Follow-up Friday – Shawls

maRRose - CCC - puurhaken summer shawl for Elise-01It’s Friday, I have finished projects to show you, and that’s all we need for a new “Follow-up Friday”-post, isn’t it?
Come to think of it: I have a couple of other things that I’d love to share with you too, so here goes!

My finished products are two shawls, that I’ve been working on over the past few weeks. I’ve only just noticed they have two things in common: they’re both patterns from talented Maaike, and they’ve both been made using – beautiful, as always – Lana Grossa yarns. Quite the coincidence!

The first one is the burgundy shawl, knitted after Maaike’s “Omslagdoek”-pattern from her latest book, “Hollands Welgaren”.
maRRose - CCC - Hollands Welgaren Shawl-07A very easy knit – very relaxing to do – that ended up as a wonderfully soft, warm and comfy shawl, thanks to the gorgeous Lana Grossa Lala Berlin, ánd my blogging friend & colleague Janneke (who graciously gifted me the yarn).
And isn’t that maRRose-leather label from “Mez11” the perfect finishing touch?maRRose - CCC - Hollands Welgaren Shawl-03

maRRose - CCC - Hollands Welgaren Shawl-04The second one is the “Zomersjaal” from Maaike’s first book, “Puurhaken”, crocheted with my beloved Lana Grossa 3Cento. Even though the colors of this particular 3Cento are very autumnal, and the pattern’s called “summer shawl”, I think they’re a pretty good match.
maRRose - CCC - puurhaken summer shawl for Elise-06 maRRose - CCC - puurhaken summer shawl for Elise-05I absolutely love this design, and I’ve crocheted it many times already, as the photo collage below shows.maRRose - CCC - puurhaken summer shawls

Other projects in queue are the “Rustic Lace Square”-blanket (only two squares added since my last update), a new cushion cover, and a new “thing” (bag? cushion cover? baby blanket?).

The new cushion cover is made of crochet diamonds, that have little hearts in a different color; they are the result of some doodling away with hook and yarn :)
maRRose - CCC --- Diamonds cushion cover-03maRRose - CCC --- Diamonds cushion cover-02I’m joining my diamonds with black, and I love how this makes the colors pop!
I’m assuming the cushion will be ready for its own “ta-dah” next week.

The new “thing” simply had to be started, when I came across these 5 patterns, that came as an extra with last year’s October/November-issue of the Dutch “Simply Haken” (also published in issue 33 of “Simply Crochet”).
maRRose - CCC --- geo blanket-01 maRRose - CCC --- geo blanket-03 I had already seen wonderful examples of this Susan Kennedy-design  – for instance on Dorien’s ig-account, here and here -, and could not resist the urge to give it a try myself.
I loved the black and white, but love the splash of bright pink mixed in even more …..
And then one with all bright colors, oh yum!
maRRose - CCC --- geo blanket-04Last Friday I attended another fantastic crochet party – organised by Karin and Atty, in a wonderful, and a bit eclectic venue called “Blijburg”. This fun restaurant can be found right on the outskirts of a rather new residential area in Amsterdam, “IJburg”.

maRRose - CCC --- Haakdate Blijburg-20“IJburg” is built following the Dutch policy of reclaiming land from the sea, and sits on the edge of the “IJsselmeer”.
Even though the weather was grey and gloomy, this morning amongst some 20 happy crocheters could not have been more colorful and bright: we all had a blast!
So much so, that I not only did not crochet one stitch, but had no time to take any pictures once the party got started either …..

Back home, I quickly prepared Saturday’s dessert, an old favorite. I promised on IG to share the recipe on the blog, so here it is (it’s in Dutch, but I’ve used Google Translate, and much to my surprise: I think this should work pretty well).
maRRose - CCC --- Champagne mousse dessert-01Saturday was spent with my parents – touring the area I grew up in, lunch in my hometown.
maRRose - CCC --- Nature-116 maRRose - CCC --- Nature-117The day ended with a nice dinner date with friends at our place. Chapeau to my sweet husband for preparing a wonderful risotto&salmon meal.
Then Sunday morning I had brunch with one of my dearest friends – a belated birthday gift from her, and after so much excitement, crochet is all I could do for the rest of that Sunday – as you may well understand ;)

This weekend looks a bit less crowded, but just as fun (mother-in-law coming over for dinner tonight, attending a Jazz festival tomorrow), and I sure hope your weekend will be at least equally nice!

Marianne xx

Follow-up Friday – a shawl, a scarf and an ex-shawl

maRRose - CCC --- Pink Cento Shawl-05            maRRose - CCC --- Blue Cento Shawl-01            maRRose - CCC --- Lien's cushion cover-05

In the process of finishing up the purple Alize cushion cover, I suddenly realized I never showed you the two projects I recently made with the Lana Grossa 3Cento.

Quite the omission, even more so given the fact that I’ve fallen in love with this fabulous yarn. The color way is beautiful (all of them), and it’s unbelievably soft – all in all an enormous pleasure to work with.
No surprise really that both wips turned out truly lovely ….. I’m wearing the blue/purple one as I type up this post; the fact that it’s light & fluffy only adds to its comfort.
maRRose - CCC --- Blue Cento Shawl-02maRRose - CCC --- Cento Shawl-11After some serious pattern auditioning, the pattern I used is the “Spring Petals Scarf”, a free one to be found here – very enjoyable to crochet.maRRose - CCC --- Pink Cento Shawl-01

maRRose - CCC --- Pink Cento Shawl-06For the pretty pink 3Cento I chose the “Dromerige Sjaal” (“Dreamy Shawl”), designed by Sascha Blase, from her great book “Kant Haken”. The book is in Dutch, but has charts too, so language should not be a barrier.
maRRose - CCC --- Pink Cento Shawl-03 maRRose - CCC --- Pink Cento Shawl-04You might remember me complaining about the scratchy feel of the purple scarf? Well, I did wash the one-skein-in piece of crochet with Eucalan, and that worked a treat: much better!
maRRose - CCC --- Lien's scarf-01However, I could not lay my hands on more of the same yarn, and to be honest with you: my pleasure of continuing with this wip had experienced a severe blow as well……
I was very happy when an ig-friend, I think it was Miriam, suggested turning it into a cushion: bingo!
maRRose - CCC --- Lien's cushion cover-04maRRose - CCC --- Lien's cushion cover-03And now I love it again ……
The free crochet pattern can be found here; I sewed my trusted envelope, and thus removable, cushion cover in light pink to shine through the lace pattern of the crochet. I then made an envelope of the crochet part too; closed the sides by hand sewing them together.
Not able to find the right buttons, I crocheted them again – using a cotton in a softer purple (the how-to can be found in this blog post).
The side with the buttons is supposed to be the back of the cushion, but I think I actually like it better than the front.
maRRose - CCC --- Lien's cushion cover-02It sure feels great to have ticked off three things of the wip-list!

Have a happy weekend!
Marianne xx

My Lana Grossa “LaLa”-cowl

maRRose - CCC --- Lala Cowl-03Although I love this time of year for all the festivities that are taking place, for a crocheter and blogger who wants to show the projects she’s working on, it’s a ‘strange’ period as well. Of course I’m referring to the hush-hush December gift making, and I’m pretty sure you can relate to this.

Ever since I started crocheting and crafting again, I try to make as many gifts from the heart&hands as I can. I think it’s safe to say I succeeded rather well last year (you can read more about that here), and sure hope to do the same this year.
maRRose - CCC --- Lala Cowl-15Quite honestly, I always have to get over a hurdle, wondering whether the recipient will like the finished item only a bit as much as I loved making it…..
I then tell myself that the person I’m crocheting for will at least appreciate the time and passion that went into the project.
Once I’m working on the project, liking (and sometimes loving) the way it’s taking shape nicely compensates for any doubts I still might have.
It’s an extra bonus when they’re genuinely pleased with my handmade gifts. Sounds familiar?
maRRose - CCC --- Lala Cowl-16So far I’ve made two projects with the beautiful Lana Grossa yarn I received at the wonderful “yarn tasting party” I was invited to a couple of weeks ago (more here).
The first one is a scarf, made with the gorgeously soft and delightful 3 Cento in purples/blues/greens. I’m so pleased with how it turned out, but it’s a x-mas gift…. I can only give you a sneak peek …..
maRRose - CCC --- Cento Shawl-11The second project I made using Lana Grossa yarn – the “Lala Berlin – Hairy”, sooo soft, squishy and comfy – is going to be gifted to someone who’s not very active on social media – fairly safe to show. Another project that I’m happy with!
maRRose - CCC --- Lala Cowl-05 maRRose - CCC --- Lala Cowl-01For the this cowl I used Moogly’s “Fortune’s Wrap” (free) pattern (tutorial here), basically a variation of the corner-to-corner stitch, worked as a rectangular, using a hook size 10 mm/N15. Although the lovely pattern does not really show all that much given Lala’s hairy composition, I still like the way she turned out.
maRRose - CCC --- Lala Cowl-10I “framed” the cowl with navy blue Katia Capri, 100% cotton and hook size 3,5 mm, with a simple but effective 3 chain, sc border all around. When looking for navy blue buttons, I only had 2 and did not want to search or wait for three new ones.
On a whim I decided to try and crochet buttons.
And you know what? I actually like “Lala” better with the crocheted buttons, than with the regular ones!
maRRose - CCC --- Lala Cowl-12For the buttons I started with two chains, 6 sc into the first chain, then crocheted 2 sc’s in every sc from round 1, fastened off. Once I had made a second circlet, I crocheted them together by sc-ing in the back loop of the little circle on top, and the front loop of the underlying circle.
maRRose - CCC --- Lala Cowl-08
The cowl is 30 cm wide; I crocheted approx, 80 cm in length. Folded it’s 32 cm wide, with an overlay of 16 cm.
I quickly sewed the overlap on the inside of the cowl to the main part. Ta-dah!

In other news: there was a fail too ….
I found this really pretty pattern for another scarf, had some neat yarn in my stash and happily crocheted two evenings in a row on it. One ball (100 grams) into the project, I tried it on, and my-oh-my it felt so scratchy! Asking family members to test as well (hoping it would just be me), they concluded likewise: not comfortable at all. Boo hoo!
maRRose - CCC --- Lien's scarf-01Today I’ll wash the piece I have crocheted so far with Eucalan, hoping it will soften the yarn to a velvety and snug scarf-to-be, but I’m not very hopeful …. I’ll keep you posted!
Ending this post on a positive note: the (free) pattern is definitely a winner (you’ll find it here) – I just might have to go yarn shopping to find a more suitable material ;)……

Marianne xx