Treasury Tuesday 2.0 – Terrific Testers

There was no doubt in my mind that this particular “Treasury Tuesday” would be a big, fat shout-out to the truly wonderful women who were on my team of testers while I was working on the designs for my book.

All four of them are extremely skilled (as you can see from just these 4 snippets of their work as shown below) and really deserve to be put in the spot light!
So without further ado I very proudly present to you my “Terrific Testers”:

                                                         Heleen Scharstuhl

 

                                                              Inez de Goede

Not only did they do an honestly fantastic job testing and re-testing my patterns, but they turned out to be the best group of cheerleaders I could have wished for as well.
The first photo in this post shows you sneak peeks of the projects they crocheted for “Colorful Crochet” / “Eindeloos Haken” – all six of them look splendid, and are beautifully made.

                                                             Ingrid Danvers

 

                                                           Lotte van Dinteren
The need to keep all the crochet projects I was working on a secret might have been one of the toughest things in the whole book making journey, so it was extremely nice I was able to show at least my testing tribe what I was making and get their feedback along the way.

We had a couple of “Terrific Testers”-meetings, and felt an immediate click right from the start. Not a whole lot of crochet got accomplished during those gatherings, I have to admit…
This past weekend we were talking online about how kind of odd we all feel now that we’re finally able to share photos of the projects we had to keep away from everyone for so many months. All 5 of us started searching our albums for shots we thought would be fun to share, only to come up with mainly photos of – delicious – food, haha!
We regret not having taken more photos of us and/or the things we were crocheting, but concluded at the same time we simply had too much of a good time and been way too busy chatting, laughing, and yes: eating and drinking ;-), to take pictures.

At the end of June we’re having another “TT-meeting”, and we’ll make sure to take plenty of pictures and spam you with all of these in our social media feeds!

Have a great week!
Love,

Marianne xx

“Colorful Crochet” – “Eindeloos Haken”

When it comes to crochet, or any other craft for that matter, I’m easily pleased and quickly excited. I’m sure you’ve noticed… 😉
However, I don’t think I’ve ever been THIS excited!
My book is ready, printed, on its way to (online) shops around the world (can someone pinch me, please), ready for you to pre-order (English edition on Amazon and Bol; Dutch book via Echtstudio, just to name a few), and some people actually already have a hard copy in their hands!They are the wonderful women that are part of the blog hop I told you about in this post. Yep, that’s right: “Colorful Crochet” and “Eindeloos Haken” are going on tour for the next 40 days, and we’re taking you literally on a trip around the globe. From Australia to The Netherlands, from South-Africa to the UK and the USA, then back to Europe, the books will be hopping from one continent to another.

I feel very privileged and joyful that so many talented and lovely creative friends wanted to be part of the happy happening that this blog/social media tour is going to be, and I’m honered to introduce everyone here to you, all 40 fabulous participants!

01. Lisanne Multem – Draad & Praat;
02. Ingrid Danvers – Studio 92 Designs;
03. Sandra Paul – Cherry Heart Blog;
04. Tanya Eberhardt – Little Things Blogged;
05. Clare Newton – @frankielovescrochet;
06. Sarah Shrimpton – Annaboo’s House;
07. Kathryn Vercillo – Crochet Concupiscence;
08. Heleen Scharstuhl – Vol van Wol;
09. Nerissa Muijs – Miss Neriss;
10. Sandra Eng – Mobiusgirl Design;
11. Emily Littlefair – The Loopy Stitch;
12. Holly George – Holly Pips;
13. Shelley Husband – Spincushions;
14. Susan Carlson – The Felted Button;
15. Sharna Moore – Sweet Sharna;
16. Carmen Heffernan – @anniedesigncrochet;
17. Frederika van der Galien – Frederika Creates;
18. Alia Bland – The Little Bee;
19. Natalie Schwarz – Little Cosy Things and Craft As Therapy;
20. Makenzie Pearson – BQueen Collection;
21. Mandy O’Sullivan – Red Agape;
22. Heike Gittins – Made with Loops;
23. Funda Kaya – Kikalite;
24. Wendy Koutlis – @crochetcrazygirl;
25. Mariana Abadie – @winterbeachbymab;
26. Lotte van Dinteren – Lotte Haakt;
27. Janneke Assink – Jip by Jan;
28. Inez de Goede – Goed id Handwerk;
29. Lidy Nooij – Lidy Nooij;
30. Miriam Catshoek – @miriamcatshoek;
31. Hattie Risdale – The Petal Shed;
32. Annemarie Huijser – @studiohipenstip;
33. Rachele Carmona – Cypress Textiles;
34. Liza Veenendaal – Confetti Lab;
35. Emily Carter – @carter_and_brown;
36. Agnieszka Strycharska – Niebieska chata;
37. Susan Regalia – @suregal27;
38. Robyn Hicks – @crochetgirl99 and @yummyyarnandco;
39. Emma Friedlander-Collins – Steel and Stitch;
40. Mabel Gaiser – Hip met Kleur.

Having just typed up this list of fan-tas-tic creative colleagues makes my heart skip a beat: what an awesome group of makers, don’t you agree?
I know some of them have already started a project from my book, and I simply cannot wait to see!
As of tomorrow through June 30th, 2017 you’ll find sneak peeks of the book and its projects, plus chances to win a copy of the book when visiting almost all of the following websites/blog/instagram and facebook accounts on a daily basis – in short: we’re going to have a fun social media relay, starting here today.I’m kicking the tour off with a give-away of two of my books, an English and a Dutch version. All you need to do is leave a comment under this post, tell me what version you’d like to win (English or Dutch) and make sure I have your email address to notify you in case you won – easy as that!
My giveaway closes on Sunday May 21st, 8:00 pm, after which I’ll notify the winners.
By that time you will already have been able to enter the next giveway on the tour’s following participant’s blog/ig/fb, and so on and so forth: cool, right?

Oh, and just in case you’ve missed this: Saturday May 27th will be the book’s big launch party at Echtstudio – I’m SO much looking forward to that! If you have a chance, I’d love to see you there!
We’re busy prepping the party – it’s going to be loads of fun!
Just in case May 27th is not a good date for you, we’re partying again at Wolplein, on June 17th (10:30 – 13:00).

Have a super weekend!

Love,
Marianne xx

PS: make sure to visit Lisanne/Draad&Praat tomorrow – she’s your next stop on our tour

EDIT: two winners have been drawn and notified, and the giveaway is now closed.
Thank you ALL so much for your lovely comments (loved reading them) & for participating! xx

“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 Amazon.com UK and Bol.com
“Colorful Crochet” – USA and the rest of the world (end of June, 2017) via Amazon.com USA and Bol.com

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!

Love,
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