Follow-up Friday – “The Candy Cushion”

maRRose - CCC - The Candy Triangle Cushion-20Ahhh….. the happy feeling of another “ta-dah” and being able to tick one more old wip off the list! Presenting the latest triangle cushion, my “Candy Cushion”; to tell you the truth, I’m quite chuffed with how it turned out ……

I used my own tutorial to make the triangles, and crocheted 7 double ones, 6 single ones and 4 double half ones – if that makes any sense.
Making the double ones saved considerable time and effort in the sewing department (not my favorite when it comes to assembling triangles). I now “just” had so sew the diagonal sides together.
maRRose - CCC - The Candy Triangle Cushion-01The black border is one round of single crochets (UK dc) and one round of double crochets (UK trebles). I then crocheted pom-poms in all 7 colors I used for the triangles, leaving the black out.
maRRose - CCC - The Candy Triangle Cushion-02maRRose - CCC - The Candy Triangle Cushion-06The cushion cover is machine sewed (using this fantastic tutorial, as always; it’s in Dutch, but Google Translate is your friend) and hand stitched the crochet part onto that.
Finally, I listed it in my Etsy-shop, hoping it will find a good home soon ;).
maRRose - CCC - The Candy Triangle Cushion-04Other than completing the “Candy Cushion”, I managed to crochet some more “Rustic Lace Square”-hearts, a total of 12 is now waiting to get their last rounds and to be joined to the blanket.
maRRose - CCC - Rustic Lace Squares-12 maRRose - CCC - Rustic Lace Squares-13Plus …… I’ve picked up the next old wip, my Crochet Mood Blanket that I started back in 2014. This past week I’ve joined 27 rectangular grannies to it, and have only some 80 more to go, haha!
maRRose - CCC --- Crochet Mood Blanket-20 maRRose - CCC --- Crochet Mood Blanket-23I’m also in the process of translating one of Heike’s (MadewithLoops) most recent – and gorgeous, I can assure you – designs, to be released September 19th (more info here). All very exciting!
maRRose - CCC --- Moya Star Shaw-06 maRRose - CCC --- Moya Star Shaw-07To add even more excitement to this week’s summary is the fact that I noticed my “Bétaille Blanket” receiving some more love on Dutch KreaDoe’s homepage, so pleased with that!
maRRose - CCC --- Bétaille Blanket-35And last but most definitely not least, I want to thank you so much for your sweet comments and well wishes for Carter, here, on IG and FB – all so very much appreciated! He’s home since last Saturday, and slowly getting a bit better – meaning in less pain – and able to go short distances using his crutches and iWalk.
maRRose - CCC --- Colorful HeartsHave a fabulous weekend!
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!).
maRRose - CCC --- Bétaille Blanket-28     maRRose - CCC --- Bétaille Blanket-27      maRRose - CCC --- Bétaille Blanket-26

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!

Marianne xx

Follow-up Friday

maRRose - CCC --- Bétaille Blanket-20After a busy week, it’s Friday again – time for an update on my old wip’s, well in fact that should say wiP – because the Bétaille Blanket is all I worked on, again ….
However, I’m very happy to report, that I gave the very last tiny square its colorful border yesterday afternoon. Happy, as this can only mean one thing: it’s joining time!! At last!!
maRRose - CCC --- Bétaille Blanket-15I ended up with 8 zip bags, each filled with tiny squares that all had a different colored heart, but the same colored trim. Having made sure I had at least 70+ in each bag, I ended up with a leftover stack of about 100+ squares: a lot of purple and mint hearts, and a couple of the other colors. After I divided the leftovers kind of evenly over the 8 zips, I crocheted the last colorful rounds on those as well.
I kept track of the number of squares per bag throughout the whole process and was so surprised to find I had a total of exactly 600 squares!
Carter pointed out I owed this to Mila-the-wonderdog, who actually ate one of the squares some weeks ago ……
maRRose - CCC --- Bétaille Blanket-17So now I’ve started to lay out the first rows, and my-oh-my: I love-love-love doing this and the pretty pictures it results in!
Also starting to realize this blanket is going to be pretty big – love that too ……
maRRose - CCC --- Bétaille Blanket-19Next step is making kebabs per row (great tip from Susan over at Felted Button), and start crocheting these lovelies together!

Hoping for a big “ta-day” in next week’s “Follow-up Friday”,
enjoy your weekend,

Marianne xx

Follow-up Friday

maRRose - CCC --- Bétaille Blanket-10Yay, it’s Friday!
Not the kind of “Fri-yay” where I can show you another finished wip – how I wish – but the end of a work week kind of ‘yay’!

This past week I’ve continued to work real hard on my “Bétaille Blanket”, but I noticed I was losing my appetite again, which made me decide to cheat a little and crochet something new.maRRose - CCC --- Bétaille Blanket-12There are many projects out there that I’m dying to try (like this górgeous blanket by Dorien), but beginning something big really doesn’t feel good. It had to be something not too time consuming …….

As I showed you yesterday, I made some of the lovely squares from Shelley’s soon to be released book, and I loved doing that!
maRRose - CCC --- Flowers Abound-07And then tomorrow “Granny Square Day 2015” is celebrated on Instagram (details here), so I had to crochet some squares for that special day (knowing how much fun last year was).
I have this great tote to help me remember!
maRRose - CCC --- Granny Squares-02maRRose - CCC --- Granny Squares-03 maRRose - CCC --- Granny Squares-01All refreshed now it’s back to the tiny squares again. Glad to report I’ve hit the halfway mark: I shall and will finish this project soon!
maRRose - CCC --- Bétaille Blanket-11Have a great weekend everyone,
Marianne xx

“Bétaille Blanket” / “Springtime Throw”

maRRose - CCC --- Bétaille Blanket-03There’s a reason why I’ve waited this long to pick up my “Bétaille Blanket” – aka “Springtime Throw” by Nicky Trench.
maRRose - CCC --- Bétaille Blanket-05Oh, I definitely have no problem in still seeing the beauty of this project, but really….. what was I thinking? Almost 500 tiny squares, three colors per square …… sooooo many ends to sew in??
maRRose - CCC --- Bétaille Blanket-01But hey, it’s an old wip, I’ve put it on the “wips to finish”-list, and so last Sunday I mustered up enough courage to “attack” this long overdue project.
maRRose - CCC --- Bétaille Blanket-09As it turned out, quite some work had already been done.
I think there were some 300 squares sitting in the “Bétaille Blanket”-box, waiting to get their 3rd round, then I found a bag that had about 100 white squares that only needed their ends sewn in and last but not least there was a bag holding circa 125 tiny colored squares patiently waiting for rounds 2 and 3. And, bonus: some were already finished!
maRRose - CCC --- Bétaille Blanket-08Feeling the need to work on this project in a methodical way, I put all the squares with the same colored centers in a plastic bag.
maRRose - CCC --- Bétaille Blanket-04Only to come to the conclusion that I needed more of the blue and dark pink ones, in order to have at least 50 of each color.
For reasons I don’t remember I turned up with way more purple and soft mint ones …… oh well.
maRRose - CCC --- Bétaille Blanket-06All together I now have approximately 550 tiny squares and that should be more than enough to make a decent sized baby/lap blanket.

Yesterday I could start on the last round, a colorful one again – and I’m happy to report the pleasure of crocheting this blanket has returned 100%!
maRRose - CCC --- Bétaille Blanket-02Apart from prepping two “Rustic Lace Squares”, this is the only wip I worked on this past week, and – given the amount of work yet to be done –  I’m assuming that will be the case for the week to come as well ….
maRRose - CCC - Rustic Lace Squares-11Wishing you all a relaxed weekend!
Marianne xx

Treasury Tuesday


maRRose - CCC --- Treasury Tuesday, Granny Square Love-03Working my way down the old wip-list, I’m knee-deep in granny squares, tiny granny squares…….

No matter their size, I simply love these grand old crochet ladies and the many, many beautiful things you can make with them.
Clearly, this week’s “Treasury Tuesday” had to have granny squares as its theme too, even though this is not the very first time!

It’s probably no surprise either that I love all 16 listings, but these two are my very favorite – mainly because they’re not your average kind of granny square project!
maRRose - CCC --- Treasury Tuesday, Granny Square Love-01 maRRose - CCC --- Treasury Tuesday, Granny Square Love-02Wishing you a creative week,
Marianne xx