Saturday, August 17, 2019

Four New Yarn Colors


Adding colors to an already splendid array of colors makes me so happy!

These are the new Stylecraft Special DK yarn colors:
Cornish Blue
Spearmint
Powder Pink
Toy
Aren't the colors pretty?

With the introduction of new colors, I make crocheted roses
 and add them to a poster that hangs on my studio door. 

For the original Granny Rose crochet pattern ( a crochet-in-the-round rose), 
please see my Etsy shop by clicking here.
 It includes an instructional video too! 

Just imagine the color possibilities and application possibilities.
Oh, how I love blossoms! 
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 Thank you for stopping by to see this pretty yarn
and

Warmly,

Astri


Friday, August 16, 2019

Blush Blossom Blanket in Muted Colors-WIP

I just simply can't stop crocheting with the springtime colors!

I have been obsessing over and chomping at the bit to try out the new Stylecraft Special DK yarn colors.

So a "Blush Blossom Blanket in Muted Colors"
 was just the ticket to cover both obsessions.

At this juncture, I have included two of the new yarn colors:
Toy and Powder Pink
(Watch out Spearmint and Cornish Blue...I have future plans for you too!)
And for once I don't have the urge to saturate with white; however, 
cream may sneak its way into this project.
This blanket is based on the Blush Blossom Baby Blanket Pattern,
found in my Etsy Shop by clicking here.
The only changes are the yarn the colors. 
Everything else will remain the same.

The blossoms are crocheted from my Stylecraft Special DK and Scheepjes Colour Crafter yarn stash.
I picked colors not too bright or dark.
Additionally, I chose flower colors that might be found in nature. 
I like the granny square as a diamond and I really like that there are only 24 of these blossom squares (diamonds) to crochet.
(Please note the pattern includes a plethora of step-by-step photos, as well as, video links for additional assistance.)

The rest of the blanket is comprised of basic granny squares and half granny squares (triangles).

The MC's (Main Colors) are:
Toy
Cloud Blue
Powder Pink
Duck Egg

The leaves are:
Pistachio

At this point, the border may include Cream, Spearmint, and Cornish Blue....we'll see...
I am making every effort to limit the yarn to no more than one skein of each color.

Stay tuned for the continuing colorways,

 and as always wishing you lots of colorful and

Warmly,

Astri


Friday, August 2, 2019

Farmhouse Rose Afghan Revisited

Since our return from Scandinavia in June there has been a lot of "settling in" happening at the
 "Koselig Hekler Hus"
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And that includes the rearranging of crocheted items, of course. ๐Ÿ˜‰

So the Farmhouse Rose Afghan was moved from the porch to the master bedroom.
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Additionally, various red, white, and blue items were gathered from other areas of the home
to create a color-coordinated crochet inspired space
and
a trip to IKEA for blue and white bed linens really
pulled the look together.
"Fresh and Flowery" 
is what I was going for. 
The crochet pattern can be found on Etsy by clicking here.
The pattern includes 20 pages of step-by-step instructions, 
with dozens of photos.

Sometimes, still, the afghan ends up on the back porch,
where it coordinates with the 
"Farmhouse Rose Barn Quilt"
The barn quilt design was inspired by the afghan:
and
a barn quilt has been installed on the front and back of our home.
It welcomes crocheters to the
"Koselig Hekler Hus"

and I welcome you to lots of
Warmly,

Astri


Friday, July 5, 2019

Stone Washed Apple Blossom Dream Afghan - Listed

The Apple Blossom Dream Afghan in Stone Washed Colors
 crochet pattern supplement
 is now included with the original pattern and can be found in my Etsy shop by clicking here.
Please note that in the event that you purchased this pattern before the Stone Washed supplement
 was produced, then please email me at astri.bowlin@gmail.com and
 I will be happy to send it to you at no cost.
This apple blossom granny pentagon mimics nature, complete with stamen and five petals.
It's fun and happy!!!
This afghan was crocheted in Scheepjes Stone Washed yarn.
An old-fashioned vintage look with a modern ombre feel.

A BIG thank you to all of who purchased this pattern;
it keeps me designing, crocheting and able to purchase yarn.
That is pure happiness for sure!

And to all of you,


Warmly,

Astri




Monday, July 1, 2019

Apple Blossom Dream Afghan in Stone Washed Colors

Border/Edging for the Apple Blossom Dream Afghan
 in Scheepjes Stone Washed colors is finally finished!
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I think of it as an old-fashioned vintage look with a modern ombre feel.
The "Apple Blossom Dream Afghan" pattern is available in my Etsy shop by clicking here.

 At this point, the pattern is written with Stylecraft Special DK or Scheepjes Colour Crafter
but once I finish writing this stonewashed version I will include
 the colors, yarn quantities, and placement at the end of that pattern. 
If you want to get started now, the pattern will instruct you
 with everything else and it includes four video links. 


If you choose to purchase the pattern now, but would like to make the stone washed version, 
send me a note (astri.bowlin@gmail.com) and I will forward you the supplement once it's finished.
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Wishing you a warm and wonderful summer full of

Warmly,

Astri


Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Back in the USA!

Home Sweet Home!
After three wonderful months in Scandinavia we are in back in the USA to the
Koselig Heklerhus (Cozy Crochet House)! 

I'm inspired and motivated by all that we experienced; lots of crochet ideas coming your way.

I hope you have all had a happy spring and lots of:

Warmly,

Astri

Monday, May 20, 2019

Mitered Dishcloth with Rose in Pastels

 While travelling, I've been working on a few small projects that are easy to transport. 
This one is my good old standby: the mitered dishcloth.
The pattern can be found in my Etsy shop by clicking here.
For this particular variation, I worked in both loops with a fingering cotton yarn, a 3.5 mm hook, and extra rows due to yarn weight.
Then a picot edge was added.
It's pretty like this, but if you'd like a little extra pizzazz from the garden, a rose is a nice touch.

Start with the rose pattern by clicking here.

Then add leaves like this:
On the back, crochet and connect eight 3ch loops even with the petals with a SLST.

In each loop (SC, HDC, DC, 2ch picot, DC, HDC, SC)
SLST to first leaf, leaving ends for attaching to the dishcloth.
Finish by sewing onto the dishcloth with the ends:

These make the best gifts! 
They can be paired up with a pretty and/or coordinating bottle of dishwashing soap or a dozen roses. ๐Ÿ˜‰
The handle makes it easy to hang for drying.

I'm looking forward to returning home at the end of the month and crocheting from dawn til dusk!

Wishing you all a day of dawn til dusk crocheting!

Warmly,

Astri
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