Follow-up Friday – “Rico Bobble Granny Square”-cushion

maRRose - CCC --- Bobble Granny Square Cushion-09It’s a bit tumultuous in the Dekkers household at the moment (not all bad, but not all good either, a perfect reflection of that thing we call ‘life”), and once again I’m very happy to have a go-to-hobby that has proven to be such a great de-stresser.
Crochet (and my long daily walks in the forest with Mila) continue to keep me in shape and ‘grounded’, and I’m very thankful for that.
Craft-as-Therapy has come to the rescue so many times already; looking at the continuously fast growing CAT-crowd on Instagram, it’s nice knowing I’m not the only one.maRRose - CCC --- Bobble Granny Square Cushion-07

In my book crochet is always a good plan, and an immense and fulfilling joy is creating my own designs – mind you, baby steps, baby steps – and a big fat cherry on that cake is when other people actually use and love these makings too.

maRRose - CCC --- Bobble Granny Square-26I’ve seen the “Bobble Square Granny” quite a bit on social media, and it’s wonderful to notice that other crocheters love “the bobble” as much as I do.

maRRose - CCC --- Bobble Granny Square Cushion-06Given that “bobble-fondness”, I could not resist making another “bobble square”-cushion, using all different Rico Creative Aran-colors this time around, and following the continuous-join-as-you-go method to put the top together: worked like a charm!
The zipper-savvy gal that I now am ;), I sewed another non-envelope style cover, using some cute flowery fabric I found a while ago at Flying Tiger, inserting a pink zipper!

maRRose - CCC --- Bobble Granny Square Cushion-10maRRose - CCC --- Bobble Granny Square-05I’m very happy with the way it turned out – a lovely sibling to the earlier made “Red Bobble Square-cushion”.
I’ve just listed both of them in my Etsy shop, you’ll find them here (the Rico one), and here (the red one).maRRose - CCC --- Bobble Granny Square Cushion-11 maRRose - CCC --- Bobble Granny Square Cushion-12

If you’d like to make your own, these patterns/tutorials might be helpful:
* “Bobble Granny Square”;
* Continuous-join-as-you-go;
* How I sew in zippers in my cushion covers;

Have a fun and creative weekend!
Love,
Marianne xx

“Bobble Square”-hook case and cushion

maRRose - CCC --- Bobble Granny Square-12This is probably not the first time you’re reading here about my crafty fears!
The first one I overcame about a year ago, when I took lessons, and actually mastered the art of sock knitting. However ridiculous this may sound: it’s something that to this day still makes me very happy …….

Another crafty fear is – or better: was, HA! – sewing in zippers!
Having been asked by the lovely CraftKitchen-people to come up with a crochet hook case/pouch design for the month of May, it quickly dawned on me that the time had come to face my zipper-fear. You see, I wanted to crochet the outside of the pouch, but fancied a solid (read: fabric) lining, and consequently a zipper seemed in place.maRRose - CCC --- CK Haaketui-032

And so, I started reading up on how to do this, but more importantly, began to practise.
I practised a lot ;)……. as you can see↑ – but it surely paid off.
Not only has my zipper-fear vanished, I’ve also written a tutorial with photos and all, that I hope – and think – will now help you zoom through the zipper-sewing-part.

maRRose - CCC --- make-up bag-13 maRRose - CCC --- make-up bag-12You might remember this project I was working on some time ago; during my zipper-sewing-hook-case-making-quest these bits and bobs were turned into a pouch as well, and I love how it turned out. I’m especially proud of the checkered fabric lining …..maRRose - CCC --- make-up bag-21maRRose - CCC --- make-up bag-19maRRose - CCC --- make-up bag-28

Like I said ….. I did a whole lot of practising …..quite a bunch of zippered pouches were made …..
maRRose - CCC --- make-up bag-24 maRRose - CCC --- make-up bag-27maRRose - CCC --- make-up bag-23The tutorials for the “bobble square”, the hook case, including zippered lining, as well as some tips on how to turn 16 “bobble squares” into a cute cushion cover can be found in the updated “Crochet Patterns”- section of the blog, and/or here.maRRose - CCC --- Bobble Granny Square-06

Happy making, may you zip through these projects!
Love,
Marianne xx

Follow-up Friday

maRRose - CCC --- CK Haaketui-126No visits to the museum, no meetings with colleague-bloggers – this week was full of plain old crocheting, crafting and coming up with new design/patterns, and I could not have loved it more!

maRRose - CCC --- CK Haaketui-Bobble Square-15As happens every Thursday, a new CraftKitchen-project went live on the CK-site, and it was my turn again. Third project already, and I sure hope you’ll love it as much I do …..
maRRose - CCC --- Bobble Granny Square-01maRRose - CCC --- Bobble Granny Square-02This one is actually: projectS – plural, because in the “Bobble Square”-tutorial I not only give you a new granny square to crochet, I also tell you how to crochet a hook case with it, AND show you how to sew the zippered lining for this case.

maRRose - CCC --- Bobble Granny Square-11As an added bonus you’ll find some tips at the end of the tutorial on crocheting the “Bobble Square Cushion”.
I’m sure you already know all CK-tutorials and patterns are in Dutch, and if you don’t want to call on Google Translate’s help, I’m afraid you’ll have to wait until Monday, when I’ll be able to share this multifold tutorial with you in English here on the blog.maRRose - CCC --- CK Haaketui-030

It was fun to read a non-Dutch Instagram follower’s comment this morning, saying she already zoomed through the “Bobble Square”-pattern, and had no problems it being in Dutch, so if you don’t want to wait for Monday, this is where you want to go (and click on “werkbeschrijving” for all details)!

In other news:maRRose - CCC - Rustic Lace Squares-36• (only) three more squares were made for the “Rustic Lace Square”-blanket;

maRRose - CCC - Rose Triangle for bunting-01• I adjusted my “Rose Granny Square”-pattern, and we now have a “Rose Granny Triangle”, perfect to use in a bunting (pattern will follow soon, I promise);

maRRose - CCC --- wall decoration-01maRRose - CCC --- wall decoration-03• I made these two wall decorations, using the wonderful DMC Natura XL; pattern/design by Lisanne/Draad en Praat;
maRRose - CCC --- recycled jeans bag-01• I’m working on my CK project for June, and that’s a fun one again: recycling and pimping an old pair of jeans into a summery beach bag;

maRRose - CCC - Tunesian Project-02• ideas for my August project – tunisian crochet à la Pip Studio – are already flowing ……

So ….. I’d better get cracking on the “Bobble Square”-tutorial, and have it ready for all you lovely English-speaking people right after the weekend!maRRose - CCC --- Bobble Granny Square-17

Wishing you a great one,
love,
Marianne xx