Friday, October 27, 2023

Thomas Blanket | Crochet Project | Something Different

Hello! I'm back from a Southern Utah and Southern California camping adventure
 with spotty cell service; hence the lack of activity here.

An amazing trip, but it is good to be back home.

Camping is always good for some happy hooky time though, 
so here's a preview of camping crochet and the story behind it:

The story began last February when our 7-year-old grandaughter (Phoebe) 
and 9-year-old grandson (Thomas) came for a winter wonderland visit.


Actually, the story may have begun seven years ago 
when I made this Granny Rose Blanket for Phoebe before she was born.  
She still has it! Warms my heart. 

You can find the instantly downloadable pattern for the Granny Rose Blanket
by clicking on the following shops:

Okay, on with the story...
During the visit, Thomas asked if I would make him a blanket, too.
Can you imagine my joy at such a request?

I had no idea what to make as most of my patterns are flowers, so I thought I would start with colors and go from there. 
I asked him to pick colors from my stash and these are the colors he chose:

Stylecraft Special DK in Aster, Lavender, Bluebell, Proper Purple, Lapis, and Violet
 paired with Lion Brand Jeans Stone Washed yarn as the MC, 
although I think Stylecraft Special DK in Waterfall for MC would be good too.

Fiddling and playing with this yarn for a design that was completely different
 then my regular M.O. (method of operation) was fun but challenging. 
Eventually, I got it! 

Now to write the pattern...

I'm curious...what is your M.O.? 
Do you stick with the same thing that you love or are you comfortable venturing out?

Thanks for stopping by and I hope this brings you some 


Astri Elisabeth

Friday, October 6, 2023

Sunnyside Up Afghan | Crochet Pattern | Released and Available

The "Sunnyside Up Afghan"
pattern is now available!

You can find it by clicking on 
the following Apple Blossom Dreams shop links:

The featured blanket is made with Stylecraft Special DK (a DK weight 100% acrylic yarn).
(A similar yarn of the same weight could be used, but please note that a worsted or aran
 weight may be too heavy to fit some of the stitches into some of the small spaces.) 
You'll need one skein of each color and 2 skeins of White or Cream.
20 sets of four motifs in vibrant colors are included in the pattern,
primarily using shades of green (Pistachio, Lime, and Sage) for the leaves. 
Trimmed in DC row of White.
The afghan measures: 55" x 72" (137 cm x 184 cm)

Here it is with a simple border:
It's a flower explosion!

Thanks for stopping by and I hope this brings you some 


Astri Elisabeth