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

Follow-up Friday – “Rose Party Triangles”

maRRose - CCC - Rose Triangle for bunting-19A few weeks ago someone in the CraftKitchen-organization got married, and of course we – the CraftKitchen blogger team – wanted to give him and his lovely wife-to-be a present, preferable a personal/handmade one.

Being the crafty people that we are, we came up with the idea of making a festive wedding garland.
maRRose - CCC - Rose Triangle for bunting-08maRRose - CCC - Rose Triangle for bunting-12Since the 5 of us live in different parts of The Netherlands, the idea was that we would all crochet 4 motifs for the bunting – in the same color, off-white – and send them to Lidy, who would then make one pretty garland of the 20 little flags.

maRRose - CCC - Rose Triangle for bunting-13And, I’m telling you: it turned out so, so nice! We were all chuffed to pieces to see the photos Lidy and Miriam took in Miriam’s luscious garden when it was ready!
Plus: it was so much fun to make something this pretty, as a team! It goes to show that you can achieve a lot in a relatively short time when you work together: I absolutely love my CraftKitchen buddies!

Should you want to give this a go yourself, I’ve tried to track down as many details on the garland’s motifs as I could:
Liza created her own granny square heart pattern (link to chart here), Lidy crocheted her flags from a crochet snowflake book, Lisanne followed her own “wallhanger” design (pattern comes as a bonus when you buy her book), and Janneke adapted her own “Lente Granny Square” (free pattern for the squares here; it’s in Dutch, but has clear step-by-step photos, so you lovely non-Dutch should be ok with it as well, you need to click on “werkbeschrijving” for the tutorial).

maRRose - CCC - Rose Triangle for bunting-05maRRose - CCC - Rose Triangle for bunting-07I did exactly the same thing as Janneke: I modified my “Rose” granny square (pattern&tutorial here) to a “Rose” triangle. I love how it turned out – whether made in off-white, or happy colors.
maRRose - CCC - Rose Triangle for bunting-23 maRRose - CCC - Rose Triangle for bunting-22Upon request, I’ve written up the pattern to share with you on the blog.
Simply click here, and make your own festive garland with these “Rose Party Triangles”!
maRRose - CCC - Rose Triangle for bunting-31Happy making, and a happy weekend!
Love,
Marianne xx

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

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

Follow-up Friday …… on a Saturday

maRRose - CCC --- Baby Mobile Marijn-03It has happened before: a “Follow-up Friday” on a Saturday :)
One can try to meticulously plan things, but it just doesn’t always work out that way – which is fine too, and I’m sure it happens to all of us every now and then!

Other than rather full, my week was a good one. Monday was a bank holiday, and we all enjoyed this extra day off. Tuesday my parents and I visited the Amsterdam “Rijksmuseum”. My mom and I specifically wanted to see “Catwalk”, an exhibition dedicated to fashion in The Netherlands from 1625 to 1960. The exhibit is designed by world-renowned Dutch photographer Erwin Olaf, whose work I greatly admire, so a win-win.
My dad happily tagged along ….

The exhibit itself was as good as we had hoped it would be, too bad it’s only running until May 22.
Aren’t these light fixtures at the start of the expo wonderful?

maRRose - Rijksmuseum - Catwalk 04 maRRose - CCC --- Rijksmuseum - Catwalk Expositie 01I absolutely loved the last room, that – naturally – had the “piece de résistance”: the glorious “dress with train”, that Helena Slicher wore on her wedding day in 1759. Mind you, the skirt is two metres wide! The embroidered flowers on this dress are copied onto the wallpaper that the room is decorated with: simply amazing!
maRRose - CCC --- Rijksmuseum - Catwalk-02Wednesday was another exciting day. The CraftKitchen blogger-team had a meeting at CraftKitchen-headquarters, the premises of G. Brouwer&Zn. We all brought the things we’ve created for CK so far: one big, fun show&tell.maRRose - CCC --- CraftKitchen show and tell-01New and exciting plans were made, after which we were treated to a tour of the warehouse (wow! a true paradise for any creative person).

The CK-marketing&communications manager is pregnant, and all 5 of us surprised her with (handmade, of course) baby gifts.
maRRose - CCC --- Baby Mobile CollageI made this baby mobile, and I’m quite pleased with how it turned out. Knowing it’s going to be a boy, I had to restrain myself to not add too many girly things, like hearts and flowers. Loving the quote “shoot for the moon – even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars”, I made a string with lots-and-lots of tiny stars…….
The lovely pattern I used for the bunnies, is a free Ravelry-download, and can be found here; the cat, dog and bear were freestyled.maRRose - CCC --- Baby Mobile Marijn-07

And then last Thursday, Mila the Wonderdog had an appointment at the vet’s. Not foreseeing any puppies in her future, we decided to have her spayed, and this seemed the right time. I’m relieved to report she’s doing a bit better today, but she was quite the sick puppy ……maRRose - CCC - Mila the Wonderdog-54 Feeling the need to keep an eye on Mila, I was able to crochet a lot of “Rustic Lace Squares”: I’m up to 110 squares right now, and I think only one more row of 11 is needed. I can’t believe I’m actually almost there! Time to start thinking about a border….. woohoo!maRRose - CCC - Rustic Lace Squares-34 maRRose - CCC - Rustic Lace Squares-35I hope your weekend is good so far, and will continue to be a great one. I’m off to work on yet another little gift (more on that later next week), and the last of my “Rustic Lace Squares”!

Love,
Marianne xx

Follow-up Friday – The Mandala Cushion

maRRose - CCC --- Mandala Cushion-02It wasn’t until this very morning – when I started organizing last week’s photos – that I realized how full, but fun a week this was.

maRRose - CCC - Mila the Wonderdog-53Filled with nature – lovely, but also very wet walks with Mila, filled with lots of crafting – always a good thing in my book, and filled with moderating the “Craft as Therapy”-account over on Instagram – at least as good as hands-on crafting.maRRose - CCC - Spring 2016-14maRRose - CCC - Spring 2016-13And how nice to be having a midweek extra day off – thank you King Willem Alexander for celebrating your birthday with all of us Dutch ;)!
maRRose - CCC --- Kingsday 2016-04

Apart from all this, I did finish a project, and I’m happy being able to share my latest cushion, the “Mandala Cushion Cover”.maRRose - CCC --- Mandala Cushion-05 maRRose - CCC --- Mandala Cushion-07

The mandala itself was crocheted following a pattern in Haafner’s “Mandalas to Crochet” book (more on that here).
I made it bigger to fit my 45 cm circular insert, just playing with stitches, and ending up crocheting 6 rounds with black, and a last one in blue.maRRose - CCC --- Mandala Cushion-06maRRose - CCC --- Mandala Cushion-04I then sewed the blue cover, added a zipper (!), and hand stitched the crochet part onto the blue cushion cover.
I love how it turned out ….. It’s for sale and I’ve listed it in my Etsy shop, link here.maRRose - CCC --- Mandala Cushion-09 maRRose - CCC --- Mandala Cushion-01

By moderating the Craft as Therapy-account, you not only pick and post people’s gorgeous work (that they share under #craftastherapy), but you get to choose a theme for that very week also. Looking at my rather gigantuas pile of test-squares, left over flowers and the like, I picked “craftastherapy_bitsandbobs” as the theme for “my” week, asking people to share their creative orphans with us. And, gosh, this turned into such a lovely gallery!maRRose - CCC --- Craft as Therapy-130

I added a little extra challenge to this whole “bits & bobs”-business, by seeing whether I could turn some of my unused crochet pieces into something new. I think my plan is going to work, but I’m still in the process of finishing……maRRose - CCC --- make-up bag-11Other than that I have added three more squares to the “Rustic Lace Square”-blanket, and have a small army of squares (9) lined up to be joined as well. All that’s left is color positioning and the last joining round on these, after which row 7/12 will be ready too, and I’ll be up to 77/132 squares, woohoo!maRRose - CCC - Rustic Lace Squares-30maRRose - CCC - Rustic Lace Squares-31

I wish you all a lovely weekend – I’m off crafting …….:)
Love,
Marianne xx

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