“Traveler’s Notebook”

maRRose - CCC --- Misc and De Hallen Amsterdam-55Correct me if I’m wrong, but you’ve surely all been to a buffet before.
The question is: have you ever been to a paper buffet?
Today I had the privilege to do just that, choosing from a wealth of gorgeous paper, that was to go in my very own spiral bound notebook – and I can assure you this buffet was pretty darn delicious (as well as good for the waist line)!

Personally, I love notebooks – and own quite a lot of them. They’re all put to good use – you know, I’m at a stage in my life that I really need to write things down, otherwise I forget…..
maRRose - CCC --- Miscellaneous-Misc -Traveler's Notebook-41So you can imagine my enthusiasm when I received an invitation to attend the special “Traveler’s Company Caravan Event” that the wonderful Amsterdam based store “Miscellaneous” hosted this weekend.
maRRose - CCC --- Miscellaneous-Misc -Traveler's Notebook-45 maRRose - CCC --- Miscellaneous-Misc -Traveler's Notebook-44It meant I could hand pick both cover, contents and spiral ring, thus assembling my own very unique spiral bound notebook. One of the craftsmen of the “Traveler’s Company”‘s creative team bound my one of a kind notebook right there and then – really so much fun to watch.
maRRose - CCC --- Miscellaneous-Misc -Traveler's Notebook-43Very happy to add this special notebook to my collection ……
maRRose - CCC --- Traveler's Notebook-10And browsing the gorgeous store while I was there, was not exactly a burden either; “Miscellaneous” truly lives up to the statement on their website: “Refined goods for the home and desk”.
maRRose - CCC --- Miscellaneous-Misc -Traveler's Notebook-40 maRRose - CCC --- Miscellaneous-Misc -Traveler's Notebook-42A quick stop at the “De Hallen Amsterdam” – right around the corner from “Misc” – proved to be a good decision as well, as you can see: I ran into lovely homespun dyed yarns and even some spunky crochet and knitwear!
maRRose - CCC --- De Hallen Amsterdam-11 maRRose - CCC --- De Hallen Amsterdam-10The yarn is from “Undercover Otter”, and the crocheted and knitted coats and skirts are from Rags & Bone.
Thijs Verhaar is the designer of the gorgeous (merino!) scarfs (bottom right).

All in all an unexpected well spent and definitely fun Saturday afternoon!

Marianne xx

PS: you can still attend the “Traveler’s Company Caravan Event”
November 8 (12:00 – 6:00 pm) “Miscellaneous”, Amsterdam;
November 10-11, 2015 “ACE HOTEL” London/UK;
November 13-14, 2015, “LUIBAN” Berlin/Germany.

Follow-up Friday

maRRose - CCC --- Carter's Chevron Blanket-02You know that it’s not been an extremely good week crochet-wise when you have to think really hard, trying to come up with projects worked on during the past week (let alone projects that were finished)…..

Nonetheless, it was mostly a fun filled week, kicked off with a delightful yarny trip with lovely Miriam.
Our first stop was at “Wol” in Haarlem – we felt like kids in a candy store!
maRRose - CCC --- yarnlove-26 maRRose - CCC --- yarnlove-25And look what gorgeous purchases I made ……(please do notice too how well I restrained myself)…..
maRRose - CCC --- yarnlove-03It being market day here in Amstelveen, Miriam couldn’t possibly go home without visiting the famous “Wolman”, who carries a lot of my beloved “Alize”. It was there that I decided to get the first balls to – finally – begin Carter’s Chevron Blanket: three shades of grey, black, and a beautiful teal, all “Alize Superlana Midi” – a mix of acrylic (75%) and wool, supersoft and wonderful to crochet with.

The pattern I’m using is Ilaria Chiaratti‘s, to be found in the “Mollie Haken” book that I’ve had for a while (English equivalent here). It’s a fantastic project to be working on!
maRRose - CCC --- yarnlove-09maRRose - CCC --- Carter's Chevron BlanketmaRRose - CCC --- Carter's Chevron Blanket-05Not crochet related at all, but at least as much pleasant and interesting, was a visit to the current Keith Haring exposition in the Kunsthal in Rotterdam with Quinn last weekend.
maRRose - CCC --- Keith Haring-Kunsthal-2015-20 maRRose - CCC --- Keith Haring-Kunsthal-2015-21We both enjoyed this exhibit tremendously, and we can highly recommend your going there!
I love Haring’s statement: “Art is for Everybody” – so true!
maRRose - CCC --- Keith Haring-Kunsthal-2015-13This week’s best news, however, is how well Carter’s foot is healing. Tuesday’s x-rays showed all hardware (plate, 2 pins, 7 screws) is still positioned perfectly, and the pieces of bone (taken from his hip early September) are growing nicely into place.
This resulted in him getting a cast and two crutches, with which he’s allowed to try and “walk”. To see him standing on two feet again after more than 3 months sure was a joyous moment……

Wishing you all a very happy weekend,
Marianne xx

Treasury Tuesday

maRRose - CCC --- Treasury Tuesday, Luscious Yarn-03When I first started crocheting again in 2010 the pattern I went for was a very basic granny square – a good choice for someone who had only crocheted one project some 40 years earlier.
Lucy’s wonderful website (Attic24, link here) turned out to be very helpful; her granny square tutorial gave me the confidence I could do this and so all I needed now was yarn. Off to “De Wolman” on my weekly market I went. It must have been the fabulous range of gorgeous colors that drew me to his selection of cottons (“Steinbach”, no longer available here), and I remember feeling like a kid in a candy store.

Later on I found my beloved Katia (as well as Catania, Phildar, Cotone, Rico) and I so enjoyed working with these cottons it never occurred to me that it would be fun too to crochet with other yarns.
That is until 2 or 3 years ago, when I discovered another favorite of mine, Alize! Ah ….. I love experimenting with their yarns as well!

So right now my problems are not restricted to having too little time and too many ideas to create lovely projects, there’s the added …. eum ….. challenge of what yarn to pick for which project. As I found out when crocheting the “Dijon”-blanket and -cushion (here and here): one pattern, two yarns and a totally different look!

Finding these luscious hand spun yarns for this week’s Treasury Tuesday is definitely not making things easier ……..;)

These two pretties are on my wish list:
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Which ones would you put on yours?

Have a great week!
Marianne xx