Crochet Slowly Blooming

All full of vim and eager for spring, we opened our Cool Wave Crochet-Along at the beginning of February, with a plan to complete it by the end of February.

Apparently I'm not the only one who's about this far along:

That's a little more than a third of the way along the first portion of the shawl. (The yarn: Lorna's Laces Helen's Lace in Aslan. The hook: Addi Click crochet hook.)

Slow-going though it is, I am really enjoying working on it. After the first few start-up rows, the pattern is established and you can just set aside the words for many (many, many) rows. This is not your instant-gratification sort of project (full disclusore: I have actually started and finished three other projects since I started this shawl). It is process crochet, where you get to know the movement of the hook and yarn—it's mesmerizing, really. I do a lot of good thinking while I'm working on this shawl.

So, given the slow-going-ness of the project, we've extended it through March! So you have plenty of time to join us!

It's really a terrific introduction to Tunisian crochet. Several members of the CAL have opted to work the pattern in DK-weight to make a scarf. This is a great idea if you're more into learning the method than making a shawl.

You'll find the gang here. We'd love to have you. If you have any questions, just ask. If you want to show us your WIP, post a picture.

Before long, it will be warm enough to wear this shawl! It's cooled off a bit here in North Carolina. But signs of spring are in my garden. Have a look:

Happy crocheting!

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