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!
Marianne xx

Follow-up Friday

maRRose - CCC --- Rustic Lace Square-blanket-22And yet another week has flown by ….. a week filled with lots of ER/hospital visits, and not too much crochet, I’m afraid. Luckily the hospital visits led up to Carter having his big reconstructive foot surgery today (as I type this message, actually……).
The external frame will be removed, and all things necessary to make his foot as good as new will be taken care of as well.
Despite the long road ahead of him, we’re confident he’ll eventually be A-OK again.
maRRose - CCC --- Triangle Cushion-01I was able to work a bit on two old wips, the first one being the triangle cushion cover – the second one the ” Rustic Lace Square”-blanket.
maRRose - CCC --- Triangle Cushion Cover-01Almost all triangle pieces are done, so assembly is the next (and last) step.
maRRose - CCC --- Rustic Lace Square-blanket-20As far as the rustic lace squares are concerned, I’ve finished 3, and have 4 incomplete ones. Spending the next couple of days with Carter in the hospital, I’m assuming I’ll be adding quite a few more ……
maRRose - CCC --- Rustic Lace Square-blanket-21Wishing you a fun weekend,

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!

Marianne xx

Follow-up Friday

maRRose - CCC --- Bétaille Blanket-20After a busy week, it’s Friday again – time for an update on my old wip’s, well in fact that should say wiP – because the Bétaille Blanket is all I worked on, again ….
However, I’m very happy to report, that I gave the very last tiny square its colorful border yesterday afternoon. Happy, as this can only mean one thing: it’s joining time!! At last!!
maRRose - CCC --- Bétaille Blanket-15I ended up with 8 zip bags, each filled with tiny squares that all had a different colored heart, but the same colored trim. Having made sure I had at least 70+ in each bag, I ended up with a leftover stack of about 100+ squares: a lot of purple and mint hearts, and a couple of the other colors. After I divided the leftovers kind of evenly over the 8 zips, I crocheted the last colorful rounds on those as well.
I kept track of the number of squares per bag throughout the whole process and was so surprised to find I had a total of exactly 600 squares!
Carter pointed out I owed this to Mila-the-wonderdog, who actually ate one of the squares some weeks ago ……
maRRose - CCC --- Bétaille Blanket-17So now I’ve started to lay out the first rows, and my-oh-my: I love-love-love doing this and the pretty pictures it results in!
Also starting to realize this blanket is going to be pretty big – love that too ……
maRRose - CCC --- Bétaille Blanket-19Next step is making kebabs per row (great tip from Susan over at Felted Button), and start crocheting these lovelies together!

Hoping for a big “ta-day” in next week’s “Follow-up Friday”,
enjoy your weekend,

Marianne xx

Follow-up Friday

maRRose - CCC --- Bétaille Blanket-10Yay, it’s Friday!
Not the kind of “Fri-yay” where I can show you another finished wip – how I wish – but the end of a work week kind of ‘yay’!

This past week I’ve continued to work real hard on my “Bétaille Blanket”, but I noticed I was losing my appetite again, which made me decide to cheat a little and crochet something new.maRRose - CCC --- Bétaille Blanket-12There are many projects out there that I’m dying to try (like this górgeous blanket by Dorien), but beginning something big really doesn’t feel good. It had to be something not too time consuming …….

As I showed you yesterday, I made some of the lovely squares from Shelley’s soon to be released book, and I loved doing that!
maRRose - CCC --- Flowers Abound-07And then tomorrow “Granny Square Day 2015” is celebrated on Instagram (details here), so I had to crochet some squares for that special day (knowing how much fun last year was).
I have this great tote to help me remember!
maRRose - CCC --- Granny Squares-02maRRose - CCC --- Granny Squares-03 maRRose - CCC --- Granny Squares-01All refreshed now it’s back to the tiny squares again. Glad to report I’ve hit the halfway mark: I shall and will finish this project soon!
maRRose - CCC --- Bétaille Blanket-11Have a great weekend everyone,
Marianne xx

“Bétaille Blanket” / “Springtime Throw”

maRRose - CCC --- Bétaille Blanket-03There’s a reason why I’ve waited this long to pick up my “Bétaille Blanket” – aka “Springtime Throw” by Nicky Trench.
maRRose - CCC --- Bétaille Blanket-05Oh, I definitely have no problem in still seeing the beauty of this project, but really….. what was I thinking? Almost 500 tiny squares, three colors per square …… sooooo many ends to sew in??
maRRose - CCC --- Bétaille Blanket-01But hey, it’s an old wip, I’ve put it on the “wips to finish”-list, and so last Sunday I mustered up enough courage to “attack” this long overdue project.
maRRose - CCC --- Bétaille Blanket-09As it turned out, quite some work had already been done.
I think there were some 300 squares sitting in the “Bétaille Blanket”-box, waiting to get their 3rd round, then I found a bag that had about 100 white squares that only needed their ends sewn in and last but not least there was a bag holding circa 125 tiny colored squares patiently waiting for rounds 2 and 3. And, bonus: some were already finished!
maRRose - CCC --- Bétaille Blanket-08Feeling the need to work on this project in a methodical way, I put all the squares with the same colored centers in a plastic bag.
maRRose - CCC --- Bétaille Blanket-04Only to come to the conclusion that I needed more of the blue and dark pink ones, in order to have at least 50 of each color.
For reasons I don’t remember I turned up with way more purple and soft mint ones …… oh well.
maRRose - CCC --- Bétaille Blanket-06All together I now have approximately 550 tiny squares and that should be more than enough to make a decent sized baby/lap blanket.

Yesterday I could start on the last round, a colorful one again – and I’m happy to report the pleasure of crocheting this blanket has returned 100%!
maRRose - CCC --- Bétaille Blanket-02Apart from prepping two “Rustic Lace Squares”, this is the only wip I worked on this past week, and – given the amount of work yet to be done –  I’m assuming that will be the case for the week to come as well ….
maRRose - CCC - Rustic Lace Squares-11Wishing you all a relaxed weekend!
Marianne xx

Follow-up Friday

maRRose - CCC --- stack of happy socks-02It’s been a busy old week, and as far as working on the wip-list it was a good week too!

Carter’s still in Canada with my in-laws – after a last medical check-up late yesterday, we’re finally allowed/able to bring him back home. My husband is flying out tomorrow to pick him up, and if everything goes according to schedule, they’ll both be back in Amsterdam next Wednesday. We cannot wait to have him home again and take-over the – beyond excellent – special care from our in-laws.

So apart from being busy with the things that were going on regarding Carter, I’ve mainly been “Crafting as Therapy”, and not just crocheting and knitting as a mad woman, trying to finish my old wips.
As I told you last week, I had the privilege to moderate the “Craft as Therapy” Instagram account this week and I have thoroughly enjoyed doing this!
Going through the “Craft as Therapy”-gallery (over 8000 posts!) has been nothing short of a tremendous pleasure – there’s an unbelievable amount of gorgeous projects living under this hashtag. The really hard part, of course, was that I was only able to choose a limited amount of projects for my daily posts.

I also enjoyed looking for quotes, and my first quote-post simply had to be this one: so true!
do-more-of-what-makes-you-happy-picture-quote-02Due to my own “craft as therapy”, I’m able to tell you I’ve finished my blue socks! As you can see at the top of this post, I now have a short stack of self knitted happy socks and I’m pleased as punch! Who would have thought when I blogged about my first pair of knitted socks?
maRRose - CCC --- happy socks in blue-01I also made great progress on the black shawl, the body of which is finished now too. I’m happy to move on to the real fun part of this particular wip: the border. I’ve picked my main colors and have made a small start.
maRRose - CCC --- Lana Grossa Shawl-01In addition to this, I’m half way through a special project that’s a new design collaboration between Wollsinn and Made with Loops to be launched in September – very proud to be part of the tester team. There’s one big disadvantage …… I can’t show you the project involved…… well, maybe just a few teaser photos …..
maRRose - CCC --- Moya Star Shaw-03 maRRose - CCC --- Moya Star Shaw-05What I am able to show you, is the gorgeous yarn I’m working with on this project: 100% organic Moya yarn.
You can find out more on this fabulous yarn and its origin here, and where to buy here.
maRRose - CCC --- Moya Star Shaw-01Wishing you a wonderful, craft filled weekend!
Marianne xx

Follow-up Friday

maRRose - CCC --- Bridal Shawl-Summer Shawl-117This is a very happy “Follow-up Friday”-post, because I’ve finished my second bridal shawl – the “Love&Kisses” shawl – and I’m so, so pleased with the way it turned out!

I have to admit: it was not an easy ride and probably the project that I’ve had to frog (1,5 to 2 hours work per occasion, grrrr …..) the most ever, but every time I look at this red beauty now, I’m glad I did – it was really worth it.
maRRose - CCC --- Bridal Shawl-Summer Shawl-116maRRose - CCC --- Bridal Shawl-Summer Shawl-113It’s also the only project I’ve finished, or even worked on, this past week and this has only partly to do with all the stuff going on re Carter’s accident: this shawl was a big undertaking in itself.
The measurements are roughly 180 x 55 cm (71 x 22 inches) and I’ve used approx. 1.000 metres of the “Colortwist”, a 100% cotton.
maRRose - CCC --- Bridal Shawl-Summer Shawl-106For those of you who want to give this lovely pattern a go, here‘s where you’ll find the link (it’s a free Redheart pattern).
The fabulous yarn I used is a made-to-order Colortwist, available from Echtstudio.

Both bridal shawls are now patiently waiting for my sweet friend (and her approval) …..
maRRose - CCC --- Bridal Shawls-02By the way, I’ve noticed a couple of people joining me in my the “let’s finish those old wip’s” quest, and I’m tickled pink about that.
Wonderful, talented crocheters that you can find here and here.
And if you’re also one of them – please leave a link in the comments; I’d love to see what you’re working on!
maRRose - CCC --- Bridal Shawl-Summer Shawl-118Thrilled to check one more wip off my list – ‘only’ 10 more to go!
Happy weekend!

Marianne xx

Follow-up Friday

maRRose - CCC --- Bridal Shawl-Summer Shawl-05It’s hard to believe one full week has already passed since I announced my big wip-plan. Luckily I do have some finished wip’s to show you, even though it’s been a busy old week with (too) many non-crochet related things.

Why not start with the biggest achievement?
I’ve finished one of the bridal shawls!! Woohoo – very happy me!
maRRose - CCC --- Bridal Shawl-Summer Shawl-07 maRRose - CCC --- Bridal Shawl-Summer Shawl-09 maRRose - CCC --- Bridal Shawl-Summer Shawl-06Also: very anxious me, because I haven’t been able to show it to my friend yet (she’s on vacation – no internet access – and won’t be back until the beginning of August).
Her being happy with it is what counts most of course!
(btw: don’t you love my little photo bombing assistant ……;))

Then there’s one more “tadah”: the potholders I promised my mom are done as well. They were actually finished right before I posted my first “Follow-up Friday” here – so I’m cheating a tad bit …..
maRRose - CCC --- Potholders-01 maRRose - CCC --- Potholders-02They turned out quite cute – I padded them, by sewing fiberfill (the kind you use for quilts) into the fabric that I hand sewed the crochet fronts onto.
Pattern for the crochet part comes from Maartje’s blog – SillyOldSuitcase, link here.

Some rows were crocheted on the black shawl – but I have to admit I’m not too keen on working on this one: all this black is so very boring ……

I also managed to crochet 3 “rustic lace squares” – total count is 27 now – I do love to work on this project!
maRRose - CCC - Rustic Lace Squares-07maRRose - CCC - Rustic Lace Squares-02 maRRose - CCC - Rustic Lace Squares-05Since “Bridal Shawl No. 1” is ready, I have started with “Bridal Shawl No. 2” with the gorgeous “Colortwist” by Echtstudio in red(s). The link to the pattern I’m using can be found here.
maRRose - CCC --- Bridal Shawl-Summer Shawl-103To get the most out of the color changes from the “Colortwist”, we decided it would be best to crochet the shawl with the desired width as the base, deviating a bit from the pattern here. After doing the math, I started with a “foundation double crochet” (excellent tutorial by Moogly, here) and ended up with 12 times the repeat pattern of 26 stitches for the lace border, so a total of 312 stitches. Once blocked it will give us the width we’re going for, approx. 170 cm.
I’m pleased with how the pattern/yarn combination looks so far; however, I think that the border will add the real beauty to this shawl, and I can’t wait to start crocheting it …..
maRRose - CCC --- Bridal Shawl-Summer Shawl-104One week into this whole new project in itself, I have to tell you it’s really helping me staying focused and it’s a wonderful feeling that I’m able to check off 2 (two!!) wip’s from the list – “only” 11 more to go, haha!

Wishing you all a wonderful weekend!
Marianne xx

Works in Progress – introducing “Follow-up Friday”

maRRose - CCC --- Follow-up Friday collage-01A big decision has been made here at “maRRose – CCC-headquarters” ;) …….
The inspiration for it comes from one of my favorite crocheters/bloggers, the crochetastic and very lovely Janneke (her blog: JipbyJan).
Janneke is about to embark on a tremendous adventure – she’s following her heart and is going to write a book!
In order to clear her mind, so that she can fully concentrate on writing this book, she made a point of finishing all her crochet wip’s beforehand.
Smartly, she shared this on social media, to make us all her partners in crime and this worked really well – her list is pretty much done!

And I plan on doing the exact same thing, finish all my wip’s that is (and share the progress – or should I say process – on social media, scary)!
Not helping is the fact that I’ve been asked to crochet three shawls since I made the decision to do this ……. but let’s just count these in and add them to the wip-list.

Every Friday I’ll give you an update here on the blog – that should keep me out of trouble and focused, right? – keep an eye out for “Follow-up Friday”!
So …. to get to the bottom of this – these are my wip’s:

1. Crochet Mood Blanket 2014
Started on January 1, 2014, diary kept until October 2, 2014, squares crocheted until June 12, 2014 – lastly joined in February, 2014. I’ve counted: there’s 104 rectangular squares that still need to be joined….. maRRose - CCC --- Crochet Mood Blanket-01 maRRose - CCC --- Crochet Mood Blanket-022. Bétaille Blanket
Started during last year’s Yoga Retreat in Les Tourettes, worked on during the 2014 Summer – these tiny squares (pattern: “Springtime Throw” by Nicki Trench) have been sitting in this box for months ….. maRRose - CCC --- Bétaille Blanket-013. Blue Socks
Instagram tells me I worked on them for the last time 15 weeks ago – since they’re my third pair ever, I’m anxious to see if I still know how to knit them ……. maRRose - CCC --- Blue Socks-014. Harlequin Blanket
I started crocheting these colorful diamonds when I began my “Tulip Blanket” – the latter has been finished for quite some time now – the colorful diamonds must feel a bit neglected. Since there’s only 16 of them, I doubt they can be considered a serious wip….. maRRose - CCC --- Diamonds-015. Rustic Lace Blanket
This is actually the second wip, that’s not really part of this list and I’m not kidding.
Right at the start of this project, I decided that this would my on-the-side-long-term-blanket – just saying, haha….. I’ve recently done the math and at this stage I’ve made 24 squares and “only” need another 86 for this blanket to be big enough to live on our kingsize bed.
A tutorial on how to join these squares as you go can be found here, btw. maRRose - CCC --- Rusticlace Blanket-016. The Simply Crochet Granny Squares
Started at the end of May, 2014 when the Simply Crochet Granny Square App was issued, I diligently made one square a week. “Bessie” and “Myrtle” were the last ones I made. Four more squares were issued under the app and apparently that was it as far as Simply Crochet Magazine was concerned. No updates in the app since November, 2014 – too bad.
Anyway, I have 29 squares so far and have to decide what to do with them. Any ideas? Cushion cover? Baby blanket? maRRose - CCC --- Simply Crochet Grannies-017. Triangle Cushion Cover
I love making these cushion covers (as you can see here) and right after I had finished my third (fourth?) one, I had an idea to simplify joining the triangles and loved these colors so much, that I started a next one. Now this one is a long way off the finish line ….. maRRose - CCC --- Triangle Cushion-018. Summer shawl
This summer shawl has been finished for quite some time now and I’ve actually worn it a few times already (and love it). I just need to write down the pattern of the square I came up with, take some pretty pictures and blog about it …… maRRose - CCC --- Summer Scarf-01 9. Potholders for my mom
One of the presents I got my mother for her birthday was a gift certificate, saying I would crochet her some potholders and she were to pick out the design and colors. Now her birthday was April 19th, so it’s about time I get these done! maRRose - CCC --- Potholders-0110. The No-Name-Yet Shawl
When I last visited “Wolplein”, I picked out this lovely “Lanagrossa – 365 Cotone”. I’m crocheting a shawl in a pretty basic stitch and have some exciting plans to spruce it up, once the body of the shawl is done. maRRose - CCC --- Black Shawl-0111. Bridal Shawl no. 1
One of my very dear friends is getting married in August and she has asked me to crochet her not one, but two shawls to go with the two dresses she’ll be wearing during this special and festive day. I feel very honored and happy to have been given this unique assignment, and I’ll make sure to stich a whole lot of love into these shawls!
One of the dresses is an off-white / beige, the fabric looking like it’s a very fine knit – a thin golden thread woven into it.

We quickly agreed that this King Kole Shiny DK Earthy was the perfect yarn for this dress and my friend loved the “Summer Shawl”-pattern from the “Puur Haken”-book by Maaike van Koert. She asked me to adjust the triangle shape of the design and liked the “Two Tone”-shawl‘s shape, a wonderful design by Saskia Laan / “Haken bij Saar en Mien”. maRRose - CCC --- Bridal Shawl no 1-01I’m one skein into this one and (after trying 3 different hook sizes) am finally happy with the way it looks – waiting for more yarn to arrive!

12. Bridal Shawl no. 2
The second shawl will be the one to go with the beautiful bright red dress my friend will be wearing during the big party in the evening. It has a few vaguely shaped flowers on the front in two more bordeaux-red colors.
Last week we went to “Echtstudio” to pick out exactly these colors and to have them make a “Colortwist” for us. Visiting “Echtstudio” is always a real treat, this time no exception! maRRose - CCC --- Echtstudio-01   maRRose - CCC --- Bridal Shawl no 2-01        maRRose - CCC --- Bridal Shawl no 2-02        maRRose - CCC --- Bridal Shawl no 2-05 maRRose - CCC --- Bridal Shawl no 2-03

Thanks to Kim and Christa for helping us in the excellent way they did (Kim even gave my friend a quick “learn-to-crochet” workshop!).
The pattern that Natja picked out is this one – a free Redheart-pattern, link here – and I’m happy with the test swatch I made (cotton, unblocked). I can’t wait to start this one! maRRose - CCC --- Bridal Shawl no 2-0413. Special Shawl no. 3
I’ve been asked by another dear friend and crochet-buddy to crochet a shawl in a pattern that she recently designed for a particular kind of yarn. Both pattern and yarn are to die for! Will definitely share as soon as I can!

I’m trying very hard to not feel totally overwhelmed and disheartened at the end of this post – it’s a long list, isn’t it?
Well, I’m just going to work my way through it, one step (or should I say stitch) at a time, hoping for some cheering on from you lovely people …..

Marianne xx