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!

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

Treasury Tuesday

maRRose - CCC --- Treasury Tuesday, Granny Square Blankets-01Every once in a while, I need to satisfy my “granny square”-kick ……
I never-ever tire of this relatively old and simple crochet pattern, and I absolutely love how adaptable they are – be it traditional, or more diverse, intricate even.
There’s granny square inspiration all around us; for instance the fast growing collection on my Granny Squares Pinterest-board, or a google search for “crochet granny square” – just one click of your mouse, and you can feast your eyes on this…… ah….. the beauty!
How about maybe the bèst of all: this Instagram-hashtag “granny squares rock”: they really do, don’t they?

More granny square magnificence is to be found in this week’s “Treasury Tuesday” – aren’t these blankets all gorgeous?

My heart rate goes up a bit when looking at these two:maRRose - CCC --- Treasury Tuesday, Granny Square Blankets-02 maRRose - CCC --- Treasury Tuesday, Granny Square Blankets-03

Are you a lover of granny squares as well?

Have a great week,
love,
Marianne xx

Follow-up Friday – Granny Square Sophie

maRRose - CCC --- granny square Sophie-100Hot off the needle, here she is, my latest granny square “Sophie”!
I’m so pleased how she turned out!

maRRose - CCC --- granny square Sophie-22Apparently a (creative) brain works in mysterious ways, at least mine does.
You see, a couple of weeks ago, I woke up one morning remembering I had an idea for a fun crochet square that night.
The thing was: that was all I remembered! How ever hard I tried, I could not track down the specifics – very, very frustrating.
maRRose - CCC --- granny square Sophie-20And then, two days later, the same thing happened: I woke up in the middle of the night, having this crochet idea – happily and strangely enough, it was the same idea! I was too sleepy and tired to get up and jot it down, but I was not too sleepy and tired to tell myself, I really-really had to try to remember things this time. And that’s what happened, hurray! When I woke up that morning, the first thing that came to mind, was the notion for this flowery granny square: Sophie!

maRRose - CCC --- granny square Sophie-25As things go when you try to transform an idea into crochet reality, it took quite some tries before I was finally happy with “Sophie”, but yes, that’s what I am now, and I’m so pleased to share her with you today!maRRose - CCC --- granny square Sophie-28

It turns out, she’s pretty versatile too; without her frame, I think she would be quite adorable as a shawl, and I’m eager to work some more on my first attempt.
maRRose - CCC --- granny square Sophie-29Right now I’m chuffed to pieces with the framed “Sophie” in my latest cushion cover, that I’ve just listed in my Etsy shop (link here).
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The fabric comes from my stash, and turns out to be a pretty perfect match, and yep, I’ve been zipper-sewing once more – chuffed about that too…..maRRose - CCC --- granny square Sophie-26 maRRose - CCC --- granny square Sophie-27

You can find the pattern here (Granny Square Sophie-pdf), or in the blog tutorial section (here), and I sure hope making her will bring you as much joy as it brought me.
Oh, and do share your “Sophies”, using the “maRRosegrannysquareSophie” hashtag: I’d love to see them!
maRRose - CCC --- granny square Sophie-33 maRRose - CCC --- granny square Sophie-31Wishing you all a wonderful weekend,
love,
Marianne xx

Follow-up Friday – Babyblanket “Wynter”

maRRose - CCC --- Baby Blanket Wynter-07aHurray for “Follow-up Friday” finished projects! And especially the ones that you’re happy with, like I’m with this one.

Not only am I pleased with how this blanket turned out – I’m also quite relieved that its initial pile of granny squares is no longer staring at me…….
maRRose - CCC --- Baby Blanket Wynter-03It all started when “Simply Crochet Magazine” released their “granny square app”, issuing one granny square pattern per week – for free! On a whim, I decided to join (more on that here), and truly enjoyed my weekly little task of crocheting a pretty square.
maRRose - CCC: granny square love/Simply CrochetUnfortunately they stopped publishing new patterns under the app all of a sudden, leaving me with aforementioned pile of pretty squares, 29 of them, and almost all of them in a different size.

Having dealt with this matter – the odd sizeness – before, when putting together my “Homely Blanket”, again I decided to first make sure they all had the same size.
This kept me nicely busy for two nights, after which the next decision had to be made: what to make with 29 squares. Three pillow covers? Or would an acceptably sized baby blanket be an option?
maRRose - CCC --- Baby Blanket WynterSeeing that a 4 x 7 squares lay-out looked really lovely, and made for a decent blanket size wise as well, the next decision had to be made.
With what color would I join my rather eclectic bunch? Going from light pink, to off-white, and dark brown I finally took the plunge and went for black. I guess a rather bold choice, but quite honestly: I love it!
maRRose - CCC --- Baby Blanket Wynter-08 maRRose - CCC --- Baby Blanket Wynter-06There being so many ways to join granny squares out there, I picked the one I had come up with when I joined my “rose granny squares” (tutorial here) into the “Rose Baby Blanket”.

So, here’s baby blanket “Wynter”, that saw its first beginnings way back in …… May of 2014!
maRRose - CCC --- Baby Blanket Wynter-04Details:
* size: 70 x 1.20 m (27.5 x 47.2 inches);
* weight: circa 580 grams (1.4 lbs);
* pattern: Simply Crochet Granny Square App;
* yarn: 100% cotton, “Katia”, colors 115, 121, 083,143 and 056;
* hooksize: 3,5 mm (US: 4/E, UK: 9).
maRRose - CCC --- Baby Blanket Wynter-09Wishing you all a wonderful weekend!
Love,
Marianne xx

Introducing: Granny Square “Abby”

maRRose - CCC --- Les Tourettes Shawl-10It’s with much pleasure – and some anticipation – that I’m introducing granny square “Abby” to you today! The anticipation stems from a mix of feelings (“will other people like her too”, “what if I overlooked a mistake in the – gazillion times checked – pattern”, “will the tutorial be clear enough”), however, the pleasure wins: I’m simply very happy and proud to publish and share this granny square.
maRRose - CCC --- Les Tourettes Shawl-12The inspiration for the pattern was found in an old “Teleac”-craft course (early 80’s), that my mother gave me some time ago. “Teleac” being a paper version of today’s online classes, like “Craftsy”, would explain this best, I think.
maRRose - CCC --- granny square Abby-102Where the filet-technique is usually found in large pieces of crochet (like these, or here), I immediately liked the little center piece of filet in combination with the kind of stitches you’d normally crochet a granny square with. Not being able to find a stitch glossary in my mom’s book, and what’s more, not even recognizing the symbols used, I just started doodling.
maRRose - CCC --- Granny Square Abby-106After much fun, but time-consuming doodling, I finally came up with “Abby” as she looks right now.
She premiered in my “Les Tourettes Shawl” (link to that post, here) – and I loved how that turned out.
maRRose - CCC --- Les Tourettes Shawl-42While crocheting this shawl, I thought “Abby” might be a great square to make a cushion cover with as well, and so I made these two.

maRRose - CCC --- cushion cover Margriet-06 maRRose - CCC --- cushion cover Margriet-10For the blue/red one, named “Bram”, I simply crocheted 4 “Abby”-squares, blocked them into shape (essential) and machine sewed them onto the gingham and striped cover I made.
maRRose - CCC --- cushion cover Bram-02Now the white/yellow cushion – “Margriet” – has 4 squares as well, but I’ve added two rounds of dc’s once the squares were all joined. I really like the fact that – even after blocking – this cushion does not have the bit more stretched look of “Bram”, but this is just a personal preference.
maRRose - CCC --- cushion cover Margriet-04Both “Bram” and “Margriet” are for sale in my Etsy shop – for a sweet, festive price!

The pattern/tutorial for “Abby” can be found here (link to pdf), and/or here (via the “Tutorial/DIY”-tab on my homepage).
It goes without saying that I’d love to see your “Abby”-squares, so please tag them with #maRRosegrannysquareabby if you’re posting pictures on social media.
maRRose - CCC --- cushion cover Margriet-05 maRRose - CCC --- cushion cover Bram-07Have fun, and have a great weekend!

Love,
Marianne xx

Follow-up Friday – “Les Tourettes Shawl”

maRRose - CCC --- Les Tourettes Shawl-41In the long list of wips that needed to be completed these past months (more here), this shawl played a significant part. The funny thing is, my “Les Tourettes Shawl” has been finished since May or June, and been worn many an occasion. With much pleasure, I might add!
maRRose - CCC --- Les Tourettes Shawl-18While working on it, I only showed a few progress pictures on my Instagram and Facebook, which resulted in lots of lovely people asking for the pattern. Now thàt only existed in my head, so I promised to write it down, and make a tutorial (including how to join the squares).
maRRose - CCC --- Les Tourettes Shawl-35 maRRose - CCC --- Les Tourettes Shawl-34Somehow I knew it would be wise to make a pact with myself to not show the “Les Tourettes Shawl” here, or via other social media, before the pattern writing malarkey was done.
In Dutch we have a saying:  “een stok achter de deur hebben”, and this pact was the perfect “stok achter de deur” for me.
Haha …… I just found out there’s no translation for that saying in English! It means as much as, that I did not allow myself the pleasure of showing (off) my shawl, unless I had finished both pattern and tutorial, fearing otherwise I would never get it done…….
maRRose - CCC --- Les Tourettes Shawl-20maRRose - CCC --- Les Tourettes Shawl-17maRRose - CCC --- Les Tourettes Shawl-21Despite the pact, it took embarrassingly long before I could cross this wip off my list, but it’s finally done (yay!), and – just so this post won’t be too lengthy – I’ll share “Abby” and her pattern/tutorial here on the blog tomorrow!

So, what was the origin of this shawl? It started with me buying a colorful top, that I really fell in love with the minute I saw it. However, the first time I wore it, it left me with a cold neck and so I decided to crochet a shawl that would deal with that.
maRRose - CCC --- Les Tourettes Shawl-25Trying to pick out one or two colors from my cotton stash, I realized I had all colors that were in the top ……
Not too sure whether color blocking‘s still fashionable, but I went with “all the colors” ;).
maRRose - CCC --- Les Tourettes Shawl-28This project accompanied me when I traveled to Bétaille/Les Tourettes (hence the name) for my yoga retreat in France and I finished it rather quickly after that, really loving wearing it.
maRRose - CCC --- Les Tourettes Shawl-15The 100% cotton proved to be the perfect choice, the top being a summery garment – I think a shawl with a more woolly look would not have been as enjoyable to wear, nor as pretty to look at …..
maRRose - CCC --- Les Tourettes Shawl-40 maRRose - CCC --- Les Tourettes Shawl-14I’m all geared up to share granny “Abby” with you tomorrow, showing you not only how to crochet (and join) her, but also how versatile this sweet old lady can be!

Love,
Marianne xx

Follow-up Friday – “Crochet Mood Blanket”

Well …. let’s just say there’s a first for everything …..
Soooo, how about a “Follow-up Friday”-post on a Saturday?

For a pretty organised and control-freakish kind of person like me, it was a big step to accept that “no”, I was not going to finish my “Crochet Mood Blanket”, ànd take photos of it, ànd put a blog post together yesterday…..
maRRose - CCC --- Crochet Mood Blanket-54It was something Quinn said, that made it clear to me that this was actually ok – thank you, sweetheart!
On a totally non-related side-track: this sweetheart and I had a great time yesterday evening, attending the opening of the “Munch : Van Gogh” exhibition in the “Van Gogh Museum”……(oh, and this youTube-film is absolutely wonderful; informative is this one).
maRRose - CCC --- MarQuinn - De Schreeuw-01This is Quinn and I in the “Munch – The Scream”-photo booth at the exhibition; to activate the camera, you had to literally ‘scream’ ……

But: without further ado, let me present to you my “Crochet Mood Blanket”; started in 2014, finally finished in September of 2015!

If you want to read back as to how and why this blanket was begun, this is where you’ll want to go.
The pattern I used can be found here, with a little note that I adjusted the rectangle a tiny bit, so that two short sides had the same size as its long side. This allowed me to play around with the lay-out of the squares, when I commenced the joining.

Quite some thinking went into the border. At first I thought a simple border would be best for this colorful piece of crochet, but after a couple of tries I went for a more elaborate one and am absolutely happy with the way it turned out. “Boho” comes to mind, when I look at this blanket.

For the border I went down 0,5 mm to a 3 mm hook and did a simple round of black dc’s (UK: trebles). Second round with green was a sc (UK: dc) in between every 4th and 5th dc from the previous round, chain 3 – and repeated all around. Third round – with black again – I crocheted 4 dc’s in every chain3-loop (you can find a great tutorial for this so-called “block-stitch” here).
maRRose - CCC --- Crochet Mood Blanket-44 maRRose - CCC --- Crochet Mood Blanket-45 maRRose - CCC --- Crochet Mood Blanket-41Inspired by this beautiful border on Ryane’s latest blanket , I crocheted two rounds (in orange and pink) using this stitch, and I love how these rounds give some reliëf to the border.
The last 3 rounds were an exact copy of the first 3, the bright blue being the accent color here.
maRRose - CCC --- Crochet Mood Blanket-43When I posted this photo on Instagram, someone asked me why I was crocheting on three rounds at the same time? I do this to get a feel for the final lay-out – it’s not until I like what I see that I go ahead and crochet all around my blanket/cushion cover.
The details:
* number of squares: “only” 192 instead of 365 ….
* weight: 1248 grams (2 lbs, 12 oz)
* size: 115 x 225 cm (45,3 x 88,5 inches)
* yarn: all 100% cotton (Katia, Catania, Cotton8, Phildar, etc)

Do I like it? Oh, yesss! I’m very happy with the result. Also: very happy to have finished another old-wip. If I’m correct there’s only 3 projects left on the wip-list: the “Rustic Lace Square”-blanket – which is an ongoing project, so not really counting. Secondly, the Simply Crochet Squares (still no idea what to do with them …..). And then I need to write down the pattern for the square I designed to make my “Les Tourettes”-shawl.
The end is near ……maRRose - CCC --- Les Tourettes Shawl-10

There’s one more thing I want to share here: my 4 favorites of last week’s “Craft As Therapy“-theme:
maRRose - CCC --- Craft as Therapy-favorite4Top left: Mariana‘s beautiful crochet hexagon blanket;
Top right: Corinne‘s stunning hexi puffs/bee keepers quilt;
Bottom left: Sarah‘s gorgeous knitted, double sided baby blanket;
Bottom right: Tina‘s very uniqe and fabulously made candy skull lead picture.

Next week I’m taking a short break, having been invited by my brother and his husband to come and visit them in Cannes: how awesome is that?!
Wishing you a wonderful weekend and week ahead!
Love,
Marianne xx

Follow-up Friday

                         “Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life”
                          image courtesy of irenesartjournalcaravan.blogspot.com

As far as crafting was concerned, for me this week was all about moderating the “Craft as Therapy”-instagram account, something I really, really enjoy doing.
I’ve blogged about this wonderful community before – here and here is where you’ll find these posts.

For the past couple of weeks each moderator has chosen a specific topic, that followers are asked to post photos of. For instance, what’s your favorite color, or how do you store your craft supplies.
maRRose - CCC --- Craft as Therapy-17The question I asked at the beginning of the week was “what is your favorite project …… ever!”, and my-oh-my how I love seeing the fabulous projects people have posted, let alone read the beautiful, and often touching stories that many a time lay behind the projects involved.

Now you know I’m not big on choosing …… but this is exactly what I’ll have to do at the end of this day. I have to pick just 4 fabulous makes out of more than 200 fan-tas-tic projects…… impossible to do, really ……

In next week’s “Follow-up Friday” I’ll show you my fave four (that yet have to be determined…..).
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Apart from the time spent on the “Craft as Therapy”-account, I worked on my “Crochet Mood Blanket”. I added quite a few rows, my basket holds considerably less rectangular grannies.
In fact, I just counted: only 45 more to join: yay!
maRRose - CCC --- Crochet Mood Blanket-21maRRose - CCC --- Crochet Mood Blanket-28maRRose - CCC --- Crochet Mood Blanket-22And then tomorrow I’m finally able to reveal yet another finished project – the launch of a brand new design by Heike/MadewithLoops on the occasion of Claudia opening her new yarn shop, exciting times!

I’m leaving you with a little teaser of tomorrow’s “ta-dah” project, a picture of a tester motif……maRRose - CCC --- Moya Star Shaw-19Wishing you a wonderful weekend already, and I do hope to see you here again tomorrow!
Love,
Marianne xx

“Bétaille Blanket”

maRRose - CCC --- Bétaille Blanket-24Now this is most certainly one of the happiest “ta-dah”-posts ever ……
A close call too, to make it for this week’s “Follow-up Friday”: just a little over an hour ago I crocheted the very last stitch on this blanket and could start taking pictures (with which I’m pretty much going to bombard this blog post!).
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If you’ve followed my “Bétaille Blanket”-journey over the past few weeks, you must have noticed that finishing this blanket was quite the undertaking. During the lengthy – and sometimes tedious – process I fell in and out of love with it several times.
maRRose - CCC --- Bétaille Blanket-25maRRose - CCC --- Bétaille Blanket-29However, as soon as I could start laying out the 600 tiny squares and began joining, the love for this project was there again, wholeheartedly.
Reading Nerissa’s comment last week – “a week of joining, yikes” – I obliviously thought it would take me (way) less than a week, but as it turns out her remark was spot on.
Joining 29 rows of 20 squares was all I did crochet-wise this past week …..
maRRose - CCC --- Bétaille Blanket-30In the end I did not use all 600 squares that I crocheted, simply because the last 20 tiny grannies consisted of mainly three colors and I didn’t like that.
So, “only” 580 it is …..maRRose - CCC --- Bétaille Blanket-21 maRRose - CCC --- Bétaille Blanket-31 maRRose - CCC --- Bétaille Blanket-32I played with the thought of a colorful border – maybe by bringing back all 8 colors used in the blanket? – but decided against this once I was done joining. Tried a simple picot edging, but no ….. I think it’s pretty the way it is right now. Sometimes more really is less!
maRRose - CCC --- Bétaille Blanket-34maRRose - CCC --- Bétaille Blanket-35The “Bétaille Blanket”-facts:
* size: 165 x 215 cm, 580 little granny squares
* pattern: Springtime Throw by Nicki Trench (from her “Cute & Easy Crochet”-book)
* weight: 1554 grams
* yarn: Katia Capri, 100% cotton
maRRose - CCC --- Bétaille Blanket-23maRRose - CCC --- Bétaille Blanket-37Now to decide which old wip to tackle next ….. seems smart to pick a not too time consuming one for a change …..

Have a fabulous weekend everyone!

Love,
Marianne xx