Studio Hip & Stip – giveaway

Hello from my little corner of the world! I hope you all are well. I’m quickly popping in to tell – and show – what a fabulous book launch party I went to last Saturday.
PLUS: at the end of this post there’s a chance for you to win the book, so keep on reading ;-).

Annemarie Huijser, better known as “Studio Hip en Stip” and rather famous for her eclectic colorful style (and rightfully so!) wrote her first crochet book, and it was released with – as I said – a fa-bu-lous party at “Wolplein” this past weekend.
Not only was Annemarie celebrating the publication of “Haken met Studio Hip en Stip”, November 11 was her birthday as well, hurray! Along with a group of about 20 close crafty friends I was asked to come to a festive pre-party: so much fun!

It was lovely to meet Annemarie’s friends, a couple of which inspired her while writing her book and/or actually contributed to it, like the talented Mattanja Kroon, who designed the “Studio Hip en Stip”-logo – proudly displayed on the cover of the book – and handlettered all captions in the book: I SO love her work!

Another very creative and inspiring friend of Annemarie’s (whose work I’ve admired for a long time) is Nienke van der Zwan. She’s the queen of “Stip Stijl” – please do yourself a favor and check out the gorgeous art she makes (for instance here, here and here).

This most definitely will not come as a surprise: I love the book!
So colorful, so happy, such a nice variety of projects! I bet that even when bright colors are not exactly ‘your thang’, you’ll smile from ear to ear after leafing through “Haken met Studio Hip en Stip”.

Not only her book is pretty cool, Annemarie herself is genuinely an extraordinary and delightful person also – I’m so glad we met.
She’s one of those unique people that you immediately know are beautiful inside and out, and have no ‘hidden agenda’ at all.

At the top of Annemarie’s long list of tatents is “how to throw a party”.
We felt so welcome and joyous, as if we were celebrating our birthdays: spoiled to the max with so many goodies …

Of course the birthday girl got showered with – handmade – gifts too, and I’m sure they were all “handmade with love” for this very special woman! I know my pincushion is …

If you want to see more of the festivities, you can go check this hashtag, or – maybe even better – watch this “Koffie & Wol”-video. There is also a series of 5 wonderful little YouTube-movies on Annemarie’s bookmaking process – this is where you can find them.

Right next to me I have a signed copy of Annemarie’s book, and I’ve decided to make one of you happy with it, woohoo!
You can enter this giveaway – open internationally – by leaving a comment under this blog post.
Even though the book is in Dutch, I’m sure you non-Dutch will find plenty of (color!) inspiration in it, plus: all patterns have crochet charts, which takes care of any language barrier, right?
The giveaway will close Sunday November 26, 10:00 PM (GMT + 1 hr), and the winner will be notified shortly thereafter via email.
Good luck everyone!

Love,
Marianne xx

edit: this giveaway is now closed – a winner has been drawn and notified!

Home Decoration in Crochet

Gosh, I love crochet books! Especially when they’re as pretty, colorful, and happy as the one Tanya Eberhardt / “Little Things Blogged” just published!
I was one of the lucky ducks to receive an advanced copy of her book, AND was asked to be part of her fun book tour (details on the tour here). This made me all kinds of happy, to tell you the truth. You see, I’ve admired and been following Tanya ever since I stepped into the online crochet-world. If you browse her delightful and inspiring blog, I’m sure you cannot but agree with me that she’s a fantastic crocheter.

Going through her book – jam packed with 25 lovely designs – will only second that: she’s done a wonderful job. And so has ‘my’ publisher Tuva – very proud of them for delivering yet another beautiful and good-looking crochet book.

There is one project that I immediately and totally fell in love with: the “Mixed Stitch Blanket”! The minute I saw it, it moved right to the top of my (regrettably already very long) wishlist of crochet projects.

Another favorite (and must-make as far as I’m concerned) is the “Geometric Popcorn Cushion Cover”; you all know my love for geometry and texture in crochet, and this one definitely ticks those boxes!

Still wanting to crochet a project from Tanya’s book, but lacking the time to start the blanket, I opted for the large doily, that is part of the “Three Doily Set”.
Instead of the DMC Natura Just Cotton, as suggested in the book, I picked my colors from the DMC Medium-range, wanting to turn my doily into a round cushion.

What can I say? I adore how it turned out …

I’m gladly handing the “Home Decoration in Crochet”-baton to my sweet and very talented crochet colleague Sandra Paul; make sure to visit her blog (“The Cherry Heart”) tomorrow to see what her favorite project from Tanya’s book is.

Oh, and the official launch of Tanya’s book is November 15 (but you can already pre-order here). Also, she’s running a give-away to win a signed copy of her book (open worldwide – it closes on November 13, you can enter here).

Happy weekend – I’m off to yet another super-talented lady’s book launch at “Wolplein” today; more on that soon!

Love,
Marianne xx

“Colorful Crochet” – “Eindeloos Haken”

With the “Colorful Crochet” / “Eindeloos Haken” blog tour well underway, I thought it would be fun to share the posts and projects from the first 20 participants that have ‘blog toured’ so far.
From left to right, top to bottom:
1. Susan’s Cobblestone/Striped Babyblanket washclothes;
2. Clare’s Stroller Blanket Wendi;
3. Natalie’s Hexagon Shawl Ursula;
4. Mandy’s Flowers in a Field motifs.

Sure, I might be a bit biased ;-), but I find it greatly inspiring to see my projects crocheted with different yarn and in different colors. Honestly, it makes me want to pick up my hook, and start crocheting my own patterns again doing the same thing, choosing other yarn and colors!
1. Shelley’s Boho Cushion;
2. Nerissa’s Ribbed Tartan Cushion;
3. Tanya’s Lenize squares;
4. Lisanne’s Flowers in a Field squares.

I also feel extremely happy and grateful that my crochet peers love the book as much as they do. You see, it’s one thing to put your heart and soul into 20+ projects, and work on them with lots of dedication for almost a year. It’s another thing to stay objective……

1. Kathryn’s Circle Wall Hanging/Doily;
2. Ingrid’s Striped Babyblanket Ingrid;
3. Emily’s Flowers in a Field Shawl/Blanket;
4. Alia’s Circle Wall Hanging.

During the book making process, I grew increasingly fond of all my projects in an unconditional kind of way, I started to love them as if they were my children. Seeing them gathered up in my book, made me overjoyed, but also – as I said – …. less objective.
There were times when I thought “what’s not to love about such-and-so project”, but as the publication date neared, that changed into “what if my projects are not loved”?

1. Sarah’s Geometric Triangle Blanket;
2. Holly’s Hexagon Blanket Inez;
3. Frederika’s Hexagon Blanket Inez;
4. Sharna’s Flowers in a Field Garland.

So big sigh of relief and lots of happy dances finding out, that yes, other people love my projects too! And don’t we all adore it when other people like our children as well?
I’m so proud, humbled, and thankful for all the praise the book has received so far, whether it’s from people who crochet as a hobby, or from the crochet pro’s: it’s just all fantastic!
1. Carmen’s Hexagon Shawl Ursula;
2. Sandra’s Circle Wall Hanging;
3. Funda’s Merry-Go-Round granny squares;
4. Sandra’s Puff Scarf/Cowl Wendi.

To have you share in all this happiness, sweet Joyce / Mez11 – the lovely leather-label-savvy and generous woman who donated all the beautiful labels for the projects in the book – is allowing me to giveaway THIS ↓ fabulous set of labels!

All you need to do is leave a comment under this blog post, and make sure I can reach you via email in case you win. This giveaway is open internationally, and ends Sunday June 18th, 2017 – 23:00 my time (GMT+1), after which a winner will be drawn and notified. Good luck to all of you!

Love,
Marianne xx

EDIT: this giveaway is now closed – a winner has been drawn and notified

PS: If you have an opportunity to join me this coming Saturday, June 17th for another festive “Eindeloos Haken”-party at Wolplein, I would LOVE to see you there (more info here), and here ↓

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!

Edwards Crochet Imaginarium – Giveaway

Happy New Year!
I hope this new year will bring you everything you’re hoping for, and the words love, friendship, good health – plus of course lots-and-lots of creativity – are the ones that I surely hope will play a prominent role in 2017.

I’m still in major “catch up modus” – definitely where blogging is concerned, and I hope you won’t mind my slowly, but surely working through all things that (I think) need catching up on.
First one is a real good one: a rather fabulous giveaway! Sounds good, right?

Just as I was putting the finishing touches on things concerning my own book, the wonderful people at Toft sent me their latest book, “Edward’s Crochet Imaginarium”, by Kerry Lord, along with some of the lovely Toft yarns.
I had seen Kerry’s previous books going around on social media, and always thought of them as fun, but never got my hands on one of them, so I was thrilled to receive this issue.

My enthusiasm quickly grew when I opened the book and browsed through.
Not only because the designs are one-of-a-kind and witty, but the set-up of the book is really unique as well, and I so like that. I can’t help myself, I just think the whole book is awesome.
Do you remember the interactive children’s flip books? Well, the core of this book is exactly that: with 1 standard form, you compose your very own project, by picking from designs for 23 heads, 23 arms, 23 legs, and 5 tails, enabling you to make over one million different monster creations, how cool is that?
This hashtag will give you a good impression of the endless possibilities working from “Ed’s Flip Book”. 

The instructions in “Edward’s Crochet Imaginarium” are very clear, and I had a great time making “Morris Monster”! I’m a sucker for anything cute, so that’s what I went for in my first project. I crocheted the body with DMC Natura Medium and hook 4.0 mm, and I used the yarn that came in the tote bag for a tiny little fair isle scarf for Morris, based on this image/pattern I found on Pinterest.
I just love how my little Morris fella turned out ……

And the very best part? Toft has graciously allowed me to give one copy of “Edward’s Crochet Imaginarium” away, together with the tote and 3 skeins of their yarn.
All you have to do is leave a comment and an email address here and/or on my Facebook-page before Sunday January 8, 2017 – I’ll draw a winner at 8:00 pm my time (=GMT+1), and will notify him or her immediately thereafter.
Good luck to all of you!

Love,
Marianne xx

PS: yes, that’s correct ….. you can enter twice: here and on Facebook 🙂

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