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,
Marianne xx

Christmas Stars & Baubles

maRRose - CCC --- Crochet Christmas Baubles-15With a Christmas-to-do-list longer than my arm, it was probably not the smartest thing to listen to the crochet voice in my head. On the other hand, just sitting down with a hook, yarn, some beads and the two ideas that apparently needed to be materialized, was very relaxing too.
And when the ideas turned out like I had envisioned: ahh…..such a happy feeling!
maRRose - CCC --- Crochet Christmas Stars-15Having shown my stars and beaded baubles on Instagram, I made a promise there to write down the patterns/diy, and here they are.
They’re both rather quick projects, so you’ll be able to whip some up, even in time for this year’s Christmas…..
maRRose - CCC --- Crochet Christmas Stars-11Christmas Stars – small version (us terms used)
* chain 5, close to form ring with slip stitch in 1st chain;
* chain 3 (= first dc), 15 dc in ring, slip stitch in top of 3-chain st (total of 16 dc’s);
* chain 3 (= first dc), dc in same stitch, 2dc in each stitch of previous round, sl st in top of 3-chain (total of 32 dc’s);
* chain 6, slip stitch in 2nd st from hook, and in every following stitch: sc, hdc, dc, tr; slip stitch in 4th dc from previous round. Repeat 7 more times (8 star points made).
Fasten off, sew in ends; blocking your stars definitely pays off, and you might even want to stiffen them up a little by adhering some Mod Podge.

I played around a bit with my stars; added some beads and hung them on a stick that Mila found on one of our walks the other day……
maRRose - CCC --- Crochet Christmas Stars-21 maRRose - CCC --- Crochet Christmas Stars-23Christmas Stars – big version (us terms used)
* chain 5, close to form ring with slip stitch in 1st chain;
* chain 3 (= first dc), 15 dc in ring, slip stitch in top of 3-chain st (total of 16 dc’s);
* chain 3 (= first dc), dc in same stitch, 2dc in each stitch of previous round, sl st in top of 3-chain (total of 32 dc’s);
* chain 3 (=first dc), dc, dc, 2dc’s in 4th st of previous round; repeat all around: dc, dc, dc, 2dc’s (total of 40 dc’s);
* chain 7, slip stitch in 2nd st from hook, and in every following stitch: sc, hdc, dc, tr dtr; slip stitch in 5th dc from previous round. Repeat 7 more times (8 star points made).
Fasten off, sew in ends; blocking your stars definitely pays off, and you might even want to stiffen them up a little by adhering some Mod Podge.
maRRose - CCC --- Crochet Christmas Stars-10Christmas Stars – 3D version (us terms used)
Crochet 2 circles like you would for the small or big stars; with wrong sides facing, crochet them together: 1 sc in every stitch, no increases made. With a small opening left, fill your circle with a little fiber fill, close circle.
Pick up the part of the pattern to make the star points and ta-dah: 3D star made!

maRRose - CCC --- Crochet Christmas Baubles-27Beaded Christmas Baubles (us terms used)
I’ve used plastic Christmas balls for mine, but you can easily use styrofoam balls as well. My balls were about 9 inches in circumference (ca 22 cm), and I crocheted with 100% cotton and hook size 3,5 mm.

* start with a magic circle and crochet 4 chains (=1dc plus 1 chain);
* crochet 1dc + 1 chain 11 more times; close with slip stitch in 3rd chain of 1st stitch (total of 12 dc’s and 12 chain spaces);
* slip stitch into next chain space; chain 2 and 1dc (= 1st 2dc cluster stitch), chain 1. Repeat all around: 2dc cluster + 1 chain in every chain space from previous round (12 2dc cl, 12 chain spaces);
* slip stitch into next chain space; chain 2 and 2dc’s (= 1st 3dc cluster stitch), chain 2. Repeat all around: 3dc cluster + 2 chains in every chain space from previous round (12 3dc cl, 12 chain spaces);
* chain 4 (=1st treble), * 2 trebles in 2-chain space, 1 treble in top stitch of 3-dc cluster from previous round **.
Repeat from * to ** all around – total of 36 stitches;
* chain 3 (=first dc), 1 dc in every stitch – total of 36 stitches.
Fasten off – sew in ends. Make a second one.maRRose - CCC --- Crochet Christmas Baubles-30

String your beads – 36 if you want one in every stitch, 18 for every other one – onto your yarn.
maRRose - CCC --- Crochet Christmas Baubles-22With wrong sides together, start crocheting your half crochet balls together with sc’s, only using the two inner loops (like this tutorial shows you).
maRRose - CCC --- Crochet Christmas Baubles-29Make sure to slide a bead towards your hook, before you crochet each sc (more info here). Once you’re 2/3 done, you’ll want to fit your crochet work onto the ball. The next part might be a bit fiddly, but you’re going to continue to crochet your work together, adding beads while doing so. Fasten off, sew in ends, and …… admire your work!
maRRose - CCC --- Crochet Christmas Baubles-25maRRose - CCC --- Crochet Christmas Baubles-28Wishing you merry times!
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!

Marianne xx

KreaDoe – Triangle Pincushions

maRRose - CCC - pincushionsRecently I told you about my exciting new part-time job as blogger for the biggest Dutch Craft Fair, KreaDoe. In my first blog post for them I shared my “Yarn Ends Bowl” (Dutch diy here) the second one that has just gone live on KreaDoe’s site is how to make your own triangle pincushion (English tutorial here – Dutch how-to here).

These pincushions are another favorite project of mine – a rather quick make, and a cute little gift. We all sew sometimes don’t we, and we all need a pincushion to keep those pins from going to dangerous places…..
Whenever I plan on gifting one myself, I do like to personalize them as much as I can, as you can see here ….
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maRRose - CCC - pincushion-55I also made a couple of new ones, and if you’d like to win one, please leave a comment below (also letting me know which one you’d prefer: the orange/mint, or the soft peach).
maRRose - CCC - pincushion-54 maRRose - CCC - pincushion-53 maRRose - CCC - orange mint pincushion-02And….. that’s not all you can win this time around: KreaDoe’s allowing me to give away TWO TICKETS for the craft fair: woohoo!
maRRose - CCC - pincushion-56Again, all you have to do is let me know in the comments whether you’d like to be eligible to win these – winners for both the pincushions, and the tickets will be drawn on Thursday October 22, 2015, and I’ll let you know here, on my Instagram and Facebook page! Tip: you could increase your chances to win, by entering over there as well!

Good luck!
Marianne xx

My Creative 2014

maRRose - CCC: my creative year 2014

First and foremost I’d like to wish you all a wonderful 2015, filled with love, friendship, good health, fun, laughter and of course ….. lots of creativity!

Although the new year is already well on its way, I could not resist looking back on my creative journey during 2014 and share it with you here.I knew I was a busy bee last year, but quite honestly I’m surprised myself to see the many projects I managed to start and most of them to even get finished.

You might want to grab a cup of tea of coffee (or glass of wine?) before you continue reading this post – it’s going to be a lengthy one ….

*** January ***

maRRose - CCC: photo collage January 2014My most popular January project was the yarn ends bowl! Not only did I enjoy making this tremendously – it’s one of the most clicked on tutorials on my blog, bringing joy to a lot of people. I so like that …..
maRRose-CCC, yarn ends bowl
*** February ***
maRRose - CCC: photo collage February 2014This was not the month of a whole lot of finished projects …. And what’s more, one of them shown here is still not finished – my Crochet Mood Blanket. I’m determined to pick this one up very soon though and make it an ex-wip fast!
I guess my most loved make of this month is the thread rack: I’m still enjoying it on a daily basis!
maRRose - Colorful Crochet & Crafts, thread rack
*** March ***
maRRose - CCC: photo collage March 2014Unlike February, March was the month of getting things done, not just some small things like the little key chain owl, but with a big sigh of relief I finally completed the pixelated cushion, as well as my hexagon blanket. At this point in time I was also still up to date with my Crochet Mood Blanket ….
The pixelated cushion wins the popularity poll this month.
maRRose - CCC - pixelated cushion
*** April ***
maRRose - CCC: photo collage April 2014No matter how much I loved making Shelley’s glorious pincushion, finishing the sunburst granny square cushion (using the continuous-join-as-you-go method for the very first, but definitely not the last time), crocheting the gazillion flowers for the flowery tea cosy was most certainly the thing I most loved doing in April!
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*** May ***
maRRose - CCC: photo collage May 2014May was the month that marked the beginning of my infatuation with the South Bay Shawl. That very month I managed to crochet three of them (in total I made 8 this year …..). The one with the pink pom poms is most certainly my favorite ……
maRRose - CCC: South Bay Shawls
** June ***
maRRose - CCC: photo collage June 2014In June I finished three more shawls, and I gave them all a contrasting border in black – adding pink pom poms to one of them. The first two were South Bay Shawls, the third one a Florence. During this month I continued to make squares for my Crochet Mood Blanket, made more squares for a new project – the Bétaille Blanket – and almost, almost finally wrapped-up my Homely Blanket.
maRRose - CCC: "Florence" Shawl
*** July ***
maRRose - CCC: the month of July (2014)Being on vacation most of the time, July was not an overly productive month. To keep me busy during the long drive to and from the place we were vacationing, I started a rectangular South Bay Shawl. Loved the “Alize”-yarn used in this shawl.
maRRose - CCC: Rectangular South Bay Shawl
*** August ***
maRRose - CCC: monthly collage, August 2014As the banner in this August collage says: this was a very happy month! Not just because of the fun bracelet tutorial and giveaway, BUT: I finished my Homely Blanket! Such a very happy feeling indeed!maRRose - CCC: The Homely Blanket
*** September ***
maRRose - CCC: monthly collage, September 2014
September brought more happiness ….. lots of things got finished. Firstly the Chevron Blanket for my sweet daughter, then the “I love Holland”-cushion for our Dutch/Canadian niece, plus three more shawls. Last but not least I played with my yarn ends again!
maRRose - CCC: "I love Holland"-cushion
*** October ***
maRRose - CCC: monthly collage, October 2014This month was all about blankets – again. I completed my Boho Granny Blanket, as well as the Chevron Baby Blanket and published my very first granny square design (tutorial here).
maRRose - CCC: Boho Granny Blanket
*** November ***
maRRose - CCC: monthly collage, November 2014
Another busy month, and exciting too: I finally followed a sock knitting workshop and started my first pair of socks – ever! Something I had longed for and both dreaded for a long time. I also got to review my dear blogging and ig-friend Shelley’s first crochet book, crocheted my second Astrid doll – Emília – and came up with a fun little design: the crochet gifts/presents (tutorial here).
maRRose - CCC: crocheted presents/gifts
*** December ***

maRRose - CCC: monthly collage, December 2014
After a late start, I managed to hand make the bigger part of my Christmas presents and truly enjoyed that. One of my 2015 resolutions is to plan and start real early on Xmas gifts ……Favorite make however are my socks – I was, and still am, so ridiculously proud of this first pair! Fun too, was following my own tutorial and making a triangle pincushion for a dear friend in Australia.maRRose - CCC: knitting socksPhew …… are you still there? Quite the expedition, wasn’t it?
One of the things that has made this creative journey so much more enjoyable for me, was YOU being here and traveling with me.
Always encouraging and inspiring me, writing lovely and sweet comments: thank you so very much for that!
Here’s to a brand new creative year!

Pixelated cushion – finished!

maRRose - CCC - pixelated cushionIt’s been a while since I’ve written a blog post…..
One of the reasons for that was our ski vacation in the Swiss Alps; it was wónderful, but had a kind of nasty end. On day five of this fun and snow filled week, our 17-year-old daughter had a ski accident and injured her knee badly. She’s been on crutches ever since and is scheduled to have surgery on March 19th ……
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So, last week was a busy one, filled with doctors’ appointments, driving the patient back and forth to school, guitar lessons etc.
This week looks a bit “lighter”, actually in a very literal way too, since we’re enjoying fantastic springlike weather here. And after all the rain and greyness, we were very ready for a treat like this.

In the meantime, I have been crocheting, working on my  Crochet Mood Blanket 2014 (more about that in another post), but mainly focussing on the pixelated cushion cover (I already wrote about that here) and yes, yes, I’ve – finally – finished it yesterday.
maRRose - CCC - pixelated cushion maRRose - CCC - pixelated cushion maRRose - CCC - pixelated cushionTo tell you the truth I almost fell out of love with this project ….. Só many tiny squares to crochet. You wouldn’t say, but there are 289 one of them!!! Luckily towards the end quite the opposite happened.

Totally IN love all over again! And the funny thing is: (once again) this cushion in no way fits the decor of our home but I still love how it turned out: it makes me vèry happy to just look at it …… I’m especially thrilled with the border and the way the pompoms put on the perfect finishing touch.
Can you tell I’m chuffed to pieces with it ;)?
maRRose - CCC - pixelated cushion

I’ve written a little “diy”, that you’ll find here, or under “tutorials/DIY” at the top of this page, so you can have a go at this too.
And although I promised myself to never do a project like this, my head is already buzzing with ideas …… You see, the possibilities are endless ….. you can convert ány counted cross stitch pattern into crochet, and I have to admit I’ve already pinned a few to my pinterest board …..

Yay for creative inspiration!

Yarn bowl

maRRose-CCC, yarn ends bowlFeeling crafty yesterday morning (thank you, Allison Sadler and “make-it-sewcial Mondays“), I decided to do what I have been wanting to do for a lóng time: use the yarn ends I’ve been saving up for ages and turn them into a bowl. Yes, that’s right, a bowl!

I came across this fabulous idea months and months ago on the wonderful blog of Elisabeth Andrée and pinned it to my “DIY/crafts Pinterest board“.
Time to open the pin and get started!
Elisabeth Andrée’s tutorial links back to yet another beautiful blog, by Carolyn and gives you the “recipe” to make the paste with which the yarn ends are sort of glued together to form a bowl. On Carolyn’s blog you can see that you don’t necessarily need yarn ends, you can very well use long strands of yarn and stick to one color as well.

You’ll be perfectly fine, just following Elisabeth Andrée’s and Carolyn’s instructions, but I just want to show you how things looked here when I got started and moreover, show you the result! I’ll be pretty much bombarding this post with photos, but that way you’ll get the picture – ;) – even better!

So, I got everything I needed: yarn ends …..
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as well as the ingredients to make the paste with …..maRRose-CCC, preparing yarn ends bowl

Then, following the “recipe“, I mixed and cooked the paste and let it cool …..yb-26

Prepared the bowl(s) by covering the outside(s) with plastic wrap, making sure to cover all of the bowl(s) …..
yb-14 yb-21Placed the bowl(s) on aluminum foil (so the paste could safely drip) …..
maRRose-CCC, yarn ends bowlAfter all these preparations, it was time to  p l a y!
I picked up a handful of yarn ends, got another handful of the paste and mixed them in my hands, making sure every piece of yarn was soaked with the paste. Then little by little I covered my first bowl with the gooey yarn ends, feeling like some sort of sculptor, really.

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After all this sculpting, the hardest part came …… finding the patience to let them dry! When I had finished my first (big) bowl, I very quickly got the feeling that I might have sculpted a bit to thick a layer onto the bowl. Since there were enough yarn ends ànd paste left, I prepared another, smaller bowl and made sure its layer of yarn-paste was considerably thinner. The first bowl is drying nicely, but is still not totally dry – after almost 48 hours!
However, the second, smaller bowl with the thinner layer was completely dry this morning and so the exciting task of removing the yarn shell from the bowl started. Nervous moment, I can tell you ……
But, the bowl came off nicely though, after which I carefully removed the plastic wrap from the inside of the bowl and T A D A H!!

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Isn’t it beAUtiful? I’m ridiculously happy with the way it turned out!
So, go ahead, give it a try – you won’t regret it! It’s really easy (the drying part is the toughest, honestly) and I’m sure you lovely yarn loving people will get a kick out of this too. Oh ….. and please share photos of your yarn ends bowl, I would love to see all of your unique creations!
Happy crafting!


Hot water bottle cover

This ugly blue hot water bottle has been sitting in my craft room for more than a year.
Ever since I got it, I’ve been meaning to crochet a pretty cover for it.
However, it seems like I’m too easily distracted when it comes to crafts and crochet, so the hot water bottle continued to live a naked life.
hot water bottle cover - the beginning

That is, until last Friday, when I started crocheting its coat as yet another
(oh my ….) in-between project.
The week before I got a beautiful soft “egypt cotton” at our local market, from “De Wolman“; I love it! The label says it is a mix of 55% polyacrylic/45% cotton and it’s called “King Cotton”, by Firma Max Gründl.
I really wanted to do something with these soft beauties right away and the hot water bottle caught my eye ….

hot water bottle cover

I used a hook size 6 (= metric), that would be J/10 for US and 4 for UK/Canada, quite a different feel as opposed to my usual 3,5 (E/4 US – 9 UK/Can).
I crocheted just 12 basic granny squares, using the join-as-you-go for both front and back panel, 6 squares each (wonderful jag-tutorial here).
I then crocheted three rounds of sc (US – dc/UK) around each panel and a fourth round attaching front and back (leaving the bottom open, but crocheting front and back bottom sides also with the blue connecting color).
For the neck I picked up the stitches to work around it, increasing 2 stitches each on the left and right in the fifth round. In the last round I used a simple picot (*sc, 2 chains, sc in same stitch, skip one stitch *) and finished it off with a round of pink slip stitches over the last round. I sewed 4 little buttons on the inside of the back panel; the hook 6 stitches being pretty big, they fitted right through. Ta-dah!
Hook 6 also meant this was a quick ride and I am so, so happy with the result!

hot water bottle cover


Triangle Pincushion (Tutorial)

Isn’t it funny and interesting how one gets ideas to create something? When I was making the triangle cushion I did not do the math beforehand as to how many triangles in what color I would need. So I ended up with too many triangles, no big deal. After I had finished the cushion I looked at those long haired, oddly shaped objects, and all of a sudden lightning struck, aha!

maRRose - CCC: triangle pincushion

And don’t you love it when you can work out the idea/picture you have in your head into something real, and to such an extent that the final result totally matches the photo-in-the-head that it all started with.
Well, I’ll be the first to admit that there are quite a few projects sitting somewhere in my craft room unfinished, but this pincushion-idea really worked well.
It is a great stash buster project, a quick fix when you’re bored with that never-ending blanket, and they simply make me smile!
You’ll find the link to the tutorial here (or above) – have loads of fun making them and please do share any of your triangle creations!



First blog post

So …… this is my very first blog post and I have to admit I’m pretty excited! To be honest, there is a lot for me to be “pretty excited” about.

Other than starting this blog, I have recently opened my Etsy shop (link here) ànd made a “maRRose Colorful Crochet & Crafts”-facebookpage (link here).

Things will be mainly crochet, but since I love to cook and bake as well, the occasional recipe might slip in too …. Well, I guess anything that will make me want to write about it – we’ll see how it goes. One blog post at a time, right?

I am working very hard to get my first tutorial ready to share with you, so stay tuned!
I’m thrilled you’ve found my little corner of blogland and I would love to hear from you, so don’t be shy and drop me a line!