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29 Jul 2018

Belated 2017 round up

Once again I haven’t updated my blog for some time, November in fact, but in my defense Blogger wasn’t playing the game. 

After changing my browser to Google Chrome, every time I tried to log in it wouldn’t let me, saying I had conflicting accounts.  I’ve still not managed to sort it out and have gone back to using Outlook Express, using a temporary log in which is working for now but I don’t know how long that will last.

If anyone know the solution to this, a heads up would be gratefully received!

Anyway, as you know from my last posts, I was in the middle of making four throws that were to be Christmas presents for some very special friends and I’m happy to report that did finish all four in time.

The first two were patterns from Polly Plum’s Stardust MelodiesCal, which turned out to be pretty, textured, squares.




And the second two were made following the Kavala CAL.
I must admit that I found these squares a little more challenging but I was pleased with the finished results.

Again, you will see from my previous blog posts, that I had started to list the squares individually and write about the inspiration that each of the designers worked to when coming up with the patterns, and at a later date I will add those that I have not done yet.
But for now I’ll just show you the finished throws.





Another project that has been finally finished is the Peacock Throw that I was asked to help with, via  Helping Hands.    Back at the end of 2016 I started to crocheted the basic throw and a cushion, finishing it by  Feb 2017. 

This was then sent off to the other ladies who had crocheted and had to sew on all the Peacock feathers.

Finally this month I received photos of the finished project.


The final ‘fun’ project I have to share with you from the end of last year is the three Troll Hats that I made for my Goddaughter and her two girls.



Well, that it’s for last year….now to chatch up on 2018.

Happy Crafting!
(Whatever you passion may be)
Sue

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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!
Sue
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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)

Source


 
 

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!
Sue
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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)
Source
 

 
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.

Source
 

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


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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!

Sue

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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!
Sue
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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
 
Sue
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