The Dance That Almost Did Not Happen

Back in March I came across Last Dance on the Beach, and I immediately wanted to participate. I liked the blankets to be crocheted, and I liked the idea of a crochet-a-long, that raises money for a specific charity. So, I consulted with my other half on which colour scheme would go well with our home, and ordered the Basic Kit for Dance in the Sea. It was three weeks before the kick-off of the CAL, so I figured I was well in time.

As a disclaimer, I do have to say that so far I have never managed to complete a single knit-a-long or crochet-a-long within a schedule. Neither my life nor my crafting style fits a regular schedule. I guess the universe already knew it, so it set me up for a different ride with that particular project.

So, I get all excited, join the Facebook group, cheer enthusiastically over all the posts from other participants saying their yarn got delivered, go through all the photos of the swatches made, try to keep up with all the discussions about the square on week 1… But what is not happening is my yarn showing up.

I don’t give up, I write to the vendor. First attempt, no answer. Second attempt, they apologise and say that they have been overwhelmed with the popularity of the CAL, and unfortunately they have not had a chance to even complete my order. Upon my third attempt where I try to cancel my order and get my money back, they miraculously discover that they actually sent out my order three weeks ago. But there are no shipping documents they could show me.

With my enhtusiasm significantly lower, I leave for a month of travels. But I still keep checking every day if the yarn has arrived. Finally, it shows up. But not at the address given in the order, but at a port office where we have our PO Box. We don’t go there very often, so I am not sure how long it had been sitting there. 🙂

I get all excited again, even though I am still far from home. I ask my partner to count the skeins to make sure everything is ok. During one of our Skype sessions he offers to show me the yarns, so he takes the skeins out them one by one… I see pink, and then orange, and then purple…

“They’ve sent me the wrong kit!” I exclaim.

He sighs and says, “I guess we’ll have an ugly blanket then.”

To be continued…

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