Creating a new family

maRRose - CCC - Long Legged DolliesThe minute I saw Tracy’s “long legged dolls” for the first time, I fell in love.
Although at that time I had way too many wips to even think about starting a new project and crochet one of these beautiful dolls, I headed over to her Etsy shop and bought the pattern immediately.
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I knew the time had come to start making two of them, when my lovely and pregnant hairdresser told me she was going to have twins.
I don’t know about you, but to me my hairdresser is very important. We’re not friends in the traditional sense, but on the other hand we do spend close to an hour every 5 weeks and since we like each other, we talk this whole hour about things that go on in our lives, including personal things. Things that you would tell a friend …..

Anyway, for someone as special as Ellen my hairdresser, I wanted to make special gifts and thus these cute dolls were made. The twins being a girl, Reza, and a boy, Faas, I crocheted a girl and a boy – Tracy graciously allowing me to use the girl-pattern for the boy as well.
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I fell in love all over again when they were finished, sitting on my desk, ready to have their photos taken …..

Knowing that Reza and Faas have a big brother, five year old Dorus, I wanted to make something for him too. And when my doll-twins had their photo shoot, the thought struck me to crochet a big-brother-doll for him!
I started using the same stitch count, crocheting with two strands and a bigger hook, but quickly decided that this was not going to look good.

maRRose - CCC - Long Legged DolliesSecond try was doubling the stitches and rounds – did not work either, this big brother would have become way too BIG. Third try was adding 1/3 of the stitches and rounds and that worked really well.
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So now they’re ready to be wrapped up and gifted – always kind of an exciting moment. Parting with something you’ve loved making, hoping it’s going to be received well ……

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One thing’s for sure: they’re made with love!
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Love,
Marianne xx

Treasury Tuesday

maRRose - CCC: Treasury Tuesday - Crochet DollsWhen I picked up crochet again in 2010, my first project was a granny square blanket, and the next one a hexagon blanket.
I have no idea why, but for some reason I thought that blanket making was the thing a crocheter did.
That is, until I started exploring the internet: wow! So many amazingly beautiful things that could be done with a hook and some yarn …..

Surely but slowly I’ve begun crocheting things that I never thought of as being a hookable possibility, branching out from blankets (here, here and here) to pillows (here, here and here), shawls, flowers for a teacosy, and I’ve even crocheted some dolls.
I can’t even begin to tell you how much I’ve enjoyed this crochet journey so far and knowing the end of this creative trip is no where near makes me a happy-hooky-camper!
Making these treasuries every week is something I’ve become very fond of doing, although it can make me feel a bit overwhelmed at times too.
So many things to add to the crochet wish list …..

I’ve just finished three dolls as a gift – will blog about them later this week – and they were this week’s Treasury Tuesday inspiration: enjoy!

My two highlights:
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Love,
Marianne xx

Emília – a crocheted doll

maRRose - CCC: crocheted doll EmíliaOne of my dear and sweetest friends is originally from Brazil and so is her lovely sister-in-law. In fact, I think my Brazilian friend is one of my biggest fans and the best supporter ever.
It was her who encouraged me to follow my heart and passion and actually start my “maRRose – Colorful Crochet & Crafts” business, which turned out to be one of my best decisions ever. Not because of the business aspect of it, but for the joy that creating beautiful things brings me and the fact that “maRRose – CCC” has connected me to so many wonderful, inspiring people who I share the same passion with.
I can never thank her enough for this ……

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My dear friend’s sister-in-law has just had her first child, a precious baby girl and my friend bought one of my first made cushions for her darling niece, the bolster cushion that I showed before on Instagram.

I love to wrap my makes as nicely as I can, and of course I add my business card, which lead to my friend’s sister-in-law checking out my social media, finding doll Zoë that I crocheted some time ago.
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She immediately texted my friend, if she could please ask me to make one of these for her baby girl. My Zoë reminded her of a rag doll/character that she grew up with back in Brazil, the famous “Emília”.
She wanted to pass on her own special and fond memories to her little daughter, hence her request.
(Wikipedia gives an extensive description on Emília, should you want to learn more. If I understand well, it’s a kind of Pippi Longstocking, very popular when I was a child myself.)
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What else to do than oblige – immediately? So I got out the excellent pattern by very talented Sarah/Annaboo’s House and started creating her Astrid doll again.
And knowing that my Emília is so wanted and will be loved so much, has given me even more pleasure making her, and I can’t wait to gift her to her new owner!
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Marianne

Zoë

maRRose - CCC: Zoë dollOne of the many lovely and talented people I’ve gotten to know through the internet is Sarah, aka “Annaboo’s house“. To tell you the truth I could hardly believe reading in an interview she’s only been crocheting for a couple of years, because not only is her crochet work beautiful, but she also designs the most fantastic patterns.
A lot of these designs are available for free through her lovely website, others can be purchased in her Etsy shop.
Luckily for us, her talent has not gone unnoticed, because she’s been asked to write a crochet book that will be published shortly from now (you can read about it here) – how exciting is that!
maRRose - CCC: Zoë dollSome months ago she brought out her Astrid Doll-pattern and I liked this design so much, that I bought the pattern right away.
Needing a present for a sweet little birthday girl this coming weekend, I decided “Astrid” would be the perfect gift.

Oh and what a joy to make was this darling doll! I had so much fun – and thanks to Sarah’s excellent pattern writing, I sailed through the instructions.
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She’s all finished now and became good friends already with the other handmade pals living in my craft room.
maRRose - CCC: Zoë dollWhilst looking at this pretty brunette, I decided “an Astrid doll” did not do her justice and that she deserved a name of her own so, please meet the lovely Zoë!
maRRose - CCC: Zoë dollAnd although I have way passed the doll playing stage, I have to admit it will be a little tough letting her go …… I’m a tad bit in love with my Zoë!

Love,
Marianne