Treasury Tuesday

maRRose - CCC --- Treasury Tuesday - Crochet Hook Cases-03There’s most likely no way around it: when you’re a crocheter you accumulate not only lots (and lots) of yarn, but hooks as well.

I doubt it’s just me who started out with a simple steel crochet hook – it worked just fine at the time.
However, once it turned out crochet was not an occasional fling for me, and I was seriously hooked, I began looking for hooks that were a bit more comfortable on my hand.
Soon enough I found my very favorite: this kind, by Prym.
When I discovered Lanagrossa carried a whole set of hooks that looked and felt exactly like my favorite hooks, I invested in this beautiful bunch a few years ago: one of the best investments ever!

maRRose - CCC --- Favorite Crochet Hooks-01These hooks have a simple soft grip, just how I like it. As a matter of fact, I couldn’t hook a stitch with the more sophisticated, ergonomic hooks like “Addi Swing” or “Clover Soft Touch”, even though I know there are many fellow crocheters that swear by these.
Talented blogging friend Shelley once wrote an interesting article about her quest for the perfect crochet hook (here‘s where you’ll find it). It’s all a matter of personal preference, isn’t it?

I realize this is a rather lengthy intro to the point I’m trying to get to ;)….
I’m sure you’re all the owner of more than one, two….. ten crochet hooks, but: do you have a case/pouch/bag that keeps them nicely in one place as well?maRRose - CCC --- CK Haaketui-Bobble Square-15You can always try the free “Bobble Square Hook Case” pattern I shared here not to long ago (you’ll find it under “Crochet Miscellaneous”), but how about a little more crochet hook case inspiration? An all new “Treasury Tuesday” has 16 lovely alternatives!

Lover of color that I am, this week I opted for two favorites that both have more muted colors. I like the classy touch they have…..maRRose - CCC --- Treasury Tuesday - Crochet Hook Cases-01 maRRose - CCC --- Treasury Tuesday - Crochet Hook Cases-02

Happy hooking!
Love,
Marianne xx

Follow-up Friday – “Rose Party Triangles”

maRRose - CCC - Rose Triangle for bunting-19A few weeks ago someone in the CraftKitchen-organization got married, and of course we – the CraftKitchen blogger team – wanted to give him and his lovely wife-to-be a present, preferable a personal/handmade one.

Being the crafty people that we are, we came up with the idea of making a festive wedding garland.
maRRose - CCC - Rose Triangle for bunting-08maRRose - CCC - Rose Triangle for bunting-12Since the 5 of us live in different parts of The Netherlands, the idea was that we would all crochet 4 motifs for the bunting – in the same color, off-white – and send them to Lidy, who would then make one pretty garland of the 20 little flags.

maRRose - CCC - Rose Triangle for bunting-13And, I’m telling you: it turned out so, so nice! We were all chuffed to pieces to see the photos Lidy and Miriam took in Miriam’s luscious garden when it was ready!
Plus: it was so much fun to make something this pretty, as a team! It goes to show that you can achieve a lot in a relatively short time when you work together: I absolutely love my CraftKitchen buddies!

Should you want to give this a go yourself, I’ve tried to track down as many details on the garland’s motifs as I could:
Liza created her own granny square heart pattern (link to chart here), Lidy crocheted her flags from a crochet snowflake book, Lisanne followed her own “wallhanger” design (pattern comes as a bonus when you buy her book), and Janneke adapted her own “Lente Granny Square” (free pattern for the squares here; it’s in Dutch, but has clear step-by-step photos, so you lovely non-Dutch should be ok with it as well, you need to click on “werkbeschrijving” for the tutorial).

maRRose - CCC - Rose Triangle for bunting-05maRRose - CCC - Rose Triangle for bunting-07I did exactly the same thing as Janneke: I modified my “Rose” granny square (pattern&tutorial here) to a “Rose” triangle. I love how it turned out – whether made in off-white, or happy colors.
maRRose - CCC - Rose Triangle for bunting-23 maRRose - CCC - Rose Triangle for bunting-22Upon request, I’ve written up the pattern to share with you on the blog.
Simply click here, and make your own festive garland with these “Rose Party Triangles”!
maRRose - CCC - Rose Triangle for bunting-31Happy making, and a happy weekend!
Love,
Marianne xx

Another museum visit – Kunsthal Rotterdam

maRRose - CCC --- Kunsthal Exhibitions June 2016-10Last Friday Quinn and I made good use of our “Museum Jaarkaart” once again!
I love it that whenever we’re thinking of having a “mother-daughter”-date, a trip to the museum comes up most of the times – it’s absolutely wonderful to share our passion of all things creative and artistic.maRRose - CCC --- Kunsthal Exhibitions June 2016-42

Since Quinn has a special love for photography, as well as for the artist Salvador Dalí, the Rotterdam Kunsthal was a must visit. Their special exhibition on photographer Philippe Halsman, who worked with Dalí for many, many years, seemed perfect, but was about to end. So, off to Rotterdam we went!

We both enjoyed the exhibition tremendously! Halsman photographed covers for Life Magazine for a long time, and it was fun seeing some of the photos he took next to the Life Magazine covers in print.maRRose - CCC --- Kunsthal Exhibitions June 2016-32 maRRose - CCC --- Kunsthal Exhibitions June 2016-33

The photos done with Dalí were amazing: at a time when no person had ever heard of “Photoshop” yet, Halsman was able to create images that actually make me think, he was secretly testing and playing around with Adobe’s first Photoshop version.maRRose - CCC --- Kunsthal Exhibitions June 2016-40

The last part of the display showed Halsman’s famous “jump” pictures of celebrities; celebrities I would have considered very unlikely to appear in a photo jumping, like the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, and Richard Nixon.
Halsman said this about his “jumpology” (his philosophy on jump photography ;): “When you ask a person to jump, his attention is mostly directed toward the act of jumping and the mask falls so that the real person appears.” I think he was right about that!

We also saw another expo, the “All you can Art” exhibit, on our way to the Halsman photos, and I loved its imaginative – and colorful ;) – installations full of humor.maRRose - CCC --- Kunsthal Exhibitions June 2016-43maRRose - CCC --- Kunsthal Exhibitions June 2016-45And just when you think this is a blog post without any crochet at all: will you just look at this adorable crocheted bow tie I encountered in the museum shop?
It’s by “Granny’s Finest”, a wonderful organization (more information here)!maRRose - CCC --- Kunsthal Exhibitions June 2016-13

The morning was ended with coffee, a minty lemonade (loved the peonies on the restaurant’s tables), and a couple of quirky photos with one of the three huge bunnies that adorn the Kunsthal grounds – we returned home happy and invigorated!maRRose - CCC --- Kunsthal Exhibitions June 2016-44

Enjoy your day!
Love,
Marianne xx

Treasury Tuesday

maRRose - CCC --- Treasury Tuesday - Freeform Crochet-03If you’ve listened to the interview that famous yarnbomber Stephen Duneier had with me last year, you may have noticed him trying to convince me to become a yarnbomber. It’s true, this is a crochet related area that I haven’t touched yet, and think I should give a go… sometime ;)
maRRose - CCC --- Yarnbombing-04maRRose - CCC --- Yarnbombing-03I admire a lot of yarnbombers’ work greatly; I love the fun and beautiful yarn installations that they create, and I really believe their art makes the world a little happier.
At least, that’s the effect yarnbombs have on me: they either make me smile, or sigh in admiration.
maRRose - CCC --- Yarnbombing-01 maRRose - CCC --- Yarnbombing-05maRRose - CCC --- Yarnbombing-02Last Saturday was International Yarnbombing Day, and I enjoyed seeing many new yarnbombs being installed all over the world (thank you social media). For instance this one, by dear ig-friend Jane: I think it’s wonderful!

The thought that crochet is an art form is not new, and I loved finding artsy crochet for this week’s “Treasury Tuesday”. I searched for “freeform crochet”, and this is the beauty I found …..

I especially adore these two:
maRRose - CCC --- Treasury Tuesday - Freeform Crochet-01 maRRose - CCC --- Treasury Tuesday - Freeform Crochet-02What is your favorite, and have you ever done any freeform crocheting or yarnbombing?
I’m personally concerned I might be tad bit too ocd to do any freeform crocheting, but yarnbombing is definitely something I’ll venture out in….. eventually :)

Have a happy week,
love,
Marianne xx

PS: clicking on the images in this post, will take you to the fabulous makers

Follow-up Friday – The “Rustic Lace Square”-blanket

maRRose - CCC - Rustic Lace Squares-41Follow-up Fridays that have a big “ta-dah” are great ones generally speaking, but today’s one might be the very best ever, because, you guys: the “Rustic Lace Square”-blanket is finished!!
I’m so incredibly excited, happy and proud of this blanket – I’ve loved making all my blankets, but the “Rustic Lace” is extra-extra special.maRRose - CCC - Rustic Lace Squares-39maRRose - CCC - Rustic Lace Squares-42What strikes me most is that up until the last square, I have loved crocheting it.
Usually I’m a little bored and “done” with a project this big when I’m nearing the finish line – most certainly not this time. All credit for that goes to the – unfortunately still unknown – maker of this extremely pretty square.
Whoever you are: thank you for such a gorgeous pattern (that you can find the link to here)!maRRose - CCC - Rustic Lace Squares-15 maRRose - CCC - Rustic Lace Squares-16

I’ve written about the beginning of my infatuation with the “rustic lace” before (right here), around the time when I started this project, well over a year ago. In that post you can read about who started the “rustic lace square”-hype (lovely Cornel and Magda), and if – like me – you can’t get enough of this square, you definitely need to check out the #rusticlacesquare on Instagram! It will give you almost 2.000 posts to drool over ….maRRose - CCC - Rustic Lace Squares-43

This was my very first square, and 121 more were to follow ……
Usually I had no problem picking out colors, but sometimes I went through the Design Seeds-feed for inspiration. I learned along the way, that being (obsessively) picky about the same colors sitting too close each other wasn’t necessary, nor effective. Since my blanket was one big color bomb anyway, it really didn’t matter.

I was a good girl this time around and sewed in all my yarn ends as soon as I had finished a square. Also, not looking forward to joining all my squares at the very end, I’m extremely happy with the “join-as-you-go” I came up with early on (tutorial here), that too worked like a charm.maRRose - CCC - Rustic Lace Squares-60Halfway through mine, I started seeing “rustic lace square”-blankets that only had colorful hearts and neutral colors on the outside (like this one, or as seen here).
I truly liked these as well (maybe even more), but I was way past the turning point with mine.

Maybe *cough* a next “Rustic Lace Square”-blanket?

Once I had finalized crocheting all 122 squares, I put the blanket on its final destination: our bed. Such a happy sight!maRRose - CCC - Rustic Lace Squares-57 maRRose - CCC - Rustic Lace Squares-56I always thought it would need a border – looooved Nerissa’s design – but seeing it spread out in all its glory, I wasn’t too sure anymore.
For a whole day I would walk in, stare at it, sometimes carrying a ball of cotton in a certain color, to see whether inspiration would strike, but no…. nothing.
I simply liked it – lacy and frilly as it was, and decided it did not need a border at all.
Besides, should I ever change my mind, all I have to do is pick up my hook again, and start crocheting.maRRose - CCC - Rustic Lace Squares-47

Some stats:
* size: 242 x 242 cm (approx. 95 x 95 inches);
* weight: circa 2.5 kg (5.5 lbs);
* pattern: “Rustic Lace Square” – “joined-as-you-go”;
* yarn: all 100% cottons, “Katia Capri”, “ByClaire”, “Durable”, “DMC”, “Catania”, “Hema”, “Scheepjes”
* hook size: 3,5 mm (US: 4/E, UK: 9).

maRRose - CCC - Rustic Lace Squares-48Wishing you all a happy weekend!
Love,
Marianne xx

PS: thank you, Quinn & Carter for being my patient photo shoot assistants :)

“Alles is Haken” – party and book review

maRRose - CCC --- Book reviews-25Gosh, I love parties, and when they’re of the crochet kind, they’re right up my alley!

It seems like us crafty people are going from one crochet party to another here in The Netherlands – and I’m definitely not complaining.
We just celebrated the launch of Lisanne’s new book (more on that here), and exactly two weeks after that lovely event another dear – and super talented – crochet friend released her new crochet book.
I’m sure you all know Saskia Laan, successful co-author of the “Haken&Kleur” books, who recently ventured out on her own, and boy, did she do a great job!maRRose - CCC --- Book reviews-41

Her new book, “Alles is Haken”, is just marvellous, I love it, and here’s why: the great variation of projects, the – mostly vibrant – colors used (no surprise I adore those, after all “colorful crochet” is part of my name ;), the photography, and the atmosphere she created in “Alles is Haken”, and as a bonus she has thrown in some nice crochet & color tips as well.maRRose - CCC --- Book reviews-40

Even though the book’s in Dutch, I’m sure that wouldn’t be a problem for any non-Dutch crochet lover. You see, the pictures are very inspirational, plus all patterns have charts; if you know how to read those, you can crochet all the lovely projects in this book!

Last week I played around with some small pieces of wood (idea seen here) – found in my beloved “Amsterdamse Bos” – some beads and yarn, trying to come up with an ‘one-of-a-kind’ little present for the party girl. Picking colors I know Saskia loves, I made the blue&green-brooch for her.maRRose - CCC - Crochet Brooches-14

By the way, Saskia shared a fun video a few days before the event, showing us how she decorated the room where the book launch took place with all of the fab “Alles is Haken”-projects – this is where you can watch it :). Also, “Koffie & Wol” will air an “Alles is Haken”-special, so you might want to keep an eye out for that (link to all shows here).

One of the many yarn and crochet loving people who attended the party, was Tialda, who wore this a-ma-zing granny square dress, that she made herself! She graciously allowed me to take her photo, isn’t it (and isn’t she) lovely?maRRose - CCC --- Book reviews-31The book party being held in yarn heaven “Wolplein” in Zaltbommel only added to my festive mood; it’s always a treat to browse the gorgeous products they have on display.maRRose - CCC --- Book reviews-43 maRRose - CCC --- Book reviews-42Meeting crochet-soul-mates while cruising the Wolplein-grounds was also a premium, and I’m sure you can imagine I returned home a happy crocheter, even more so when I checked the contents of my goody bag!
maRRose - CCC --- Book reviews-39Don’t you like it when your biggest problem is not knowing what beautiful project to start first?

Love,
Marianne xx

Treasury Tuesday

maRRose - CCC --- Treasury Tuesday - Crochet Collars-03Some weeks seem to go even faster than others, and this past week was definitely one of those fast ones!

A week during which I have worked very hard to finish my “Rustic Lace Square”-blanket. And I díd finish it – yay, a very memorable moment, I can tell you that – but I simply haven’t had the time to take decent pictures and write a blog post about it yet.
Feeling this mahoosive blanket deserves a good old “Follow-up Friday”-post all by itself, I’m afraid you’ll have to wait just a few more days…..
However, coming Friday it’ll be “Rustic Lace Square”-blanket showtime here on the blog!maRRose - CCC - Rustic Lace Squares-38Another finished job is my CraftKitchen-project for the month of June. I’ve recycled and pimped an old pair of jeans, turning it into a (beach) bag, and I love how that came out. Can’t wait to show you more than just this sneak peek!maRRose - CCC --- recycled jeans bag-31

On a personal level, we’ve been busy with all kinds of preparations regarding Carter’s upcoming high school exchange year.
He’ll be in Argentina for almost a year, living with an Argentinean family, learning Spanish, and attending school there, following in his sister’s footsteps, who was a foreign exchange student in the USA for 10 months 4 years ago.
We’re extremely happy and thankful his foot injury has healed to the extent that he’s able to pursue his dream of living abroad as a scholar, and learning a new culture, as planned.
Needless to say we will all miss him terribly, but luckily there’s social media like WhatsApp, Messenger, Facebook, and Skype.

Also, last Saturday the lovely and extremely talented Saskia Laan launched her new book, and I was lucky enough to be at her party!
Be on the look out for a blog post on this happy event, as well as a book review!
maRRose - CCC --- Book reviews-21OK….. back to our “Treasury Tuesday” ;)! Sticking to the lace-theme of my beloved “Rustic Lace”-blanket, I found some very pretty and lacy crochet this week.
It’s interesting how I’m not sure I would ever wear a crocheted collar myself, but at the same time really love the ones in this “Treasury Tuesday”.
Beautiful crochet work, that would look lovely on any little girl or woman that has a romantic style, I think.

I could not help myself, and simply had to pick the one item that is technically not really a collar, but hey, it goes around the neck, AND has roses, so yes, absolutely one of my favorites!
maRRose - CCC --- Treasury Tuesday - Crochet Collars-01My second choice was an easy one too: I so admire the crochet here, I think it’s gorgeous!
maRRose - CCC --- Treasury Tuesday - Crochet Collars-02I’m quite curious to know whether you would wear crochet pieces like these, and which one would be your favorite?

Have a happy week everyone!
Love,
Marianne xx