Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Apple Blossom Dreams Afghan | Crochet Pattern | 25% OFF

   The weekly 25% off coupon offer continues to week three!

This week is the 
🌸 Apple Blossom Dreams Afghan 🌸
Crochet Pattern

The pattern includes a stone-washed version:



And the original namesake colors:

Let this pattern guide you in making this lovely apple blossom afghan. Its fresh and soft design is also ideal for many applications. The finished size is approximately 47" x 62" (119 cm x 158 cm) which is perfect for napping or displaying. Cozy on up for cooler days/evenings or wrap baby snuggly for a stroll. Oh and think of the color possibilities!

The pattern is listed at the following shops:
(Clicking on these will take you directly to the pattern.)

Use the following coupon code at Etsy to receive 25% off:

BPAB25
The code and discount are good thru Sunday, August 9th, 2020.


Clicking on either photo will take you to the Etsy listing, as well.
Please note both patterns include both versions.
😀

The Stone Washed version is made with Scheepjes Stone Washed yarn and 
the Apple Blossom Dreams namesake version is made with either 
Scheepjes Colour Crafter or Style Craft Special DK.
Any yarn will work - just match up the colors. 

I'm still engaging in
and I hope you are too!

Warmly,

Astri

Sunday, August 2, 2020

Macaroon Blossom Afghan | Crochet Pattern | Test 2

The second test square for the
"Macaroon Blossom Afghan"
is in!
This amazing test was created by my virtual crochet friend
"M" of the USA!
I love, love, love blue!
It is so well-loved in our home, that every room includes blue decor. 

I am so grateful for the awesome testers that I now consider friends.
I don't know how to express how incredibly smart and kind they are,
but they are WAY smart and WAY kind and
my cup runneth WAY over!

Thank you, thank you, thank you from the bottom of my heart!


The pattern will be released this Thursday, August 6th, 2020!!!



As always, wishing you lots of


Warmly,

Astri

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Granny Rose Pom-Pom Pillows | Crochet Pattern | 25% OFF

Last week the idea of offering a 25% off coupon for the 
Original Granny Rose Crochet Pattern
was so fun that it got me thinking that I could possibly try to offer a different discounted pattern
every week from now through the end of the year.
(Wow, that's tough for a commitmentphobe!)
Keep in mind that the keyword here is "try." 😉

Well, at least I'm super committed this week and here's this week's pattern:

🌸 Granny Rose Pom-Pom Pillows 🌸

Two similar pillows with different pom-pom trim. 


I like the way they look on the rocking chair handed down from the NVO's grandmother...

and I like the way they look on the ottoman...

 or on the stairs...

ooooo...gingham is good too...

 but mostly I like them with the black and white IKEA pillows:

 This is what the back of the pillows look like:
A couple of big granny squares!

The pattern is listed at the following shops:
(Clicking on these will take you directly to the pattern.)

Use the following coupon code at Etsy to receive 25% off:

BPPP25
The code and discount are good thru Sunday, August, 2nd, 2020.


Clicking on this photo will take you to the Etsy listing, as well.
😀


I'm still reeling in happy colors and
and I hope you are too!

Warmly,

Astri


Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Crochet for Billy Goat or Billy the Kid | Introduction

After many years of hoping and trying, our son and his beautiful wife
 are having their first child in December 2020.
It's a boy and his name is Billy.

Our DIL has an affinity for goats that
started during our Traditional Norwegian Romjul 
(the time of celebration between Christmas and New Years Day) 
in which goats play a big part...
the *Julbok (Yule Goat) ) if you will.
She loved this tradition so much she even got a goat tattoo???
Oh well, "kids" these days!

From now until then I thought it would be fun to crochet something silly and fun.
A toy for Billy with a Billy Goat theme...

so this adorable goat was acquired for this project:
Isn't he cute?

So now it's time to start crocheting for this little guy!

So far, I've made this little blanket for Billy:
 It was a test from the 
Macaroon Blossom Blanket:
What to make next?
Any ideas?

Oh and here are a few members of the Motley Crew one Romjul:

Thanks for stopping by and checking out the lasted crochet antics!

Wishing you 
Happy Times 
and 

Warmly,

Astri


*From Wikipedia: "The Yule goat is a Scandinavian and Northern European Yule and Christmas symbol and tradition. Its origin may be Germanic pagan and has existed in many variants during Scandinavian history. Modern representations of the Yule goat are typically made of straw."



Monday, July 27, 2020

Macaroon Blossom Afghan | Crochet Pattern | Test

The first test square for the
"Macaroon Blossom Afghan"
is in!
This test is by the lovely "K" of Australia!
My oh my, the colors she chose to pair with the black and white are fabulous! 
She even used a local yarn from Nundle Woollen Mill!
I love that!



A few more tests will come in this week and then to release the pattern early August!

As always, wishing you lots of



Warmly,

Astri

Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Granny Rose | Crochet Pattern | 25% OFF Coupon


Do you remember this blanket from nearly a decade ago?

Well, I was organizing in my studio a bit today and ran across it at the bottom of one of those 
BIG blue containers.
The colors made me smile and feel happy inside!

So, I thought it might be fun to revisit this pattern by taking a few new photos
and offering a 25% discount on the pattern.

The pattern is listed at the following shops:
(Clicking on these will take you directly to the pattern.)

Use the following coupon code at Etsy to receive 25% off:

BPGR25
The code and discount is good thru Sunday July, 26th, 2020.

Clicking on this photo will take you to the Etsy listing, as well.
😀

 

Back in the day, I made this afghan following my own CAL! haha
For all those old posts and the details on this blanket start by clicking here.

I'm still reeling in happy colors and
and I hope you are too!

Warmly,

Astri


Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Macaroon Blossom Afghan | Crochet Pattern | Border Progress

The border/edging/frame for the 
"Macaroon Blossom Afghan"
has been designed and implemented:
 I wanted something that looked like flower buds and leaves. 
 
The goal was to make sure that as much of the leftover yarn as possible was used. 
In order to accomplish this the leftover yarn was divided into two piles: 
1) leaf colors and 2) bud colors 
then each color was used for its respective purpose until it ran out and then the next color. 
No counting out buds and leaves or weighing, measuring, and calculating the yarn amounts. 
 Easy, fun, and practical!

Now, back to the writing, photographing, and videotaping of the pattern, to publish next month!

As always, wishing you lots of



Warmly,

Astri