My Fibreshare Experience

Earlier this year I decided to sign up for Fibreshare, which is basically an organized international yarn swap “(…)with a focus on fostering connections beyond the screen while contributing to the growth of the Fibre-community”. I guess my expectations were set pretty high because in the past I have seen these lovely yarn packages on Instagram and people gushing about making new fibre besties. This is not to say, that I was completely disappointed with the outcome. Some things were just a little bit different than I expected!

First I got the ever exciting email with the information about my assigned partners. Well, actually, there was mostly information about the partner to which I was going to send the package to. At that point, I got quite excited because the person seemed interesting and had a similar taste in yarn. Both of my Fibreshare partners started following me on Instagram right away so I guess I was lucky in that area as well. To me, what was a little bit disappointing about the whole thing was that the conversation or interaction between me and my partners never really went any further than a couple of formal emails. I did try, but I had the sense that my partners didn’t really entered this swap to foster some meaningful connections. Maybe the age difference played some role in this, I really don’t know.

I enjoyed putting together the package though. Based on my partner’s Instagram and what she wrote about herself, I had put together a special luxury blend of natural alpaca, silk and merino wool. I had spun this into a fingering weight yarn.

A luxury blend of alpaca fibre, silk and merino wool.
A luxury blend of alpaca fibre, silk and merino wool.
Handspun yarn
Handspun yarn.
The finished product.
And the final skein of yarn!

The package I sent consisted of Scandinavian yarns, one Brittish yarn and a few little gifts.

Matylda's Barn Fibreshare package

When I received my package, I was quite surprised with the content. My other partner’s Instagram was not revealing anything about her yarn tastes, so I really had no idea what was going to arrive. I was very pleasantly surprised with four really lovely hand-dyed yarn skeins, packed in a beautiful canvas bag handmade in Alaska. I’m still quite floored by that. Of course, I rushed to thank my partner and tell her how much I loved the package – in an email and in an IG post where I tagged her. Guess what. Zero response!

I’m not angry or anything, I just really don’t get it. Wouldn’t you be glad that your yarn swap partner loved your definitely-not-cheap-actually-probably-super-expensive package and respond…something? Maybe I’m just from a different planet 😊

Fibreshare package
Fibreshare package




All in all, I did enjoy my Fibreshare experience. Was it different than what I expected? Yes.

I didn’t expect much from the actual package, but I thought there would be a lot more communication.

Am I gonna sign up again? Yes 😊


Threipmuir Sweater Story

It’s finished! I started making this beauty in November last year and managed to complete it a week ago (Ravelry project here). There were definitely some obstacles in the way. My yarn had a different weight than the recommended one – it was a bit lighter. I assumed I should knit the next size up (L), but that did not turn out to be a good idea. I guess if you use the recommended needle size, the result can be very much the same as if you used the intended yarn. That is if the weight of the yarn isn’t too much off. I was using Holst Garn Supersoft (1.76 ounces per 314 yards / 50 grams per 287 m) while the recommended S Twist Wool is 3.53 ounces per 437 yards / 100 grams per 400 m, so I was basically off by 87 m which seemed like quite a bit to me. Correct me if I’m wrong, but that meant that the finished sweater would be smaller in size than it would be with the heavier yarn. So I was gonna compensate for it by sizing up. The finished large-sized garment was huge though! The body part was ridiculously big and the sleeves were way too long. I think if I made a dress out of it and wear it with a belt, it would look ok. But I’m not used to wear dresses that much and if I do, it’s in the summer – so no knitwear kind of stuff.

Matylda's Barn Threipmuir Sweater

So I made the painful decision that every knitter dreads and decided to frog the body part right up to the end of the colorful yoke. I also frogged parts of the sleeves to make them shorter. Did I mention the yarn was fingering weight? Looots of frogging 😀 Oh well. I knitted the rows in the bust area without any substantial decreasing. Then I started decreasing by 2 stitches on each side once in every 4th or 5th row about 4 or 5 times (I swear I never write anything down – insert an eye-rolling smiley face here). I knitted the body part a lot longer than the pattern suggested and didn’t increase for the hip area. I must say, I find it a bit strange that there was no decreasing mentioned in the pattern for the part following the bust area. I corrected the sleeves and then proceeded to add the neck band. I picked up the stitches and knitted the suggested rib for 5 rounds. I needed to cast off loosely because the hole for the head was surprisingly very small. I didn’t like how the finished neckband looked though, so I added another 5 rounds, folded it and attached it by sewing. I’m quite happy with the result now.

Lesson learnt – sizing up is not always the solution to a yarn problem.

Matylda's Barn Threipmuir Sweater

Matylda's Barn Threipmuir Sweater

My Kalevala Blanket Visited a Lovely Country House

Excuse the strange title of this article, but the Kalevala blanket has so much character I have some trouble thinking about it as an inanimate object. It was actually me visiting the lovely country house (well, more like two interconnected houses, really), which belongs to my relatives. The house is a traditional Czech farmhouse. I brought the blanket with me because I knew it would look wonderful there. I discovered it is not easy to pose such a large object in an attractive way for the purpose of taking photos of it. I thought it would look good on a couch, but then the blanket just kind of swallowed the whole thing. It tried to swallow the bed as well! I swear it’s a living thing.

Do you have any experience with posing such big interior decorations? I would love to hear about different ideas.

Kalevala blanket by Matylda's Barn
I could not fit the whole bed into the picture, no matter how much I tried.
Kalevala blanket by Matylda's Barn
My mom is on the other side of this blanket 🙂

Kalevala blanket by Matylda's Barn

Kalevala blanket by Matylda's Barn

Kalevala blanket by Matylda's Barn
The kitty was trying to sabotage my photoshoot. Or maybe she was just trying to tell me we had the blanket backwards?!

Previous Kalevala blanket blog posts:


Kalevala Blanket Done

I finished the blanket a while ago, but I kept waiting for the right moment to take pictures of it. That moment never really came, so I just decided to take advantage of the fresh snow. It was a very dark gloomy day and so are the pictures. I changed the border of the blanket and made it more simple because I was running out of yarn. I also didn’t use four of the blanket squares because the blanket was getting ridiculously big. What do you think?

Kalevala Blanket by Matylda's Barn
Me proudly holding my first finished crochet blanket!
Kalevala Blanket by Matylda's Barn
Me snuggling up the blanket 🙂
Kalevala Blanket by Matylda's Barn
Me not knowing how else should I pose with the blanket.

And some details of the blanket…

Kalevala Blanket by Matylda's Barn

Kalevala Blanket by Matylda's Barn

See my previous posts about the blanket project:

Free Crochet Pattern: Classic Mug Cozies

This is a very easy pattern that I created a year ago and now I decided to make it free. The pattern works well for a standard dollar store mug. It adds volume and warmth to it. I never thought mug cozies are much of a practical thing, but they definitely look nice as a winter decoration. You could put them on display in your farmhouse kitchen or use them whenever you feel like your mug needs that extra hug 🙂

Matylda's Barn Classic Mug Cozies

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Ravelry project:

What you‘ll need

  • Big Twist Yarns Natural Blend – color: almond – 80% acrylic, 20% wool, super bulky (6)
  • Stitch Studio by Nicole yarn – studio basic – 100% acrylic, color: brun, medium (4)
  • Crochet hook size K/10.5 (6.50 mm) and size D/3 (3.25 mm)
  • Wooden button by Sewology – 7/8 in 22mm
  • Optional: Classic stoneware mug (12 fl. Oz /355 ml) – you can get it at Dollar Tree
  • Needle and a thread to sew on the button.

Pattern instructions

  1. Start working with the almond yarn, use the bigger hook: 16ch
  2. 2ch, 16x Sc
  3. 2ch, 19x sc – add 3 sc evenly (every 4th or 5th loop – see the graphic chart)
  4. 2ch, 19 x Sc
  5. 2ch, 19 x Sc
  6. 2ch, 19 x Sc, fasten off, work the ends in.
  7. Begin working from the side (see pictures): 2ch, 3x sc
  8. 2ch, skip 1, sc,sc
  9. 2ch,sc,sc
  10. 2ch,sc,sc
  11. 2ch,sc,sc
  12. 2ch,sc,sc, fasten off, work the ends in.
  13. Use the brown yarn and the smaller hook to sc around the whole cozy.
  14. Sew on the button (see pictures).



Abbreviations and symbols


Graphic Chart


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The Spring is Coming to the Farm

Lately the weather was a little bit crazy. First it was snowing all the time, then it got very warm. And that’s when the first lambs were born.

Matylda's Barn - Sheep love
Motherly love

This little girl is so cute and lively! She follows her mother everywhere. I really love the photo above, I think I managed to capture the amazing motherly bond between them.

Matylda's Barn - Sheep love
So soft and cute!

The little lamb girl has a brother who’s quite a bit different. He is a lot less lively and keeps looking for food. My parents have to feed him seperately, because the sheep mother doesn’t have enough milk for both od them. This makes him very curious of people because he always suspects we have more milk for him.

Matylda's Barn - Sheep love
Oh hi, what have you got there?!
Matylda's Barn - Sheep love

Matylda's Barn - Sheep love

We also have new baby goats! They are just as cute, but harder for me to capture with my camera. They keep hopping around and it’s a little bit dark in the barn we keep them in for now. It’s too cold for them outside at the moment.

Matylda's Barn - baby goats

I’ll finish this article with a picture of how lovely the weather was in here.

Matylda's Barn - baby goats


Fibreshare and the Yarns I’m Secretly Dreaming About

Last fall I encountered some very interesting pictures on Instagram. Apparently, people were exchanging these cute little packages by post, full of yarn and other craft related goodies. That’s how I found out about Fibreshare which is “…an international yarn and fiber swap open to all crafts”. It seems like a great way to connect with crafters from all over the world on a slightly deeper level than it is common on social media or blogs. You get to know two people you’re assigned to based on common interests and tastes. I think that sounds pretty awesome, don’t you?

To do this, you need to sign up and pay a small fee. You need to fill out several questions about yourself and your passion for craft. After some consideration, I decided to sign up for knitting as it seems to be my focus as of late.

The questions made me think about my preferences and what yarns I’m secretly dreaming about getting and I thought it would be nice to share some of them with you.

If you worked with any of these yarns, make sure to comment and let me know how you liked it!

  • Eden Cottage Yarns

Eden Cottage Yarns. Image from

I’ve been drooling over Eden Cottage Yarns for a long time now. The colors are simply amazing! The company resides in Yorkshire and is using a lot of Brittish wool. It’s a sustainable, nature friendly business. The owner Victoria hand dyes the yarns in her own kitchen sink!

  • Meadow by The Fibre Co.

Meadow Yarn by The Fibre Co. Image from

The Fibre Co. was originally founded in Portland, Maine, but then it was moved to Cumbria in the United Kingdom. They have a very wide selection of natural yarns. Meadow caught my eye because of its rustic character.

  • Lettlopi by Alafoss

Lettlopi by Alafoss. Image from here:

Lettlopi is a famous Icelandic yarn, commonly used for knitting a lopi sweater. Lopi is a classic Icelandic yoke sweater. Again, the colors are simply amazing and it looks so airy and soft!

  • Celtic Colours by S Twist Wool

Celtic Colours by S Twist Wool. Image from

Celtic Colours is Irish yarn at its best. The secret to their amazingly bright and unusual colors is overdyeing naturally light and dark grey Jacob wool with the same colour.

There’s a lot more of yarns that I’m dreaming about getting, but that would lead to a veeery long article.

Are there any yarns that you’re dreaming about getting?