

I learned that, sometimes, it is about the prizes!

I don’t have a big contract with a yarn company or a yarn magazine or anything like that. So, my prizes may not be able to compete with other CALs. But, that also means your competition is smaller! So, perhaps, you may have a higher chance of winning!

It is the first week of my Abstract Queen CAL (you can see the main post here)(or just go directly to the interlocking or mosaic pages).

It has been great to see so many people sharing their progress in my Facebook group!

I did a little write up about how to create a project on Ravelry. And perhaps I didn’t advertise it well enough because there were not many entries in the first week’s draw!

Each new release happens on Tuesday, so Monday evening I will check the Ravelry projects and pick a winner from the projects that have been updated. I don’t want to disclude those that have less time for crocheting, so I won’t require that you stay caught up to the CAL, I just need to see some progress and you will be entered!

The first week’s prize, won by Kimberly, was a choice between the Abstract Queen pattern or a $5 coupon to my Ravelry store. She grabbed the pattern when it was on sale so she chose the $5 coupon! Congratulations, hope you find something great!

The next draw will take place September 7, 2020. I will do it at 5pm Saskatchewan time (CST / GMT -6). The prize will be the same as last week (the Abstract Queen pattern – listed at $6 CAD, or a $5 CAD coupon).

I am hoping to get some more interesting prizes for the later weeks. I want you all to have fun with this project and finish it so you can show off your hard work!

P.S. if you want to grab your own copy of the Abstract Queen you can get it on Ravelry or Etsy. Both places include both versions of the pattern (Interlocking / LFM and Mosaic) and a chart.

Creating a Ravelry Project

I always have multiple projects on the go. I tried counting my WIPs (works-in-progress) but it gets overwhelming. I have heard of people keeping a journal log, and I really like that idea except it is one more thing floating around for the kids to lose or the toddler to draw on.

That is why saving my projects online really catches my attention!

Ravelry has a lot of great features (and some things are not so great, but that’s true about pretty much everything in life). One thing you can do is create a project, which is linked to a pattern, and then everyone who wants to try that project can see what you’ve done! It’s a great way to get color inspiration and it is a fun way to see everyone’s progress in a Crochet-A-Long (CAL).

For my Abstract Queen CAL I am going to have a weekly prize to keep you all motivated to get this massive blanket finished!

Week 1 starts on September 1. If you have already purchased the pattern you can get started right away, but even if you haven’t purchased the pattern you CAN create a project page on Ravelry showing us the pile of yarn you are going to use!

On August 31, right before the CAL starts, I will randomly select one of the linked projects to win your choice of a $5 gift certificate to my pattern store OR the Abstract Queen pattern (which, on September 1, goes back to the regular price of $6 CAD).

You can name your project anything you want; I usually leave it as suggested because I’m lazy. Lately, I have been adding “Mosaic” or “LFM” to the title because it helps me see at a glance which projects I’ve done in which technique.

To be entered into the first draw make sure you add at least one relevant picture. If you do have the pattern already, make sure you don’t show it in the pictures (that goes for any copyrighted pattern, not just this project).

You can see in the screenshot above I have shared it with my Ravelry group – we would love it if you joined us there too!