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." πŸ˜‰

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.
πŸ˜€


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.
πŸ˜€

 

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

Thursday, July 9, 2020

Macaroon Blossom Afghan | Crochet Pattern | Progress

All the "macaroons" are finished for the
Macaroon Blossom Afghan:
The joining has finally begun:
It took many tries and lots of playing to finally come up with something
 that looked like leaves to join the circles.

Next...a border...

Then, the writing and photography for a pattern release this summer!

I've been engaged with some

and I hope you have been as well!

Warmly,

Astri



Friday, July 3, 2020

Blush Blossom Pom-Pom Pillow | Crochet Pattern | Published


Another pattern that's been a long time in the making is finally done!
🌸🌸🌸
The Blush Blossom Pom-Pom Pillow Crochet Pattern has now been released:


You can find the new pattern by clicking on the following Apple Blossom Dreams Shops:


Ravelry  



The backside looks like this:

Front                                                 Back
 

Any yarn can be used for this project; however, the pictured pillow is crocheted with 
Scheepjes Colour Crafter or Stylecraft Special DK.

Sources to purchase this yarn can be found by clicking here, from my friend's site.

This is a new pattern utilizing the Blush Blossom Motif and Triangle Motif from the
Blush Blossom and Isolation Blossom Blanket.

This pattern is based on this Blush Blossom Blanket Pattern: 
The blanket pattern can also be purchased at the following Apple Blossom Dream's Shops:

and as always, wishing you lots of


Warmly,

Astri

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Blush Blossom Pom-Pom Pillow | Crochet Pattern | Testing Completed

The Blush Blossom Pom Pom Pillow Crochet Pattern
 has been tested and will be ready to be released on Friday, July 3rd, 2020!

Here's a lovely sample pillow by one of the testers:
Such pretty colors and color combinations. 

 This is a new pattern utilizing the Blush Blossom Motif and Triangle Motif from the
Blush Blossom and Isolation Blossom Blanket:

The link to purchase the pattern will be posted on Friday, but in the meantime:

The original Blush Blossom Blanket Pattern can be purchased on Etsy by either 
clicking on the below photo or by clicking here,
or at these other Apple Blossom Dream's Shops:
LoveCrafts

Any yarn can be used; however, the pictured pillow is crocheted with 
Scheepjes Colour Crafter or Stylecraft Special DK.

Sources to purchase this yarn can be found by clicking here, from my friend's site.


and as always, wishing you lots of


Warmly,

Astri