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Moogly 2015 CAL, Square #1 (Single Color)

Remember how I posted earlier how I'm not going to do any specific crafting goals this year?  That I'm just going to focus on fun?  Well, as it turns out, I'm a big fat liar!  I couldn't resist setting goals.  And its stuff I plan to do anyway, so since I can't really distinguish between "plans" and "goals," lol, I'm just going with it!

One of the goals was to continue to improve my crochet skills.  I am really enjoying learning more stitches and techniques and expanding my skills, and I wanted to continue that.  Along those lines, I started seeing posts about this Moogly CAL that took place last year and is taking place again this year.  It is hosted by crochet blogger Moogly, and basically a different blanket square pattern is released every 2 weeks.  By the end of the year, assuming you have done all the squares, you have enough for a giant afghan!

Now I've made my share of granny squares, but I could do those in my sleep.  I wanted to do something really challenging, and these Moogly squares are challenging indeed!  They are larger, 12"x12", and entail complicated stitch patterns to produce awesome designs.  Oh, and these squares are HEFTY!  My first one used 126 yards!

The first square came out January 8, a day after I found out about this, so it was perfect!  I also have a bunch of friends participating, and there are great groups on both Ravelry and Facebook.  I love CALs/ KALs.... I'm such a sucker for them.  So much fun!

So here is my first square for the Moogly 2015 CAL.  I got some advice from a crocheter who did the CAL last year, and she recommended that the first square be done in a solid color (to get acquainted with the stitch pattern).  And then do a second one with color changes.  I am glad I followed this advice, because I definitely hit some snags on this square and had to rip back a few times and re-do portions of it.  The forums really helped when I had a problem, because there was always someone else struggling where I was struggling!

I am really proud of myself for finishing this, and I LOVE how it came out:
My square ended up measuring about 10"x10", so we'll see how the rest of my squares end up measuring!

In the end, when I have a full afghan by the end of this year, I plan to donate this blanket to a local cancer treatment center in honor of a dear friend who passed away from cancer in 2014.  Each time I hit a challenging portion of the square and wanted to give up, I thought about my friend, and how I'm doing this for her, and it inspired me not to give up.  I love the idea that this is being done in her honor.

Stay tuned for my next square!

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