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 :)

Follow-up Friday

Happy Friday to all of you! The past week was a mixed bag of ups and downs (just like life in general, wouldn’t you say?), but luckily the “ups” outweighed the “downs”, so all’s good.

A big, rather personal, “up” was my mother turning 85 years old on Tuesday. She invited our small family for a celebratory “rijsttafel”-dinner in our favorite Indonesian restaurant, “Djago”. We just had a delightful time, enjoying each other’s company, as well as the excellent food.
maRRose - CCC - Lien's Birthday - 85 maRRose - CCC - Lien's Birthday - 85-02Another “up” was the sunny spring weather that mother nature finally sent us – first outdoor crocheting of the season was a fact, hurray!maRRose - CCC - Spring 2016-05You know how much I love my daily walks with Mila the Wonderdog, but seeing nature wake up at this time of year, is definitely a bonus. Oh, and speaking of our beloved Mila: she turned 1 on April 12th.maRRose - CCC - Mila the Wonderdog-50

As I told you last Tuesday, I’ve picked up my “Rustic Lace Square”-blanket again; very happy to report I’ve made great progress. Twelve more squares were added to the 54 that I was up to this past Sunday.
maRRose - CCC - Rustic Lace Squares-25maRRose - CCC - Rustic Lace Squares-24 maRRose - CCC - Rustic Lace Squares-26At that time I thought I needed a total of 143 squares, but after doing some proper measuring&calculating this morning, I think 132 squares will be enough, which means: I’m half way through – yay!!
I “just” need to keep the momentum going …….maRRose - CCC - Rustic Lace Squares-28

You might remember this little thing in black and white?maRRose - CCC --- geo blanket-01 maRRose - CCC --- geo blanket-04I’ve worked on that on and off over the last few weeks, having enough pieces to assembly them in either a cushion cover, or maybe a bag? What do you think?
In a little “Rustic Lace Square”-lull, I played around a bit, which resulted in this colorful surface crochet – fun to do!maRRose - CCC --- geometric crochet black and white-01 maRRose - CCC --- geometric crochet black and white-03

And lastly there’s Haafner’s test-mandala, that I’ve been meaning to turn into a cushion cover. How about finding this perfect matching blue in my stash? I’m looking forward to finishing it.maRRose - CCC --- Mandala Haafner-10 maRRose - CCC --- Mandalas-28While going through my stuff/stash, I also found this long lost Instagram pouch – made almost 3 years ago, following this free pattern by “Haak & Smaak”.maRRose - CCC --- Instagram pouch

In between all this, I’ve been working hard on my May-project for CraftKitchen, while my second one – a diy to make cute little treasury boxes – went live on the CK-site yesterday – busy, but exciting times!
The tutorial (in Dutch ànd English) will be available here on Monday.
maRRose - CCC - CK-schatdoosjes-66Wishing you a wonderful weekend,
love,
Marianne xx

Treasury Tuesday

maRRose - CCC --- Treasury Tuesday, Pretty in Pastel-Crochet-03I can’t believe a full 7 days have gone by since my last blog post! This past week didn’t even have a proper “Follow-up Friday”, and it was most certainly not because of a lack of crochet to follow-up on……
Some projects can’t be shown yet, like some of the beautiful patterns that will be in Janneke‘s book (and that I had the privilege of testing), other projects were made in preparation of my CraftKitchen work. One of them will be published on the CraftKitchen-site (in Dutch) coming Thursday – both tutorials (in Dutch ànd English) will be available here on “maRRose” as of next Monday.

maRRose - CCC --- Mandalas-24Super-crochet-talent Sandra asked me last week to test one of the mandala designs she’s contributing to a book; such a delightful task. In this case I was allowed to share the project via social media, don’t you agree that this is a wonderful pattern? I love it – another book that I can’t wait to be published for!maRRose - CCC --- Mandalas-25

Over the weekend I decided it was about time to pick up my “Rustic Lace Square”-blanket again. I added 6 squares, and I’am up to a total of 54 squares. Not even half way …… maRRose - CCC - Rustic Lace Squares-22 I simply had to make a “rustic lace square” in “Sophie”-colors …….maRRose - CCC --- granny square Sophie-35

I’m still madly in love with this blanket-to-be, and I’m resisting following-up on all kinds of new crochet stuff that keeps popping up in my head – dedicated to keep working on the “Rustic”, and finish it in the not too far future.maRRose - CCC - Rustic Lace Squares-20For no reason at all, “pastel” was the crochet I was looking for to fill this week’s “Treasury Tuesday” – don’t they all look fresh and spring-like?

This blanket is my ab-so-lu-te favorite this week:maRRose - CCC --- Treasury Tuesday, Pretty in Pastel-Crochet-01

as are these pretty bracelets:maRRose - CCC --- Treasury Tuesday, Pretty in Pastel-Crochet-02

Wishing you a happy new week,
love,
Marianne xx

Follow-up Friday – The “Hetti” Cushion

maRRose - CCC --- the Hetti cushion cover-18It’s another happy “Follow-up Friday”: last night I finished my corner-to-corner cushion in red, white and blue. So, hot off the hook&needle, here’s my “Hetti” cushion!

maRRose - CCC --- the Hetti cushion cover-03I started it about a month ago, got side-tracked by amongst others the “Happy Bag”, and to tell you the truth, I’m delighted it’s on the ex-wip-list.

maRRose - CCC --- the Hetti cushion cover-11maRRose - CCC --- the Hetti cushion cover-07No matter how much I loved working on it, I don’t think I’ll easily start another one. You wouldn’t say, since there are “only” 3 colors used, but the color changes were countless – not to mention the ends…….. Dealing with ends normally does not bother me at all (part of the crochet deal, right?), but I don’t think I’ve ever sewn in this many!maRRose - CCC --- the Hetti cushion cover-16maRRose - CCC --- the Hetti cushion cover-05There was a slightly scary moment, when I was about to wash the crochet part: would the red start bleeding?? This had happened before with my “I love Holland”-cushion, and (while I panicked) only some quick and adequate internet searching by my husband kind of solved that. I remembered using vinegar as a good tip, and that’s what I did now as well.maRRose - CCC --- the Hetti cushion cover-01I added 1 cup of vinegar to a bucket of cold water, and then my crochet. I gently stirred every 10 minutes or so, and after an hour I rinsed the cushion top, and machine washed it (gentle cycle) with Eucalan: perfect!

So all in all: I’m very satisfied with how it turned out, but this cushion cover’s not very likely to have any siblings soon.
maRRose - CCC --- the Hetti cushion cover-20maRRose - CCC --- the Hetti cushion cover-10maRRose - CCC --- the Hetti cushion cover-17I’ve named it after the designer of the pretty cross stitch pattern following which I’ve crocheted this cushion, the lovely Hetti, who graciously shares a lot of her beautiful patterns for free.

Another project that I’ve spend quite some time on lately, is my “Rustic Lace Square”-blanket. I soooo love working on it again.
maRRose - CCC - Rustic Lace Squares-15maRRose - CCC - Rustic Lace Squares-19When I picked this wip up, I counted 24 finished and joined squares, 3 squares that just needed to be joined, and 11 finished hearts. In addition to these, I’ve crocheted and joined 10 squares from scratch, so after 10 days the blanket now has 48 squares: woohoo!
maRRose - CCC - Rustic Lace Squares-18 maRRose - CCC - Rustic Lace Squares-17I’m determined to keep working on it – at least 62 more squares are needed; I’ll keep you updated in my “Follow-up Friday”-posts!
maRRose - CCC - Rustic Lace Squares-16Have a great weekend!
Love,
Marianne xx

Follow-up Friday – Babyblanket “Wynter”

maRRose - CCC --- Baby Blanket Wynter-07aHurray for “Follow-up Friday” finished projects! And especially the ones that you’re happy with, like I’m with this one.

Not only am I pleased with how this blanket turned out – I’m also quite relieved that its initial pile of granny squares is no longer staring at me…….
maRRose - CCC --- Baby Blanket Wynter-03It all started when “Simply Crochet Magazine” released their “granny square app”, issuing one granny square pattern per week – for free! On a whim, I decided to join (more on that here), and truly enjoyed my weekly little task of crocheting a pretty square.
maRRose - CCC: granny square love/Simply CrochetUnfortunately they stopped publishing new patterns under the app all of a sudden, leaving me with aforementioned pile of pretty squares, 29 of them, and almost all of them in a different size.

Having dealt with this matter – the odd sizeness – before, when putting together my “Homely Blanket”, again I decided to first make sure they all had the same size.
This kept me nicely busy for two nights, after which the next decision had to be made: what to make with 29 squares. Three pillow covers? Or would an acceptably sized baby blanket be an option?
maRRose - CCC --- Baby Blanket WynterSeeing that a 4 x 7 squares lay-out looked really lovely, and made for a decent blanket size wise as well, the next decision had to be made.
With what color would I join my rather eclectic bunch? Going from light pink, to off-white, and dark brown I finally took the plunge and went for black. I guess a rather bold choice, but quite honestly: I love it!
maRRose - CCC --- Baby Blanket Wynter-08 maRRose - CCC --- Baby Blanket Wynter-06There being so many ways to join granny squares out there, I picked the one I had come up with when I joined my “rose granny squares” (tutorial here) into the “Rose Baby Blanket”.

So, here’s baby blanket “Wynter”, that saw its first beginnings way back in …… May of 2014!
maRRose - CCC --- Baby Blanket Wynter-04Details:
* size: 70 x 1.20 m (27.5 x 47.2 inches);
* weight: circa 580 grams (1.4 lbs);
* pattern: Simply Crochet Granny Square App;
* yarn: 100% cotton, “Katia”, colors 115, 121, 083,143 and 056;
* hooksize: 3,5 mm (US: 4/E, UK: 9).
maRRose - CCC --- Baby Blanket Wynter-09Wishing you all a wonderful weekend!
Love,
Marianne xx

Follow-up Friday

maRRose - CCC - Follow-up Friday, the overviewThis past week I’ve been putting the finishing touches on what I think is my very last “Follow-up Friday”-project.
It’s hard to believe I’ve actually finished those 13 neglected, half or even less than half ready works in progress, even if it took me 6 months to do this.

While doing the “Follow-up Friday”-stuff, I even worked on a lot of other projects in these months as well (I’m still easily side-tracked…….). And they too – much to my surprise – have been finished!

It all started with this blog post in July …….
maRRose - CCC --- Follow-up Friday collage-01So, at the beginning of this new year, a “Follow-up Friday” overview seems to be in place, and since it’s looking to be a lengthy one – you might want to sit back, relax, grab yourself a tea or coffee – here we go!

1. Crochet Mood Blanket 2014
Started in January 2014, finished at the end of September 2015 …..maRRose - CCC --- Crochet Mood Blanket-542. Bétaille Blanket
First little squares were crocheted in May 2014, the blanket was finally finished late August 2015.
maRRose - CCC --- Bétaille Blanket-353. Blue Socks
These blue socks were my 4th pair ever – finished in July – and I couldn’t love them more.
maRRose - CCC --- happy socks in blue-014. Harlequin Blanket
Along the way, I decided not to continue with this project; I did not like the yarn with which I crocheted the little diamonds. Still loving a harlequin blanket, so I’m sure I’ll make one sometime.
maRRose - CCC: "Tulip-blanket"5. Rustic Lace Square Blanket
Oops…… another one NOT finished …..
Since I’ve decided this is going to be a big blanket/bed spread, covering our 220×240 cm lits jumeaux (twin beds), it will be my “on going” project. I’ll need 110 squares and have 28 finished and joined ones, 3 finished yet not joined squares, plus 12 hearts.
My goal is to complete it during 2016!
maRRose - CCC - Rustic Lace Squares-146. The Simply Crochet Granny Squares
This is the wip I’m almost done with; first two rows of the border have been added, and I’m sure I’ll have it ready over the weekend. It was not that I didn’t want to wrap this one up – it’s just that I couldn’t come up with whát to do with the 29 squares that were issued in the app. And then they almost all had a different size ….. Thinking back to my “Homely Blanket”, I decided the only way to go was to make them all the same size, and take it from there. A baby/crib blanket is what it’s going to be.
After much deliberation (again…) I went for black as my joining color – a rather bold choice, but I really like how it’s turning out!
maRRose - CCC --- Baby Blanket Wynter7. Triangle Cushion Cover
I’m sure you know how much I adore geometric crochet, and I loved crocheting my “Candy Cushion”!
maRRose - CCC - The Candy Triangle Cushion-038. Summer Shawl
The Summer Shawl ended up as my “Les Tourettes Shawl”, after the little French village where I crocheted the bigger part of it. It also led to two new cushion covers, ánd a new granny square design, my “Abby”.
maRRose - CCC --- Les Tourettes Shawl-40 maRRose - CCC --- cushion cover Margriet-109. Potholders for my mom
These were a reasonably quick and fun make. I love noticing how they’re really being used too!
maRRose - CCC --- Potholders-0210. The “No-Name-Yet”-shawl
It ended up as the “Rosebud Shawl”, after the little buds in the border. Designing this border definitely made up for the boring part of crocheting the body of the shawl. It’s soft and comfy, and I love wearing it!
maRRose - CCC --- Rosebud Shawl-0711. Bridal Shawl no. 1
I so like seeing the new “mrs” for whom I crocheted this shawl wear it all the time – it’s wonderful when our work is being appreciated, isn’t it?
maRRose - CCC --- Bridal Shawl-Summer Shawl-0912. Bridal Shawl no. 2
The “Love&Kisses”-shawl is one of my absolute favorites – ever! I simply love everything about it: the pattern, the lacy border, the wonderful yarn, the color, and last but not least: the fact that it was a present for a friend who got married.
maRRose - CCC --- Bridal Shawl-Summer Shawl-11813. Special Shawl no. 3
This was a very special shawl indeed, the “Moya Star Shawl”! Asked by my sweet friend Heike, to test her lovely pattern (and translate it into Dutch), using some gorgeous Moya yarn – a very enjoyable project.
maRRose - CCC --- Moya Star Shaw-06Now, this “Follow-up Friday”- journey was fun…… However, I think I’ll stay away from collecting too many wips in the future, even though I know how tough this will be!

Have a great weekend!
Love,
Marianne xx

Treasury Tuesday

maRRose - CCC --- Treasury Tuesday, Crochet - Mix and Match-03Weeks are zooming by, especially at this time of year, or so it seems.
It makes me even more appreciative of my little moments of “zen”: the time I spend crocheting and crafting.
If I experience any Christmas stress at all, it comes from trying to decide what to make for everyone. Once that decision’s made and the projects are underway, the joy (and peace of mind) settles in as well.

To keep myself – and hopefully you too – inspired, this time around I’ve collected a little bit of everything, declaring a nice crochet hodgepodge to be this week’s “Treasury Tuesday”‘s ‘theme’.

Don’t you agree that the mermaid tail blanket is absolutely adorable?
Luckily there’s still one little niece on my husband’s side of the family, and I think she would love this. So, I’ve just downloaded the pattern – her birthday is not until July, that should be an achievable deadline, right?
maRRose - CCC --- Treasury Tuesday, Crochet - Mix and Match-01I also love the crochet blanket – I think it’s a beauty in all its simplicity, stitch ánd color wise.
maRRose - CCC --- Treasury Tuesday, Crochet - Mix and Match-02Be sure to find your own creative “zen” moments this week!
Love,
Marianne xx