Round and Round The Crochet Hook

Another inspiring crochet book has hit the shelves, and I’ve had the privilege of receiving an advanced copy a few weeks ago.
It’s Tuva‘s latest publication by very talented Emily Littlefair / The Loopy Stitch“Round and Round The Crochet Hook”, and I can assure you they’ve once again created a beautiful and perfectly interesting book for both the beginner and advanced crocheter.

It has 18 – mostly – quick and easy patterns, like coasters and placemats, cushions and wall hangings – the always lovely mandala is definitely a theme in this book.
The masterpiece of Emily’s wonderful book, however, is most certainly “Winnie’s Wonderland Blanket”.

As it turns out it is Emily’s personal favorite too, and I so understand why!
The two versions in the book – a blue and a pink one – have been photographed beautifully, but to be honest with you, it’s this ↓ photo of Emily’s sister and the two “Winnies” that I found on Em’s website that I love the most!
I always like a blog tour on the occasion of a new book coming out, simply because it’s fantastic (and very inspirational) to see everyone’s – different – take on the patterns and designs, and I was thrilled having been asked to be part of Em’s super book blog tour. You can see all participants and read more about the book in Emily’s blog post, right here.

The project I made from the book is the “Pineapples and Lace Cushion”. Being a lover of pink, I first wanted to pick out one of these yummie DMC Natura Just Cotton-colors.BUT … all of a sudden my eye was drawn to the flowery purple fabric laying on my desk, and the mustard ball of DMC and I instantly fell in love with this combination.

For my cushion I crocheted only the top part, made a custom-sized fabric pillow (diameter 45 cm – flowery fabric as the back, a neutral beige as the front), filled it with fibre fill and hand sewed the mustard crochet part onto the cushion. That is, after I blocked it, which is a must with a lacy pattern like this, if you ask me.

Just for fun, I added a round of single crochet stitches and a puff stitch here and there to the outside of the crochet, and I’m so pleased with how it turned out.
In hindsight it might have been better to add a zipper or envelope-style back to my cushion; plus next time I’ll be using a ready-made cushion insert, but I was too eager to see my project finished … all-in-all I think my “Pineapples and Lace Cushion” turned out pretty good 🙂
Having a second look at the main fabric: a version with a pink crochet front, or maybe a bright green seems a rather good combo as well.Oh, and how about purple … ah … I so like playing with color in my crochet, and the endless possibilities it gives me :-)!

One last thing: Emily is giving away TWO signed copies of her book through her Instagram account; click here to see how you can enter.

Happy crocheting!
Love,
Marianne xx

The Lovebomb Christmas Ornament

One of the people I’ve loved meeting in the online world is my sweet & brave friend Jane, aka Queen Babs, from Sydney/Australia.
Sweet, because she is one of the most caring, fun, thoughtful persons I know – brave, because she suffers not from one, but several chronic illnesses, yet always-always finds her way up into positivity, and around problems she faces.
I truly and honestly admire her (and her husband Martin) for that, in fact, I find it enormously inspiring.

Jane and I share a couple of things, but our love for crochet and vibrant – or, as some people would rather call them, ‘hysteric’ 😉 – colors is our most common passion.

As Queen Babs she has installed a lot of gorgeous and happy yarn bombs over the past couple of years (if you want to see and read more about yarn bombing, you can go to an earlier blog post I wrote on that right here).

She has shared many lovely patterns – all accessible via this link – and has just released a new one: “The Lovebomb Christmas Ornament”. Isn’t it gorgeous?

The minute it came out, I virtually ran to The Happenstore, bought my copy of the pattern, and started crocheting.
I made two of each colorway, crocheted them together, and filled them with a little fibre fill.
The colorful version of Jane’s design is an excellent way to use your left-over yarn.
I loved making mine and I love how they turned out …

It’s also great fun seeing other people’s “Love Bomb Christmas Ornaments”, for instance here, or here.After making my multicolored baubles, I made these two more subdued lovebomb ornaments. They will be hung in the big tree in our living room, that I always decorate in just silver, glass, white and grey tones. I think they’ll fit in perfectly!

There is one more thing that I truly love about the “Lovebomb Ornament”: by buying this wonderful pattern we all help Jane raise funds to buy a much-needed new wheelchair – how’s that for the true spirit of Christmas?

Happy making, lovely people – let us all love-bomb this festive season and put some light in Jane’s Christmas!

Love,
Marianne xx

PS: I’ve only just found out you can also get the pattern through Ravelry, this is where you’ll find Jane, and this link will take you to the pattern.

“Little Lenny” Cushion

It’s safe to state I’m a bit on a roll when it comes to finishing projects, and boy-oh-boy does that feel good. Especially since I’ve accumulated quite the list of free patterns over the past year (the bookmaking year ;-)), that I – of course – still want to share here!

“Little Lenny” is one of them; I have nothing but fun memories linked to this cute little pattern. It was offered as a freebie for the workshops taught during the my book launch parties, and was part of the “Colorful Crochet”-book tour as well.

Twenty-five “Little Lennies” first became a rectangular cushion (project for CraftKitchen), and simply because I could not stop playing, another 25 recently became thís square and more colorful version of that. I really love both, and am happily sharing the free pattern with you: enjoy!

“Little Lenny Cushion”
(US terms used – a Dutch version of this pattern can be found here – short version of the pattern in English is here – to convert cm to inches, click here)

Stiches:
slst: slip stitch
ch: chain
sc: single crochet
hdc: half double crochet
dc: double crochet

I’ve used a “join-as-you-go”-method to attach my squares; this is done in the last round (round 3). You’ll find this method described in the pattern as well as, plus some helpful photos. Of course you can join your squares any other way, if you like.

Things you’ll need:
Any (leftover) yarn, in a color combo that tickles your fancy (or suits your decor).
For the rectangular one I used:
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* Durable Cosy Fine (Rose 226, Deep Fuchsia 238, Lime 352, Ivory 326);
* 5 mm crochet hook, scissors, darning needle, cushion insert 60 cm x 40 cm.

You can easily attach your crochet front to a bought cushion, but if you want to sew your own, you’ll be needing fabric too:
– for the front:
* a piece of 42 cm x 42 cm, off-white (all measurements include a seam allowance);
* for the small strip (color matching the colors in your project):
1 piece measuring 5 cm x 42 cm;
* 1 piece of fabric matching the colors in your project: 19 cm x 42 cm.

– for the back:
– 2 x 50 cm x 42 cm (if you want to make a so called “envelope-style” back – handy tutorial here – for easy removal of your insert); if you do not want that, 1 piece of 62 cm x 42 cm will do.

For the colorful, square cushion I used:
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* Durable Cosy Fine, colors Coral 2190, Mandarin 2197, Honey 2179, Baby Blue 2124, Blue Grey 289, Turquoise 371, Ivory 326, Emerald 2135, Lime 352, Mint 2137, Deep Fuchsia 238, Vintage Pink 225, Raspberry 228, Rose 226, Violet 272;
* crochet hook 5,5 mm;
* cushion insert: 45 cm x 45 cm;
* fabric for the cushion cover (2 pieces of 47 cm x 47 cm)

“Little Lenny”-motif: crochet 25 (pattern in Dutch is right here)

round 1:  in a magic circle (or, chain 8, close with slip stitch in the 1st chain to form a ring): ch4 (=1st dc + ch1); * 1dc, ch1 **: repeat 14 more times, slip stitch into top of 1st stitch (= 3rd chain of the begin-ch4), pull circle/ring tight (16dc, including 1st ch3, and 16 ch1-spaces); fasten off, or – when you’re crocheting your square in 1 color – slip stitch into the next ch1-space;

round 2: (with same or new color – attach yarn in any ch-1-space of the previous round, or slip stitch into this space): ch5 (= 1st dc + ch2); * 1dc, ch2 **; repeat from * to ** 14 more times; slip stitch in top of 1st stitch (= 3rd chain of 5-begin-chains), your now see: 16dc and 16 chain2-spaces, fasten off, or when you’re crocheting your square in 1 color – slip stitch into the next ch2-space;

round 3: (with same or new color – start in any ch2-space of the previous round): * 1sc; in next ch2-space: 1 sc, 3hdc, 1sc; in next ch2-space: 1 sc; in next ch2-space: 2hdc, 1dc, ch2, 1dc, 2hdc (corner made) **; repeat from * to ** 3 more times; slst in 1st stitch, (16 sc, 28 hdc, 8 dc and 4 corners of ch2-spaces each); fasten off; sew in all your ends.

round 3 – Join-As-You-Go:
This round is crocheted as the regular round 3, but with a few changes – to make things easier, I’ve described this joining-round in full:

(with the same or a new color, slip stitch to/or attach yarn in the next ch2-space), crochet (sc, 3hdc, sc) in this ch2-space, sc in next ch2-space, in the next ch2-space: * (2hdc, dc, ch1, make the loop on your hook a bit bigger and remove your hook from the loop, put the hook – back to front – through the ch2-corner space of the motif you’re attaching your current square to (from hereon referred to as “motif 1”), put the loop back on your hook, pull this loop through the ch2-corner space of “motif 1”, chain 1, and continue crocheting on your current motif (from hereon called “motif 2”): dc, 2hdc); you’ve now succesfully attached the 1st corner of your motif 2 to a corner of motif 1;
sc in next ch2-space, in the next ch2-space you crochet (sc, 2hdc, remove your hook from the loop, put your hook back to front through the corresponding stitch of motif 1 – this is the 2nd hdc – put the loop back on your hook and crochet 1 more hdc in motif 2, sc): motif 2 attached in the middle of the square to motif 1, sc; sc in next ch2-space **;
repeat from * to **, attaching in (a) corner(s) and in the middle of (a) square(s) where needed; close this round with a slip stitch in the first sc; fasten off.

This “join-as-you-go”-method is called the “pull loop through”-method – a short, but great instruction video can be found here.
Tip: whenever you need to attach a square in a corner where 2 (or 3) squares have already been joined, you’ll want to put your hook through the joining-chain that lies on top of all the other joining-chains.

Happy crocheting all y’all – I’d love to see your “Little Lenny”-projects, so please share (via email: marianne@marrose-ccc.com , or under the hashtag #littlelennygrannysquare).

Love,
Marianne xx

Tunisian Cushion – ‘t Voorpand

The best thing about working on projects behind the scenes – if you ask me – is the moment when I can share them here with you.
And when I’m able to not only present the secret project itself, but a rather wonderful giveaway as well, it only adds to the joy.

Lovely Caroline from “t Voorpand” in Marknesse contacted me a while ago, to ask whether I’d be willing to cooperate with her re one of Bregina Tuinstra‘s designs.
The pattern concerned is a tunisian cushion cover, crocheted in the round and made with the beautiful “Fonty”-yarn I had gotten to know via Bert Noorderijk/BN Agenturen, when working on the “Let’s Get Chunky”-magazine earlier this year.

After I had chosen my own set of 5 Fonty-colors needed for this cushion Caroline sent these, the pattern, the double sided tunisian crochet hook (and a sweet little gift) to me, so I could get started right away.

I’m a bit embarrassed to confess I did not follow my own advice as given in my book … (“Diving head-first into a project before reading and understanding the pattern, never turned out well for me. I’ve learned to take the time to read through everything first …”), yeah, right …
You see, when I unpacked the crochet hook, I thought “how on earth am I going to fit all these stitches on such a short hook”, and emailed Caroline immediately *insert blushing emoji here*.
As it turned out all too soon, of course I was given the correct equipment, AND instructions how to work with this short hook, as I found out minutes later – big oops.

At that point I still considered this as a bit of a complicated technique, but – again, haha – was very quickly proven wrong. I read Bregina’s instructions, watched this YouTube-tutorial and literally zoomed through the pattern.
The cushion is 40 cm x 40 cm, and for mine I used “Fonty Ambiance” in colors: 240, 306, 323, 324 and 340. It really was a very enjoyable and fun project that I finished so fast, I don’t even have progress shots to show you!
Plus, I truly love how it turned out, and I’m not the only one: the minute Quinn laid her eyes on it, it was decided that my “Fonty Tunisian Cushion” would move to her apartment, and I love that too!

I told you this post was about a wonderful giveaway as well: ‘t Voorpand is allowing me to give away the yarn pack (5 balls of the glorious Fonty Ambiance) + the pattern + the special crochet hook to make this beautiful cushion cover … TO TWO PEOPLE!!
The winners even get to pick their own set of colors! How awesome is that?
Also, we will ship internationally, so there’s a chance for everyone!

To enter, please leave a comment under this post, telling us why you think your friend, sister, mother or any other special person in your life should win this fab giveaway.
If your entry wins, both you AND this person will win!

As said: the giveaway is open worldwide, and will end Thursday November 30, 2017 – 22:00 (GMT + 1 hr); please, make sure I can contact you via email; if I do not hear from the initial winner within 48 hrs after my notification, a new winner will be drawn.
Good luck to all!

Love,
Marianne xx

edit: thank you all for participating! This giveaway is now closed – the two winners have been notified

Studio Hip & Stip – giveaway

Hello from my little corner of the world! I hope you all are well. I’m quickly popping in to tell – and show – what a fabulous book launch party I went to last Saturday.
PLUS: at the end of this post there’s a chance for you to win the book, so keep on reading ;-).

Annemarie Huijser, better known as “Studio Hip en Stip” and rather famous for her eclectic colorful style (and rightfully so!) wrote her first crochet book, and it was released with – as I said – a fa-bu-lous party at “Wolplein” this past weekend.
Not only was Annemarie celebrating the publication of “Haken met Studio Hip en Stip”, November 11 was her birthday as well, hurray! Along with a group of about 20 close crafty friends I was asked to come to a festive pre-party: so much fun!

It was lovely to meet Annemarie’s friends, a couple of which inspired her while writing her book and/or actually contributed to it, like the talented Mattanja Kroon, who designed the “Studio Hip en Stip”-logo – proudly displayed on the cover of the book – and handlettered all captions in the book: I SO love her work!

Another very creative and inspiring friend of Annemarie’s (whose work I’ve admired for a long time) is Nienke van der Zwan. She’s the queen of “Stip Stijl” – please do yourself a favor and check out the gorgeous art she makes (for instance here, here and here).

This most definitely will not come as a surprise: I love the book!
So colorful, so happy, such a nice variety of projects! I bet that even when bright colors are not exactly ‘your thang’, you’ll smile from ear to ear after leafing through “Haken met Studio Hip en Stip”.

Not only her book is pretty cool, Annemarie herself is genuinely an extraordinary and delightful person also – I’m so glad we met.
She’s one of those unique people that you immediately know are beautiful inside and out, and have no ‘hidden agenda’ at all.

At the top of Annemarie’s long list of tatents is “how to throw a party”.
We felt so welcome and joyous, as if we were celebrating our birthdays: spoiled to the max with so many goodies …

Of course the birthday girl got showered with – handmade – gifts too, and I’m sure they were all “handmade with love” for this very special woman! I know my pincushion is …

If you want to see more of the festivities, you can go check this hashtag, or – maybe even better – watch this “Koffie & Wol”-video. There is also a series of 5 wonderful little YouTube-movies on Annemarie’s bookmaking process – this is where you can find them.

Right next to me I have a signed copy of Annemarie’s book, and I’ve decided to make one of you happy with it, woohoo!
You can enter this giveaway – open internationally – by leaving a comment under this blog post.
Even though the book is in Dutch, I’m sure you non-Dutch will find plenty of (color!) inspiration in it, plus: all patterns have crochet charts, which takes care of any language barrier, right?
The giveaway will close Sunday November 26, 10:00 PM (GMT + 1 hr), and the winner will be notified shortly thereafter via email.
Good luck everyone!

Love,
Marianne xx

edit: this giveaway is now closed – a winner has been drawn and notified!

Home Decoration in Crochet

Gosh, I love crochet books! Especially when they’re as pretty, colorful, and happy as the one Tanya Eberhardt / “Little Things Blogged” just published!
I was one of the lucky ducks to receive an advanced copy of her book, AND was asked to be part of her fun book tour (details on the tour here). This made me all kinds of happy, to tell you the truth. You see, I’ve admired and been following Tanya ever since I stepped into the online crochet-world. If you browse her delightful and inspiring blog, I’m sure you cannot but agree with me that she’s a fantastic crocheter.

Going through her book – jam packed with 25 lovely designs – will only second that: she’s done a wonderful job. And so has ‘my’ publisher Tuva – very proud of them for delivering yet another beautiful and good-looking crochet book.

There is one project that I immediately and totally fell in love with: the “Mixed Stitch Blanket”! The minute I saw it, it moved right to the top of my (regrettably already very long) wishlist of crochet projects.

Another favorite (and must-make as far as I’m concerned) is the “Geometric Popcorn Cushion Cover”; you all know my love for geometry and texture in crochet, and this one definitely ticks those boxes!

Still wanting to crochet a project from Tanya’s book, but lacking the time to start the blanket, I opted for the large doily, that is part of the “Three Doily Set”.
Instead of the DMC Natura Just Cotton, as suggested in the book, I picked my colors from the DMC Medium-range, wanting to turn my doily into a round cushion.

What can I say? I adore how it turned out …

I’m gladly handing the “Home Decoration in Crochet”-baton to my sweet and very talented crochet colleague Sandra Paul; make sure to visit her blog (“The Cherry Heart”) tomorrow to see what her favorite project from Tanya’s book is.

Oh, and the official launch of Tanya’s book is November 15 (but you can already pre-order here). Also, she’s running a give-away to win a signed copy of her book (open worldwide – it closes on November 13, you can enter here).

Happy weekend – I’m off to yet another super-talented lady’s book launch at “Wolplein” today; more on that soon!

Love,
Marianne xx

Mahoosive Wool

You might remember this blog post, when I reviewed Sarah‘s cool crochet book “Supersize Crochet”, and the shoulder bag I made from it. As the title of Sarah’s book very clearly indicates, all of the projects in this book require chunky yarn. It was around that time, I think, that the queen of chunky yarn, the lovely Andrea of “Woolly Mahoosive”, graciously sent me some of the giant balls of yarn that she and her company are known for, a 40 mm (!) hook included. I was in awe! Not just because the giantness of the wool is SO impressive, but the yarn itself is beautiful, soft and very nice, plus I loved the colors Andrea gave me to work with.

Catching up on stuff, summer itself and a broken arm got in the way of diving right in, but I made up for all that last Monday morning: an excellent start of my week, I can assure you. My plan for this yarn early on was to make a cat-bed for Quinn’s cat Ziggy, and I had found this pretty fabric to make the cushion that I wanted to go in the crochet bed a few weeks before (here) – isn’t it just the cutest? And – maybe the best of all – this project was finished in 1,5 hrs – start to finish! Not bad either for a change, right? I took notes as I went along, so I could share the “Ziggy Pet Bed”-pattern here with you right away!

“Ziggy Pet Bed” (US terms used)

Things you’ll need:
1 Giant Ball of Mammoth Acrylic, color: “Dove Grey” (more info: here)
40 mm crochet hook (info: here)
Some fabric (about 0,5 m) to make an insert/cushion (mine has a 43 cm diameter)
Fiber fill to stuff the insert/cushion with

Round 1: in a magic ring, crochet 6 single crochet stitches (6 sc);

Round 2: 2 single crochet stitches in every sc made in the previous round (12 sc);

Round 3: 2 single crochet stitches in every sc made in the previous round (24 sc);

Round 4: * 1 sc in the next sc, 2 sc in the next sc **; repeat all around (36 sc);

Round 5: in the back loops only of the sc made in the previous round: 1 sc in every sc made in round 4 (36 sc);

Round 6: 1 sc in every sc made in the previous round (36 sc);

Round 7: 1 slip stitch in every sc made in the previous round; fasten off, sew in your ends.

Cut two identical circles, the size of which will fit into your pet bed (do not forget a seam allowance); with right sides facing, sew the two pieces together, leaving a 10 cm opening so you can fill the cushion with fiber fill. Close the opening with little (hand) stitches, add your (leather) label (I love mine by “Mez11”), and you’re all done!

As you can see, Ziggy quite liked her new bed!

Love, Marianne xx

“LANGetantjesetjesjaal”

The designer of this lovely scarf, one of the infamous “Borgo Babes” and a very sweet crafty friend, Lisette – aka “Tante Setje” / “Little auntie Set” in English – allowed me to translate the pattern for you in English and publish it here on the “maRRose-blog”, pretty cool, huh?

To celebrate “RitsIn” ‘s birthday, owners Evelien & Mieke threw an awesome yarn related birthday party in their delightful shop a few weeks ago, together with “Lang Yarns” and Lisette. I was one of the lucky girls to be invited to the party, so off to Zwolle I went one sunny fall afternoon.

All attendees were asked beforehand to pick a color combination using “Lang Yarns Merino+” and “Lang Yarns Viva Merino Fine”, and I picked “Merino+” color 152.0119 (shade chart here), and “Viva” color 941.0065 (all colors here).

Lisette, knowing all too well that crocheting a complicated pattern would not come to any crochet-fruition when a group of crafty friends meets, came up with this rather easy, yet very effective design, and YES, we all got a head start on the project PLUS talked, and talked, and talked some more while crocheting … ;-). Not only sweet and talented, but a smart cookie too, this wonderful ‘Tante Setje’!

And, no surprise: the scarf is an instant Instagram hit! The pattern itself is – as said – easy-peasy, but by using the two different kinds of yarn and colors, the outcome is rather fantastic! I absolutely love my “LANGetantjesetjesjaal”!
It’s wonderfully soft and a pleasure to wear, and seeing the many color combinations under the hashtag #LANGetantesetjesjaal”, I honestly want to start another one …

So, without further ado, if you’re Dutch and want to make this fab scarf: here is where you find Lisette’s pattern. Also, for you lovely Dutch people: a couple of the “LANGetantesetjesjaals” will be on display at “Echtstudio” this coming week during the “KreaDoe”-craft fair. “Echtstudio” will bring a vast supply of Lang Yarns “Merino+” and “Viva”, so you can get started on your scarf right away! Or … you can shop online right here!
You’ll find my “LANGetantesetjesjaal” there too – I’ll be bringing it with me to “KreaDoe”.
After you have admired the scarves and gorgeous “Lang Yarns” on display, please don’t forget to come and say “hi”: you’ll find me at the “CraftKitchen”-stand both Wednesday (with Lisanne) and Thursday (with Liza) – and the rest of the CK-team all other days!
Oh, and I’ve decided to extend the time to enter the giveaway to win two tickets for the fair with one more day; just visit this link, leave a comment, and you’re IN!

And here’s the pattern in English:

“Lisette’s ‘LANG’ scarf”
(US terminology used – all tutorial photos: copy right Lisette)

Things you’ll need:
3 balls of “Lang Yarns Merino+”,
3 balls of “Lang Yarns Viva,
(in any color combination)
5 mm or 6 mm crochet hook (your tension is key – I crocheted my scarf with a 6 mm hook), darning needle, scissors, tape measure

Size:
approx. 220 cm (tassels included) x approx. 20 cm

You can easily adjust the size of your scarf, as long as the stitches of your foundation chain are a multiple of 2.

ROW 1: chain 300 with the “Merino+”; in the second chain from your hook you crochet a single crochet; * crochet a chain, skip the next chain of your foundation chain, crochet a single crochet in the following chain of your foundation chain **; repeat from * to ** until there are 2 chains on your foundation chain left. Chain one, start making a single crochet, but finish the last part of this stitch with the “Viva”, thus fastening off the “Merino” and attaching the “Viva”. Turn your work.

ROW 2: chain 1, crochet a single crochet in the chain-space made in the previous row, * chain 1, single crochet in the next chain-space made in the previous row **; repeat from * to **; end this row with a single crochet in the first chain-space of your previous row, turn your work.

ROW 3: chain 1, crochet a single crochet in the chain-space of the previous row, * chain 1, single crochet in the next chain-space made in the previous row **; repeat from * to **; end this row with a single crochet in the first chain-space made in the previous row, but finish this stitch with the “Merino+” (just like you did in row 1 – this way you’re fastening off the “Viva”, and attaching the “Merino+”). Turn your work.

ROW 4-31: continue the routine as described above until you have crocheted 31 rows; remember to continuously crochet 1 row of the “Merino+” and 2 rows of the “Viva”.

ROW 32: chain 1 with the “Merino+”, crochet a slip stitch in every single crochet and chain-one space made in the previous row; fasten off.

Add tassels on both short sides of your scarf, using the “Merino+”.

Enjoy wearing your beautiful scarf!

Love,
Marianne xx

KreaDoe and a giveaway

When you’re a yarn lover, and live in The Netherlands, you have every reason to feel fortunate. This tiny country has so many beautiful yarn stores and talented designers.
And how about all those lovely craft dates with like-minded people, or – especially at this time of year – the abundance of Craft Fairs?

One of the biggest annual craft events in this country is “KreaDoe“: 5 days of ‘you-just-name-the-craft-and-you-can-find-it-there, held from November 1st – November 5th in the “Jaarbeurs” in Utrecht. I’m telling you, it’s huge, very inspirational, fun, and you can very easily spend a full day there, and still have the feeling you’ve missed some of the many things they have to offer.

Just like last year, the CraftKitchen-team (Janneke, Lidy, Lisanne, Liza and I) is going to be present all 5 days, making sure 2 of us bloggers will be there each day.

In this post I’m showing you some of the latest projects my very talented co-bloggers and I have designed for CraftKitchen.
I’m very proud of all this beautiful – free – content we are kicking out every week, and to tell you the truth I’m personally very proud of my “Brides & Summer Shawl”. I’m currently translating the pattern in English, and hope to have it ready for you (very) soon.

At KreaDoe we CraftKitchen-bloggers are bringing our latest CK-projects, and we will be crafting, knitting, weaving, and crocheting at our ‘kitchen’ table, ready to help you with your CK-projects, or just chat … we love doing both, and can’t wait to meet you.
I’ll be at “KreaDoe” Wednesday November 1st, as well as Thursday November 2nd, and sure hope to see many of you!

KreaDoe and CraftKitchen are allowing me to giveaway TWO tickets to the fair – all you have to do is let me know in the comment section why you think you should win these (and leave your email address) – easy, right?

The giveaway closes coming Saturday, October 28th, 2017 (22:00 GMT+1), and I’ll announce the winner on my Facebook page (link here) on Sunday, so make sure to follow me there too!
edit: giveaway is prolonged with 24 hrs, so now ends Sunday, October 29th, 2017 (22:00 GMT+1)

(If I do not hear from the initial winner within 24 hrs after my notification, a new winner will be drawn).

Good luck everyone!
Love,
Marianne xx

“Selden sá” and a trip down memory lane …

Oh, you guys … I had such a delightful day last Sunday! As I told you before, I was scheduled for an “Eindeloos Haken”-meet & greet in Franeker in – what I now know – is a true gem of a yarn store, “Selden sá”, in the northern parts of The Netherlands, aka Friesland.
And no, this is not pronounced as “fries” “land”, as our Canadian nephew exclaimed years ago, when he noticed the sign that said “you have now entered “Friesland”, figuring he was entering a fried potato lovers paradise … haha!
“Friesland” (freeze-land) is a beautiful Dutch province bordering the “Waddenzee”, and picturesque Franeker is about 145 kilometers north-east from where I live.

It was nice to see the sun come out on Sunday, after a dreary and all-day-rainy Saturday, and with my car almost literally filled to the brim with “Colorful Crochet”-projects, I set sail to Franeker.
I had not realized until I was well under way, that I was driving exactly the route that we as a family took many, many times, when I was a (little) girl. You see, my maternal grandparents lived in Den Oever, on one end of the famous “Afsluitdijk”, and my paternal grandfather lived on the island of Terschelling. To get to him we would have to drive to the other side of the “Afsluitdijk” to the town of Harlingen, then onto the ferry, that – after about 1 1/2 hours at sea – would finally bring us to my opa Roos.

After about 1 1/2 hours I arrived at “Selden sá”, a spacious store, right on one of Franeker’s canals, minutes from the very heart of this pretty town.
I was given a warm welcome by shopowner Nynke, and her equally lovely assistant Loesanne, and we set to work, unloading my car, putting all my projects on display.
I could not help myself taking lots of photos before the official program got started, both of my crochet – looking ever so nice in Nynke’s spacious&beautiful store – and “Selden sá’s” gorgeous yarn and inspirational projects, like this fabulous knitted brioche shawl ↓ (Nynke’s work). The afternoon flew by, and I really had a great time talking to lovely people, chit-chatting the hours away, doing a little crochet on the side, all very pleasurable!

The cute bench in front of Nynke’s shop turned out to be the best spot for some of my crochet blankets and the occasional cushion, as well as for a couple of fun photos ↑ with Nynke & Loesanne (do check out Loesanne’s gorgeous work here and here) and Ingrid (who, by the way interviewed me for the “Breiclub”-blog – soon to be published, woohoo).

As always, after having met like-minded creatives, I went home with a smile on my face, and could not help myself stopping at the “Afsluitdijk”-observation tower, and my opa&oma De Visser’s hometown of Den Oever on my way home.

A day well spent!

Love,
Marianne xx

PS: I love this fun collage of my visit that “Selden sá” posted on their facebook yesterday!