I’m thrilled to see that Ginny’s Yarn Along is back. I’ve genuinely missed all the book recommendations and knitting inspiration from everyone. Being a monthly link up this time, I’ll have more chance of showing something new each time too. No more “look I’m reading the same book” or “I managed two lines of knitting this week“. I hope.
So, without further ado, what am I up to?
I have one knitting project on the go. It is the adult hoodie that should have been finished for Christmas. It’s taking longer than I planned. I lost the wool for a while. Then I lengthened the first sleeve too much, which dented my enthusiasm. I still haven’t resolved the problem, but am ploughing on with the second. Hopefully it will act as a guide to the right length. I’m guessing that we’ve all seen the cartoons of people receiving grandma’s homemade jumper where one sleeve is longer than the other. I’m hoping to avoid this look.
Pattern is Hayfield 7256, using Hayfield with wool dk yarn no 701 Blackberry. I made a version for my 10 year old son, back in the summer. He loves it and we blinged it for his Christmas jumper day at school. It’s back to normal now. No cars or trees. Or lights! I think he found his one day of being lit up by fairy lights, more than enough. Although, he was quietly pleased to be the only one called up, to the front, in school assembly. He reckons that his was the only homemade jumper in the school. (I obviously didn’t get that memo)
As I scoured my list for an easy win item to cross off, a voice piped up.
“I know what I want to make.”
Whoosh! I’ll be honest. There are few sentences that catch my attention quite so quickly. Especially when uttered by one of my offspring. It’s neck to neck with the urgent injury announcements that pepper my life as a mother. Craft opportunities are more welcome, naturally. So, ears pricked, my list absent mindedly put to one side, I was ready to assist.
“I know what I want to make my sisters for Christmas.”
He’d found the book I’d been sent. The gifts in jars had caught his eye. He liked the ones suggested but he wanted to do something a little bit different. That was good. We talked it through. Aspiration reluctantly met reality. A do-able project was agreed. One vital ingredient was put on the shopping list.
In the meantime, we decided to try the book’s idea for gingerbread in a jar. Might work well as another gift idea. To be on the safe side, we’d better check the recipe worked. Plus, I’d get to spend time with one of my favourite people.
Each year, I intend to make a King Winter for our seasonal snow scene. Each year it somehow gets brushed away to one side. Not this year. Over the weekend, I pulled out my needlefelting needle and got on with it.
We are big fans of the Elsa Beskow books. They are sweet tales aimed at 5 to 7 year olds. The illustrations lift the translated text beautifully. In Ollie’s Ski Trip there is a picture of King Winter. The contrast of Ollie in his blue suit and the white of the King and his palace, is imposing.
Avoiding a completely white version, I decided to go for a blue coat for King Winter. The sort that I think he would wear when he strides outside, to survey his wintery world. Blending in with the midnight Scandinavian sky. I mixed a few shades of blue to make it.