amigurumi · holidays

So many CALs, so little time

Joining a CAL (crochet along) is a lot of fun and I get myself into trouble because I always end up signing up for more CALs than I have time for, lol. I blame that partly on FOMO, but the patterns are so cute and reasonable (sometimes even free!) so I just can’t help myself. Here is a list of the current CALs that I’m participating or plan to participate in:

  • Holly Jolly Christmas CAL: This CAL is on Instagram (#hollyjollychristmascal) and unfortunately it is a closed CAL. Signups were open for a few weeks in October – early November but now the CAL group is private. There are 19 designers, 1 illustrator, and 9 sponsors participating. The first half of each pattern is posted every two days. If you finish making the first part of the pattern and post a story, tagging the designer and CAL, then you get a link for the second half of the pattern. Even though I’d love to make all 19 items, there is no way I’ll be able to manage that by the end of the CAL (December 20), so I’ve chosen five patterns that I really want to work on. Hopefully I can get them done in time. πŸ˜€
  • Merry Ami Christmas CAL: This is another CAL on Instagram (#merryamichristmas) and it is an open CAL. Over a four week period, you have the opportunity to create 7 adorable ornaments for free! The first one is a super cute mouse by littleaquagirl. I have not had a chance to start on it, but I’m going to try this weekend.
  • Amigurumi Advent 2020 MCAL: This fun CAL is actually a mystery CAL, hence the ‘M’ in MCAL, which means you don’t know ahead of time what the finished item is. For this MCAL, you will receive 24 mystery parts (revealed daily from the 1st to 24th of December, advent-style). You can sign up either at LoveCrafts or Ravelry. Early bird sign up ends on November 30th. After that, the price of the MCAL goes up.
  • Amigurumi Patterns Ami-Along: This is a monthly CAL that started back in August 2017. I joined in November 2017, so 37 months! It is a wonderful, generous community. The monthly fee to join is either $6 (you can join for a month at a time) or $5 (automatic renewal). Included in the monthly cost is a brand-new pattern (PDF), access to the forum, meeting the designer, and the chance to win one of the amazing prizes that are given away each month! You can find information about the current month’s Ami-Along here: AmigurumiPatterns.Net. This month’s gorgeous project is Rogelia, a Bearer of the Light.
Rogelia (November 2020 Ami-Along)

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