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:

https://matyldasbarn.com/2017/10/03/i-joined-the-kalevala-cal-and-its-beautiful/

https://matyldasbarn.com/2017/10/24/my-kalevalacal-progress/

https://matyldasbarn.com/2017/11/29/kalevala-cal-has-ended/

https://matyldasbarn.com/2018/02/08/kalevala-blanket-done/

 

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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:

https://matyldasbarn.com/2017/10/03/i-joined-the-kalevala-cal-and-its-beautiful/

https://matyldasbarn.com/2017/10/24/my-kalevalacal-progress/

https://matyldasbarn.com/2017/11/29/kalevala-cal-has-ended/

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: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/classic-mug-cozy

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).

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Abbreviations and symbols

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Graphic Chart

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For pattern support contact me at matyldasbarn@gmail.com

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.

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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
Milk?!

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

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Eden Cottage Yarns. Image from https://www.edencottageyarns.co.uk/

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.

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Meadow Yarn by The Fibre Co. Image from https://www.thefibreco.com/product/meadow/

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

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Lettlopi by Alafoss. Image from here: https://alafoss.is/collections/lett-lopi-wool-yarn/products/lettlopi1702

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

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Celtic Colours by S Twist Wool. Image from https://ysolda.com/products/celtic-colours?variant=31242111250

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.

http://www.stwistwool.com/


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?

New Knitting Project – Threipmuir by Ysolda

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.

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DSC_1391I 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!

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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.

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My ravelry project is here: https://www.ravelry.com/projects/MatyldasBarn/threipmuir

Kalevala CAL Has Ended…

…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 .)

Handspun Yarn by Matylda's Barn
Australian Merino wool – single, worsted

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.

Kalevala blanket by Matylda's Barn
15 blanket squares
Kalevala blanket by Matylda's Barn
I love the blanket square called Swan of Tuonela. But man, was it challenging! Pattern is by Arni Oksanen.
Kalevala blanket by Matylda's Barn
I didn’t fall in love with Nothing Conquers the Vuoksi at first, but it turned out to be beautiful. I love the lace effect. If you look very carefully, you might notice I did one row backwards 😛

Kalevala Blanket by Matylda's Barn

Kalevala Blanket by Matylda's Barn

Kalevala Blanket by Matylda's Barn

Have you ever crocheted a blanket before? Would you do it again? 😀

Do you remember how long it took you? 🙂