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

Treasury Tuesday

maRRose - CCC --- Treasury Tuesday, Crochet Summer Shawls-collageFinally summer has arrived in this part of the world and it’s making a lot op people very happy, and I’m definitely one of them!

Being able to live outside, even have dinner alfresco is such a joy. However, when the sun has set and it’s getting a little chilly in the evening, there’s surely a need for a shawl to keep neck and shoulders warm. So how about a “Treasury Tuesday” filled to the brim with crocheted summer shawls? Good idea? I thought so …..;)

I would most certainly have no objection at all to owning one of these:
maRRose - CCC --- Treasury Tuesday, Crochet Summer Shawls-01 maRRose - CCC --- Treasury Tuesday, Crochet Summer Shawls-02Hoping for many, many balmy summer nights …..

Marianne xx

Summer Shawl

maRRose - CCC - Green summer shawlDuring the past week I’ve made yet another “Summer Shawl”, one of the beautiful projects from the “Puur Haken”-book by Maaike van Koert.
Apart from the fact that I love crocheting this pattern and am really pleased with the way it turned out, there’s such a lovely story connected to this shawl – I’d like to share it here with you.
maRRose - CCC - Green summer shawl

After a dear friend – who ever so kindly supports my little business – bought the blue South Bay Shawl, she asked me to make a Summer Shawl for her as well.
She was not sure about the color(s) in which she would like her shawl to be made, so I suggested she’d check out the gorgeous Alize yarn, that I have become to like very much. She spent quite some time browsing Yarnstreet’s extensive website (link here) and fell in love with the Bamboo Fine Batik, the beautiful 4557, in dark and light greens, some yellow and white thrown into the mix as well.
maRRose - CCC - Green summer shawl

And so I ordered the yarn, noting there were only 3 skeins available at that time. Went ahead anyway, figuring new skeins would be in stock soon and I would order more then. But …… they never came back into stock, grrrr. What to do, what to do?
I knew my friend had set her heart on these particular colors …….
All of a sudden I remembered one of the readers of my blog commenting on a post about my first endeavours with “Alize” yarn. In the comment section she told me this yarn was Turkish and – referring to my writing about the difficulty of buying this yarn in The Netherlands – offered to buy “Alize” for me in Turkye (where she lived) and send it to me, should I ever again have a problem obtaining it!maRRose - CCC - Green summer shawlmaRRose - CCC - Green summer shawlSuch a generous and kind offer – I was tickled pink reading her comment at the time and debated whether I could take her up on this now. My first reaction was “no”, I could not ask someone to do this for me, but decided to take the plunge and ask her.

maRRose - CCC - Green summer shawl

Being the very, very nice person she is – she offered her help in a heartbeat, found 5 skeins of the 4557 Alize Bamboo Fine Batik and made sure they landed on my doorstep! I surely don’t want to sound all sentimental and stuff, but, really, the kindness – I’m honestly taken aback by Marleen’s generosity and could easily get emotional about it …..maRRose - CCC - Green summer shawlmaRRose - CCC - Green summer shawl

And my friend …… she’s very happy with her summer shawl and also loves the special story that lies behind its creation!

Marianne xx

Summer/Winter shawls

maRRose - CCC: "Puur Haken-shawl"Yesterday was a wonderful sunny day here in The Netherlands, so I got my lovely assistant out, and was finally able to make some photos and list the grey/black/pink shawl in my Etsy shop.
Winter in these parts of the world even has an impact on a blogger’s slash etsy seller’s life …. Too often it’s too dark to take decent photos – one more reason to crave for longer, brighter, and yes, warmer days!

Luckily I’ve seen some early signs of Spring during my daily walks with the dogs: yesterday I noticed some snowdrops. Although we were braving a heavy hailstorm at that very moment, just the sight of these elegant little flowers made me smile!

While shooting the grey shawl I realized I did show my “Summer Shawls” on Instagram, but never blogged about them, so here they are!
maRRose - CCC: "Puur Haken-shawl"

The first “Summer Shawl” was made with the “Alize Cotton Gold“, in a light pink (color 371). It was also the first project I made from Maaike van Koert’s lovely book “Puur Haken” (for more info, click here) and I so enjoyed crocheting it!
maRRose - CCC: "Puur Haken-shawl"maRRose - CCC: "Puur Haken-shawl"Pattern wise it was a nice change from the South Bay Shawls – another favorite – and not too long after the pink one I made this grey one.
maRRose - CCC: "Puur Haken-shawl"maRRose - CCC: "Puur Haken-shawl"maRRose - CCC: "Puur Haken-shawl"I used a double strand of the “Hema Fine” acrylic, hook 7 for the grey and black, and the last round is done with the same pink “Alize” that I crocheted the first “Summer Shawl” with.

Given the fact that it’s big and warm, it’s more of a “Winter Shawl” actually – I simply love how it turned out with the black and light pink border …..
maRRose - CCC: "Puur Haken-shawl"

What’s your favorite shawl-pattern? I’d love to hear, so please do share!maRRose - CCC: "Puur Haken-shawl"

Hopefully the sun’s shining today where you are too!