Treasury Tuesday

maRRose - CCC --- Treasury Tuesday, Red Crochet-03While there’s a howling wind outside, I’m in my happy place (my workroom), preparing yet another “Treasury Tuesday”-post.
I’ve so come to love browsing the Etsy market place, hunting for – mostly crochet-related – projects in a particular color, or with a particular theme. There are moments when I’m afraid to be running out of ideas, but no, there is so much creativity out there – not likely to happen anywhere soon.

Talking about creativity: I’m moderating the “Craft as Therapy”-feed on Instagram this week again – fun times. If you want to find out more about this community, there’s an interesting article on the Lion Brand website (link here).
The “Craft as Therapy”-theme I’ve picked this week is “creative challenge”. Did (or do) you have any creative challenges that you have overcome, or really want to overcome?

My biggest creative challenge was learning how to knit socks.
I’m not exaggerating when I say that for a long time just the thought of knitting socks scared me…… Ridiculous, of course, so one day when I saw a workshop announced, I signed up for it in a heartbeat. Really: what was the worst thing that could happen (well ….. dropping stitches, for example ……).
maRRose - CCC --- pink socks-01Anyhow: I had two lessons, a little help from my friend YouTube, and I did it! I faced my fears, and finishing my first pair of knitted socks made me in fact feel pretty good about myself.
Much to my own surprise I found out I’m actually enjoying sock knitting very much, and I’m now the proud owner of 4 pair of self knitted socks: yay!
maRRose - CCC --- stack of happy socks-03As to the new “Treasury Tuesday”, I’m holding on to last week’s “Valentine’s”-theme for just a little bit with these red beauties.
My two favorites are these – I love how the dachshund image is divided over the two potholders. And I’ve picked the second one, because I have a soft spot for bags ….
maRRose - CCC --- Treasury Tuesday, Red Crochet-01

maRRose - CCC --- Treasury Tuesday, Red Crochet-02Wishing you a great week, filled with lots of creativity, and maybe some creative challenges as well!

Marianne xx

Follow-up Friday

maRRose - CCC - Follow-up Friday, the overviewThis past week I’ve been putting the finishing touches on what I think is my very last “Follow-up Friday”-project.
It’s hard to believe I’ve actually finished those 13 neglected, half or even less than half ready works in progress, even if it took me 6 months to do this.

While doing the “Follow-up Friday”-stuff, I even worked on a lot of other projects in these months as well (I’m still easily side-tracked…….). And they too – much to my surprise – have been finished!

It all started with this blog post in July …….
maRRose - CCC --- Follow-up Friday collage-01So, at the beginning of this new year, a “Follow-up Friday” overview seems to be in place, and since it’s looking to be a lengthy one – you might want to sit back, relax, grab yourself a tea or coffee – here we go!

1. Crochet Mood Blanket 2014
Started in January 2014, finished at the end of September 2015 …..maRRose - CCC --- Crochet Mood Blanket-542. Bétaille Blanket
First little squares were crocheted in May 2014, the blanket was finally finished late August 2015.
maRRose - CCC --- Bétaille Blanket-353. Blue Socks
These blue socks were my 4th pair ever – finished in July – and I couldn’t love them more.
maRRose - CCC --- happy socks in blue-014. Harlequin Blanket
Along the way, I decided not to continue with this project; I did not like the yarn with which I crocheted the little diamonds. Still loving a harlequin blanket, so I’m sure I’ll make one sometime.
maRRose - CCC: "Tulip-blanket"5. Rustic Lace Square Blanket
Oops…… another one NOT finished …..
Since I’ve decided this is going to be a big blanket/bed spread, covering our 220×240 cm lits jumeaux (twin beds), it will be my “on going” project. I’ll need 110 squares and have 28 finished and joined ones, 3 finished yet not joined squares, plus 12 hearts.
My goal is to complete it during 2016!
maRRose - CCC - Rustic Lace Squares-146. The Simply Crochet Granny Squares
This is the wip I’m almost done with; first two rows of the border have been added, and I’m sure I’ll have it ready over the weekend. It was not that I didn’t want to wrap this one up – it’s just that I couldn’t come up with whát to do with the 29 squares that were issued in the app. And then they almost all had a different size ….. Thinking back to my “Homely Blanket”, I decided the only way to go was to make them all the same size, and take it from there. A baby/crib blanket is what it’s going to be.
After much deliberation (again…) I went for black as my joining color – a rather bold choice, but I really like how it’s turning out!
maRRose - CCC --- Baby Blanket Wynter7. Triangle Cushion Cover
I’m sure you know how much I adore geometric crochet, and I loved crocheting my “Candy Cushion”!
maRRose - CCC - The Candy Triangle Cushion-038. Summer Shawl
The Summer Shawl ended up as my “Les Tourettes Shawl”, after the little French village where I crocheted the bigger part of it. It also led to two new cushion covers, ánd a new granny square design, my “Abby”.
maRRose - CCC --- Les Tourettes Shawl-40 maRRose - CCC --- cushion cover Margriet-109. Potholders for my mom
These were a reasonably quick and fun make. I love noticing how they’re really being used too!
maRRose - CCC --- Potholders-0210. The “No-Name-Yet”-shawl
It ended up as the “Rosebud Shawl”, after the little buds in the border. Designing this border definitely made up for the boring part of crocheting the body of the shawl. It’s soft and comfy, and I love wearing it!
maRRose - CCC --- Rosebud Shawl-0711. Bridal Shawl no. 1
I so like seeing the new “mrs” for whom I crocheted this shawl wear it all the time – it’s wonderful when our work is being appreciated, isn’t it?
maRRose - CCC --- Bridal Shawl-Summer Shawl-0912. Bridal Shawl no. 2
The “Love&Kisses”-shawl is one of my absolute favorites – ever! I simply love everything about it: the pattern, the lacy border, the wonderful yarn, the color, and last but not least: the fact that it was a present for a friend who got married.
maRRose - CCC --- Bridal Shawl-Summer Shawl-11813. Special Shawl no. 3
This was a very special shawl indeed, the “Moya Star Shawl”! Asked by my sweet friend Heike, to test her lovely pattern (and translate it into Dutch), using some gorgeous Moya yarn – a very enjoyable project.
maRRose - CCC --- Moya Star Shaw-06Now, this “Follow-up Friday”- journey was fun…… However, I think I’ll stay away from collecting too many wips in the future, even though I know how tough this will be!

Have a great 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

A Sentimental Sock Story

maRRose - CCC: knitting socksAs the lovely people who follow me on Instagram en Facebook have already seen: I’ve been knitting my first pair of socks and I’ve been ridiculously excited about it.

It started when I saw a sock knitting workshop being announced on Echtstudio’s Facebook page, and I signed up for it immediately.
This particular workshop was divided up in two sessions, in between which you were asked to do some considerable knitting at home.
maRRose - CCC: knitting socks

Right during the first lesson – taught by very lovely and fabulous teacher Ina – I realised why I like(d) crochet (much ….) better than knitting.
First of all, and this is a bit of a catch 22, I’m a much more experienced crocheter than I’m a knitter. And secondly, dropping stitches like you can (and will) while knitting just scares the bejeezus out of me ……
I feel (or felt, I should say at this stage) extremely more in charge when I’m using my hook, as opposed to using two to five (!) knitting needles.
The whole key to this is – of course – experience.
maRRose - CCC: knitting socks

Well, thanks to all the knitting during, in between and after my lessons, experience is exactly what I have gotten and yes, some experience indeed makes all the difference!
By doing, making mistakes, learning from these and – finally – getting it right is the only way to go. Let’s face it: it was the way I went learning how to crochet too.
maRRose - CCC: knitting socksThe start of the sock(s) and turning the heel (so intimidating) was all done during the workshop sessions. All I needed to do at home was finishing my socks off by knitting the toes.
Yes, well ….. that took me three tries …..on just my first sock …..
maRRose - CCC: knitting socksApparently I’m the kind of person who can’t/won’t stop doing what she already suspects is totally wrong, because when trying to figure out how to knit the toe, the thought “oh, this sock looks a bit too small” really did cross my mind.

I was so focused though on getting all the decreases right in the right places – fiddly stuff working with 5 needles – that I simply continued. I ended up having a first sock – that did not look all too bad – but that did not fit my foot….. argh.
maRRose - CCC: knitting socks

Googling brought me to the “life line” trick and this is what I did while un-knitting the toe part. By that time I searched some more and found helpful video’s (here and here). My second attempt failed alltogether, but as we all know “third time’s a charm” and with a sigh of relief I tried my first knitted sock ever on: perfect fit! Proud moment, I can assure you!

I could not wait to finish the second one – just for fear I would mess this one up too, but no, this time I zoomed right through all tricky areas, including the toe knitting part and finally had a pair of home knitted socks, yay!
Pink socks-01aDuring this whole process I kept asking myself why I wanted to learn to knit socks as much as I did/do? I honestly think it has to do with my mom’s mother, my grandmother Marie, who – for as long as I can remember – was always knitting socks. No fancy socks, nor just for fun or because she liked doing this so much – no she (born in 1900) knitted them out of necessity.

However she never stopped doing so – not even when there was no necessity to knit them anymore.
Even in her late 70’s she would ask us, her grandchildren, if we wanted some of her knitted “geitenwollen sokken” (woolly socks in English) – one of my cousins and I were her best customers!

This, and having seen my own mother Lien – now 83 years old – knit, sew, cross stitch, embroider, crochet and patchwork all my life has definitely instilled the desire to create in me – something I’m so very grateful for.

She too – growing up as a teenager during The Second World War, hád to knit socks; the craft having been passed on to her by her mother, my sock knitting grandmother Marie.
maRRose - CCC: A Sentimental Sock Story - Lien and MarieThis photo shows both of them: my mom Lien holding a picture of my oma Marie.

I do have some recollection of me learning to knit using 4 needles in primary school, and my mom helping me coming to grips with sock knitting, but that never resulted in anything useful.

It’s a bit sentimental, but I feel I’ve come full circle in that I’m now able to do what I’ve always admired my oma and mom doing. Also I think it’s nice and important to preserve and pass on crafty things, even if they’re old-fashioned like knitting your own socks. And last but not least: it is plain fun to do – just browsing sock yarn (here, here and here) makes me all giddy.

It’s too early to state I have developed a new addiction, but I have started my second pair of socks ……
maRRose - CCC: knitting socks