Frogging the Swatch

A CAL is basically a group of people all working on a large project at the same time and pace. Some are targeted to more advanced crocheters and involve a variety of difficult stitches. Others are designed so that everyone can participate, no matter their skill level. Often the pattern chosen will be an afghan, and while everyone does the same pattern, each individual chooses their own colors.

FAQ – What is a Crochet-A-Long?
Kandice @ Sweet Kiwi Crochet
Rainbow Amigurumi donuts coming your way!

Hello! Hope you’ve been well! I’ve been working extra hours co-hosting a CAL (Crochet-A-Long) Series for alumni at my alma mater this month with my friend. Colloquially, she has dubbed us the “Hookers with a Yarn Addiction”. Catchy, isn’t it? In fact, she wants t-shirts! She’s a funny, smexy grandma! ๐Ÿ˜‰

However, to be accepted by our school, we’re formally known as the Alumni Crochet Group. School administrator must keep her job after all, and it must be safe for work! She’s also helping us to possibly get sponsored by Yarnivore, a local yarn company and reaching out to other businesses. So, I must meet her halfway and work with her as best as I can. ๐Ÿ™‚

In the end, 55 students signed up! Meanwhile, when I saw some friends while hanging out in town, they decided to also invite themselves, their siblings, and friends, so the numbers bumped up. It was great to catch up with everyone again and also meet some new faces along the way. What a journey it has been! We shared so much together.

I spent quite a bit of time managing social media public relations and creating a beautiful 17-page guidebook while my friend created an original pattern for a scarf. Today, I just filmed my friend as she frogged her swatch that we used to teach virtually via Zoom. As an intermediate crocheter, it’s rather heart wrenching for me to watch someone unravel their work.

Frog is a word that can be used as a verb. In this sense, “to frog” means “to rip out stitches.” When used this way, the word is slang and it is also a play on words. It pays tribute to our amphibious friends, the frogs, and their choruses of “ribbit, ribbit, ribbit”. When you discover a mistake in your crochet work, you rip it, rip it, rip it. So, you frog it.

Frog in Crochet, Spruce Crafts

When I was in high school, one of my English teachers recommended a book for me to read by Debbie Macomber called “The Shop on Blossom Street“. Intrigued, I read the rest of the books in her series. I enjoyed seeing these female characters bond and wanted an experience of my own. I later became president of the knitting club at my school. Continuing onward and co-hosting a crochet group at my college has been a dream come true for me.

I came across some inspiring stories like this woman who crocheted her wedding dress for five months on her bus commute.

Chi Krneta’s story on Seattle Magazine
Chrysanthemum Gown & Chrysanthemum Gown Train Addition pattern on Ravelry

…and this story about a Olek, a Polish-born yarn artist and crochet extraordinaire, whose team yarn bombed this train in four days!

The art of yarn bombing: Polish artist covers an entire train in crochet
Woman’s Weekly

See you next time! Hope to hop on more often as soon as I can!

11 Comments Add yours

  1. I thoroughly enjoyed your entertaining share. Clever!๐Ÿ‚๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿ‚๐Ÿซ–๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘Œ

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    1. theresaly520 says:

      ๐Ÿ™‚ Much obliged! Glad you enjoyed!

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  2. That’s an absolutely beautifully wedding dress that woman crocheted for herself. โค

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  3. This was entertaining to read. My mom and I used to crochet a little bit. ๐Ÿ™‚ We never even thought about attempting a wedding dress!

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    1. theresaly520 says:

      Thanks! Yes, a wedding dress seems daunting actually! Why did you guys stop? Was it hard on your hands or it was just lack of time?

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  4. I really enjoyed reading this, and the “frog” part made me smile! I make jewellery and have lately started using crochet with metal wire, so in that sense, I see a clear connection with other crochet work!


    1. theresaly520 says:

      I noticed your cool earrings! I love jewelry. I feel like I would love to see you crochet with metal. A quick video would satiate my curiosity, but I will return! ๐Ÿ™‚

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      1. I’m glad you have found something you like here on my blog. I haven’t made any videos so far, but you do plant a seed here – thank you!

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  5. judeitakali says:

    You’re amazing, you know that. This sounds incredible and so alluringly written. ๐Ÿค—๐Ÿงกโค๏ธ

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    1. theresaly520 says:

      Thanks Jude!๐ŸŒŸ๐Ÿ˜Your comments make my day. Have a wonderful Easter! Hope to write in your prompts soon!


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