“Eindeloos Haken” Book Launch

It’s hard to believe it has been way over a week since the official launch of “Eindeloos Haken” took place …
Usually I’m quick and eager to share the fun of crochet parties I’ve been to with all y’all here on the blog. Of course a lack of being eager was not the issue for not writing up a blog post about and right after my very own crochet party: I just couldn’t find the right words.
In fact, I’m afraid I still can’t, so many days after the big day! I’m still glowing, happy, grateful, humbled, positively overwhelmed, impressed, extremely thankful (and I could easily go on for some time) by all festiveness that took place: it was absolutely fantastic!
I’m going to give it a try anyhow …. so here it is: my account of May 27th, accompanied by a great deal of – mostly pink (what else, haha) and happy – photos.

Having been part of the crochet-scene for quite some time, I know how kind, friendly, caring, and loving a community this is. Being at the center of it was a whole new experience for me.
                                      Miriam and I on the big party preparation day!

For starters there were many people offering their help getting the party prepped! Just to name a few: G. Brouwer & Zn, beautiful “Echtstudio” and its lovely staff, and of course my sweet friend Miriam: I couldn’t have done this without her excellent help, she’s the very best!
Then there’s the ladies who helped during the workshops on the day of the party, thank you, darling Borgo-babes!
My dear husband Lex, our two fabulous kids, Quinn & Carter, my brothers Lex and Marcel….. and I’m sure I’m forgetting people, please forgive me.

Lovely Kim of “Echtstudio” doing me the honor of handing me the first copy of “Eindeloos Haken”.
Right before the party started, Sharina interviewed me about “Eindeloos Haken”, and the process of making the book (you can find the Dutch article here; for another interview with me – in English – you can go here).

I don’t know if you’re familiar with the Dutch climate, but we don’t get a lot of warm, sunny days, not even in Summer. So when the weather forecast for May 27th, 2017 says: tropical temperatures, you can be nothing but very, very, EXTRA thankful for people braving the heat and coming to celebrate an ever so special moment with you: the launch of your first book!
(As it turned out May 27, 2017 was the hottest May 27th ever in Holland, with temps reaching a whopping 33.4 Celsius).

                                      Lots-and-lots of smiles, and happy people!
You can imagine I was extra delighted they did, because it was just wonderful being surrounded by so many people I love spending time with: family, dear friends, and oodles of dear crafty friends….. ah….. glorious times!
Both my parents being present (83 and 86 years old) was very special – I so loved that they were there.
Realizing I have fans was exhilarating as well: I feel honored that they too took the time to come to the book launch, no matter the heat, patiently standing in line to have their copy of “Eindeloos Haken” signed (by me, how surreal is that?!). Above you see lovely Laura, aka @cosyup on Instagram (photo credit: Laura’s boyfriend).

Apart from being spoiled with so much love and personal attention, I was showered with gifts! Incredibly sweet! Pretty flowers, yummy treats (homemade jam, chocolate, champagne to name a few), lovely bath products, a very special pepper&salt shaker set from South Africa (gifted by dear friends who know I collect salt&pepper shakers), pretty notebooks, gift cards, and a whole lot of the most beauteous handmade gifts….. utterly-utterly marvelous! And overwhelming, hence my little ‘writer’s block’…….

Look at these fabulous leather labels my sweet friend Joyce / Mez11 made!
Aren’t they awesome?
I’m in love with the beautiful present Anique / Kleinmaarfijn made for me…
and with the one Lidy / Lidy Nooij made…
as well as the one created by Chantel / De Haakfabriek

plus this gorgeous pouch for my knitting needles, made by Janneke / JipbyJan
Too many thoughtful gifts to put in the spotlight here….. *sigh* ……

The Sunday following the party my mother in law sent me such a touching snapshot of what she calls “the family book shelf”. My crochet book is positioned on this honorary shelf in her bookcase, right next to the two books my father in law wrote, and among books either written by or about other family members. Very special indeed!
                                               Yay! The “Terrific Tester Team”

To top this all off, so far, the book has been received very well – I can’t tell you how much that pleases me. To see people enjoy the projects in the book, and crochet the most beautiful versions of my patterns is extremely gratifying.
Equally wonderful is the feedback I’m getting from my crochet peers, who are participating in the “Colorful Crochet” / “Eindeloos Haken”-blog tour; I couldn’t be happier about all this!
If you’re keen on winning a copy of the book, it’s good advice to follow the blog tour: there’ll be many more chances for you to enter book-giveaways!

Love,
Marianne xx

PS:  “Alles is Haken” author Saskia Laan stating in her latest vlog my book is a “must have” was a nice way to get my week started!

Durable Yarn Party

Usually I’m the kind of person who plans things pretty meticulously, my blogging included. Not today, and not this blog post however! I’m still so stoked about yesterday’s Durable Yarn Party, I just want to share some of that with you right now.Durable Yarn is actually an old brand stemming from the early 1970’s that very recently got a fab make-over. A big crowd of Dutch bloggers and instagrammers was invited to see, feel, and work with all Durable yarns during a fun and very well organized party yesterday afternoon.
                                                  (photo credits: “Anna Haen”)

Held at a lovely and very picturesque venue – “Anna Haen” in Abcoude – we were not only treated to a delightful goody bag (with lots of Durable yarns in the color scheme of our choice – pinks for me of course 😉 – and some neat crafty tools), but to a delicious high tea as well. Long tables, elegantly set with vintage plates and cups, really beautiful flowers, a glass of bubbly on arrival: very seldom have I felt so welcome.
Add to that about 40 amiable people who are all as passionate about yarn and creating as yourself, and there you have it: the fantastic and festive afternoon that I’m still a bit high on to tell you the truth.
Lidy prepared a cool project for us to work on, involving one of the neat crafty tools we were gifted: a hairpin lace loom (more info here), “guimpe haak vork” in Dutch (tutorial here). I love how she has found a new, hip&trendy way to work with this rather old fashioned tool and technique.
The cushions you see here are all made with Durable Yarns, and designed by two other CraftKitchen-colleagues. The ones you see above are Liza’s/ConfettiLab designs (free pattern of one of them here) and made with Durable Cosy Fine. The gorgeous one below is Janneke’s/JipbyJan design, made with Durable Coral (free pattern here).
                                              (photo credit: Janneke Assink)

When I’m with so many crafty friends, there’s two things that kind of go wrong (not really): I simply cannot sit, concentrate and work with the materials there and then….. All I want to do is catch up and talk to preferably everyone attending, and there you have the second issue that I do not take care off well enough: I forget to take loads and loads of pictures, to reminiscence over later at home, and share with you here on the blog.
You’ve gotta love social media and hashtags though, because just by clicking these hashtags (here and here) you’ll get to see all photos taken and can feast your eyes on the loveliness of this awesome party!

Love,
Marianne 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