Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Isolation Blossom Blanket CAL (Crochet-A-Long) | Supporting COVID-19 Relief | Video Update

I hope everyone is doing as well as can be expected during these difficult times,
and that you are finding some comfort in the midst of the chaos.
I also hope this post will give you a little motivation to carry on with the calming rhythm
of crocheting a little stress away.
Crocheting works for me and my wish is that it works for you, as well.

If you have this pattern or some of my other patterns you may know about my videos...
so...
I made another one of those amateur videos chatting about this blanket/pattern and some variations:

Please click here for more information regarding this project/CAL.

We are connecting here, on Facebook or Instagram.
#isolationblossomblanket

Stay well and safe.
May love and hope find you.

Warmly,
Astri
P.S. If you are interested in this pattern, but this is not the right timing for you to participate
and you would prefer to purchase the pattern instead, or you have come across this CAL after
*April 30, 2020, the pattern is available as the "Blush Blossom Baby Blanket" at the following
 Apple Blossom Dream's Shops:



Saturday, April 4, 2020

Isolation Blossom Blanket CAL (Crochet-a-Long) | Supporting COVID-19 Relief | Update on Week 2

The Isolation Blossom Crochet-A-Long (CAL)
supporting COVID-19 relief 
week 2 pattern - (Granny Rounds and SC Edge) has been sent out to the participants.

So much heartache, I don't know what to write...
I'm so sorry if anyone reading this has been hurt physically, mentally, emotionally and financially by everything that is happening.
I do believe that it will get better.
I'm seeing and feeling love and hope daily and I hope you are too.

I'm crocheting along with everyone as I really need this project to calm my mind, as well.

Unblocked (I don't block acrylic) blossom squares upon this week's step completion.
(The edges curl up, if yours do this...not to worry...once joined they will be fine.)

Crocheting for COVID-19 Relief
Helping them, helping us...

It's not too late to Crochet-A-Long with us.
Please click here for more information
and I can email both the first and second week's patterns to you if you would like to participate.

We are connecting here, on Facebook or Instagram.
#isolationblossomblanket

Stay well and safe.
May love and hope find you.

Warmly,
Astri
P.S. If you are interested in this pattern, but this is not the right timing for you to participate
and you would prefer to purchase the pattern instead, or you have come across this CAL after
*April 30, 2020, the pattern is available as the "Blush Blossom Baby Blanket" at the following
 Apple Blossom Dream's Shops:

Thursday, April 2, 2020

Isolation Blossom Blanket CAL (Crochet-A-Long) | Week 2 - Granny Rounds and SC Edge | Supporting COVID-19 Relief

The Isolation Blossom Crochet-A-Long (CAL)
supporting COVID-19 relief has begun.
Week 2 pattern - (Granny Rounds and SC Edge) has been sent out to the participants.

 This week we are adding Granny Rounds and a SC Edge
 to the 24 Blossoms with Leaves that we made last week:

Crocheting for COVID-19 Relief
Helping them, helping us...

It's not too late to Crochet-A-Long with us.
Please click here for more information
and I can email both the first and second week's patterns to you if you would like to participate.

We are connecting here, on Facebook or Instagram.
#isolationblossomblanket

Warmly,

Astri

P.S. If you are interested in this pattern, but this is not the right timing for you to participate
and you would prefer to purchase the pattern instead, or you have come across this CAL after
*April 30, 2020, the pattern is available as the "Blush Blossom Baby Blanket" at the following Apple Blossom Dream's Shops:

Thursday, March 26, 2020

Isolation Blossom Blanket CAL (Crochet-A-Long) | Week 1 - Blossoms and Leaves | Supporting COVID-19 Relief

The Isolation Blossom Crochet-A-Long (CAL)
supporting COVID-19 relief,
has begun.
Week 1 pattern - (Blossom and Leaves) has been sent out to the participants.


 This week we will be making 24 of these:

It's never too late to join in on the CAL!


Here is all the information you need to help you get started:

By making a monetary donation greater than the equivalent of $10 USD to a COVID-19 charity of your choice
 or identifying an at-risk individual or center to receive the blanket upon completion, 
you will receive six weekly pattern steps for the CAL through *April 30, 2020.

Please note: Donations can be made to any community/country or to a global fund if preferred.
Please also note: If you are an at-risk individual, please find comfort in making this blanket for yourself.

Additionally, a Facebook Group has been created for CAL support and sharing:
"Isolation Blossom Blanket CAL (Crochet-A-Long)"
 and can be found by clicking here.

To receive the free weekly pattern steps, please send me an email (astri.bowlin@gmail.com) 
stating that you donated to a charity or your intentions for gifting the finished blanket (or both πŸ˜‰). 
Beginning on Thursday, March 26, 2020, and each consecutive Thursday until April 30, 2020,
you will receive the next step to complete the blanket via email.

The finished project is approximately 33" by 39" (84 cm x 99 cm) which
is a good size for a lap blanket and a perfect size to create the warmth and love
 of some healing energy.
You are welcome to join in for some "therapeutic group crochet"
 while so many are socially isolated.

If you are interested in joining in,
here is some information to help you prepare for the first step of the pattern:

A few words about the yarn...
If you are in a position to purchase yarn for this project; here are a few color recommendations:
Green yarn for the leaf round seems to really flatter the blossoms.
White or cream yarn as a background color (granny rounds, squares, and triangles)
has been a popular choice.
Complimentary colors or staying in the same color families also yields an eye-catching result.
Including the recipient's favorite colors is always received with gratitude.

Since this blanket has so many color combination possibilities,
it also makes a great stash-buster. Using random colors makes for a beautiful work of art.

A few words about that stash...

Perhaps you are someone who is wondering what to do with the ever-increasing mounds of leftover yarn. 
So difficult to discard...memories of beloved projects and gifts from the heart; made with love. 
Maybe this yarn; inherited yarn, yarn from that memorable purchase,
or a yarny gift to you that's been waiting for the perfect project or time. 
Could this be the time? 
Certainly, this yarn possesses an energy that new yarn might not otherwise possess. 
Could this blanket carry triple love energy? 
Love from past projects. 
Love with each stitch of this blanket. 
Loving hope for relief for those suffering from the current global challenges.

If this is good timing for you, please join us...

Helping them, helping us...

I look forward to connecting with you here, on Facebook or Instagram.
#isolationblossomblanket

Warmly,

Astri

P.S. If you are interested in this pattern, but this is not the right timing for you to participate
and you would prefer to purchase the pattern instead, or you have come across this CAL after
*April 30, 2020, the pattern is available as the "Blush Blossom Baby Blanket" at the following Apple Blossom Dream's Shops:

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Isolation Blossom Blanket CAL (Crochet-A-Long) | Supporting COVID-19 Relief | Test Squares Cushion

In gearing up for the Isolation Blossom Crochet-A-Long (CAL)
supporting COVID-19 relief,
beginning Thursday, March 26, 2020,
the pattern has been tested and through this process 
extra test squares were piling up so...
they were turned into a cushion for my studio chair:

It's not too late to join in on the CAL - it starts tomorrow!

 
Here is the information for the CAL from a previous post:


By making a monetary donation greater than the equivalent of $10 USD to a COVID-19 charity of your choice
 or identifying an at-risk individual or center to receive the blanket upon completion, 
you will receive six weekly pattern steps for the CAL through *April 30, 2020.

Please note: Donations can be made to any community/country or to a global fund if preferred.
Please also note: If you are an at-risk individual, please find comfort in making this blanket for yourself.

Additionally, a Facebook Group has been created for CAL support and sharing:
"Isolation Blossom Blanket CAL (Crochet-A-Long)"
 and can be found by clicking here.

To receive the free weekly pattern steps, please send me an email (astri.bowlin@gmail.com) 
stating that you donated to a charity or your intentions for gifting the finished blanket (or both πŸ˜‰). 
Beginning on Thursday, March 26, 2020, and each consecutive Thursday until April 30, 2020,
you will receive the next step to complete the blanket via email.

The finished project is approximately 33" by 39" (84 cm x 99 cm).
It is a good size for a lap blanket; with hopes to wrap someone in warmth and love
 and possibly a little healing energy.
You are welcome to join in for some "therapeutic group crochet"
 while so many are socially isolated.

If you are interested in joining in,
here is some information to help you prepare for the first step of the pattern:

A few words about the yarn...
If you are in a position to purchase yarn for this project; here are a few color recommendations:
Green yarn for the leaf round seems to really flatter the blossoms.
White or cream yarn as a background color (granny rounds, squares, and triangles)
has been a popular choice.
Complimentary colors or staying in the same color families also yields an eye-catching result.
Including the recipients favorite colors is always received with gratitude.

Since this blanket has so many color combination possibilities,
it also makes a great stash-buster. Using random colors makes for a beautiful work of art.

A few words about that stash...

Perhaps you are someone who is wondering what to do with the ever-increasing mounds of leftover yarn. 
So difficult to discard...memories of beloved projects and gifts from the heart; made with love. 
Maybe this yarn; inherited yarn, yarn from that memorable purchase,
or a yarny gift to you that's been waiting for the perfect project or time. 
Could this be the time? 
Certainly, this yarn possesses an energy that new yarn might not otherwise possess. 
Could this blanket carry triple love energy? 
Love from past projects. 
Love with each stitch of this blanket. 
Loving hope for relief for those suffering from the current global challenges.

If this is good timing for you, please join us...

Helping them, helping us...

I look forward to connecting with you here, on Facebook or Instagram.
#isolationblossomblanket

Warmly,

Astri

P.S. If you are interested in this pattern, but this is not the right timing for you to participate
and you would prefer to purchase the pattern instead, or you have come across this CAL after
*April 30, 2020, the pattern is available as the "Blush Blossom Baby Blanket" at the following Apple Blossom Dream's Shops:

Thursday, March 19, 2020

Isolation Blossom Blanket CAL (Crochet-A-Long) | Supporting COVID-19 Relief

You are cordially invited to a Crochet-A-Long (CAL)
supporting COVID-19 relief,
beginning Thursday, March 26, 2020


By making a monetary donation greater than the equivalent of $10 USD to a COVID-19 charity of your choice
 or identifying an at-risk individual or center to receive the blanket upon completion, 
you will receive six weekly pattern steps for the CAL through *April 30, 2020.

Please note: Donations can be made to any community/country or to a global fund if preferred.
Please also note: If you are an at-risk individual, please find comfort in making this blanket for yourself.

Additionally, a Facebook Group has been created for CAL support and sharing:
"Isolation Blossom Blanket CAL (Crochet-A-Long)"
 and can be found by clicking here.

To receive the free weekly pattern steps, please send me an email (astri.bowlin@gmail.com) 
stating that you donated to a charity or your intentions for gifting the finished blanket (or both πŸ˜‰). 
Beginning on Thursday, March 26, 2020, and each consecutive Thursday until April 30, 2020,
you will receive the next step to complete the blanket via email.

The finished project is approximately 33" by 39" (84 cm x 99 cm).
It is a good size for a lap blanket; with hopes to wrap someone in warmth and love
 and possibly a little healing energy.
You are welcome to join in for some "therapeutic group crochet"
 while so many are socially isolated.

If you are interested in joining in,
here is some information to help you prepare for the first step of the pattern:

A few words about the yarn...
If you are in a position to purchase yarn for this project; here are a few color recommendations:
Green yarn for the leaf round seems to really flatter the blossoms.
White or cream yarn as a background color (granny rounds, squares, and triangles)
has been a popular choice.
Complimentary colors or staying in the same color families also yields an eye-catching result.
Including the recipients favorite colors is always received with gratitude.

Since this blanket has so many color combination possibilities,
it also makes a great stash-buster. Using random colors makes for a beautiful work of art.

A few words about that stash...

Perhaps you are someone who is wondering what to do with the ever-increasing mounds of leftover yarn. 
So difficult to discard...memories of beloved projects and gifts from the heart; made with love. 
Maybe this yarn; inherited yarn, yarn from that memorable purchase,
or a yarny gift to you that's been waiting for the perfect project or time. 
Could this be the time? 
Certainly, this yarn possesses an energy that new yarn might not otherwise possess. 
Could this blanket carry triple love energy? 
Love from past projects. 
Love with each stitch of this blanket. 
Loving hope for relief for those suffering from the current global challenges.

If this is good timing for you, please join us...

Helping them, helping us...

I look forward to connecting with you here, on Facebook or Instagram.
#isolationblossomblanket

Warmly,

Astri

P.S. If you are interested in this pattern, but this is not the right timing for you to participate
and you would prefer to purchase the pattern instead, or you have come across this CAL after
*April 30, 2020, the pattern is available as "The Blush Blossom Baby Blanket" at the following Apple Blossom Dream's Shops:

Sunday, March 15, 2020

Apple Blossom Dreams Afghan Banner | Lazy Sunday Activity

This is the Apple Blossom Dreams "Flagship" Afghan:
On this lazy Sunday afternoon, I've been fiddling around with this afghan
 as I figured it should be included in the banner for the 
Apple Blossom Dreams Etsy Shop, 
being that it's the flagship afghan and all. 
πŸŒΈπŸ˜‰πŸŒΈ

I could not decide which banner to use:
Which one do you like?

One has been uploaded, but I'm not quite sure about it...

And the "flagship" pattern, of course, is available on Etsy



Thank you for joining me and
Warmly,

Astri