Wednesday, 20 July 2016

Scheepjes CAL 2016 - Last Dance on the Beach


The Scheepjes CAL 2016 is coming to an end, after almost a year of organisation & almost 3 months of the CAL patterns being released, today we arrive at the final part : the border.
De Scheepjes CAL 2016 loopt op zijn einde, een jaar nadat we met de organisatie begonnen, en ongeveer 3 maanden na het vrijgeven van het eerste patroon, zijn we vandaag nu echt aan het laatste deel aangekomen : de rand. 

I remember meeting with Marinke over a year ago when she presented the ideas for this CAL. I also remember talking with Marinke’s family, shortly after her passing about how they wanted this project to continue in her memory.
My task was to make this happen.
Ik herinner me nog goed hoe Marinke en ik meer elkaar meer dan een jaar geleden ontmoetten, en ze me haar idee voor deze CAL voorlegde. Ook herinner ik me nog hoe ik met Marinke’s familie sprak, niet lang na haar overlijden, en hoe graag zij wilden dat Marinke’s idee toch gerealiseerd werd, als aandenken aan haar. Het was mijn taak om dit te laten gebeuren.


It has been a much longer journey than a ‘normal’ CAL, it’s also been a much more emotional journey as many of us working on this CAL knew Marinke personally and were still grieving for our friend who was now gone.
Some words in the CAL groups have hurt, when in an online group some people do not consider that there are real people behind the screen. Those people have lost a dear friend and are, despite their sadness, still trying to honour their friends’ wishes. But the amazing designers and fabulous people at Scheepjes have supported each other through the course of this CAL because it was important to us to realise this CAL in Marinke’s name and to uphold her families’ wish.
Deze CAL was anders dan een ‚normale’ CAL : de voorbereiding duurde langer, er kwamen veel emoties bij te pas omdat velen die meewerkten aan deze CAL Marinke persoonlijk kenden en nog altijd rouwen omdat ze niet meer onder ons is. 
Een aantal reacties in de CAL groepen waren kwetsend, omdat sommige mensen niet beseffen dat in een online groep toch echt wel ‚echte mensen’ achter het computerscherm zitten, achter de schermen werken. Echte mensen die een dierbare vriend kwijtraakten en die, ondanks het grote verdriet, geprobeerd hebben de wensen van hun vriendin te eren.  
De ontwerpers en de fantastische mensen van Scheepjes hebben elkaar gedurende deze CAL volop gesteund, omdat het voor ons van groot belang was deze CAL in Marinke’s naam te realiseren en de wensen van haar familie na te leven.


However, the many words of encouragement, kindness and support have far outnumbered the hurtful comments.  Each and every one of them has been greatly appreciated. The crochet community is mainly made up of wonderfully enthusiastic, supportive and helpful people, as Marinke herself knew.
Daarom waren de aanmoedigende woorden, de lieve en zachte woorden en de steun die we ontvingen talrijker dan de nare kwetsende opmerkingen. Dank jullie hiervoor. De haakwereld bestaat gelukkig vooral uit fijne, enthousiaste, hulpvaardige en blij mensen, wat Marinke ook altijd zei.


Soon Marinke’s family will be invited to Scheepjes HQ, so that together with Scheepjes they can hand over the charitable donations this CAL has raised to the MIND organisation and charity. We will of course share this happy event with you all who have contributed.
Weldra zullen we Marinke’s familie op het Scheepjes hoofdkantoor uitnodigen, om samen met ons de donaties bestemd voor het fonds psychische gezondheid, te overhandigen. We zullen dit fijne moment uiteraard met jullie allemaal delen. 


But for now, I leave you with the border pattern. As my role has been in this and many CAL’s, I pull together all the different elements and put them together to hopefully create a beautiful project. In the same way, this border pulls together all your work of the last 13 weeks and finishes your beautiful blanket.
I urge you all to take the time as you crochet your final few stitches, to think about Marinke (Wink) and what she has brought into your life. How she has reached through her crochet and touched your life in some way. How she has taught you the importance of gauge, new stitches and techniques, that not all crochet hooks are the same, introduced you to a new yarn, the joy of texture and how fragile life can be.
Vandaag geven we het patroon voor de rand vrij. 
Wat mijn rol in deze CAL en in vele andere CAL’s betreft, ik verzamel alle verschillende elementen en breng ze samen in de hoop zo een mooi project te creeëren. Net zoals deze rand al het werk van de 13 vorige weken samenbrengt, en je deken op een mooie manier afwerkt. 
Ik wil jullie dan ook graag vragen de nodige tijd te nemen als jullie de allerlaatste steken aan deze deken haken, aan Marinke (Wink) te denken en wat ze allemaal voor moois in jullie leven heeft gebracht. 
Hoe ze jullie via haar haakwerk bereikt heeft en jullie leven op een bepaalde manier geraakt heeft. Hoe ze de aandacht gevestigd heeft op het belang van een stekenproef, nieuwe steken en technieken, dat niet alle haaknaalden hetzelfde zijn, dat ze jullie nieuwe garens heeft laten kennen, het plezier van ‚textuursteken’, en dat het leven fragiel en kwetsbaar is. 

When your blanket is complete, go Dance on the Beach one last time for Wink. 

Please share your last dance photos with us on Facebook and Instagram by #ScheepjesCAL2016 so that everyone who has contributed to the making of this CAL, Marinke’s family and friends can all share in your creations and enjoy this final dance with you.
Als jullie dekens klaar zijn, ‚Dans op het Strand’ nog een laatste keer voor Wink. Deel zeker ook jullie foto’s met ons op Facebook en Instagram, gebruik de tag #ScheepjesCAL2016. Op deze manier kan iedereen die meegewerkt heeft aan deze CAL samen met Marinke’s familie en vrienden, jullie creaties zien en deze laatste dans samen met jullie meedansen. 

Scheepjes CAL 2016 'Last Dance on the Beach' : English
Scheepjes CAL 2016 ' Last Dance on the Beach' : Nederlands


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17 comments:

  1. Thank you Simy and EVERYONE involved in this CAL for making Marinke's dream come to true and touching so many people. May you and her family all be richly Blessed. Hugs, Ursula

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  2. Beautiful. Thank you for all you did, and continue to do. I can't wait to show off my beautiful blanket. It will be treasured forever x

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  3. Simy, I can only imagine how this has been for you. You have nurtured and grown this beautiful concept to reality for so many of us to pay tribute to a beautiful girl whom we all loved in our own ways. You have run the CAL group with such warmth, generosity, brilliant yarn enabling and all the while being so busy behind the scenes on other projects. I now for me that this is not the end of this CAL but the beginning of what I hope to be a long and enduring relationship with you and future Scheepjes CALs. Thank you, those words dont seem to be enough.

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  4. Bedankt voor alle leerlessen ❤️

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  5. Lovely words Simy, I have been grateful for every moment of this CAL and look forward to showing you my finished blanket. It will be greatly treasured. Thank you ALL involved in making this CAL happen - I for one appreciate the mammoth effort this took at what must have been some very very hard moments for you all. Sending hugs from England Maggie Lewin

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  6. Bedankt voor deze schitterende deken, en haaklessen 💞
    Wilm@

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  7. This was my first CAL and very special indeed. I loved every minute of it, so much so that I am making 2 blankets and that I can't bear to stop just yet and I making more squares. I started to crochet when I was a little girl at school and occasionally came back to it but I've learned more in thd past 3 months than in the years before. Thank you and all the designers for all the love and effort you put into this project. xoxo

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  8. Such beautiful words. I have not joined in a CAL along before. I have learned so much . Thank you all for the time and effort you have put in. It is a wonderful tribute to Wink, your friendships and to her family. It has be an amazing experience. Xxx Anne ( UK )

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  9. Such beautiful words. I have not joined in a CAL along before. I have learned so much . Thank you all for the time and effort you have put in. It is a wonderful tribute to Wink, your friendships and to her family. It has be an amazing experience. Xxx Anne ( UK )

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  10. Thank you Simy, this was my 1st CAL too, only been crocheting for 6 months, I have learned a lot and feel like I have made lots of new friends along the way. I am going to make the 2014 CAL now and have ordered my kit. You and your team should congratulate each other for a fantastic job in honour of your wonderful friend. Best wishes Caroline (UK)

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  11. Thank you Simy I have really enjoyed this my first CAL and it won't be my last. I have learnt so many new things about crocheting and did become obsessed with it. Who would have thought a knitter could have been converted to a crochet.i will admit my squares did go a bit missed shaped at times and the brilliant tutorials made things so much easier to see what I was doing wrong. I still have my sea kit to finish then the rain one you do so I will be busy for a while then I can start the cal from 2014 wool already purchased. I want to thank all of you for Bringing this cal to so many people Wink will be looking down and smiling on all of you Thank you again Best wishes x julie

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  13. This has been my first CAL. I knew from the first sneak peak that I wanted to participate. It has been such a special experience. Thank you, Simy, for all of your hard work, for your gentleness in dealing with Facebook drama, for all of the things that went unseen. I'm so proud of the blankets I'm making and so grateful for the chance to be a part of something so meaningful.

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  14. This has been my first CAL. I knew from the first sneak peak that I wanted to participate. It has been such a special experience. Thank you, Simy, for all of your hard work, for your gentleness in dealing with Facebook drama, for all of the things that went unseen. I'm so proud of the blankets I'm making and so grateful for the chance to be a part of something so meaningful.

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  15. Thank you and everyone for a wonderful CAL experience. At times I have felt I was crocheting for my life and now I truly understand what strength can come from creating something beautiful. Peace to all!

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  16. Thank you for all the work and love you have put in this project. We, as her family, are very grateful that you went on with Wink's ideas and let the whole crochet world join in! Thank for your kind words. See you soon ☆

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  17. Thank you for all the work and love you have put in this project. We, as her family, are very grateful that you went on with Wink's ideas and let the whole crochet world join in! Thank for your kind words. See you soon ☆

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