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

Orchidea Cross Stitch Bag

This project sure was a trip down memory lane, and a lovely one for that matter.
You see, when I was a little girl, I made a couple of these ↑ cross stitch cushions – they’ve adorned my parents’ couches for a long time. I think I was only 9 or 10 years old, and still vividly remember how I loved doing this.

I’ve been meaning to stitch another one of these for a long, long time, but give it a whole different twist this time around: use the cross stitch part to make a bag!
Now that I’ve finished my “Orchidea Bag” I can “cross” this off my creative list 😉
It goes without saying that the cross stitch part is pretty straightforward; no counting is necessary, your only worry is that your stitches all face the same direction.

This is exactly why this a very “mindful” project. Even though I really like any kind of creative challenge, for balancing’s sake it’s equally nice to work on a project that gets you in a carefree-just-do-flow, don’t you agree? Well, this is the one!

The only thing I dreaded, was machine sewing the cross stitch front to the fabric, but this turned out to be surprisingly easy, and was done in minutes.

The “Orchidea Bag” is my latest design for CraftKitchen, and you can find the tutorial on how to make your own here (Dutch), and here (English), or via the DIY/Tutorials-page on the blog.
Enjoy!

Love,
Marianne xx

Norwool Blanket

Crochet, geometric patterns, and a challenge….. what’s not to like?

When the lovely CraftKitchen people asked us, the blogging team, whether we thought it would be possible to crochet with Norwool sock yarn as well, my creative brain started rattling instantly.

I immediately knew I wanted a graphic pattern, and a quick search for “geometric crochet” and “houndstooth crochet” on Pinterest, gave a wealth of possibilities. I particularly loved the rather big sized pied-de-poule in this Red Heart pattern, and used that as a reference.
Color swatches were quickly made, and so was my decision to go with the bolder combination. As you can probably see, the blanket is crocheted following the “tapestry technique” – nothing to be scared off, really. In my Norwool Blanket-pattern I’ve included some links to helpful videos, as well as my own tips. One important hint is how to carefully (and easily) “manage” your working and non-working yarn.

And boy-oh-boy, I so liked everything about this project and its journey: the pattern, the colors (black is a color, right?), the softness of the blanket, the rather repetitive and thus mindful making, plus – now that it’s finished – its warmth and comfort whilst I’m working on my next CraftKitchen-project.
The mindful Norwool Blanket-making took place over the holidays, and I’m so happy I can finally share it with all of you!
You can find the – free – pattern in Dutch here, and the one in English here (or via the pattern section of my blog).
It’s already gotten heaps of love on the CraftKitchen Facebook-page, and how about this post on Instagram: @captainhook3105 started her Norwool Blanket right away, awesome!

And you know what? This coming week/weekend you can see my Norwool Blanket, and lots-and-lots of other CraftKitchen projects “live” at the “Handwerkbeurs” in Zwolle!
Two (and on Saturday even three) of The CraftKitchen bloggers will be there each day throughout the event (Feb 9 – Feb 12), and we’re all looking forward to seeing you in our creative kitchen, showing our latest projects, giving tips, etc. I’ll be there on Friday and Saturday (working on my second Norwool Blanket), please come by and say “hi”!

Love,
Marianne xx

Exciting news!

2016-10-15-14-55-25-1Hello, you lovely people, long time no see – I sincerely hope you’re all doing well!

I can’t believe it’s been three whole months since I last wrote a blog post; I’ve honestly missed blogging, and it sure feels great to be back here.
It must not have gone unnoticed that my summer break turned out to be a rather lengthy one. The funny thing is, it was all but a “break”: I honestly don’t think I’ve ever crocheted as much as I did in these past months.marrose-ccc-dolly-dotty-cushion-02

You see…… I’ve been asked to write a crochet book, and that’s all that has been on my mind and desk this summer!
Late May I was contacted by a publisher whether I’d be interested to make a crochet book with them. Needing hardly any time to think about the fab opportunity they offered, soon enough I was on my way designing and crocheting to my heart’s content, all projects for my own book. A book that will have an isbn connected to my name: wow, how awesome is that?
marrose-colorful-crochet-granny-squares-01The book will have a nice mix of projects for the home, as well as pretties to wear, and will be released internationally (in English) next Spring.
Almost all designs are ready: crocheted, their patterns written, charts drawn, and photos taken. Right now it’s all about testing, re-testing, crocheting projects in different colors and yarn, in short: adding the ever so important finishing touches.
Even though I’m close to the finish line, I still need to pinch myself regularly to realize, that, yes, it’s true: next Spring will see the publication of my very first crochet book!
All kinds of exciting, really!

marrose-ccc-dreamcatcher-40This – of course – is the main reason why I’ve been extremely silent here and on other social media, and I’m delighted I can finally share my happy news with you.
Unfortunately I still can’t show a whole lot – a sneak peek here and there will be all, I’m afraid. But at least there’s an explanation for my absence (thank you, you sweet peeps for checking in to see whether I was okay), and the ongoing recycling of old work on my Instagram and Facebook.

Within the next couple of weeks I’ll start my “Treasury Tuesday”-posts again, and I’ll share the projects that I’ve made for CraftKitchen during the past couple of months (including the English translation of those patterns/diy’s), for instance the dream catcher you see in this post (↑), the cute knitted slippers (↓), and my latest, a felt Fall/Halloween-garland (↓marrose-craftkitchen-slofjes-17

marrose-ccc-craftkitchen-vlaggenlijn-herfst-halloween-22As I said, I’ve missed my blog (and YOU, my lovely readers) and I’m looking forward to spending time here again!
See you soon,

love,
Marianne xx