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“Colorful Crochet”

“Colorful Crochet”

                                 (to read this blog post in Dutch, please click here)

And then, what feels like “all of a sudden”, my book is almost ready, and I’m able to show you its cover (and some sneak peeks), woo-hoo!
All three editions (English, Dutch & Turkish) are being printed as I type this post!
Such a glorious, happy, feeling!
Apart from very happy and proud, I’m feeling just a bit anxious too – I so hope you all will like the book……

Looking at today’s date, I realize we’ve almost come full circle time-wise. You see, this whole marvelous bookmaking adventure started with an email message from my wonderful publisher Tuva on May 18, 2016. Reading the email the thought “this is spam or a joke” went through my mind for a split second (please forgive me, Tuva), but I quickly found out “this was very serious”.
Before I knew it I was on my way designing beautiful and fun projects for the book-to-be, crocheting at the speed of light.
Next up was assembling my fabulous team of testers, writing and adjusting patterns and diagrams as they did their admirable testing jobs. On went the patterns and charts all through the hands (well, eyes actually) of a crochet-savvy tech editor. And after that proof reading first, second, third-and-many-more-to-come proof sheets, translating the book into Dutch, and doing the proof reading of the first, second, third-and-many-more-to-come proof sheets of this Dutch edition as well……
A whole lot of hard work, quite frankly, and then – finally – last week a Skype message from Tuva: all three editions – English, Dutch and Turkish – have gone into print!
It’s a good thing I’m busy organizing some pretty cool festivities to celebrate the launch of the book, otherwise I think I’d be sitting on a chair next to my mailbox all day – crocheting, of course 😉 – waiting for the hard copies to arrive here all the way from Turkey. It can’t be long now……
Festivities? Yes, yes, YES! There will be an amazing blog tour around the globe, starting here on May 20th. I’m so pleased and honored that a top-notch selection of the Dutch and international crochet community will be part of this blog hop. Previews and projects from the book will be shared and……there’ll be many a chance for you to win a copy of the book: I can’t wait to kick things off!

The official book launch party, the “Eindeloos Haken” Haakfeest, will be held at one of my favorite Dutch yarn stores, “Echtstudio” on Saturday May 27th, 2017 (from 14:00 – 16:00) in Alphen a/d Rijn, and I’m enormously excited about that.
Needless to say I’ll be there to sign copies of the book. Of course I’ll also be bringing all the projects that you’ll find in the book, so you can see (and touch) them.
There will be a “yarn tasting”, allowing you to try the beautiful DMC Natura and Woolly yarn that I used for the projects in my book. At the moment I’m working on a lovely, free little pattern that you can crochet during the fun workshops we’ll have set up for you at the party.
Drinks and some tasty bites will definitely not be forgotten…….
No party without lots and lots of fabulous people to celebrate with, so I’m hoping you’ll all be able to partake!
Is May 27th is not a good date for you? No worries! The delightful “Wolplein”-people have invited me over to celebrate the book launch all over again – book signing & projects, yarn tasting, free pattern, little workshops, the works – in their “Inspiratiecentrum” in Zaltbommel on Saturday June 17th, 2017 (10:30 – 13:00). “Wolplein” being my favorite yarn store in the southern part of The Netherlands, I’m equally excited about that, and sure hope to see a big crowd there too!

When and where will the books be available?

Dutch Book:
“Eindeloos Haken” – The Netherlands/Belgium (mid May, 2017) in craft stores and online via this link

English Book:
“Colorful Crochet” – UK/Europe (end of May, 2017), via UK and
“Colorful Crochet” – USA and the rest of the world (end of June, 2017) via USA and

Turkish Book:
“Renkli Tig Isleri” – Turkey (mid May, 2017), e.g. via this link

To tell you the truth, I can hardly contain myself….. my book is about to set foot in the real world! Surreal and exhilarating….. I’m off to crochet myself calm again!

Marianne xx

PS: look what arrived in my inbox yesterday afternoon: “Eindeloos Haken” back from the printshop and on its way to The Netherlands! #soridiculouslyhappy

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11 thoughts on ““Colorful Crochet””

  • Gaaaah! I’m #soridiculouslyhappy for you and so thrilled to be part of your blog tour. I can’t wait to get my hook into your always lovely projects! Beautiful book, beautiful crochet, beautiful lady! Congratulations to the moon and back!

    • Thank you so very much, dearest Susan! Your support means the world, and I can’t tell you how excited I am to have you on board! Thank you to the moon and back! Love, Marianne xx

  • Dearest Marianne
    What a fabulous endeavor! Congratulations and best of luck!
    I think you need a book signing in the great State of Texas 🙂
    Love you my friend

    • Thank you so very much, sweetheart! Oh, you still have the best ideas – we should plan on that (haven’t seen you in such a long time –> miss you very much). Love to all y’all, Marianne xx

  • WAUW Marianne! wat ontzettend gaaf en het boek lijkt me geweldig ! Eindelijk heb je het boek (bijna) in handen waar zoveel tijd en werk in zit. ik hoop te kunnen komen naar de boekpresentatie bij Wolplein 17 juni . van harte gefeliciteerd lieve Marianne, groetjes esther

    • Ah…..dankjewel, lieve Esther! Spannend, hoor allemaal….. Ik zou het echt fantastisch vinden als je er bij kunt zijn de 17e bij Wolplein! Hopelijk tot dan, liefs, Marianne xx

  • Van harte gefeliciteerd met je Eigen Boek!! En dan ook nog eens in drie talen, geweldig voor je!!
    Ik kijk er naar uit om je boek te kunnen bewonderen.
    Geniet van je welverdiende feestjes bij de lancering van je boek!
    X Nathaly

    • Wat ontzettend lief van jou, Nathaly: dankjewel! Ga ik zéker doen! Misschien zie ik je wel tijdens één van de feestjes? Marianne xx

  • My darling Marianne,

    I just got back from the knitting retreat in France and catching up on blog reading. I am deliriously happy for you and can’t wait to hold this gem of a book in my hands and hook at the ready make something from it immediately. It’s all so exciting and I only wish I was closer to join you and your many friends in the launch celebrations. Alas…I will be there in thought and spirit and we will have our very own celebrations in September when I am in Amsterdam.
    Thank you for asking me to be part of the blog tour, I feel indeed very honoured.
    Big hug my lovely and much much love.
    Heike xxx

  • Oh wauw Marianne! Wat ziet het er mooi uit! Ik zag je boek al een tijdje geleden passeren op social media, maar bij gebrek aan energie kon ik toen niet reageren…. Maar wat geweldig dat het er nu is, gefeliciteerd!!! Ik hoop naar wolplein te kunnen komen, die datum hou ik in ieder geval al vrij 😀 Heel veel plezier bij alles wat er nog te komen staat en hopelijk ook wat rust in alle drukte 🙂 Liefs, Leen

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