When I am entrusted with someones personal secret, I am very good at keeping it to myself. However, when it comes to exciting announcement type secrets, it is pure torture not being able to tell anyone haha, so I am super excited that I finally get to spill the beans that I have been working on a CAL with Furls Crochet! Don’t know what a CAL is? That’s okay because I had no idea what it was when they reached out to me to do one haha. CAL is just a fancy abbreviated way of saying Crochet Along, in which a free pattern, rather than being posted in its entirety, has a section posted each week (for any number of weeks) and people can follow along with the pattern as it progresses. Cute right?You can follow this link to the pattern on their blog which will be updated in accordance with the schedule below! July 10th- Supply List July 17th – Part One July 24th- Part Two July 31st- Part Three Now if you don’t know who Furls Crochet are, they make several different styles of ergonomic hooks (hooks that aim to minimize hand/wrist pain) that are all absolutely gorgeous. Honestly, when I first got an email from them inquiring about collaborating on a CAL, I kind of thought it was a scam haha. Not because it seemed unprofessional or fishy, but I just felt like there is a mind set that comes with social media that people are only going to notice you and you will only be successful in direct correlation with the amount of followers you have. This might be true with some branches of social media, but luckily, I am finding that it isn’t necessarily true when it comes to the creative/artistic side of it. If you are passionate about your craft and put in the effort, there will always be people that notice and appreciate your work no matter how “well known” you are. All in all, the experience still doesn’t feel real to me yet haha, but I am very honored that they reached out to me about collaborating on a CAL with them! The timeline that I had on this project was a little tight, so I didn’t have a lot of time to experiment on what design I wanted to work on, and I went into it knowing that if the design didn’t work, I wasn’t going to have time to a different design instead. With this being said, the three weeks that I had to work on this from start to finish were very stress inducing. Regardless, I chose this design and stuck with it, had a few hiccups here and there, but in the end everything worked out and I am very happy with how the design turned out! I named it The Megara Maxi Skirt and Crop Top after Meg from Hercules (or more accurately, my boyfriend technically named it because he saw the likeness before I did haha). Of course I had to stick with the Disney inspired names, but this design actually only coincidently reminded us of Meg’s outfit this time haha, I can’t claim that it was intentional. I had been wanting to make a design like this for quite some time and I felt like a Summer CAL was the perfect time to give it a try. I really hope that you guys enjoy this pattern and as always, feel free to ask any questions you may have about it, or any pattern, or anything crochet related and I would be happy to help!