Summer Break

It doesn’t even seem like I’ve been fully back to blogging since the release of my book, and it’s already time to announce my summer break!
I can’t believe a full year has gone by, and how much has happened.
Only 12 months ago I had just started working on the projects for “Colorful Crochet” / “Eindeloos Haken”. Tuva and I had established which projects were going to be part of the book, samples of the designs/patterns had been made and tested, colors were chosen, and crocheting the actual and life size projects was “all” that needed to be done next: happy times, really.
After all: crocheting is what I like to do most!
Many a lovely afternoon was spent crocheting outside, at my cherished “Tuin11”: bliss!

Given my long list of things on my “want to blog about” agenda, it’s tempting to keep going and – finally – catch up with all of that, but under slight pressure from my lovely husband, I’ve decided to take some (indeed: much needed) time off by logging off.
I’m afraid, all I can do now is tease you a little bit with some photos of projects I’ve been working on lately, most of which have been finished. I promise they’ll all get their solo moment of glory here as of next month 😉
The good news is I’ll be back in September – fully energized – and share here all the things I’ve been working on lately, many a free pattern/diy included: yay!

And if everything goes to plan, when you and I come back here in about a month, you’ll still find your trusted content here, but in a slightly updated lay-out, and with a “maRRose”-store built-in: exciting times!

Before that all happens, I intend to do a lot of leisurely crocheting and reading: two of my favorite things!
Wishing everyone of you a great summer (and equally great winter if you’re in the southern hemisphere) – looking forward to meeting here again at the beginning of September!

Love,
Marianne xx

PS: I’m sure I’ll be posting to Instagram occasionally, so if you want to see what I’m leisurely crocheting and reading, you’re more than welcome to follow me there!

Cross & Woods – giveaway

Not too long ago I blogged (here) about the wonderful cooperation that culminated in the “Let’s Get Chunky” magazine.Given the fact that all contributors worked with the beautiful Borgo de Pazzi-yarn, very quickly we – the lively bunch of crafty friends participating in this fun adventure – were referred to as “The Borgo Babes”.
At first, this made us all giggle, but I think right now most of us see this as an honorary title, that we carry with pride.

You see, we all donated our time and patterns for the magazine, knowing that part of its proceeds would go to the “Samen Breien Clubs” (“Knitting Together Clubs”) / the “Ouderenfonds” (a Dutch foundation that facilitates elderly to craft in groups, thus striving to make them less lonely).
                                           (photo credit ↑ Liset / Tante Setje)
We were thrilled to learn the magazine is a hit among knitters and crocheters, and last month we were able to realize a first and really fab donation (thank you, Borgo de Pazzi & Bert Noorderijk/BN Agenturen) during a festive meeting (cake and all) with some of the “Borgo Babes”, Bert, and the “Ouderenfonds” at their headquarters: happy (& proud) times for all of us!

One of the many Dutch shops carrying Borgo de Pazzi-yarn, and selling the “Let’s Get Chunky”-magazine, is “Cross & Woods” in The Hague.
Its owners, Pauline and Eloise, liked the magazine’s content, and decided to invite all “Borgo Babes” for an inspiring yarn-tasting party in their absolutely beautiful “crafting parlour”. Needless to say, we gladly obliged!

“Cross & Woods” is one of those gems that is so well worth a special visit.
As for me, it ticks all my crafty boxes: the shop is spacious, has a beautiful interior design, jaw dropping-gorgeous specialty yarns (“Hedgehog Fibres”, “Isager”, “Madelinetosh”, “Manos del Uruguay“, “Moeke Yarns”, “Nurturing Fibres”, just to name a few) and tools of the trade (“Merchant & Mills”, “KnitPro”), super pretty fabrics, books&magazines, you just name it: it’s there! And a true “crafting parlour” it is as well: many a workshop is being given at “Cross & Woods”.

Pauline and Eloise had us “taste” (work with) a lot of their specialty yarns, and provided us with all their background information – that went into such detail as the kind of sheep the particular yarn was harvested from, very interesting.

And…..being generous women, they gave me TWO skeins of amazingly soft&stunning “The Fibre Co.” yarn to give away here on my blog!

It’s a blend of 65% alpaca, 15% silk, 10% camel, 10% cashmere, which explains the fabulous softness. Each skein has: 145 m / 159 yds (needles: 3.25-3.5 / 3-4 US / 10 UK).In order to have a chance to win this lo-ve-ly duo, all you need to do is leave a comment beneath this post (and preferably tell me what project/pattern you have in mind to use them with).
The giveaway is open worldwide and will close Sunday August 6th, 2017 (22:00 my time, which is GMT+1hr).

Good luck to all!
Love,

Marianne xx

PS: please, make sure I can reach you by email – if I do not hear from the initial winner within 7 days after my notification email has been sent, a new winner will be drawn.

EDIT: this giveaway is now closed – the winner has been notified by email

Granny Square Love

I’m sure this will not come as a surprise to you: I absolutely LOVE granny squares!
From the simple ones, to the more intricate patterns, not to speak of the endless possibilities these little squares offer us crocheters: BIG love!

This post’s 1st photo was taken by my dear friend Lisanne / DraadenPraat during one of the photo shoots for my book “Colorful Crochet” / “Eindeloos Haken”.
It’s actually “Granny Square Cardigan Marie” you see here, but we wanted to show how pretty the very same grannies would look even if they were crocheted “just” into a blanket.Granny squares are the best beginner project – and I’m speaking from personal experience – allowing you to create something pretty and useful with your crochet right away, how awesome is that?

These are a few of my first granny square projects, and they’re all made and used with love.
The one above ↑ is my “Boho Granny Blanket” (more info here), and the squares below ↓ are part of my “Rose Blanket” (more info here).
The blanket in grey ↓ is my “Homely Blanket”. As you can see it consists of many different squares, all designed by my lovely and talented friend Heike / Made with Loops. One of the reasons I loved being part of the “Homely Blanket Crochet Along” was because it taught me so many new (to me) stitches. And I was very happy with the end result as well! More info on this blanket can be found here.

Going through some older posts and photos I came to realize there are a couple of free granny square patterns on my blog, and I’ve made them easily accessible for you via this link :).

Given my crush on granny squares, it was inevitable for them to be part of the designs in my book, and I’m very happy with how each one of them turned out.
Below are a few of the projects that are based upon granny squares: the “Dolly Dotty Cushion”, “Sunshine Blanket Quinn”, and “Merry-Go-Round Granny Square Cushion”.

Knowing I’m not the only one hooked on these mostly colorful little squares only adds to the fun. Did you know there is an actual “Granny Square Day”?
Granny Square Day was created in 2014 by one of the “Granny Square Crochet Queens”, the lovely Susan, and takes place each year on August 15. This year we’re looking at the 4th edition already.

The idea is that as many people as possible share their granny squares on Instagram, simply by filling your Instagram screen with a close-up of a single granny square, all using the same hashtag (#grannysquareday2017 and #grannysquareday), thus creating a beautiful virtual blanket for everyone to enjoy. Sandra / MobiusGirl Design – aka @mobiusgirl – started a Facebook group for anyone interested in sharing their squares and generally talking up this year’s holiday.
She too got ultra-creative with some of past year’s granny square day’s images, as you can see for yourself (and shop!) right here; oh-la-la: her crochet hook bag looks marvellous!
Still smitten with my “granny square bag” ↓……..I do hope you’ll feel inspired to start crocheting granny squares, turning them into something beautiful. And of course we would all love you to join us for “Granny Square Day 2017” on August 15 – it will be great fun again!

Have a wonderful, creative day,
love,

Marianne xx

Rose Party Triangles – “Het Nije Huis”

Last week I received an email from Carolien, asking whether it would be okay if her organization, “Het Nije Huis”, used my “Rose Party Triangles” in their Guinness World Record-attempt to crochet the longest crochet bunting ever.

“Het Nije Huis” is a foundation that wants to inform, support and help not only people who have been diagnosed with cancer, but their loved ones as well.
Given the enormous amount of crocheted flags needed to qualify for this Guinness Book of Records-achievement, they have set March 13, 2018 as the date on which they want to have reached their rather ambitious goal of having created a garland of 10.000 meters.
Since 2018 is the year that “Het Nije Huis” celebrates its 10 year anniversary, it would be utterly cool if they could add to their festivities by bringing this to a successful completion!

Of course I didn’t need to think about Carolien’s request at all; I’m so pleased my pattern will be part of something so wonderful, useful, and fun.
The organization being based here in The Netherlands, she asked whether I had a Dutch version of the “Rose Party Triangles” – which I didn’t.
My intention is to always have my patterns/tutorials in both English and Dutch available on the blog, but all too often life gets in the way, and the translation-stuff lands on the back burner.

So….her request was an excellent push to translate the pattern right away, and have it available for heaps of enthusiastic Dutch crocheters, that will help Carolien and  “Het Nije Huis” to achieve their fantastic target. Of course they hope to raise a lot of money as well – for instance by selling parts of the 10.000-meters-long garland, for which, by the way, they’ve calculated they need 40.000 flags! That’s a whole lot of flags, and it’s clear that they need all the help they can get.
As you can see in this video, they got off to a great start this past Wednesday!

For those of you who want to contribute, this is where you’ll find more information, or you can go to the Facebook page, right here (in Dutch, or please use Google Translate).
Even though this is a Dutch initiative, wouldn’t it be fantastic if we could make this an international event? Key is that you crochet flags that have 18 cm on at least the top side (you can find links to the templates at the bottom of this page). The “Rose Party Triangles”, version rounds 1-6, crocheted in worsted/aran/afghan, and a 5,5 mm hook (US: 7-9), should give you the perfect size.

You can send your flags to:
“Het Nije Huis”
Beursstraat 9
7551 HP Hengelo
The Netherlands

While translating my garland-design into Dutch, I made some small changes/improvements to the original pattern, and added an additional (and optional) round 6, ensuring the top side of the triangle meets the 18 cm size requirement.

You’ll find the English pattern here, and the Dutch version here (or via the “Crochet Pattern”-section of my blog, here).

My first contribution of 11 flags is going in the mail right now – I’ll be making lots more in the coming months. After all, they’re a great stash buster, and just plain fun to crochet when I need a short break from my (quickly accumulating pile of) other wips!

Oh, and my dear and talented friend Janneke/JipbyJan designed a lovely flag-pattern for “Het Nije Huis” as well, you can find it here.

Have fun making, and if you’re donating to “Het Nije Huis”, please tag your pictures with #nijeslingers and/or #langstegehaaktevlaggetjesslinger, so we can all enjoy them!

Happy weekend,
love,

Marianne xx

More “Eindeloos Haken” partying…..

How lucky can you be, celebrating the release of your book twice?
After the official book launch at “Echtstudio” on May 27th, there was a semi-official one on June 17th, at my favorite yarn store in the more southern part of The Netherlands: “Inspiratiecentrum Wolplein”. If you ever have a chance to go there, please do : it’s – as their name suggests – such an inspirational place!The Thursday prior to the event, I packed up all projects that can be found in “Colorful Crochet” / “Eindeloos Haken”, and drove to Zaltbommel to prepare for the party.
“Wolplein” made a fun time-lapse of Lotte and me decorating the Wolplein Studio :-).
The day of the book party was such a fun day again!
Once more I felt very grateful being surrounded by so many of my crochet friends, who took the time to come and celebrate with me, offering help during the DMC-yarn tasting-workshops, ah…. I love my crochet tribe: they’re the very best!
Lovely people traveling from near and far, wanting to have their copy of my book signed, bringing sweet presents…. very touching! And they all seem to know me extremely well – their gifts were spot on and left me feeling very spoiled (lots of chocolate, mmm).
I love this cut-out gifted to me by Shirley (also, it’s so true, don’t you agree?).

One of the gifts nearly got me in (happy) tears: it is the mini-Marianne that super-sweet Esther made! Isn’t she absolutely fabulous? And meticulously made as well? Just the thought that someone I “only” met through social media (and up to that day never in real life) would take the time and effort to create something this special and precious: simply amazing, don’t you think?
Mini-me has a place of honor on my desk, and is now supervising all creative things being done there!
I’m still very busy during the aftermath of my book jumping into the real world; pleasant stuff, like keeping an eye on the fantastic “Colorful Crochet” / “Eindeloos Haken” blog tour that’s still going on, and ….. being interviewed, whaa!
“Colorful Crochet” was reviewed in issue 90 of “Inside Crochet” (and they loved it, so pleased about that), plus one of the projects from the book (“Puff Scarf Wendi”) was published in this edition: yay!

Another project from “Colorful Crochet” (the “Geometric Triangle Blanket”), and a rather extensive interview with me is in the latest “Crochet Now”, issue 16: very exciting.

Gladly I’m also slowly getting back into crocheting, and it feels great!
I’m currently working on another “Hexagon Shawl Ursula” in a very soft pink ↑, and I have just finished a cushion using the “Granny Square Lenize” ↓ – both projects from “Colorful Crochet” / “Eindeloos Haken”.
A third “Colorful Crochet” project that’s on my hook right now, is the motif used in “Floral Lace Throw Heleen” ↓, but this time crocheted with a 3,5 mm hook and the DMC Natura Just Cotton – I think this will become a scarf, or a small shawl.

Agnieszka had the very same idea (great minds think alike, haha); she used this motif and her own gorgeous hand dyed yarn, and I love the look of her scarf.
Seeing so many twists on my designs from all the bloggers participating in the blog tour – and loving them – made me want to crochet my own patterns again, and I’m really enjoying the ride. No more checking, double-checking, but just some relaxing crochet: bliss! After all, as I was so pointedly reminded by someone over on Instagram: my love for crochet is the core of all that has happened so far.

Apart from getting my crochet on again, I’m doing one more “Eindeloos Haken”-celebration before my summer break: I’ll be visiting “Rits-In” in Zwolle tomorrow, bringing all projects, doing small workshops, signing books, and hopefully meeting lots of lovely co-crocheters – I’m really looking forward to it! Maybe I’ll see you there?

Love,
Marianne xx

“Colorful Crochet” – “Eindeloos Haken”

With the “Colorful Crochet” / “Eindeloos Haken” blog tour well underway, I thought it would be fun to share the posts and projects from the first 20 participants that have ‘blog toured’ so far.
From left to right, top to bottom:
1. Susan’s Cobblestone/Striped Babyblanket washclothes;
2. Clare’s Stroller Blanket Wendi;
3. Natalie’s Hexagon Shawl Ursula;
4. Mandy’s Flowers in a Field motifs.

Sure, I might be a bit biased ;-), but I find it greatly inspiring to see my projects crocheted with different yarn and in different colors. Honestly, it makes me want to pick up my hook, and start crocheting my own patterns again doing the same thing, choosing other yarn and colors!
1. Shelley’s Boho Cushion;
2. Nerissa’s Ribbed Tartan Cushion;
3. Tanya’s Lenize squares;
4. Lisanne’s Flowers in a Field squares.

I also feel extremely happy and grateful that my crochet peers love the book as much as they do. You see, it’s one thing to put your heart and soul into 20+ projects, and work on them with lots of dedication for almost a year. It’s another thing to stay objective……

1. Kathryn’s Circle Wall Hanging/Doily;
2. Ingrid’s Striped Babyblanket Ingrid;
3. Emily’s Flowers in a Field Shawl/Blanket;
4. Alia’s Circle Wall Hanging.

During the book making process, I grew increasingly fond of all my projects in an unconditional kind of way, I started to love them as if they were my children. Seeing them gathered up in my book, made me overjoyed, but also – as I said – …. less objective.
There were times when I thought “what’s not to love about such-and-so project”, but as the publication date neared, that changed into “what if my projects are not loved”?

1. Sarah’s Geometric Triangle Blanket;
2. Holly’s Hexagon Blanket Inez;
3. Frederika’s Hexagon Blanket Inez;
4. Sharna’s Flowers in a Field Garland.

So big sigh of relief and lots of happy dances finding out, that yes, other people love my projects too! And don’t we all adore it when other people like our children as well?
I’m so proud, humbled, and thankful for all the praise the book has received so far, whether it’s from people who crochet as a hobby, or from the crochet pro’s: it’s just all fantastic!
1. Carmen’s Hexagon Shawl Ursula;
2. Sandra’s Circle Wall Hanging;
3. Funda’s Merry-Go-Round granny squares;
4. Sandra’s Puff Scarf/Cowl Wendi.

To have you share in all this happiness, sweet Joyce / Mez11 – the lovely leather-label-savvy and generous woman who donated all the beautiful labels for the projects in the book – is allowing me to giveaway THIS ↓ fabulous set of labels!

All you need to do is leave a comment under this blog post, and make sure I can reach you via email in case you win. This giveaway is open internationally, and ends Sunday June 18th, 2017 – 23:00 my time (GMT+1), after which a winner will be drawn and notified. Good luck to all of you!

Love,
Marianne xx

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

PS: If you have an opportunity to join me this coming Saturday, June 17th for another festive “Eindeloos Haken”-party at Wolplein, I would LOVE to see you there (more info here), and here ↓

“Eindeloos Haken” Book Launch

It’s hard to believe it has been way over a week since the official launch of “Eindeloos Haken” took place …
Usually I’m quick and eager to share the fun of crochet parties I’ve been to with all y’all here on the blog. Of course a lack of being eager was not the issue for not writing up a blog post about and right after my very own crochet party: I just couldn’t find the right words.
In fact, I’m afraid I still can’t, so many days after the big day! I’m still glowing, happy, grateful, humbled, positively overwhelmed, impressed, extremely thankful (and I could easily go on for some time) by all festiveness that took place: it was absolutely fantastic!
I’m going to give it a try anyhow …. so here it is: my account of May 27th, accompanied by a great deal of – mostly pink (what else, haha) and happy – photos.

Having been part of the crochet-scene for quite some time, I know how kind, friendly, caring, and loving a community this is. Being at the center of it was a whole new experience for me.
                                      Miriam and I on the big party preparation day!

For starters there were many people offering their help getting the party prepped! Just to name a few: G. Brouwer & Zn, beautiful “Echtstudio” and its lovely staff, and of course my sweet friend Miriam: I couldn’t have done this without her excellent help, she’s the very best!
Then there’s the ladies who helped during the workshops on the day of the party, thank you, darling Borgo-babes!
My dear husband Lex, our two fabulous kids, Quinn & Carter, my brothers Lex and Marcel….. and I’m sure I’m forgetting people, please forgive me.

Lovely Kim of “Echtstudio” doing me the honor of handing me the first copy of “Eindeloos Haken”.
Right before the party started, Sharina interviewed me about “Eindeloos Haken”, and the process of making the book (you can find the Dutch article here; for another interview with me – in English – you can go here).

I don’t know if you’re familiar with the Dutch climate, but we don’t get a lot of warm, sunny days, not even in Summer. So when the weather forecast for May 27th, 2017 says: tropical temperatures, you can be nothing but very, very, EXTRA thankful for people braving the heat and coming to celebrate an ever so special moment with you: the launch of your first book!
(As it turned out May 27, 2017 was the hottest May 27th ever in Holland, with temps reaching a whopping 33.4 Celsius).

                                      Lots-and-lots of smiles, and happy people!
You can imagine I was extra delighted they did, because it was just wonderful being surrounded by so many people I love spending time with: family, dear friends, and oodles of dear crafty friends….. ah….. glorious times!
Both my parents being present (83 and 86 years old) was very special – I so loved that they were there.
Realizing I have fans was exhilarating as well: I feel honored that they too took the time to come to the book launch, no matter the heat, patiently standing in line to have their copy of “Eindeloos Haken” signed (by me, how surreal is that?!). Above you see lovely Laura, aka @cosyup on Instagram (photo credit: Laura’s boyfriend).

Apart from being spoiled with so much love and personal attention, I was showered with gifts! Incredibly sweet! Pretty flowers, yummy treats (homemade jam, chocolate, champagne to name a few), lovely bath products, a very special pepper&salt shaker set from South Africa (gifted by dear friends who know I collect salt&pepper shakers), pretty notebooks, gift cards, and a whole lot of the most beauteous handmade gifts….. utterly-utterly marvelous! And overwhelming, hence my little ‘writer’s block’…….

Look at these fabulous leather labels my sweet friend Joyce / Mez11 made!
Aren’t they awesome?
I’m in love with the beautiful present Anique / Kleinmaarfijn made for me…
and with the one Lidy / Lidy Nooij made…
as well as the one created by Chantel / De Haakfabriek

plus this gorgeous pouch for my knitting needles, made by Janneke / JipbyJan
Too many thoughtful gifts to put in the spotlight here….. *sigh* ……

The Sunday following the party my mother in law sent me such a touching snapshot of what she calls “the family book shelf”. My crochet book is positioned on this honorary shelf in her bookcase, right next to the two books my father in law wrote, and among books either written by or about other family members. Very special indeed!
                                               Yay! The “Terrific Tester Team”

To top this all off, so far, the book has been received very well – I can’t tell you how much that pleases me. To see people enjoy the projects in the book, and crochet the most beautiful versions of my patterns is extremely gratifying.
Equally wonderful is the feedback I’m getting from my crochet peers, who are participating in the “Colorful Crochet” / “Eindeloos Haken”-blog tour; I couldn’t be happier about all this!
If you’re keen on winning a copy of the book, it’s good advice to follow the blog tour: there’ll be many more chances for you to enter book-giveaways!

Love,
Marianne xx

PS:  “Alles is Haken” author Saskia Laan stating in her latest vlog my book is a “must have” was a nice way to get my week started!

Treasury Tuesday 2.0 – Terrific Testers

There was no doubt in my mind that this particular “Treasury Tuesday” would be a big, fat shout-out to the truly wonderful women who were on my team of testers while I was working on the designs for my book.

All four of them are extremely skilled (as you can see from just these 4 snippets of their work as shown below) and really deserve to be put in the spot light!
So without further ado I very proudly present to you my “Terrific Testers”:

                                                         Heleen Scharstuhl

 

                                                              Inez de Goede

Not only did they do an honestly fantastic job testing and re-testing my patterns, but they turned out to be the best group of cheerleaders I could have wished for as well.
The first photo in this post shows you sneak peeks of the projects they crocheted for “Colorful Crochet” / “Eindeloos Haken” – all six of them look splendid, and are beautifully made.

                                                             Ingrid Danvers

 

                                                           Lotte van Dinteren
The need to keep all the crochet projects I was working on a secret might have been one of the toughest things in the whole book making journey, so it was extremely nice I was able to show at least my testing tribe what I was making and get their feedback along the way.

We had a couple of “Terrific Testers”-meetings, and felt an immediate click right from the start. Not a whole lot of crochet got accomplished during those gatherings, I have to admit…
This past weekend we were talking online about how kind of odd we all feel now that we’re finally able to share photos of the projects we had to keep away from everyone for so many months. All 5 of us started searching our albums for shots we thought would be fun to share, only to come up with mainly photos of – delicious – food, haha!
We regret not having taken more photos of us and/or the things we were crocheting, but concluded at the same time we simply had too much of a good time and been way too busy chatting, laughing, and yes: eating and drinking ;-), to take pictures.

At the end of June we’re having another “TT-meeting”, and we’ll make sure to take plenty of pictures and spam you with all of these in our social media feeds!

Have a great week!
Love,

Marianne xx

“Colorful Crochet” – “Eindeloos Haken”

When it comes to crochet, or any other craft for that matter, I’m easily pleased and quickly excited. I’m sure you’ve noticed… 😉
However, I don’t think I’ve ever been THIS excited!
My book is ready, printed, on its way to (online) shops around the world (can someone pinch me, please), ready for you to pre-order (English edition on Amazon and Bol; Dutch book via Echtstudio, just to name a few), and some people actually already have a hard copy in their hands!They are the wonderful women that are part of the blog hop I told you about in this post. Yep, that’s right: “Colorful Crochet” and “Eindeloos Haken” are going on tour for the next 40 days, and we’re taking you literally on a trip around the globe. From Australia to The Netherlands, from South-Africa to the UK and the USA, then back to Europe, the books will be hopping from one continent to another.

I feel very privileged and joyful that so many talented and lovely creative friends wanted to be part of the happy happening that this blog/social media tour is going to be, and I’m honered to introduce everyone here to you, all 40 fabulous participants!

01. Lisanne Multem – Draad & Praat;
02. Ingrid Danvers – Studio 92 Designs;
03. Sandra Paul – Cherry Heart Blog;
04. Tanya Eberhardt – Little Things Blogged;
05. Clare Newton – @frankielovescrochet;
06. Sarah Shrimpton – Annaboo’s House;
07. Kathryn Vercillo – Crochet Concupiscence;
08. Heleen Scharstuhl – Vol van Wol;
09. Nerissa Muijs – Miss Neriss;
10. Sandra Eng – Mobiusgirl Design;
11. Emily Littlefair – The Loopy Stitch;
12. Holly George – Holly Pips;
13. Shelley Husband – Spincushions;
14. Susan Carlson – The Felted Button;
15. Sharna Moore – Sweet Sharna;
16. Carmen Heffernan – @anniedesigncrochet;
17. Frederika van der Galien – Frederika Creates;
18. Alia Bland – The Little Bee;
19. Natalie Schwarz – Little Cosy Things and Craft As Therapy;
20. Makenzie Pearson – BQueen Collection;
21. Mandy O’Sullivan – Red Agape;
22. Heike Gittins – Made with Loops;
23. Funda Kaya – Kikalite;
24. Wendy Koutlis – @crochetcrazygirl;
25. Mariana Abadie – @winterbeachbymab;
26. Lotte van Dinteren – Lotte Haakt;
27. Janneke Assink – Jip by Jan;
28. Inez de Goede – Goed id Handwerk;
29. Lidy Nooij – Lidy Nooij;
30. Miriam Catshoek – @miriamcatshoek;
31. Hattie Risdale – The Petal Shed;
32. Annemarie Huijser – @studiohipenstip;
33. Rachele Carmona – Cypress Textiles;
34. Liza Veenendaal – Confetti Lab;
35. Emily Carter – @carter_and_brown;
36. Agnieszka Strycharska – Niebieska chata;
37. Susan Regalia – @suregal27;
38. Robyn Hicks – @crochetgirl99 and @yummyyarnandco;
39. Emma Friedlander-Collins – Steel and Stitch;
40. Mabel Gaiser – Hip met Kleur.

Having just typed up this list of fan-tas-tic creative colleagues makes my heart skip a beat: what an awesome group of makers, don’t you agree?
I know some of them have already started a project from my book, and I simply cannot wait to see!
As of tomorrow through June 30th, 2017 you’ll find sneak peeks of the book and its projects, plus chances to win a copy of the book when visiting almost all of the following websites/blog/instagram and facebook accounts on a daily basis – in short: we’re going to have a fun social media relay, starting here today.I’m kicking the tour off with a give-away of two of my books, an English and a Dutch version. All you need to do is leave a comment under this post, tell me what version you’d like to win (English or Dutch) and make sure I have your email address to notify you in case you won – easy as that!
My giveaway closes on Sunday May 21st, 8:00 pm, after which I’ll notify the winners.
By that time you will already have been able to enter the next giveway on the tour’s following participant’s blog/ig/fb, and so on and so forth: cool, right?

Oh, and just in case you’ve missed this: Saturday May 27th will be the book’s big launch party at Echtstudio – I’m SO much looking forward to that! If you have a chance, I’d love to see you there!
We’re busy prepping the party – it’s going to be loads of fun!
Just in case May 27th is not a good date for you, we’re partying again at Wolplein, on June 17th (10:30 – 13:00).

Have a super weekend!

Love,
Marianne xx

PS: make sure to visit Lisanne/Draad&Praat tomorrow – she’s your next stop on our tour

EDIT: two winners have been drawn and notified, and the giveaway is now closed.
Thank you ALL so much for your lovely comments (loved reading them) & for participating! xx

Treasury Tuesday 2.0

Finding out Etsy no longer endorses its “treasuries” left me a bit flabbergasted at first, but that did not last very long.
I quickly realized I do not need Etsy’s treasuries in order to curate other people’s work and collect these in pretty collages, so today marks the official beginning of “Treasury Tuesday 2.0”.
Every Tuesday I’ll be putting the spotlight on one or more of my creative peers, and I’m all pumped up to re-start my “Treasury Tuesday”-series and give little shout-outs to people whose work I admire.

You may have noticed me easing into all this with my posts about designers Bernadette Ambergen/Berniole (more here) and Alia Bland/The Little Bee (you’ll find that here).

Today it’s about my dear crafty friend and multi-talent Vanessa Kind/My Creative Garage.
She was among one of the first people I started following when I joined Instagram (you can find her IG here), and isn’t it funny (and truly wonderful) that you can actually feel connected to certain people simply through the internet? Experience friendship, even?
I feel genuinely lucky to have found so many friends in the virtual world, and even more lucky to see these friendships materialize when meeting them in real life.

Vanessa and I have not had the privilege of meeting face-to-face (yet, I should add; one can dream…..) – she lives in Australia and I’m in The Netherlands – but there’s certainly been a click right from that very first Instagram-contact. Apart from sharing a passion for all things crafty, we both have Dutch roots: Vanessa’s parents were born in The Netherlands and emigrated to Australia.
Most importantly, I think she’s a lovely person, fun, caring and thoughtful, always in for new creative adventures (and I so like that).

Since I started following her I’ve seen her crochet beautiful projects, pick up knitting (more beauty), cross stitch, sew the most gorgeous project bags (they’re amazing, really), host fun and informative pod casts, and recently she has begun dyeing her own yarn, and my-oh-my is it fabulous!

Proof of how big a sweetheart she is …… last week I found two skeins of her softest hand dyed merino, plus one of her fantastic project bags in the mail!
I’m seriously in love with all of these most generous gifts – can you see the subtle glitters in the yarn?

Storage is taken care of; now all I need to do is find the  p e r f e c t  crochet project(s) for the two times 423 metres/463 yards of dazzling Fine Merino; any suggestions?

Have a good crafty week,
love,

Marianne xx