IJsbrand the Bear

IJsbrand the Bear Crochet Along

My first own CAL is finished! This was my third CAL, but the other 2 were organized by I CAL Knuffels and Haak Met Ons Mee. Then a lot of tasks will be taken care of by the administrators of those groups. This one I organized myself. Fortunately, I had help from my test crocheters Wilma, Martine and Marion. Again: thank you!


If you wonder what a CAL or Crochet Along is, I have a blog which explains it all! What is a Crochet Along?



From design to CAL:


IJsbrand is specially designed to be made in a CAL (Crochet A Long). To give as many people the possibility to join the CAL, IJsbrand has been made of Royal of Zeeman. Well before Christmas, there are already a lot of CALs organized, so I decided to organize a WinterCAL.


So to get started: designing IJsbrand, designing his clothes designs, crocheting, writing it all down and take pictures. Where would I be without my memo booklet! But then: the typing the pattern, getting the pattern tested, change  mistakes, translate the pattern into English and German and divide the pattern  into parts! 

Making messages about the CAL and set up a special group: Crochet Along with CB's Creations. In total we started with 1699 members on the group. Who would have ever expected that!?!


Also I was approached by Woolys, whether they could make packages in cotton for the CAL. A lot of fun! So if you want to make IJsbrand out of cotton and if you want a ready-made package, then is Woolys the place to be!

We started at December 21, 2018 and then 5 weeks long, every week a part of the pattern was released, so that after January 18, 2019 there would be a lot of IJsbrand-bears happily hopping around!



That also includes, in those 5 weeks, answering questions about the pattern, about how to download the pattern, about forgetting to download a pattern part. Luckily, besides the help of Marion, Martine and Wilma I also had help from  members themselves, who helped each other out. Of course, everyone gets a like on their post of a finished part or a complete IJsbrand. 

Let it snow!!

And whether it had to be: on 22 January 2019 it was snowing! It is very nice to see all those IJsbrand-bears, but it is very special to see all the bears playing in the snow!


Up to the next CAL

A CAL again soon? No, not soon, because as you have been able to read it's quite a lot of work. But it is definitely worth repeating!



Meanwhile, IJsbrand has got a girlfriend: Nordine! Also for her you can order a package at Woolys!



Both patterns are for sale on my website and in my Etsy and Ravelry Shop. 

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