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Ubuntu – Scheepjes CAL 2018

OMG it’s that time of year again – Scheepjes CAL time!

This year is going to absolutely blow your hair off.  The CAL is called Ubuntu, and designed by the legendary Dedri Uys. You know Dedri of course.  She changed the crochet world a few years ago with her incredible Sophie’s Universe.


I’m going to get straight into it.  The annual Scheepjes CAL will kick off on 12 September (so there is going to be plenty of time for you to order your kits, more on that shortly) and will run through December.

Medium SW

Each clue will be released each Wednesday via the official Scheepjes CAL groups and

Join the international group here:

Join the Dutch language group here:

There will be a few language options available, including UK and US terms, Dutch, German and French.  As always, more languages will be added as participants of the CAL translate the pattern as they go, so keep an eye on the groups for that info.

The pattern, OMG the pattern!

large SWXL

This year the design is an amazing hexagon shape, and you’re almost certain to learn new stitches and become a better crocheter as a result of Dedri’s creation.

There going to be three official kits available, in three sizes. There is a small (120cm point to point diameter) in Cotton 8, medium (151cm point to point diameter) in Stone Washed, and large (192cm point to point diameter) in Stone Washed XL.

cotton 8 small

Ok, now we’ve talked about the what and the when, let’s get onto the where.  As in where to buy kits.  As always, kits will be available from the best Scheepjes retailers, find your favourite on

A couple of recommended retailers have kits up for pre-order, including:

Caro’s Atelier*

Wool Warehouse*

Knotty House*

Other sites will have options available in the coming days and weeks, like old faves Deramores* and Black Sheep Wools*

And  for you video crocheters, Esther Dijkstra will be releasing her instruction videos each week in line with each clue, to stay on top of that, make sure you subscribe to her channel.

Are you excited? I’m BEYOND excited!  I saw a sneak peak late last year; this pattern is almost two years in the making.  Two years!  I’ve spent two months on a design once, and that was an emotional rollercoaster.  I can’t imagine two years.  Be sure to give Dedri all the love in the world on this one, she’s earned it.  And the pattern is just astounding, so you won’t be able to help yourself.


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Spirits of Life CAL – by Lilla Bjorn Crochet

I have no words.  None.

Well, of course, that’s not true – I have plenty to say today.  And most of it begins with the phrase “OH MY GOD…”

Tatsiana (Lilla Bjorn Crochet) has launched her latest CAL, called the Spirits of Life, and it’s going to blow your freaking mind!

Spirit of Life CAL by Lilla Bjorn. Photography by Oleg Ignatovich

Photo credit: Oleg Ignatovich

Tatsiana is a truly amazing designer.  You’ve seen her previous CALs of course.  There’s the Circles of the Sun and the Peacock Tail Bag, and she designed squares for both the LDOTB and the Nuts About Squares CALs.

She specialises in overlay crochet and there are some pretty impressive examples in this CAL, along with mosaic crochet and some other techniques which are guaranteed to make you a better crocheter!

There are three colourways, including Spirit of the Lake, Spirit of the Volcano and Spirit of the Orchid.  The yarns used are a mixture of Scheepjes Catona and Scheepjes Spirit.

The Spirit of the Volcano is my favourite.  It’s calling me.  Making me want to break into song, even!  I’m seeing Tatsiana in a couple of weeks, I do hope she brings this with her so I can steal it snuggle it.

spirit of the Volcano colourway for the Spirit of Life CAL by Lilla Bjorn. Photography by Oleg Ignatovich

Photo credit: Oleg Ignatovich

The CAL is being hosted by the Official CCC Social Group on Facebook and it will run for nine weeks.  Each week Tatsiana will post a new section on her blog: Lillabjorn’s Crochet World and there will be loads of support within the group, so make sure you join the 60+ thousand others!

You’ll also be able to join the fun on Ravelry, so add the project to your queue, and join Tatsiana’s group here.

The CAL will begin on 18 October, so you’ll have plenty of time to order your colours from your favourite spot, including:

Wool Warehouse (global shipping)
Knotty House (Canada)
Love Knitting (US)
Benelux Retailers like Sticks And Cups

The kits go on sale at the end of September, and are going to sell fast.  If you can, I recommend pre-ordering so you don’t miss out.

*Just a note: this post contains a couple of affiliate links which, if you choose to use when feeding your yarn habit, will earn myself, and Tatsiana, a small commission.  This helps keep up the freebies and doesn’t cost you a thing. Thanks so much! ♥

Nuts About Squares CAL

After being the voice we all hear behind some of the coolest CALs of recent years, including Sophie’s Universe, LDOTB and now the Hygge CAL, Esther from It’s All in a Nutshell is hosting her own CAL, named, you guessed it: Nuts About Squares!

Nuts About Squares CAL in Scheepjes Colour Crafter by Esther Dijkstra

The CAL will kick off on Friday 31st of March, with a new square being released on Esther’s blog each week.  There are 11 fabulous designers involved, including my dear friends Dedri and Tatsiana.

Nuts About Squares CAL bye Esther Dijkstra

There are also three colour packs available, in Earth, Sea and Sky*.  I think my favourite is Sea, but it’s a difficult decision!

Nuts About Squares CAL colour packs in Earth, Sea and Sky

Of course you can put your own colours together, here’s what Esther says:

“To make your own colorway, choose 6 colors you like and that work well together. Then determine which color you want to be color A, which color B, etc. Color A is used the most in the blanket and will be the main color. Colors E and F are accent colors and it works best if colors E and F are lighter or contrasting to color A. Colors B, C, and D are used about equally. Determine the yarn weight of the yarn that you are using to determine how much yarn you will need. The three kits give you yarn amounts for three different yarn weights.”

Nuts about Squares CAL in Scheepjes Stone Washed, by Esther Dijkstra

I’m really looking forward to watching this CAL week to week.  I’d love to make the time to participate, so I’m going to see if I can fit it in to my schedule…

Nuts About Squares CAL in Scheepjes Sunkissed by Esther Dijkstra

Pop on over to Esther’s blog and her Youtube channel, and make sure you hit Subscribe to keep up with the latest.

The yarn packs for this CAL will suit all budgets and are available from both Wool Warehouse* and from Scheepjes retailers such as Caro’s Atelier here in Almere (with European shipping).

Hygge – Girls Night In

Did you read Tammy’s post about the new Girl’s Night In colourway for Kirsten’s Hygge CAL together with Scheepjes?

Girl's Night In Colourway for the Scheepjes Hygge CAL 2017

The above image is courtesy of Tammy at

Scheepjes has released this very limited edition colourway for Kirsten’s amazing Hygge CAL and it will be available at retailers any moment now!

Girl's night in colourway for the Hygge CAL

The above picture is thanks to Claire Norden, you can download the free printable poster from her blog here.

Have you read all about Kirsten’s Hygge CAL?  You must have.  I mean, the entire world knows about or is participating in the CAL.  It’s the most fabulous design, so fresh and different and so totally, well, Kirsten.  This is most definitely my favourite colourway, I’m going to have to get my finger ready on the order button to get one too!


The colourway is bound to sell out in a heartbeat, so be sure to grab it quickly from your favourite Scheepjes retailer, or from Wool Warehouse*

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Get Set, Go! – Last Dance on the Beach CAL packs on sale Today!

Today’s the day!  Today you can start getting your hands on the yarn packs for the upcoming Last Dance on the Beach CAL that I have the absolute honour of being a part of!

Scheepjes CAL 2016, Last Dance on the Beach. This is the beautiful Dance in the Sea colourway.

There are quite a few places  you can get your hands on the packs still, but hurry.  Seriously, they’ll be sold out faster than Adele concert tix.

If you’re in the Netherlands, head to Caro’s Atelier here in Almere or online to pick up the Colour Crafter pack for 43.40, or the Luxe pack for 159.90.

If you’re in the UK or international (like in Australia – I feel so bad for you guys, having no Scheepjes distributors yet), head to either Wool Warehouse or Deramores.

In the US, head to Paradise Fibers, and in South Africa, Be Inspired has you covered.

Just to remind you, here’s what’s in the kits.

Here's what's inside the Basic and Luxury kits for the Last Dance on the Beach CAL by Scheepjes and Marinke Slump

I don’t know about you, but I want that tote!!

I might have to jump on my bike later and head over to Caro’s Atelier to have a feel…

And if you can’t decide which fibre is right for you, check out this wonderful comparison by Sarah from Crafts from the Cwtch.  It’ll really help you make up your mind.

What are you still doing here?  Why haven’t you left to order your pack yet?

Oh, and if you want to assemble your own colour packs using Scheepjes yarns, you totally can.  The info on how many balls you’ll need has been released in the Facebook groups just now.  Dutchies head here, and internationals, this one is for you.

Go on, go!

Just a little note: this post does contain a couple of affiliate links.  So if you choose to purchase from Wool Warehouse or Deramores using my links, you’ll be helping me fund my yarn addiction.  Thanks very much for that! X

Last Dance on the Beach

I can’t believe I can talk about this, finally!  Today is the day!  Scheepjes has just revealed the final images of the Last Dance on the Beach CAL which starts on April 20.

Scheepjes CAL 2016, Last Dance on the Beach. This is the beautiful Dance in the Rain colourway.

Scheepjes, together with a group of wonderfully talented designers (myself included!) have created the most beautiful CAL, based on my friend Marinke Slump’s last, unfinished design.

Marinke’s death hit very hard last year, so when I was offered the opportunity to participate in this last, beautiful tribute I couldn’t not take part. The results are spectacular.  It’s a design full of love, full of dreams, full of hope.

Scheepjes CAL 2016, Last Dance on the Beach. This is the beautiful Dance in the Sea colourway.

There are three gorgeous colourways, Dance on the Beach, Dance in the Sea, and Dance under the Stars.  I keep swinging back and forth between all three, unable to pick a favourite.

Scheepjes CAL 2016, Last Dance on the Beach. This is the beautiful Dance under the Stars colourway.

There will be kits available to buy on April 1, and the CAL will start on April 20.  There will be two kits in each colourway available, one will be the Luxury Kit, which is filled with the gorgeous Scheepjes Merino Soft, and the other will be using their Colour Crafter Premium Acrylic.  So there will be a kit to fit everyone’s price point.  The Basis Kit will retail for 43.40 euros, and the Luxury will retail for 159.90 euro.  2 euros from the sale of each kit will be donated to charities for mental health both in the Netherlands and the UK. Here’s what’s inside:

Here's what's inside the Basic and Luxury kits for the Last Dance on the Beach CAL by Scheepjes and Marinke Slump

The CAL will run for 14 weeks and each new installment will be released as a PDF on Wednesday afternoons (CET).

In the Benelux you can get hold of the kits via the wonderful Scheepjes stockistsScheepjes stockists, or internationally via Wool Warehouse, Deramores, and Paradise Fibers in the US.

Are you going to join us?  It’ll be the most wonderful shared experience.