Treasury Tuesday

maRRose - CCC --- Treasury Tuesday - Crochet in Pinks-03I’m sure this will not come as a too big of a surprise: I love pink!
As far as I’m concerned, pink makes everything a bit better 😉

That’s why this week’s “Treasury Tuesday” has nothing but lovely, wonderful, pretty crochet in one of my favoritest colors.
And since I love crocheted shawls as well, these two are on top of my list this time around:

This one reminds me of Alia’s wonderful pattern – the “Monsoon Stole”, that I made last year (more on that here):
maRRose - CCC --- Treasury Tuesday - Crochet in Pinks-01I really love the touch of grey on this triangular shawl:maRRose - CCC --- Treasury Tuesday - Crochet in Pinks-02Have a wonderful new week – I’m looking forward to sharing my up-cycled jeans bag tutorial with you here on Friday!

Love,
Marianne xx

Hurray for Crochet Parties!

maRRose - CCC --- Draad en Praat Crochet Party-31Starting a new week isn’t half as bad, when you have memories of a great weekend to help you get through it, and when the weekend involves a fa-bu-lous crochet party, oh-la-la …..maRRose - CCC --- Draad en Praat Crochet Party-11Last Saturday lovely Lisanne and Miriam made it all happen at one of my favorite yarn stores, “Echtstudio”. Thanks to them, and the wonderful people at “Phildar” we – a group of 25 privileged bloggers and instagrammers – were able to get our hands on Phildar’s new winter collection.maRRose - CCC --- Draad en Praat Crochet Party-27

And I mean “get our hands on” quite literally, since the festive and very stylishly decorated tables we were all sitting at, were loaded with the most gorgeous yarn….. that we were allowed to touch, fondle, and – best of all – work with during the party.maRRose - CCC --- Draad en Praat Crochet Party-24

Miriam provided us all with a pattern for a very pretty shawl, as shown above (photo courtesy of Miriam); she designed it especially for this occasion. Soon enough the room was quiet, as we were all working on Miriam’s pattern.
The link to the (free) pattern can be found here.

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: it’s so much fun to be with like-minded people! People that you share a passion with, that go nuts over a certain yarn, a particular color….. just like you!

Apart from the yummy yarn and fantastic company, there was a lot of yummy food as well….. ah…..sigh….. what more can a crafty girl ask for?maRRose - CCC --- Oreo Cupcakes-04maRRose - CCC --- Oreo Cupcakes-05

I brought my infamous “Death by Oreo”-cupcakes (link to the recipe here), plus two little handmade gifts for our splendid hosts – all well received 🙂maRRose CCC - zippered pouches-26maRRose CCC - zippered pouches-20 maRRose CCC - zippered pouches-27When it was time to go home, we were all surprised with a Phildar-shopper filled to the brim with…. yes, the yarn we’d been oohing and aahing over all afternoon: lucky-lucky-lucky us!maRRose - CCC --- Draad en Praat Crochet Party-30

Love,
Marianne xx

PS: for all photos of this “Phildar Crochet Party” posted on Instagram, just click here …..

Follow-up Friday – The “Tunisian Rose” Cushion

maRRose - CCC - Tunisian Cushion Cover-18Yesterday my CraftKitchen project for the month of June came online. It’s a real fun recycle project with an old pair of jeans, and I’ll happily share a full Follow-up Friday post with you on it (plus the tutorial in English) next Friday.
In case you can’t wait – and don’t mind using Google Translate, since all CK-tutorials are in Dutch – you’re more than welcome of course to have a go at it already via this link on the CraftKitchen site.maRRose - CCC --- recycled jeans bag-04

I don’t know about you, but the busier my schedule, the more I seem to be right on top of things.
Believe it or not: I’ve already finished my CraftKitchen project for the month of August. No recycling this time: this one is all about……Tunisian Crochet!
My only tunisian crochet so far, was this cushion cover, made a couple of years ago.

maRRose - CCC - Tunisian Cushion Cover-02maRRose - CCC - Tunisian Cushion Cover-03Seeing more and more beautiful Tunisian Crochet pop up – for instance from the queen of Tunisian Crochet, the very talented Michelle/Poppy&Bliss – I felt like giving it another try.maRRose - CCC - Tunisian Project-15

To be honest with you: things did not go as smoothly as I had wanted/anticipated, grrr. For some reason I had the hardest time getting my stitch count right, and a lot (a lot!!) of frogging took place. Family members began to ask me why I was pulling things out ……AGAIN!!

Anyway, I’m not the kind of person to give up easily: I did get things straightened out eventually, and – sorry for the tease, can’t show yet – the August project’s looking rather lovely …..

maRRose - CCC - Tunisian Cushion Cover-12The tunisian crochet-shenanigans did leave me with an extra piece of tunisian crochet, the size of a cushion cover….. It has some little mistakes, and was about to go on the reject-pile, but all of a sudden I thought: how about covering these little mishaps up with some cross stitch??
A rose pattern (what else 😉 was found quickly (link here), and I set to work.

maRRose - CCC - Tunisian Cushion Cover-10It turned out to be the perfect weekend project to finish the cross stitch part (an old love …), and to crochet a fun border. Envelope style cushion cover was sewn in a jiffy (no matching zipper in the house, too impatient to wait), after which I hand stitched the crochet part on to that, and: ta-dah! One new and cute cushion cover that will perfectly fit in “Tuin11”-‘s decor – very happy me!

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Have a great weekend!
Love,
Marianne xx

Treasury Tuesday

maRRose - CCC --- Treasury Tuesday - Crochet in Yellows-03After a rather promising start weatherwise this past Spring, Summer is not really doing what most of us want her to do in this part of the world.
I’m pretty sure I’m not the only one longing for lots and lots of lovely, happy-making sunshine!

Oh, well ….. when we can’t have real-life sunshine, we’ll just bring in some fake yellow solar goodness to make up for that, right?

I’m hoping this bright and sunshiny new “Treasury Tuesday” will lift your spirits, and inspire you to create something that will make you happy all week, no matter how bleak the weather.

My two favorite projects this week are these two garments; I love the vintage feel of the first one, and the fabulous craftsmanship of the second dress!
maRRose - CCC --- Treasury Tuesday - Crochet in Yellows-01maRRose - CCC --- Treasury Tuesday - Crochet in Yellows-02Wishing you a great week ahead,
love,
Marianne xx

Follow-up Friday – “Rico Bobble Granny Square”-cushion

maRRose - CCC --- Bobble Granny Square Cushion-09It’s a bit tumultuous in the Dekkers household at the moment (not all bad, but not all good either, a perfect reflection of that thing we call ‘life”), and once again I’m very happy to have a go-to-hobby that has proven to be such a great de-stresser.
Crochet (and my long daily walks in the forest with Mila) continue to keep me in shape and ‘grounded’, and I’m very thankful for that.
Craft-as-Therapy has come to the rescue so many times already; looking at the continuously fast growing CAT-crowd on Instagram, it’s nice knowing I’m not the only one.maRRose - CCC --- Bobble Granny Square Cushion-07

In my book crochet is always a good plan, and an immense and fulfilling joy is creating my own designs – mind you, baby steps, baby steps – and a big fat cherry on that cake is when other people actually use and love these makings too.

maRRose - CCC --- Bobble Granny Square-26I’ve seen the “Bobble Square Granny” quite a bit on social media, and it’s wonderful to notice that other crocheters love “the bobble” as much as I do.

maRRose - CCC --- Bobble Granny Square Cushion-06Given that “bobble-fondness”, I could not resist making another “bobble square”-cushion, using all different Rico Creative Aran-colors this time around, and following the continuous-join-as-you-go method to put the top together: worked like a charm!
The zipper-savvy gal that I now am ;), I sewed another non-envelope style cover, using some cute flowery fabric I found a while ago at Flying Tiger, inserting a pink zipper!

maRRose - CCC --- Bobble Granny Square Cushion-10maRRose - CCC --- Bobble Granny Square-05I’m very happy with the way it turned out – a lovely sibling to the earlier made “Red Bobble Square-cushion”.
I’ve just listed both of them in my Etsy shop, you’ll find them here (the Rico one), and here (the red one).maRRose - CCC --- Bobble Granny Square Cushion-11 maRRose - CCC --- Bobble Granny Square Cushion-12

If you’d like to make your own, these patterns/tutorials might be helpful:
* “Bobble Granny Square”;
* Continuous-join-as-you-go;
* How I sew in zippers in my cushion covers;

Have a fun and creative weekend!
Love,
Marianne xx

Treasury Tuesday

maRRose - CCC --- Treasury Tuesday - Crochet Hook Cases-03There’s most likely no way around it: when you’re a crocheter you accumulate not only lots (and lots) of yarn, but hooks as well.

I doubt it’s just me who started out with a simple steel crochet hook – it worked just fine at the time.
However, once it turned out crochet was not an occasional fling for me, and I was seriously hooked, I began looking for hooks that were a bit more comfortable on my hand.
Soon enough I found my very favorite: this kind, by Prym.
When I discovered Lanagrossa carried a whole set of hooks that looked and felt exactly like my favorite hooks, I invested in this beautiful bunch a few years ago: one of the best investments ever!

maRRose - CCC --- Favorite Crochet Hooks-01These hooks have a simple soft grip, just how I like it. As a matter of fact, I couldn’t hook a stitch with the more sophisticated, ergonomic hooks like “Addi Swing” or “Clover Soft Touch”, even though I know there are many fellow crocheters that swear by these.
Talented blogging friend Shelley once wrote an interesting article about her quest for the perfect crochet hook (here‘s where you’ll find it). It’s all a matter of personal preference, isn’t it?

I realize this is a rather lengthy intro to the point I’m trying to get to ;)….
I’m sure you’re all the owner of more than one, two….. ten crochet hooks, but: do you have a case/pouch/bag that keeps them nicely in one place as well?maRRose - CCC --- CK Haaketui-Bobble Square-15You can always try the free “Bobble Square Hook Case” pattern I shared here not to long ago (you’ll find it under “Crochet Miscellaneous”), but how about a little more crochet hook case inspiration? An all new “Treasury Tuesday” has 16 lovely alternatives!

Lover of color that I am, this week I opted for two favorites that both have more muted colors. I like the classy touch they have…..maRRose - CCC --- Treasury Tuesday - Crochet Hook Cases-01 maRRose - CCC --- Treasury Tuesday - Crochet Hook Cases-02

Happy hooking!
Love,
Marianne xx

Follow-up Friday – “Rose Party Triangles”

maRRose - CCC - Rose Triangle for bunting-19A few weeks ago someone in the CraftKitchen-organization got married, and of course we – the CraftKitchen blogger team – wanted to give him and his lovely wife-to-be a present, preferable a personal/handmade one.

Being the crafty people that we are, we came up with the idea of making a festive wedding garland.
maRRose - CCC - Rose Triangle for bunting-08maRRose - CCC - Rose Triangle for bunting-12Since the 5 of us live in different parts of The Netherlands, the idea was that we would all crochet 4 motifs for the bunting – in the same color, off-white – and send them to Lidy, who would then make one pretty garland of the 20 little flags.

maRRose - CCC - Rose Triangle for bunting-13And, I’m telling you: it turned out so, so nice! We were all chuffed to pieces to see the photos Lidy and Miriam took in Miriam’s luscious garden when it was ready!
Plus: it was so much fun to make something this pretty, as a team! It goes to show that you can achieve a lot in a relatively short time when you work together: I absolutely love my CraftKitchen buddies!

Should you want to give this a go yourself, I’ve tried to track down as many details on the garland’s motifs as I could:
Liza created her own granny square heart pattern (link to chart here), Lidy crocheted her flags from a crochet snowflake book, Lisanne followed her own “wallhanger” design (pattern comes as a bonus when you buy her book), and Janneke adapted her own “Lente Granny Square” (free pattern for the squares here; it’s in Dutch, but has clear step-by-step photos, so you lovely non-Dutch should be ok with it as well, you need to click on “werkbeschrijving” for the tutorial).

maRRose - CCC - Rose Triangle for bunting-05maRRose - CCC - Rose Triangle for bunting-07I did exactly the same thing as Janneke: I modified my “Rose” granny square (pattern&tutorial here) to a “Rose” triangle. I love how it turned out – whether made in off-white, or happy colors.
maRRose - CCC - Rose Triangle for bunting-23 maRRose - CCC - Rose Triangle for bunting-22Upon request, I’ve written up the pattern to share with you on the blog.
Simply click here, and make your own festive garland with these “Rose Party Triangles”!
maRRose - CCC - Rose Triangle for bunting-31Happy making, and a happy weekend!
Love,
Marianne xx

Another museum visit – Kunsthal Rotterdam

maRRose - CCC --- Kunsthal Exhibitions June 2016-10Last Friday Quinn and I made good use of our “Museum Jaarkaart” once again!
I love it that whenever we’re thinking of having a “mother-daughter”-date, a trip to the museum comes up most of the times – it’s absolutely wonderful to share our passion of all things creative and artistic.maRRose - CCC --- Kunsthal Exhibitions June 2016-42

Since Quinn has a special love for photography, as well as for the artist Salvador Dalí, the Rotterdam Kunsthal was a must visit. Their special exhibition on photographer Philippe Halsman, who worked with Dalí for many, many years, seemed perfect, but was about to end. So, off to Rotterdam we went!

We both enjoyed the exhibition tremendously! Halsman photographed covers for Life Magazine for a long time, and it was fun seeing some of the photos he took next to the Life Magazine covers in print.maRRose - CCC --- Kunsthal Exhibitions June 2016-32 maRRose - CCC --- Kunsthal Exhibitions June 2016-33

The photos done with Dalí were amazing: at a time when no person had ever heard of “Photoshop” yet, Halsman was able to create images that actually make me think, he was secretly testing and playing around with Adobe’s first Photoshop version.maRRose - CCC --- Kunsthal Exhibitions June 2016-40

The last part of the display showed Halsman’s famous “jump” pictures of celebrities; celebrities I would have considered very unlikely to appear in a photo jumping, like the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, and Richard Nixon.
Halsman said this about his “jumpology” (his philosophy on jump photography ;): “When you ask a person to jump, his attention is mostly directed toward the act of jumping and the mask falls so that the real person appears.” I think he was right about that!

We also saw another expo, the “All you can Art” exhibit, on our way to the Halsman photos, and I loved its imaginative – and colorful 😉 – installations full of humor.maRRose - CCC --- Kunsthal Exhibitions June 2016-43maRRose - CCC --- Kunsthal Exhibitions June 2016-45And just when you think this is a blog post without any crochet at all: will you just look at this adorable crocheted bow tie I encountered in the museum shop?
It’s by “Granny’s Finest”, a wonderful organization (more information here)!maRRose - CCC --- Kunsthal Exhibitions June 2016-13

The morning was ended with coffee, a minty lemonade (loved the peonies on the restaurant’s tables), and a couple of quirky photos with one of the three huge bunnies that adorn the Kunsthal grounds – we returned home happy and invigorated!maRRose - CCC --- Kunsthal Exhibitions June 2016-44

Enjoy your day!
Love,
Marianne xx

Treasury Tuesday

maRRose - CCC --- Treasury Tuesday - Freeform Crochet-03If you’ve listened to the interview that famous yarnbomber Stephen Duneier had with me last year, you may have noticed him trying to convince me to become a yarnbomber. It’s true, this is a crochet related area that I haven’t touched yet, and think I should give a go… sometime 😉
maRRose - CCC --- Yarnbombing-04maRRose - CCC --- Yarnbombing-03I admire a lot of yarnbombers’ work greatly; I love the fun and beautiful yarn installations that they create, and I really believe their art makes the world a little happier.
At least, that’s the effect yarnbombs have on me: they either make me smile, or sigh in admiration.
maRRose - CCC --- Yarnbombing-01 maRRose - CCC --- Yarnbombing-05maRRose - CCC --- Yarnbombing-02Last Saturday was International Yarnbombing Day, and I enjoyed seeing many new yarnbombs being installed all over the world (thank you social media). For instance this one, by dear ig-friend Jane: I think it’s wonderful!

The thought that crochet is an art form is not new, and I loved finding artsy crochet for this week’s “Treasury Tuesday”. I searched for “freeform crochet”, and this is the beauty I found …..

I especially adore these two:
maRRose - CCC --- Treasury Tuesday - Freeform Crochet-01 maRRose - CCC --- Treasury Tuesday - Freeform Crochet-02What is your favorite, and have you ever done any freeform crocheting or yarnbombing?
I’m personally concerned I might be tad bit too ocd to do any freeform crocheting, but yarnbombing is definitely something I’ll venture out in….. eventually 🙂

Have a happy week,
love,
Marianne xx

PS: clicking on the images in this post, will take you to the fabulous makers

Follow-up Friday – The “Rustic Lace Square”-blanket

maRRose - CCC - Rustic Lace Squares-41Follow-up Fridays that have a big “ta-dah” are great ones generally speaking, but today’s one might be the very best ever, because, you guys: the “Rustic Lace Square”-blanket is finished!!
I’m so incredibly excited, happy and proud of this blanket – I’ve loved making all my blankets, but the “Rustic Lace” is extra-extra special.maRRose - CCC - Rustic Lace Squares-39maRRose - CCC - Rustic Lace Squares-42What strikes me most is that up until the last square, I have loved crocheting it.
Usually I’m a little bored and “done” with a project this big when I’m nearing the finish line – most certainly not this time. All credit for that goes to the – unfortunately still unknown – maker of this extremely pretty square.
Whoever you are: thank you for such a gorgeous pattern (that you can find the link to here)!maRRose - CCC - Rustic Lace Squares-15 maRRose - CCC - Rustic Lace Squares-16

I’ve written about the beginning of my infatuation with the “rustic lace” before (right here), around the time when I started this project, well over a year ago. In that post you can read about who started the “rustic lace square”-hype (lovely Cornel and Magda), and if – like me – you can’t get enough of this square, you definitely need to check out the #rusticlacesquare on Instagram! It will give you almost 2.000 posts to drool over ….maRRose - CCC - Rustic Lace Squares-43

This was my very first square, and 121 more were to follow ……
Usually I had no problem picking out colors, but sometimes I went through the Design Seeds-feed for inspiration. I learned along the way, that being (obsessively) picky about the same colors sitting too close each other wasn’t necessary, nor effective. Since my blanket was one big color bomb anyway, it really didn’t matter.

I was a good girl this time around and sewed in all my yarn ends as soon as I had finished a square. Also, not looking forward to joining all my squares at the very end, I’m extremely happy with the “join-as-you-go” I came up with early on (tutorial here), that too worked like a charm.maRRose - CCC - Rustic Lace Squares-60Halfway through mine, I started seeing “rustic lace square”-blankets that only had colorful hearts and neutral colors on the outside (like this one, or as seen here).
I truly liked these as well (maybe even more), but I was way past the turning point with mine.

Maybe *cough* a next “Rustic Lace Square”-blanket?

Once I had finalized crocheting all 122 squares, I put the blanket on its final destination: our bed. Such a happy sight!maRRose - CCC - Rustic Lace Squares-57 maRRose - CCC - Rustic Lace Squares-56I always thought it would need a border – looooved Nerissa’s design – but seeing it spread out in all its glory, I wasn’t too sure anymore.
For a whole day I would walk in, stare at it, sometimes carrying a ball of cotton in a certain color, to see whether inspiration would strike, but no…. nothing.
I simply liked it – lacy and frilly as it was, and decided it did not need a border at all.
Besides, should I ever change my mind, all I have to do is pick up my hook again, and start crocheting.maRRose - CCC - Rustic Lace Squares-47

Some stats:
* size: 242 x 242 cm (approx. 95 x 95 inches);
* weight: circa 2.5 kg (5.5 lbs);
* pattern: “Rustic Lace Square” – “joined-as-you-go”;
* yarn: all 100% cottons, “Katia Capri”, “ByClaire”, “Durable”, “DMC”, “Catania”, “Hema”, “Scheepjes”
* hook size: 3,5 mm (US: 4/E, UK: 9).

maRRose - CCC - Rustic Lace Squares-48Wishing you all a happy weekend!
Love,
Marianne xx

PS: thank you, Quinn & Carter for being my patient photo shoot assistants 🙂