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 – The Happy Bag

maRRose - CCC --- Yarn Ends Bag-07Technically this is not a “Follow-up Friday”-project, simply because it was an in-between-I-got-sidetracked-kind of project. It only started less than a week ago ……

The real beginning was this project in blue, off-white and red: a corner-to-corner piece of crochet, where I use a counted cross stitch pattern (found on the internet, here).
maRRose - CCC - pixelated corner-to-corner-01I’ve done pixelated crochet before, as I’ve used the c-2-c-technique, but never in the same piece of work. You might remember my “pixelated cushion”, made using a counted cross stitch pattern, by crocheting tiny, one round, granny squares, joining them as I went.
maRRose - CCC pixelated cushion-01Having seen a lot of beautiful “corner-to-corner” crochet as of lately, I thought it would be fun to give it a go again, this time in combination with a cross stitch pattern.
If you want to try c-2-c crochet, you’ll find a great tutorial (video) here – even though it’s in Dutch, it’s so well explained visually, that I think anyone would be able to understand.
More tutorials can be found here, here and here.
maRRose - CCC --- Yarn Ends Bag-23I loved the aforementioned pattern. A google search request simply using the watermark on the pattern, “Hetti”, and the words “cross stitch patterns” luckily brought me to the designer’s website, and I’m so glad I landed there! What a talented maker she is, and a wonderful sharer too: there are a lot of lovely patterns for all of us to use for free.

I’m enjoying crocheting this “Dutch Delft Blue”-c-2-c, but it’s very time-consuming, and I can only work on it a couple of hours per sitting. However, I’m loving the simplicity of the stitch, liking the stitch definition, and while looking for a rather mindless crochet project to balance things out, a small light bulb went off. How about doing a second c-2-c project using my left over yarn? And so I did.
maRRose - CCC --- Yarn Ends Bag-30For a rather control-minded person, it was a bit of a challenge to stick to my own rule of not planning too-too much color wise this time around. Still, I could not resist a little color joke here and there, hence the red-white-and-blue of the Dutch flag, mixed with the royal orange…..:)
It was fun to crochet with a particular yarn, until the very end of it, and start with a new color, no matter whether this was in the middle of a row or not.
maRRose - CCC --- Yarn Ends Bag-32maRRose - CCC --- Yarn Ends Bag-24maRRose - CCC --- Yarn Ends Bag-12Seeing the many, many yarn ends was a bit daunting at first, but to tell you the truth: sewing them in proved to be a good exercise in the mindfullness-department ;), and it didn’t bother me at all.
maRRose - CCC --- Yarn Ends Bag-05Not having enough left-over yarn for a real big project, first I thought of turning this project into a cushion cover. But….. all of a sudden I remembered the leather bag handles that had been sitting in my craft room for too long! A bag it was!
maRRose - CCC --- Yarn Ends Bag-22maRRose - CCC --- Yarn Ends Bag-09I was so impatient to see whether it would look just as pretty as the picture I had in my head, that I kind of raced through the whole process. Which means this is another “ta-dah”-post, because the bag is all done, lining, pockets and all!
maRRose - CCC --- Yarn Ends Bag-26She’s a robust bag, more like a shopper actually, and I can’t help myself, but I’m totally in love……..
I can’t wait to take her with me on a special trip tomorrow!
maRRose - CCC --- Yarn Ends Bag-21Have a lovely weekend!
Love,
Marianne xx