Follow-up Friday – a shawl, a scarf and an ex-shawl

maRRose - CCC --- Pink Cento Shawl-05            maRRose - CCC --- Blue Cento Shawl-01            maRRose - CCC --- Lien's cushion cover-05

In the process of finishing up the purple Alize cushion cover, I suddenly realized I never showed you the two projects I recently made with the Lana Grossa 3Cento.

Quite the omission, even more so given the fact that I’ve fallen in love with this fabulous yarn. The color way is beautiful (all of them), and it’s unbelievably soft – all in all an enormous pleasure to work with.
No surprise really that both wips turned out truly lovely ….. I’m wearing the blue/purple one as I type up this post; the fact that it’s light & fluffy only adds to its comfort.
maRRose - CCC --- Blue Cento Shawl-02maRRose - CCC --- Cento Shawl-11After some serious pattern auditioning, the pattern I used is the “Spring Petals Scarf”, a free one to be found here – very enjoyable to crochet.maRRose - CCC --- Pink Cento Shawl-01

maRRose - CCC --- Pink Cento Shawl-06For the pretty pink 3Cento I chose the “Dromerige Sjaal” (“Dreamy Shawl”), designed by Sascha Blase, from her great book “Kant Haken”. The book is in Dutch, but has charts too, so language should not be a barrier.
maRRose - CCC --- Pink Cento Shawl-03 maRRose - CCC --- Pink Cento Shawl-04You might remember me complaining about the scratchy feel of the purple scarf? Well, I did wash the one-skein-in piece of crochet with Eucalan, and that worked a treat: much better!
maRRose - CCC --- Lien's scarf-01However, I could not lay my hands on more of the same yarn, and to be honest with you: my pleasure of continuing with this wip had experienced a severe blow as well……
I was very happy when an ig-friend, I think it was Miriam, suggested turning it into a cushion: bingo!
maRRose - CCC --- Lien's cushion cover-04maRRose - CCC --- Lien's cushion cover-03And now I love it again ……
The free crochet pattern can be found here; I sewed my trusted envelope, and thus removable, cushion cover in light pink to shine through the lace pattern of the crochet. I then made an envelope of the crochet part too; closed the sides by hand sewing them together.
Not able to find the right buttons, I crocheted them again – using a cotton in a softer purple (the how-to can be found in this blog post).
The side with the buttons is supposed to be the back of the cushion, but I think I actually like it better than the front.
maRRose - CCC --- Lien's cushion cover-02It sure feels great to have ticked off three things of the wip-list!

Have a happy weekend!
Love,
Marianne xx

My Lana Grossa “LaLa”-cowl

maRRose - CCC --- Lala Cowl-03Although I love this time of year for all the festivities that are taking place, for a crocheter and blogger who wants to show the projects she’s working on, it’s a ‘strange’ period as well. Of course I’m referring to the hush-hush December gift making, and I’m pretty sure you can relate to this.

Ever since I started crocheting and crafting again, I try to make as many gifts from the heart&hands as I can. I think it’s safe to say I succeeded rather well last year (you can read more about that here), and sure hope to do the same this year.
maRRose - CCC --- Lala Cowl-15Quite honestly, I always have to get over a hurdle, wondering whether the recipient will like the finished item only a bit as much as I loved making it…..
I then tell myself that the person I’m crocheting for will at least appreciate the time and passion that went into the project.
Once I’m working on the project, liking (and sometimes loving) the way it’s taking shape nicely compensates for any doubts I still might have.
It’s an extra bonus when they’re genuinely pleased with my handmade gifts. Sounds familiar?
maRRose - CCC --- Lala Cowl-16So far I’ve made two projects with the beautiful Lana Grossa yarn I received at the wonderful “yarn tasting party” I was invited to a couple of weeks ago (more here).
The first one is a scarf, made with the gorgeously soft and delightful 3 Cento in purples/blues/greens. I’m so pleased with how it turned out, but it’s a x-mas gift…. I can only give you a sneak peek …..
maRRose - CCC --- Cento Shawl-11The second project I made using Lana Grossa yarn – the “Lala Berlin – Hairy”, sooo soft, squishy and comfy – is going to be gifted to someone who’s not very active on social media – fairly safe to show. Another project that I’m happy with!
maRRose - CCC --- Lala Cowl-05 maRRose - CCC --- Lala Cowl-01For the this cowl I used Moogly’s “Fortune’s Wrap” (free) pattern (tutorial here), basically a variation of the corner-to-corner stitch, worked as a rectangular, using a hook size 10 mm/N15. Although the lovely pattern does not really show all that much given Lala’s hairy composition, I still like the way she turned out.
maRRose - CCC --- Lala Cowl-10I “framed” the cowl with navy blue Katia Capri, 100% cotton and hook size 3,5 mm, with a simple but effective 3 chain, sc border all around. When looking for navy blue buttons, I only had 2 and did not want to search or wait for three new ones.
On a whim I decided to try and crochet buttons.
And you know what? I actually like “Lala” better with the crocheted buttons, than with the regular ones!
maRRose - CCC --- Lala Cowl-12For the buttons I started with two chains, 6 sc into the first chain, then crocheted 2 sc’s in every sc from round 1, fastened off. Once I had made a second circlet, I crocheted them together by sc-ing in the back loop of the little circle on top, and the front loop of the underlying circle.
maRRose - CCC --- Lala Cowl-08
The cowl is 30 cm wide; I crocheted approx, 80 cm in length. Folded it’s 32 cm wide, with an overlay of 16 cm.
I quickly sewed the overlap on the inside of the cowl to the main part. Ta-dah!

In other news: there was a fail too ….
I found this really pretty pattern for another scarf, had some neat yarn in my stash and happily crocheted two evenings in a row on it. One ball (100 grams) into the project, I tried it on, and my-oh-my it felt so scratchy! Asking family members to test as well (hoping it would just be me), they concluded likewise: not comfortable at all. Boo hoo!
maRRose - CCC --- Lien's scarf-01Today I’ll wash the piece I have crocheted so far with Eucalan, hoping it will soften the yarn to a velvety and snug scarf-to-be, but I’m not very hopeful …. I’ll keep you posted!
Ending this post on a positive note: the (free) pattern is definitely a winner (you’ll find it here) – I just might have to go yarn shopping to find a more suitable material ;)……

Love,
Marianne xx

Black lacy scarf

maRRose - CCC: Black ScarfKnitting, crocheting, making, creating is such a joyful affair to me.
And luckily not just to me…..
Two made-with-love items sold from my Etsy shop last week (causing me to do a happy dance in the kitchen when I saw the notifications).
The chevron baby blanket that was bought by a lovely  – pregnant – lady has already arrived in its new home, and I was chuffed to pieces to read that my customer really loves the blanket.

When I first started thinking about selling my crochet, it did cross my mind that it would be hard to part with things that were made with much care, hard work and love. But I’m so glad I decided to go ahead and do it! First of all, I cannot keep or gift all the things I make at the rate with which I make them.maRRose - CCC: Black Scarf

Secondly, selling my creations is actually making me an even happier person, knowing that the things I’ve created with love are being loved somewhere else on this planet as well! It’s a fantastic, rewarding feeling that makes me like what I do even more!

Giving crochet presents that are well received is equally fantastic and rewarding, so crocheting something for a dear friend who – I think – is my biggest crochet fan, was a pure joy. I gave her a “maRRose – CCC”-gift certificate for her birthday and she said she’d really like a scarf, in black.
The decision what yarn and pattern was left to me.

maRRose - CCC: Black Scarf

I knew I had pinned a simple but beautiful pattern (link here) to my Pinterest board quite some time ago, and found it in a jiffy. Don’t you love Pinterest?
Stylecraft “Double Knit Special” in black (shade: 1002) was the yarn I picked out, and this being a nice “in front of the tv kind of project”, it was finished in no time.
The scarf is 35 cm wide and 200 cm long, and I love the lacy look of it!
maRRose - CCC: Black Scarf

My friend is vacationing in Brazil at the moment and although there are some signs of Spring here in The Netherlands, she will definitely need this scarf when she comes back to keep her warm and toasty through the last leg of Winter.
maRRose - CCC: Black Scarf

Love,
Marianne xx