Treasury Tuesday

maRRose - CCC --- Treasury Tuesday, Granny Square Blankets-01Every once in a while, I need to satisfy my “granny square”-kick ……
I never-ever tire of this relatively old and simple crochet pattern, and I absolutely love how adaptable they are – be it traditional, or more diverse, intricate even.
There’s granny square inspiration all around us; for instance the fast growing collection on my Granny Squares Pinterest-board, or a google search for “crochet granny square” – just one click of your mouse, and you can feast your eyes on this…… ah….. the beauty!
How about maybe the bèst of all: this Instagram-hashtag “granny squares rock”: they really do, don’t they?

More granny square magnificence is to be found in this week’s “Treasury Tuesday” – aren’t these blankets all gorgeous?

My heart rate goes up a bit when looking at these two:maRRose - CCC --- Treasury Tuesday, Granny Square Blankets-02 maRRose - CCC --- Treasury Tuesday, Granny Square Blankets-03

Are you a lover of granny squares as well?

Have a great week,
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

“Bétaille Blanket”

maRRose - CCC --- Bétaille Blanket-24Now this is most certainly one of the happiest “ta-dah”-posts ever ……
A close call too, to make it for this week’s “Follow-up Friday”: just a little over an hour ago I crocheted the very last stitch on this blanket and could start taking pictures (with which I’m pretty much going to bombard this blog post!).
maRRose - CCC --- Bétaille Blanket-28     maRRose - CCC --- Bétaille Blanket-27      maRRose - CCC --- Bétaille Blanket-26

If you’ve followed my “Bétaille Blanket”-journey over the past few weeks, you must have noticed that finishing this blanket was quite the undertaking. During the lengthy – and sometimes tedious – process I fell in and out of love with it several times.
maRRose - CCC --- Bétaille Blanket-25maRRose - CCC --- Bétaille Blanket-29However, as soon as I could start laying out the 600 tiny squares and began joining, the love for this project was there again, wholeheartedly.
Reading Nerissa’s comment last week – “a week of joining, yikes” – I obliviously thought it would take me (way) less than a week, but as it turns out her remark was spot on.
Joining 29 rows of 20 squares was all I did crochet-wise this past week …..
maRRose - CCC --- Bétaille Blanket-30In the end I did not use all 600 squares that I crocheted, simply because the last 20 tiny grannies consisted of mainly three colors and I didn’t like that.
So, “only” 580 it is …..maRRose - CCC --- Bétaille Blanket-21 maRRose - CCC --- Bétaille Blanket-31 maRRose - CCC --- Bétaille Blanket-32I played with the thought of a colorful border – maybe by bringing back all 8 colors used in the blanket? – but decided against this once I was done joining. Tried a simple picot edging, but no ….. I think it’s pretty the way it is right now. Sometimes more really is less!
maRRose - CCC --- Bétaille Blanket-34maRRose - CCC --- Bétaille Blanket-35The “Bétaille Blanket”-facts:
* size: 165 x 215 cm, 580 little granny squares
* pattern: Springtime Throw by Nicki Trench (from her “Cute & Easy Crochet”-book)
* weight: 1554 grams
* yarn: Katia Capri, 100% cotton
maRRose - CCC --- Bétaille Blanket-23maRRose - CCC --- Bétaille Blanket-37Now to decide which old wip to tackle next ….. seems smart to pick a not too time consuming one for a change …..

Have a fabulous weekend everyone!

Love,
Marianne xx