Crochet Necklace

(for the Dutch version of this free pattern, click here)
This idea has been sitting at the back of my head for a long, long time.
When the “CraftKitcheners” and I were introduced to these fabulous little yarn-balls of Durable-happines, it was very quickly decided that this project would be one of my upcoming designs for “CraftKitchen”.
It felt so good to finally get it “out”. Seeing it turned out exactly as I had pictured it in my mind made me all sorts of happy. It’s nice when – for a change – designing a project does not involve a whole lot of frogging 😉

Adding to the joy was the fact that, yes, this is a multi purpose-project: you can turn it just as easily into a necklace, as into a cheery garland, and even decorate presents with it.

The pattern is not difficult at all, but … it does take some patience should you decide to copy my design: I crocheted with aforementioned Durable Thread and a 2,0 mm (!) hook.
However, we all know how versatile crochet is, you can just as easily make your motifs with a heavier yarn and bigger hook. Maybe not for the necklace, but a garland will look just as fun, I think.

Of course you can personalize your project any way you want, playing with colors, and how many little circles you think you want to use for your project.
To give you an idea: 4 motifs, crocheted with a 2,0 mm hook and 3 ‘connections’ in between, measure approx. 15 cm.
My necklace is 180 cm (goes around my neck twice), and I used 35 little circles.
I really love how the black makes all the wonderful and mostly bright colors pop, but I foresee lots of different color combo’s in the future – a pastel version, connected with off-white is right on top of that list.

Here’s how you can create yours (pattern in Dutch can be found here):

Things you’ll need:

“Durable Embroidery/Crochet Thread”; I used 14 colors: light-, medium- and bright pink, light- and bright blue, medium- and dark yellow, purple, sea-green, apple-green, ochre, orange, off-white and black

2.0 mm crochet hook, darning needle (with a rather sharp point), scissors

Pattern (US terms used):

Crochet 35 motifs/circles:

Round 1: in a magic circle (handy tutorial via this link) you crochet: 3 chains (counts as first double crochet) plus 15 dc (total of 16 stitches/dc); join with a slip stitch into the first dc (3rd dc of the chain-3 at the beginning). Pull the magic ring a bit closer, but do NOT close it too tight, like you would normally do.

Round 2: make the loop on you hook a bit bigger, and crochet OVER the dc you made in round 1, and – again – IN the magic circle: 16 half double crochet; join with a slip stitch in the first hdc of round 2 and fasten off. Now is the time to close the magic ring by pulling it tight, and sew in your ends.

As soon as you have finished crocheting your motifs, you connect them as follows:
with black, crochet a chain of 40 stitches; grab the first colored little motif and * crochet (with the black/connecting thread) 8 single crochet stitches on one side of the motif, crochet 10 chains, grab the next motif ** and repeat from * to ** until you’ve connected all your motifs on one side. Crochet 40 chains and fasten off.

We’re now ready to connect the motifs on the other side.
Still with the right side of your project in front of you, you attach the black/connecting yarn with a slip stitch in the last single crochet stitch you made in the last motif (before you crocheted the last 40 chains); • crochet 8 single crochet stitches, slip stitch into the first (black) single crochet stitch that you previously made in this motif, crochet 10 chains, and slip stitch in the last single crochet you previously made in the next motif ••; repeat from • to •• until you’ve also connected all motifs on this side of your project. Fasten off, and sew in all ends.
I tie my necklace around my neck with a little bow.

Happy crocheting!

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

“Big Bobble Cowl” by Jacqueline

It seems as if I’ve only been going to crochet parties lately. Not that there’s anything wrong with this, or something to complain about: ‘au contraire’, it’s absolutely wonderful spending time with people that are passionate about the same things that you put your heart into. And besides, life’s too short to not grab every chance you have to celebrate and have fun, right?
Sunday September 10, 2017 three lovely ladies – Heleen, Jacqueline & Lotte – organized their first “Haken & Plukken-feest”.
The location where the party was held – pluktuin “Pluk”, in Haalderen –  and its setting was so beautiful: a huge garden of wildflowers, sitting next to a festively decorated and equally delightfully styled greenhouse, where we, a bunch of about 20 crochet-loving ladies, were treated to delicious cakes and a lunch buffet, yummie yarns, and gorgeous flowers, that we could all handpick ourselves.
The girls really outdid themselves in every possible way!

Jacqueline designed, especially for this occasion, a very nice cowl, the “Big Bobble Cowl”, and graciously allowed me to translate the pattern for you in English and post it here on my blog.
The Dutch pattern – called “The Big Bobble Col” – can be found on Lisanne’s blog / Draad & Praat (link here).
Immediately at the beginning of the party we were gifted two balls of LangYarns “Mila” – such a fab name 😉 – with which one cowl can be crocheted.
In the generous goodie bag we were sent home with I also found – amongst all kinds of lovely gifts – a ball of LangYarns “Mille Colori Big”, and I fell head over heals in love with its colors. I couldn’t wait to sink my hook into that awesome “thousand colors”-ball and crochet my cowl with it.And I love-love-love how it turned out!
To tell you the truth, I not always like variegated yarn when it is crocheted up (usually it is prettier when knitted with, imho), but this combination of yarn&pattern is just perfect! And so soft … I’m very happy with my “Big Bobble Cowl”! Oh, and how’s that cute label by Mez11?

The “Mille Colori Big” is a 50% virgin wool and a 50% polyacryl, 200 gramms, about 190 metres, suggested hook/needles size 9 mm.
I used a 10 mm hook for the cowl, and a 8 mm hook for the border.

So with a big “thank you” to Jacqueline, here’s her “Big Bobble Cowl” in English:

Materials:

  • 2 balls LangYarns “Mila Color Superwash” (or, 1 ball of the “Mille Colori Big”)
  • 8 mm hook
  • yarn/darning needle
  • scissors

Jacqueline used a crochet hook 2 sizes bigger than the one suggested for the “Mila”. The cowl is crocheted lengthwise in the bobble stitch pattern as described.
This way it is easy to adapt to maybe even a version that goes around your neck twice (in which case you’ll obviously need more yarn).

Stitches (US terms used):

chain | turning chain | single crochet | treble crochet | bobble stitch (a cluster of 6 treble crochet stitches, also referred to as: 6-trtog: 6 trebles crocheted together) *…** repeat the instructions between * and **

How to crochet the bobble stitch/6 trebles, crocheted together: 

* yarn over hook twice, insert hook in stitch or space indicated and pull up a loop (four loops on your hook). Yarn over and pull yarn through two loops (three loops remain on your hook). Again, make a yarn over and pull yarn through two loops (two loops remain on your hook **; repeat from * to ** 5 more times (7 loops on your hook); yarn over and pull through all 7 loops (1 6-tr-bobble / 6-trtog made).

Pattern:

Chain 22 (multiple of 4 + 1 + 1 turning chain).

Row 1
Crochet a single crochet in the 2nd chain from your hook; * chain 1, skip 1 stitch, 1 bobble stitch (= 6 trebles together), chain 1, skip 1 stitch, 1 single crochet **; repeat from * to ** four more times.

Row 2
Chain 4; * 1 single crochet in the stitch sitting on top of the bobble stitch from the previous row, chain 1, 1 bobble stitch in the single crochet stitch from the previous row, chain 1 **; repeat three more times from * to **; end this row with a treble crochet in the 1 single crochet stitch made in the previous row.

Row 3
1 turning chain; 1 single crochet in the treble crochet of the previous row; * chain 1, 1 bobble stitch in the single crochet stitch made in the previous row, chain 1, 1 single crochet in the bobble stitch made in the previous row **; repeat four times, and crochet the last single crochet stitch in the 3rd chain of the chain-4 from the previous row.

Repeat rows 2 and 3 until your cowl fits comfortably around your neck.

Chart:

Fasten off, leaving a long end with which you can sew your piece of crochet into a cowl Sew in all ends, and single crochet all around the top and bottom of your cowl for a nice finishing touch. Add your own (leather) label to personalize your wonderfully warm & cozy cowl, and enjoy wearing it!Love,
Marianne xx

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!

After Summer Catch-up…

Hello, you lovely people! Long time no see……How was your summer (or winter, for those of you in the southern hemisphere)? I sure hope it was good!
Mine was mostly great, but ended with a weird twist, and was over before I knew it.

It began with my husband Lex and I enjoying a truly wonderful 10-day vacation in France. We stayed in a beautiful Bed&Breakfast “Le Petit Chateau” in Bétaille (Lot-region). I had the pleasure of visiting this amazing place 3 times before already for a yoga-week, but it was a first for Lex, and now it’s definitely not a last for either of us!
We honestly loved everything about our vacation: our lazy days on “Le Petit Chateau”s lush premises, being pampered by our marvelous hosts, just aimlessly driving through the Lot’s ever so pretty surroundings, visiting picturesque villages and their charming farmer’s markets, the food……And while Lex enjoyed a couple of rounds of golf, I happily crocheted&knitted these days away, total bliss!
Shortly after we came home, I had the pleasure of being reunited with my dear friend Heike / Made with Loops, while she and her husband Mark were in Amsterdam for a short break on their way home. So good to see them – I loved catching up with Heike, and meeting Mark this time around (and I love this happy picture he took of us)!
And then, 2-1/2 weeks ago, as Lex and I were leaving “Tuin11”, Mila pulled me off my feet…..There was a handsome (male) dog coming our way, and Mila decided they needed to meet (ignoring her leash, and me being on the other end of it), catching me off guard, and – as I said – pulling me off my feet. Before I knew it I was … eum … hugging the ground. The sound of my head hitting the pavement actually made Lex turn around, only to find me lying right behind him.
This is the little rascal minutes before the accident – can’t be mad at such a cute face, right?

Needless to say our next stop was the ER, where they found out my left arm – my working arm – was broken (to be more precise: the ulna, very close to my elbow).
As it turns out I was lucky to come away with just bruised hands, knees, cheekbone&chin, and a broken arm.
Apart from this being rather painful and mostly very unhandy, not being able to crochet or knit was the worst news for me.
I was extremely relieved when I went in for a check-up last week and the doctor told me I could still not put any weight on my arm, but was allowed to use it as long as that wouldn’t hurt too much.

I feel even more silly now that I’m typing this, but I honestly could not wait to get home, and give crochet a try …
Going slowly, letting the other (my right) hand do most of the movements, taking frequent breaks: it’s working!!
Man-oh-man, I can’t tell you how fantastic it feels to be back in the crochet (and knit) saddle : yihaa!

I’m sure to non-creative people this must sound like I’ve gone totally cuckoo, but being able to create again, has surely lifted my spirits. It’s true: craft IS my therapy, and I’m delighted I’m crocheting & knitting again.

The past few weeks I’ve been going through my photos (an easy one-arm-activity, haha), and have come to realize I have not shared a fair amount of finished projects here. Adding that to new ideas, projects, free patterns, and future fun activities (workshops, craft fairs etc) I’ve put together a lovely&long list of things I can’t wait to blog about.
So, I’m not only back in the crochet saddle, I’m most definitely back in the blogging saddle as well! Next blog post is already scheduled for tomorrow, and it has a rather fab giveaway …
See you soon,

Love,
Marianne xx

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