ravelry-patterns
Amigurumi, Crochet, Home Decorations, Kitchen and Dining, patterns

My Patterns Are Now on Ravelry!

I decided to join Ravelry, because I want to share my designs with as many people as possible 🙂 My username is – surprise surprise – MatyldasBarn. You can find my profile here: http://www.ravelry.com/people/MatyldasBarn

I added two of my older designs to my designer profile, but I already published two new instructions.

One of them is the Spooky Crochet Ghost. It’s a free download, so don’t hesitate to try it if you like a little scare! 🙂

It might seem a bit strange that I designed a ghost at this time of year, but it was a special gift for my sister, who just happen to have “fear” in her surname.

I would say the pattern is for intermediate crocheters, because the bottom part and the hands are a little bit more complicated.

<< Download here >>

Spooky Crochet Ghost by Matylda's Barn
Spooky Crochet Ghost in all it’s scary glory!

The other pattern I recently published is called Betsy Crochet Coasters. It’s a revised version of my older design, which I sell on Etsy and in Crafters Gallery, Saratoga Springs, NY.

This pattern is more beginner friendly. The most challenging part is the head, but I tried to make it as clear as possible by including a graphic chart.

It’s a fun project for sheep-lovers and a great gift for farmers or people who like animals.

<< Download here >>

 

Betsy Crochet Sheep Coasters by Matylda's Barn
Betsy Crochet Sheep Coasters – revised version. Created with Lily Sugar’n Cream cotton yarn.

If you decide to give any of these patterns a try, don’t hesitate to write me with any feedback you might have!

Farm Life, Other, yarn

Fun Times at the Farm

As I’ve mentioned in my previous post, my parents have a farm. It’s not a big farm by any means, but it keeps them busy and I think it brings them a lot of happiness. I don’t know the exact count, but they have more than 20 animals running around, including sheep and goats. Right now, there’s a little bit more of them, because of the offspring.

I came back to the Czech Republic for the summer and it feels very relaxing to be home again. I’ll share some of the peace and quiet of my leisure days with you in the form of photos. Mainly because I love taking photos and I love to share them with other people 🙂

Matylda the Sheep - Merino sheep
I have to start with Matylda the sheep, because- well – it’s Matylda the sheep! You can read about how special she is in the About section. Matylda has two beautiful children now and they are just as curly and cute as she is. …Yes, I think sheep are cute. 🙂
Goat and the shepherd dog
Every time we come close to the animals, they come running and begin demanding food. I thought the pose of the goat in this picture illustrates that very well 😀 Of course our Australian shepherd dog has a lot of fun with this.
Cashmere Goats at Matylda's Barn
It was very hot lately, so the animals are trying to find spots where they could hide from the sun. Here is the cashmere goat Dorota and her offspring.
Bublina the Goat at Matylda's Barn
This goat cracks me up. She is probably the funniest animal we have. Her name is Bublina (Bobbles) and she is basically a pet goat. She will follow you everywhere, push her head underneath your hands to make you pet her. When she was little, she used to cry everytime we were leaving. Plus she makes these precious funny faces 😀
Funny sheep
“Oh, you want to take a photo of me? Ok, I’ll just casually lay my leg like that…”
Australian Shepherd Dog demanding a walk
And then there’s the dog.. “Hey guys…We need to go for a walk now… Please.. Walk now!”
Hand dyeing yarn at the farm
Of course, we never come home empty handed from a walk… My mom collected wild flowers to dye wool from our sheep. Don’t ask me how is that possible, but the color is supposedly gonna be purple. I know, haha.
Red berries
I’ll say goodbye for now with these awecome berries from our garden. Yum 🙂
Other, yarn

My Washington County Fiber Touring!

I went for an interesting trip yesterday and I would like to share some thoughts and photos from the event. Washington County in Upstate New York has its own annual fiber tour! That means a lot of yarn, all kinds of animals, friendly people and beautiful things to buy.

Visit their page for more information: http://www.washingtoncountyfibertour.org/

This year marks the tour‘s 25th edition. That’s a pretty long tradition, in my opinion! Unfortunately, I only had time to visit two places – the Battenkill Fibers Carding and Spinning Mill and St. Mary’s on-the-Hill. There was an interesting contrast between the mill and the monastery – one is a child of the industrial revolution, the other is a place of old traditions. Even the settings are very different. You can find the mill on a busy street in the town of Greenwich, while the monastery sits on a hill with beautiful calm surroundings.

See for yourself:

Battenkill Carding and Spinning Mill

St. Mary’s on-the-Hill Cashmere

Matylda's Barn display in Crafters Gallery, Saratoga
Amigurumi, Ceramics, Crochet, Other, Painting and Drawing

You Can Now Find Our Products in Crafters Gallery, Saratoga, NY!

Good news!

Our quality handmade products are from now on available at Crafters Gallery on 427 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, NY. I prepared a lot of new spring themed items for the display. If you’re in the area, you are most welcome to check them out!

Crafters Gallery
Crafters Gallery on Broadway street, Saratoga Springs, New York.

If you’re not from around here, you have one more reason to visit the beautiful Saratoga Springs with its old charm and character. You might also want to visit the local spa or come for the summer world-famous horse races. There is also many interesting shopping opportunities, some of them very old and traditional, such as the Putnam Market. My personal favourite spot is Saratoga Coffee Traders, where you can get coffee named Death Wish, which is just, well, awesome 😀 You don’t wanna miss that, right?!

Spring Collection by Matylda's Barn
Spring collection by Matylda’s Barn, so far. More items to come..!

Anyway, back to the products that are on display in the amazing Crafters Gallery. I hand-painted four new mugs, that will surely warm someone’s heart. There a sheep mug (errr, not a surprise there), a horse mug, a dog mug, and favourite – an old tree mug. The animals are enjoying the spring. Unlike us in the Adirondacks area who still wait to see the snow dissapear!

These standard-sized coffee mugs are hand-painted with Americana Acrylic Multi-Surface Satin Paints. They were left to dry for four days and baked later in the oven, so they should be dishwasher safe. However, since I haven’t tested these mugs over a long period of time, I would recommend to wash them by hand – just to be safe.

Spring Themed Mugs by Matylda's Barn
Spring themed coffee mugs, each one was carefully designed and hand-painted.

Since the Easter holidays are approaching, I wanted to design something special for the shop, that would be very Easter-y. So I naturally ended up creating bunnies. They are inspired by the very cute Rex breed. I used Lion brand Homespun acrylic yarn and premium polyester stuffing. The material makes it easy to wash.

Crochet Bunnies Amigurumi by Matylda's Barn
Hand-crochet bunnies by Matylda’s Barn. Original amigurumi pattern.

See more pictures of Matylda’s Barn products on display in Crafters Gallery, Saratoga Springs, under the article. If you’re thinking about a visit, don’t hesitate, there a lot of beautiful crafts to be seen in the gallery. From cute little sweaters for toddlers to wooden sculptures and paintings of Adirondack nature and traditions, you’re sure to be captivated by something.

Just like I was 🙂

Darla the Crochet Sheep
Amigurumi, Crochet

Darla the Crochet Sheep

This was one of the most fun projects I have ever made. Crocheting sheep is really fun, I really enjoy giving them a character, their own personality. Darla is a sort of confused sheep. In real life, sheep often stop doing whatever they are doing and look at you like that 🙂

I started to crochet from the middle, the stomach area. I continued up and finished the head. The wool texture is made of little chains, so you can only imagine, how long did this take (yes, a loooong time!). After I finished the head, I started to stuff the sheep with premium polyfiber from recycled materials. It’s easy to find poly stuffing, you can get it for example at Hobby Lobby for a fairly reasonable price.

After I stuffed the top part of the body, I continued crocheting from the stomach area down. I also continued to stuff the body. When the body was done, I crocheted the legs and “hands” separately, then sew them on the body. I did the same thing with the ears.

I embroidered the pink coloring in the ears and other details, such as the nose and eyes.

You can buy the original Darla here:

https://www.etsy.com/listing/517842719/darla-the-crochet-sheep-amigurumi

Darla the Crochet Sheep
Darla the Crochet Sheep
Amigurumi, Crochet

Matylda the Crochet Sheep

This crochet sheep I made reminded me of Matylda, a very special sheep that my parents own. Read more about the real Matylda here.

I worked with 100% cotton crochet yarn and stuffed the animal with premium polyester fiber fill made from recycled materials.

The item took many hours to make, because I decided to create the wool texture with little chains.

Matylda the crochet sheep would make a great sleeping companion or serve as a cute decoration of any bedroom.

Buy the sheep before it’s gone >> Etsy

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