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!

“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

“Eindeloos Haken”-workshops and more …

(for a Dutch version of this post, please click here)

In the past I’ve been frequently asked to give workshops, and really never got around to following up on these requests.That is … till now!

With my book being published, yarn shop owners contacted me to see whether they could ‘book’ me for an “Eindeloos Haken”– meet & greet-plus-little-workshop in their stores, and so far I’ve loved doing this.
It’s absolutely wonderful meeting the delightful people who bought my book, and to learn that – they too – are pleased and enthusiastic about its projects.
I usually bring a car full of crochet – almost all the projects that I made for “Colorful Crochet” – I sign copies of my book, and – as said – teach a workshop re a special  “maRRose”-design that I bring also, and help/coach people crocheting this “Little Lenny”-granny square.
And, boy, is it fun! I’ve found out that I truly enjoy sharing the crochet tips, tricks and techniques that I know have made me a better crocheter, and make my projects look prettier with fellow crocheters.

The next “meet&greet”/”Little Lenny”-workshop is this very Sunday, when I’ll be at Nynke’s beautiful shop “Selden sá” in Franeker (13:30 – 16:00) – very much looking forward to that!

Next up is the “Knit & Knot” Fair in Tilburg, held from October 13th – 15th.
On Saturday October 14th I’ll be there all day, together with Janneke and Lisanne, as part of the “Handmade Living”-team, so please come say hello! I’m bringing a selection of the “Eindeloos Haken”-projects, and a stack of my books that you can buy right there, and that I’ll be more than happy to sign too.
In the afternoon I’ll be giving a “Little Lenny”-workshop (from 14:00 to 15:30).
There are still a few spots left, so don’t hesitate to come and join me, and bring your crochet up to the next level. More info, and signing up via this link, or you can just send me an email (marianne@marrose-ccc.com). It’ll be great fun!

To add to the “Knit & Knot”-merriment: Lisanne / Handmade Living is allowing me to GIVE AWAY TWO TICKETS for the “Knit & Knot” Fair, woohoo!
Simply leave a comment under this blog post, and make sure I have your proper email address so I can reach you in case you win.
This Dutch language giveaway is open for Dutch readers only, and will close Sunday, October 8th, 2017 (22:00 GMT+1hr). If I do not hear from the initial winner(s) within 2 days after my notification emails have been sent, (a) new winner(s) will be drawn. Good luck to everyone!

At the beginning of November it’s “KreaDoe”-time again, and of course the CraftKitchen-team will be there as well. Every day at least two of us will be at the CK-stand, crafting at our “kitchen”-table, bringing most of our recent CK-projects, looking forward to meeting you and chatting a bit about what we all love to do most!
I’m sure you’ll find the exact planning on the CraftKitchen-facebook page soon, but I know I’ll be there on Wednesday and Thursday (November 1st and 2nd).

Last but not least, I’m so pleased to tell you that very soon I’ll start giving a variety of crochet workshops from my – new – studio (or on location) as well, yeah!
With our oldest recently having moved out into a place of her own, I’m in the process of moving my old workroom into her old room. The latter is twice the size, has two big windows – so lots more light – and even though it’s still a big mess right now, I already feel what a happy, creative space this is going to be. Exciting times!

Have a great day,
love,

Marianne xx

edit: this giveaway is now closed; a winner has been drawn&notified

Handmade Living

I’m feeling all joyful, cheery and proud writing this blog post: my dear, fun, lovely, spunky, talented and audacious friend Lisanne / Draad & Praat has fulfilled a dream she’s had ever since she was a teenager: she has made her own magazine, “Handmade Living”!

Isn’t that truly a-ma-zing? I know from firsthand experience what it means to make a book, and how much time, love and dedication goes into that. However, when you write a book, your publisher has your back – especially when, as in my case, your publisher is all kinds of cooperative and wonderful.

Creating your own magazine is quite a different story. It takes even more & other skills, and a whole lot of (girl)power, and courage.

And Lisanne ‘just’ did that!!
I truly love people who – sometimes even against the tide – follow their dreams; they have my full admiration, which, I think, is exactly what they deserve.

When I finally saw the result of all her hard work, leafing through the 120 ultra-inspiring pages of utterly beauty that her dream culminated in, I felt there was only one thing to do: take a deep bow in honest admiration for this visionary, young woman.

Guys…. “Handmade Living” is SO gorgeous! Even though it’s written in Dutch, I’m 100% sure it will be as inspirational to non-Dutch creative people as it is to us Dutchies.
It’s filled to the brim with beautiful, clean and fresh photography, it has recipes, plenty of diy/crochet/knitting projects, interviews, shopping tips, new trends, lovely interiors that have been put in the spot light, you just name it, and it’s been covered: creativity at its best, really!

Contributors are people you probably already know, like: Heleen, Janneke, Miriam, Lidy, Liza, Manon, Anique, Anette, Ilona.
It also has an article on “Trendy Crafts” written by yours truly. I interviewed Twirre for it – very inspirational. It goes without saying that I’m super proud to be part of this awesome production.

Now … I’ve saved the best for last: Lisanne is allowing me to give away TWO copies of Handmade Living!
Please leave a comment under this blog post if you want a chance to win, making sure I can reach you via email.

The giveaway is open worldwide and will close Wednesday, September 27th, 2017 (22:00 GMT+1hr). If I do not hear from the initial winner(s) within 7 days after my notification emails have been sent, (a) new winner(s) will be drawn.

Good luck!
Love,
Marianne xx

edit: two winners have been drawn and notified – this giveaway is now closed

PS: if you didn’t win a copy of “Handmade Living”, you can buy it here!

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

“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!

“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