27 Nov 2017

Kavevala Cal - Lemminkäinen

We are up to square 7 of this epic tale and although I’m finding it challenging, I’m enjoying every minute working on it. 
It may have something to do with the fact that the stepmum of my good friend Tracey comes from Finland and when we were all away together in the summer, Kija was telling me a little about her childhood and how they had to run their village, with no shoes, leaving all their possessions behind.
This square is called Lemminkäinen and was designed by Mirva Nikkanen  Lemminkäinen is a prominent  figure in Finnish mythology and in the Kalevala he becomes a fusion of two war heroes, Kaukomieli and Ahti Saarelain.
Lemminkainen of the islands,
Warlike hero, Kaukomieli,
Undertakes to win the maiden,
Woo and win the Sahri-flower,
Win a bride so highly honored,
Win the maid with golden tresses,

(Kalevala poem 11, 61-66)

I think I had my thick head on while working the three circles in the centre.    I kept getting them twisted and must have frogged them at least four times before getting them to look right.

All the patterns of the squares for the Finnish project, ‘Kalvala Crochet-a-Long’ can be found Here.
Happy Crocheting!

Yarn used for my throws  - King Cole Melody Double Knitting
Throw 1 – Butterscotck – shade 3099

Throw 2 – Humbug – shade 1676

1 Nov 2017

Hostess of Pohja - Kalevala Cal

This square was designed by  Maarit Leinonen and represents Louhi, the sparse tooth hag who is leader of Northland.  She is a matron of Kalevala, a powerful witch and an enemy of Kalevala's heroes. 

Louhi, hostess of Pohjola,
Thus addressed old Väinämöinen:
"Know I other mighty measures,
Know I means that are efficient,
And against thy golden moonlight,
And the splendor of thy sunshine,
And thy plowing, and thy reaping;
In the rocks I'll sink the moonbeams,
Hide the sun within the mountain,
Let the frost destroy thy sowings,
Freeze the crops on all thy corn-fields;
Iron-hail I'll send from heaven,
On the richness of thine acres,
On the barley of thy planting
(Kalevala poem 43, 305-322)



Although the pattern says that this an easy square to make, I found it a little challenging and had to frog it at one point. I think my main problem is working with American abbreviations when I’ve been used to English but it's always good to be challenged, isn't it.

All the patterns of the squares for the Finnish project, ‘Kalvala Crochet-a-Long’ can be found Here.  
Happy Crocheting!
Yarn used for my throws  - King Cole Melody Double Knitting
Throw 1 – Butterscotck – shade 3099
Throw 2 – Humbug – shade 1676

1 Oct 2017

Crochet-a-Long............ you're having a laugh!

The Kavevala Cal   continues  and tomorrow we should be making square 12 of the 24 needed to make the throw, but for me CAL stands for ‘Crochet-a-Catch-up’  rather than ‘Crochet-a-Long’.

I don’t know if the problem has been that I’m making two throws at the same time (so twice the squares) or the fact that I also have a Stardust Melodies throw on the go, as well as two Troll hats, but whatever the reason I’ve struggled to keep up and am running a week behind at the moment.
So, when last we spoke, I had just finished square 3, ‘Birth of the World’.

Square 4, ‘Hidden Sun’ , which represents the story of Hostess of Pohjola hiding the sun in the mountain, is next up.  The sun peeks out of the mountain, surrounded by stones and moss.

Hides the Moon, no more to glimmer,
In a rock of many colors;
Hides the Sun, to shine no longer,
In the iron-banded mountain.

(Poem 47, 21-24)

The fifth square is ‘Big Oak, The World Tree’  and was designed by Maija-Leena Siuvatti.
I can understand why the mighty oak would have a place in this epic tale because when I see an oak myself and I can’t help but wonder about its age and all the things it must have seen during its existence and those things that are still to come.
Spread the oak-tree's many branches,
Rounds itself a broad corona,
Raises it above the storm-clouds;
Far it stretches out its branches,
Stops the white-clouds in their courses,
With its branches hides the sunlight,
With its many leaves, the moonbeams,
And the starlight dies in heaven.


More squares to follow later.
Yarn used  - King Cole Melody Double Knitting
Throw 1 – Butterscotck – shade 3099
Throw 2 – Humbug – shade 1676
Happy Crocheting!


6 Sep 2017

Kalevala Cal - Maailman Synty - Birth of the World

Here we are at the 3rd square of the Finnish, Kavevala
 crochet-a-long, and the square, called Maailman  Synty or Birth of the World, which was designed by Soile Olmari.

The mythology continues   :-

Bluebill has laid her eggs, it's time to incubate them and tell about the birth of the world.

Sits upon her eggs to hatch them,
Quickly warms them on the knee-cap
Of the hapless water-mother;
Hatches one day, then a second,
Then a third day sits and hatches.

I’m still continuing to crochet with variegated yarn and am fairly happy with the way my squares are turning out.

Happy Crocheting!



Kalevala - Sotkan Pesä ( Bluebill’s Nest)

The second square in the Kalevala Cal is designed by Taina Tauschi  and is called Sotkan Pesä.  ( Bluebill’s Nest)

The Kalevala saga  tells how Bluebill, a graceful bird, made her nest on the knee of the maiden Ilmatar, and laid six golden eggs and one iron egg in her nest. Bluebill´s hatched eggs burned the maiden´s feet and when Ilmatar moved her knee, the eggs fell from the nest, broke into pieces and got flung into the sky. These splinters of eggshells made the World:  Sky and Earth, the Sun, the Moon and the Stars.

Thence she flies and hovers slowly,
Lightly on the knee she settles,
Finds a nesting-place befitting,
Where to lay her eggs in safety.
Here she builds her humble dwelling,
Lays her eggs within, at pleasure,
Six, the golden eggs she lays there,
Then a seventh, an egg of iron.
(Poem I, 207 - 212)
The full verse can be found Here

The instructions for this square and all the others in the Cal can be found on Sari’s Blog
Happy Crocheting!


5 Sep 2017

And the Melodies begin all over again!

I really enjoyed joining in with the  Stardust Melodies Cal
and making the throw, so much so that I’ve decide to make another one.
As mentioned previously, this one is going to be made in shades for Grey and White, so it’s back to the start and the first melody,  Begin the Beguine’ .
 Closely followed by ‘Fools Rush In’
And then ‘Don’t Fence Me In’.
22 squares to go
Happy Crafting!
Whatever your passion may be

3 Sep 2017

Kalevala – The Finnish National Epic.

I can't say I'd ever heard of ‘Kalevala’ until a group of ladies from the crochet community got together and decided to start a Crochet-a Long (Cal) to celebrate the centenary of Finland’s independence from Russia.

Regarded as a national epic, 'Kalevala' is a collection of 19th century poetry, compiled by Elias Lönnro from Finnish and Karelian folklore and mythology.

The Cal creates a beautiful throw (I’ve decided to make two at the same time) and each square is designed around a different part of the epic tail

My squares are crocheted using variegated, King Cole Superball 200 DK, in Butterscotch (Shade 3099) for the first throw,  Humbug (Shade 1676) for the other and I used a 4.00 hook.

 In primeval times, a maiden,
Beauteous Daughter of the Ether,
Passed for ages her existence
In the great expanse of heaven,

O'er the prairies yet enfolded.

You can find the full verse here

The first square is called Ilmatar (a virgin spirit of the air)

Ilmatar is the maiden in the Kalevala poem, a maiden from heaven who has created the world. She was tired of being in the sky, descended to the sea and became pregnant by the wind.
The designer of the square,  Sari Åström, says this crocheted square respects the divine femininity of Ilmatar and her blooming, as well as the air of heaven and wind.

Next Step…….blocking!

If you would like to join in with the Cal, you can find everything you need to know Here

Happy Crocheting!