These weeks are flying by. I was hoping for the chance to try the third Last Dance on the Beach motif before posting (in case you missed it, I finally decided on my colours and even have new hooks) but alas, time has run away with me today - again! So here's the summary of week three with all the links you need. I'll post my squares on Instagram and Facebook over the next few days but for now, let me tell you about the latest pattern instalment.
We've already had popcorns and stars, and this week it's time for clusters and cables, which involve working into the front posts. I've never done this before so this square feels like it will be a bit more of a challenge. Mind you, I thought the same during the previous weeks and those squares have gone without a hitch (I didn't even need to use the videos - but think this might be the week I need extra help).
I interviewed the designer of this week's motif a few weeks ago - it's the lovely Tatsiana who you may know from Lilla Bjorn Crochet blog. (Find the interview here.) When we chatted, I asked Tatsiana her top tip for crochet novices, and she said answered clearly "Don't be afraid!". She believes it's good to try things you think are more advanced, and that it really helps a person to develop their skills. Excellent advice for anyone who is looking at this week's design and wondering if they can do it. Tatsiana has named this square 'Sunset in the Waves' (when you turn it to the side, you can see why) and you can also read all about the inspiration, and her tips for the special stitches, on her blog today.
- Download the pattern PDF (in English or Dutch) here - it is a full written pattern and has a chart.
- If you need some extra help, video links from 'It's all in a Nutshell' can be found here and are in English and Dutch for both right- and left-handed crafters.
- Tag your photos on social media using #lastdanceonthebeach and #scheepjescal2016.
- Find the Facebook groups here - English/International and Dutch language if you need help or just want to join in the conversation.
- If you want to get hold of the official CAL kits / to be notified when they are back in stock, check Wool Warehouse* and Deramores* for the UK/International delivery. If you would like to put your own colour pack together (like I did), there are lots of in-stock colours to choose from at those stores too.
Oh and before I go, news of a Spring Giveaway on the new Simy's Studio blog. If you're in the CAL Facebook groups you'll already know Simy. Her new blog has just launched, and to celebrate she's giving away 25 cute little balls of Scheepjes Catona! Find the giveaway details, and enter the draw here.