Giveaway: “Haakspiratie”

Among last year’s highlights were definitely all the fabulous crochet and yarn parties that I attended, as I’m sure every creative person and yarn lover will understand.

I’m happy to report 2016 saw a lot of these wonderful gatherings of like-minded people, that strangely enough always feel a strong connection right away.
I’ve already blogged about two of these fun events (here and here), and this post is the first of my reporting on the last two, and how they were just a bit extra special.
You see, back in August my dear friend and talented colleague Janneke released her first book “Haakspiratie”, and boy…. is it beautiful!
The celebratory launch party was held in a new-to-me great yarn store: “Het Wolhuis”. If you’re ever in the eastern part of The Netherlands, make sure to pay them a visit, you’ll not be disappointed.I feel proud to have been part of Janneke’s team of testers; even before the book was out I knew how gorgeous it was going to be, having laid – quite literally – my hands on many a design. In this post you can see some of the projects I’ve made during the testing process.
How about that cute pincushion, made using an old cup found at the thrift store? One of Janneke’s great ideas! And the coaster, doily, the grey shawl, and its pretty border, the flowery cushion cover? Aren’t they all lovely?
What makes Janneke’s book rather unique, is the combination of crochet and sewing projects, and the two techniques are sometimes even used in one idea.
“Haakspiratie” is written in Dutch, but has very clear diagrams, charts and plenty of (very pretty) photos, so I’m pretty sure you non-Dutch will not have a problem either.

This is good news, because …… *insert drumroll * …… I’m giving away one copy of this fantastic book, whoop-whoop!
Simply follow this blog, leave a comment here and make sure I can get in touch with you via email.
As usual, the “random number generator” will draw a winner, this Sunday January 14, 2017 at 8:00 pm my time (=GMT+1), and I will notify him or her soon thereafter.

Good luck to all of you!

Love,
Marianne xx

PS: one more thing to show you here: the little zippered hook case I made for Janneke.
I recreated her logo with felt, and hand stitched all pieces to the front; made with love of course …….

EDIT: this giveaway is now closed; a winner has been drawn and notified via email – thank you all for participating!

“Bobble Square”-hook case and cushion

maRRose - CCC --- Bobble Granny Square-12This is probably not the first time you’re reading here about my crafty fears!
The first one I overcame about a year ago, when I took lessons, and actually mastered the art of sock knitting. However ridiculous this may sound: it’s something that to this day still makes me very happy …….

Another crafty fear is – or better: was, HA! – sewing in zippers!
Having been asked by the lovely CraftKitchen-people to come up with a crochet hook case/pouch design for the month of May, it quickly dawned on me that the time had come to face my zipper-fear. You see, I wanted to crochet the outside of the pouch, but fancied a solid (read: fabric) lining, and consequently a zipper seemed in place.maRRose - CCC --- CK Haaketui-032

And so, I started reading up on how to do this, but more importantly, began to practise.
I practised a lot ;)……. as you can see↑ – but it surely paid off.
Not only has my zipper-fear vanished, I’ve also written a tutorial with photos and all, that I hope – and think – will now help you zoom through the zipper-sewing-part.

maRRose - CCC --- make-up bag-13 maRRose - CCC --- make-up bag-12You might remember this project I was working on some time ago; during my zipper-sewing-hook-case-making-quest these bits and bobs were turned into a pouch as well, and I love how it turned out. I’m especially proud of the checkered fabric lining …..maRRose - CCC --- make-up bag-21maRRose - CCC --- make-up bag-19maRRose - CCC --- make-up bag-28

Like I said ….. I did a whole lot of practising …..quite a bunch of zippered pouches were made …..
maRRose - CCC --- make-up bag-24 maRRose - CCC --- make-up bag-27maRRose - CCC --- make-up bag-23The tutorials for the “bobble square”, the hook case, including zippered lining, as well as some tips on how to turn 16 “bobble squares” into a cute cushion cover can be found in the updated “Crochet Patterns”- section of the blog, and/or here.maRRose - CCC --- Bobble Granny Square-06

Happy making, may you zip through these projects!
Love,
Marianne xx

Follow-up Friday

maRRose - CCC --- CK Haaketui-126No visits to the museum, no meetings with colleague-bloggers – this week was full of plain old crocheting, crafting and coming up with new design/patterns, and I could not have loved it more!

maRRose - CCC --- CK Haaketui-Bobble Square-15As happens every Thursday, a new CraftKitchen-project went live on the CK-site, and it was my turn again. Third project already, and I sure hope you’ll love it as much I do …..
maRRose - CCC --- Bobble Granny Square-01maRRose - CCC --- Bobble Granny Square-02This one is actually: projectS – plural, because in the “Bobble Square”-tutorial I not only give you a new granny square to crochet, I also tell you how to crochet a hook case with it, AND show you how to sew the zippered lining for this case.

maRRose - CCC --- Bobble Granny Square-11As an added bonus you’ll find some tips at the end of the tutorial on crocheting the “Bobble Square Cushion”.
I’m sure you already know all CK-tutorials and patterns are in Dutch, and if you don’t want to call on Google Translate’s help, I’m afraid you’ll have to wait until Monday, when I’ll be able to share this multifold tutorial with you in English here on the blog.maRRose - CCC --- CK Haaketui-030

It was fun to read a non-Dutch Instagram follower’s comment this morning, saying she already zoomed through the “Bobble Square”-pattern, and had no problems it being in Dutch, so if you don’t want to wait for Monday, this is where you want to go (and click on “werkbeschrijving” for all details)!

In other news:maRRose - CCC - Rustic Lace Squares-36• (only) three more squares were made for the “Rustic Lace Square”-blanket;

maRRose - CCC - Rose Triangle for bunting-01• I adjusted my “Rose Granny Square”-pattern, and we now have a “Rose Granny Triangle”, perfect to use in a bunting (pattern will follow soon, I promise);

maRRose - CCC --- wall decoration-01maRRose - CCC --- wall decoration-03• I made these two wall decorations, using the wonderful DMC Natura XL; pattern/design by Lisanne/Draad en Praat;
maRRose - CCC --- recycled jeans bag-01• I’m working on my CK project for June, and that’s a fun one again: recycling and pimping an old pair of jeans into a summery beach bag;

maRRose - CCC - Tunesian Project-02• ideas for my August project – tunisian crochet à la Pip Studio – are already flowing ……

So ….. I’d better get cracking on the “Bobble Square”-tutorial, and have it ready for all you lovely English-speaking people right after the weekend!maRRose - CCC --- Bobble Granny Square-17

Wishing you a great one,
love,
Marianne xx

Follow-up Friday – Diamonds Cushion Cover

maRRose - CCC --- Diamonds cushion cover-18Ridiculously happy, that’s what I am with this just finished project, my “Lucy-in-the-Sky-with-Diamonds”-cushion cover!

It started with me just playing around with some leftover yarn, crocheting diamonds – adding a little differently colored diamond-shaped heart to each of them.
They were fun and quick to make, although I have to admit it took me some time to figure out how to make the color changes as clean as I could.
maRRose - CCC --- Diamonds cushion cover-21Pretty soon I had a whole stack of diamonds, and the fun part of coming up with just the perfect lay-out started. Next was the decision with what color to join: light pink, off-white, or …… black? Well, black it was (again, I know….. I’m very fond of black as a joining color, as you can see here, or here), and I love how it worked out….. again.
The black kind of makes the colors ‘pop’!
maRRose - CCC --- Diamonds cushion cover-04maRRose - CCC --- Diamonds cushion cover-05There is a won-der-ful tutorial on the internet on how to join diamonds, and of course I used that (link here).

maRRose - CCC --- Diamonds cushion cover-22Should you want to give this two-colored diamond a go yourself, I’ve jotted down the stitch chart (link to pdf here), and these tapestry-tutorials (here, and here), plus my photos will hopefully help you master the color changes.
maRRose - CCC --- Diamonds cushion cover-36 maRRose - CCC --- Diamonds cushion cover-37Since this whole project was based on some non-planned crochet doodling, the size of my crocheted front was not standard. This meant I had to sew a cover that would match my crochet, i.e. 50 x 35 cm. Going for a “boho”-look, I picked some funky stripe fabric from my stash.maRRose - CCC --- Diamonds cushion cover-38maRRose - CCC --- Diamonds cushion cover-19It was then that I decided I would try to sew a zipper in this cushion cover …..
You see, during the past couple of weeks I’ve been trying to get to grips with sewing in a zipper, since one of my upcoming projects for CraftKitchen involves a sewed-in zipper.
I’m first in line to admit it’s a bit weird, but I think I’ve been almost as intimidated by sewing in zippers as I was by knitting socks……. But, hey, I’ve mastered the latter, so I thought it was about time to crack the zipper-code too.
maRRose - CCC --- Diamonds cushion cover-35I found a really great tutorial here, so, with the iPad on my knees, I sat behind my old Pfaff, and I’m pleased as punch, and very proud to show you my first cushion cover with a zipper!maRRose - CCC --- Diamonds cushion cover-08maRRose - CCC --- Diamonds cushion cover-20

All in all this was a most enjoyable project, and just looking at my “Lucy-in-the-Sky-with-Diamonds”-cushion makes me a happy camper. Soon, she will be taken to our little cabin on the Amsterdam canal – my beloved “Tuin 11” – where she’ll fit right in with the rest of its bright&colorful decorations. Until then, she resides in my studio ….
maRRose - CCC --- Diamonds cushion cover-17Have a wonderful weekend, everyone!
Love,
Marianne xx