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?
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 🙂
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.
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.
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.
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.
I’ll finish this article with a picture of how lovely the weather was in here.
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
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.
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 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 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.
Like always, I have a bunch of excuses as to why I don’t update this blog as much. You know, Christmas is coming! That’s always a good excuse.
But I’ve actually been a little bit depressed, because a package full of handmade gifts that I sent to US have apparently been lost in the mail. Anyway, that’s what I figured as it’s been a month and a half now and there’s no package to be found, even though it was sent by priority post which usually takes about two weeks.
I’ve packed a lot of decorations in the package, for example these two hand-painted horses.
I guess what’s lost is lost and I can’t do anything about it, but it certainly wasn’t encouraging. So I’ve only focused on my own long-time projects since then – I keep working on my Kalevala blanket, missing only four squares now.
I’ve started to knit a sweater for myself that I’ve been temped to make for quite some time. I bought Holst Garn during Black Friday sales and it’s so pretty!
I’m knitting a sweater called Threipmuir by an amazing designer Ysolda Teague. It’s inspired by traditional icelandic sweaters, but the fingering weight yarn makes it much more delicate.
…But I’m still Going 🙂 Today I was scrolling through Instagram posts and I saw someone has not only finished the Kalevala blanket, but is already finishing a third one! I’m just a little bit depressed by that 😀 But then again, I’m crocheting with my own handspun yarn, which I occasionally run out of and have to spin some more.
The whole process might seem a bit extensive, but it’s also very rewarding. I want this blanket to be as beautiful and warm as possible and I plan to treasure it for years to come.
I’ve also noticed that my skills are improving as I go – my hanspun yarn is now much more balanced and soft without breaking. I’ve learnt a lot of new stitches and I’m trying to learn from my mistakes. But let me tell you, I usually do at least one row do-over per 1 blanket square. It might be mostly because I pay only a limited attention to it, because I have a habit of watching TV when I crochet. It’s double the fun .)
I’ve finished several more blanket squares – the total count now is 15. That means 9 to go if I’m not mistaken. It’s getting to be quite a pile.
Have you ever crocheted a blanket before? Would you do it again? 😀
My most important project these days was a knitted cowl (Or a neck warmer? I honestly don’t know what the difference is. If you do, please comment.) for a friend. Some time ago, she fell in love with the color of the handspun yarn that was hand-dyed with indigo.
I wanted to be extra careful with how I use this yarn, which is precious for me for many reasons. So I knitted a gauge swatch first. I knitted a piece that was approximately 10 by 10 cm (4” by 4”) and I counted the stitches and rows. Then I measured how long I want the cowl to be, which came to around 57 cm (22.4”). Thanks to the swatch I could calculate how many stitches I need to cast on.
I decided that moss stitch would be perfect for this simple design. At first I wanted to crochet the cowl, but that would require a lot more of the yarn which I didn’t want to waste away like that. I also needed to make sure I had enough of it.
When I reached the middle of the future cowl, I started to decrease evenly. My friend wanted the cowl to be more fitted, but also to have a nice layered “drapery effect”, which is what I tried to achieve by decreasing every few rounds when knitting the top half.
I tried the cowl on and I was very tempted to keep it. After all, it matches my coat 🙂