Around the Bases CAL, part 1

In Crochet Land, a CAL is a “crochet-along” and those who participate get the pattern a few rows at a time.  For reasons beyond my comprehension, I have two CALs going at the same time.

This one is called “Around the Bases” and is from the blogger ChiChi Allen at Keito Palette and found here: https://keitopalette.wordpress.com/2015/08/02/getting-ready/.  I really like this pattern because we can choose our own center square to start out with, and our own colorway.

This is my original square, using the Sweet and Fair Afghan Square by Julie Yeager:

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This is the 1st inning:

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2nd inning:

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And here is this week’s 3rd inning:

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Sophie’s Universe 1

In Crochet Land, a CAL is a “crochet-along” and those who participate get the pattern a few rows at a time.  For reasons beyond my comprehension, I have two CALs going at the same time.

This one is called “Sophie’s Universe.”  All the info and patterns are from the blog by Dedri, “Look At What i Made” and is found here:  http://www.lookatwhatimade.net/crafts/yarn/crochet/sophies-universe-cal-2015/sophies-universe-cal-2015-information/.  It looks so complicated and totally “cray-cray” that I never thought I’d tackle it, but here I am, giving it a try.  Here is what I have so far through round 25.

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Mandalas

I’ve been on a mandala spree lately.  At the end of June, the crochet world learned of the death of Wink (Marinke), the blogger at A Creative Being.  She was an amazing artist, and created many mandala patterns.  She also suffered from depression and took her own life at a very young age.  Even though I only knew her through her blog, her death hit me hard, and many other crocheters and crochet bloggers as well.  So, I’ve just been stitching up a bunch of mandalas.  It just seemed the right thing to do.

A mandala is: “…from the classical Indian language of Sanskrit. Loosely translated to mean “circle,” a mandala is far more than a simple shape. It represents wholeness, and can be seen as a model for the organizational structure of life itself–a cosmic diagram that reminds us of our relation to the infinite, the world that extends both beyond and within our bodies and minds… An integrated structure organized around a unifying center.”

Below are four I’ve done and have put on a very blank wall in my office to brighten it up.  Two, as you will notice, are square rather than round, but still fit the definition as above.

This one is the Lise square:

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Below, Wink’s Spoke Mandala.

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This is the Triple Puff:

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The grouping on my office wall:

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