Last Dance on the Beach: Selecting your 'Kit'

Last weekend I showed you the three colourways for the 'Last Dance on the Beach' Scheepjes CAL (crochet-along) in memory of my friend 'Wink'/ Marinke. On Tuesday I reviewed the two yarns which are in the official kits. Today, literally thousands of people around the world will be delighted to know that the time is finally here to order the official kits. This is my last planned post about the CAL until it is underway, and tells you more about what is included and where you can get the yarn. But first, in case you haven't seen the images (all over the internet!) this week, here is a little recap:

L to R: Dance in the Rain, Dance Under the Stars, Dance in the Sea
To make the CAL accessible to as many people as possible, Scheepjes have made two versions of the yarn kit. The basic Colour Crafter (100% acrylic) option which includes the yarn and limited edition label, and a luxury version of Merino Soft yarn (50% Superwash Merino /25% Micro / 25% Acrylic) and lots of other goodies.


While quite different, both of these yarns are great in their own way - see my comparison / review here if you missed it. As you will see in the charts below, the colours are very similar in both kits.



As mentioned in my review, both yarns are 'double knitting' but the Merino Soft is a bit thicker and therefore works to a different gauge - so the approximate size of the finished blankets is not the same:
Basic / Colour Crafter = 115 cm x 150 cm
Luxe / Merino Soft = 130 cm x 160 cm 
Whichever you choose, Scheepjes will be making a €2 contribution to the mental health charity, Mind. With over 25,000 group members expressing an interest in the CAL Facebook groups, this could mean a significant donation. Of course, if you choose to make up your own colour pack, you can always make a donation of any amount you would like.

If you want to join in but are worried that you are not an experienced crocheter, I can tell you that the squares vary in complexity (mine is very easy - if you can hold a hook, you can make it!) and there will be a video each week so you can see the stitches/techniques you will need. If you have the desire to learn new things and can follow instructions, you'll be able to do it. You have until April 20th to get your yarn ready and to join the English-speaking or Dutch group on Facebook (although you can still join in and play catch-up after that if you want to). What are you waiting for? 

UK Stockists and international postage from the UK: 
You can order now from TWO shops in the UK - they are Deramores* and Wool Warehouse*. Both ship worldwide and many of the international group participants said they find they ship quickly to destinations as far as Australia and New Zealand, but it can take a few weeks for them to get there, so you might want to place your order as soon as possible as the CAL starts on April 20th.
Update: If you know which you want, here are the DIRECT links to each pack
Derammores: Basic KitsRainSea, Stars and Luxury Kits - Rain, Sea, Stars
Wool Warehouse: Basic Kits -  Rain, Sea, Stars and Luxury Kits - Rain, Sea, Stars

Further afield: 
Paradise Fibres* in the USA and other stockists across Europe (plus one in South Africa) also sell the kits - find the full list here. Note that there may be some fluctuation in the price based on the exchange rate at the time of your order - be sure to select the correct currency before checkout, especially if you are in one of the countries that use different 'dollars'.

*Affiliate. Prices are fixed at £33.99 (€43,40) for the basic kit / £119.99 (€159,90) for the luxe  with free UK delivery available at both UK stores. International shipping costs vary depending on your location.

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  1. These packs are so beautiful - I may have to join in. Love that there is a charitable donation included too. xx

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    1. They really are lovely - I've decided on the Stars Luxury kit, and can't wait to get started now. It feel like doing something positive and such a lovely way to share and expand community too.

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