Follow-up Friday – “Crochet Mood Blanket”

Well …. let’s just say there’s a first for everything …..
Soooo, how about a “Follow-up Friday”-post on a Saturday?

For a pretty organised and control-freakish kind of person like me, it was a big step to accept that “no”, I was not going to finish my “Crochet Mood Blanket”, ànd take photos of it, ànd put a blog post together yesterday…..
maRRose - CCC --- Crochet Mood Blanket-54It was something Quinn said, that made it clear to me that this was actually ok – thank you, sweetheart!
On a totally non-related side-track: this sweetheart and I had a great time yesterday evening, attending the opening of the “Munch : Van Gogh” exhibition in the “Van Gogh Museum”……(oh, and this youTube-film is absolutely wonderful; informative is this one).
maRRose - CCC --- MarQuinn - De Schreeuw-01This is Quinn and I in the “Munch – The Scream”-photo booth at the exhibition; to activate the camera, you had to literally ‘scream’ ……

But: without further ado, let me present to you my “Crochet Mood Blanket”; started in 2014, finally finished in September of 2015!

If you want to read back as to how and why this blanket was begun, this is where you’ll want to go.
The pattern I used can be found here, with a little note that I adjusted the rectangle a tiny bit, so that two short sides had the same size as its long side. This allowed me to play around with the lay-out of the squares, when I commenced the joining.

Quite some thinking went into the border. At first I thought a simple border would be best for this colorful piece of crochet, but after a couple of tries I went for a more elaborate one and am absolutely happy with the way it turned out. “Boho” comes to mind, when I look at this blanket.

For the border I went down 0,5 mm to a 3 mm hook and did a simple round of black dc’s (UK: trebles). Second round with green was a sc (UK: dc) in between every 4th and 5th dc from the previous round, chain 3 – and repeated all around. Third round – with black again – I crocheted 4 dc’s in every chain3-loop (you can find a great tutorial for this so-called “block-stitch” here).
maRRose - CCC --- Crochet Mood Blanket-44 maRRose - CCC --- Crochet Mood Blanket-45 maRRose - CCC --- Crochet Mood Blanket-41Inspired by this beautiful border on Ryane’s latest blanket , I crocheted two rounds (in orange and pink) using this stitch, and I love how these rounds give some reliëf to the border.
The last 3 rounds were an exact copy of the first 3, the bright blue being the accent color here.
maRRose - CCC --- Crochet Mood Blanket-43When I posted this photo on Instagram, someone asked me why I was crocheting on three rounds at the same time? I do this to get a feel for the final lay-out – it’s not until I like what I see that I go ahead and crochet all around my blanket/cushion cover.
The details:
* number of squares: “only” 192 instead of 365 ….
* weight: 1248 grams (2 lbs, 12 oz)
* size: 115 x 225 cm (45,3 x 88,5 inches)
* yarn: all 100% cotton (Katia, Catania, Cotton8, Phildar, etc)

Do I like it? Oh, yesss! I’m very happy with the result. Also: very happy to have finished another old-wip. If I’m correct there’s only 3 projects left on the wip-list: the “Rustic Lace Square”-blanket – which is an ongoing project, so not really counting. Secondly, the Simply Crochet Squares (still no idea what to do with them …..). And then I need to write down the pattern for the square I designed to make my “Les Tourettes”-shawl.
The end is near ……maRRose - CCC --- Les Tourettes Shawl-10

There’s one more thing I want to share here: my 4 favorites of last week’s “Craft As Therapy“-theme:
maRRose - CCC --- Craft as Therapy-favorite4Top left: Mariana‘s beautiful crochet hexagon blanket;
Top right: Corinne‘s stunning hexi puffs/bee keepers quilt;
Bottom left: Sarah‘s gorgeous knitted, double sided baby blanket;
Bottom right: Tina‘s very uniqe and fabulously made candy skull lead picture.

Next week I’m taking a short break, having been invited by my brother and his husband to come and visit them in Cannes: how awesome is that?!
Wishing you a wonderful weekend and week ahead!
Love,
Marianne xx

Follow-up Friday

                         “Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life”
                          image courtesy of irenesartjournalcaravan.blogspot.com

As far as crafting was concerned, for me this week was all about moderating the “Craft as Therapy”-instagram account, something I really, really enjoy doing.
I’ve blogged about this wonderful community before – here and here is where you’ll find these posts.

For the past couple of weeks each moderator has chosen a specific topic, that followers are asked to post photos of. For instance, what’s your favorite color, or how do you store your craft supplies.
maRRose - CCC --- Craft as Therapy-17The question I asked at the beginning of the week was “what is your favorite project …… ever!”, and my-oh-my how I love seeing the fabulous projects people have posted, let alone read the beautiful, and often touching stories that many a time lay behind the projects involved.

Now you know I’m not big on choosing …… but this is exactly what I’ll have to do at the end of this day. I have to pick just 4 fabulous makes out of more than 200 fan-tas-tic projects…… impossible to do, really ……

In next week’s “Follow-up Friday” I’ll show you my fave four (that yet have to be determined…..).
maRRose - CCC --- Crochet Mood Blanket-25

Apart from the time spent on the “Craft as Therapy”-account, I worked on my “Crochet Mood Blanket”. I added quite a few rows, my basket holds considerably less rectangular grannies.
In fact, I just counted: only 45 more to join: yay!
maRRose - CCC --- Crochet Mood Blanket-21maRRose - CCC --- Crochet Mood Blanket-28maRRose - CCC --- Crochet Mood Blanket-22And then tomorrow I’m finally able to reveal yet another finished project – the launch of a brand new design by Heike/MadewithLoops on the occasion of Claudia opening her new yarn shop, exciting times!

I’m leaving you with a little teaser of tomorrow’s “ta-dah” project, a picture of a tester motif……maRRose - CCC --- Moya Star Shaw-19Wishing you a wonderful weekend already, and I do hope to see you here again tomorrow!
Love,
Marianne xx

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!
Love,
Marianne xx