Yarn Along – January

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)


Since finishing the Snow Child, which I loved, I sprinted through the Wrinkle in Time again, after seeing the trailer for the oncoming film. Anyone else excited to see the film?

Over Christmas, in an attempt to be organized this year, I picked up a copy of How to Bullet Plan. Brilliant for a complete novice like me. It gives a selection of simple lay outs and approaches. Ready to be tweaked and made your own. I can see my style organically growing as the year goes on, but I needed a starting point. I’ve now set up most of my bullet journal and feel very organized.

I’m also re-reading A Wind in the Door, as a convenient book to have in my bag when I’m waiting for children to come out of after school clubs, on these grizzly nights.

All caught up. What is everyone else reading or knitting? Big wave to all the fellow Yarn-alongers. Good to see you again.

13 thoughts on “Yarn Along – January

  • Thursday 4 January, 2018 at 12:00 pm

    Waving back whilst jumping up and down with excitement!!! What is it about Ginny’s Yarn Along – I’ve tried others, they didn’t seem to work. So glad it is a monthly meet up. Thanks for popping over to Wild Daffodil to say hello – you are always welcome. Here’s my link: https://daffodilwild.wordpress.com/2018/01/03/yarn-along-is-back/

    • Saturday 13 January, 2018 at 3:16 pm

      Good to have it back. 🙂

  • Friday 5 January, 2018 at 3:02 am

    Yay! Thanks for letting us know. I also have missed it. xx

    • Saturday 13 January, 2018 at 3:16 pm

      Glad to spread the word.

  • Friday 5 January, 2018 at 3:01 pm

    I loved that book, snow child 🙂 The knitting is beautiful – the twinkle lights are creative!!

    • Saturday 13 January, 2018 at 3:28 pm

      Thanks Karen. I really loved the Snow Child.

  • Friday 5 January, 2018 at 9:58 pm

    I made a sweater for my dad last year. As I started up my mom told me to remember that his arms arent the same lenght. When I measured it turned out that one is an inch longer than the other. I was pretty happy that my mom told me before I made the sleeves alike 🙂

    • Saturday 13 January, 2018 at 3:37 pm

      Good call. 🙂

  • Sunday 7 January, 2018 at 3:34 am

    I’m also glad that the yarn along is only once a month. I have read A Wrinkle in Time and really didn’t like it. I like your sweater with the lights. How did you do that?

  • Monday 8 January, 2018 at 10:25 pm

    Yarn along sounds interesting, I’ll have to take a look. I’m still loving your son’s christmas jumper x

  • Tuesday 9 January, 2018 at 11:21 am

    You are so talented Cheryl! I love that jumper and rightly so that it got a little mention at your sons’ school.
    I am trying to master crochet this year. It’s something I have been meaning to do for some time now, wish me luck!

    Thanks so much for being part of #MMBC. Have a fab week x

  • Monday 15 January, 2018 at 8:34 pm

    I love your jumper with all its lights! My kids would have demanded it stayed that way! They’ve had plenty of extra long sleeved jumpers, I call it growing room…

  • Sunday 21 January, 2018 at 6:25 pm

    Hi Cheryl, I’m not a knitter, but I have recently bought an animal crochet kit that I plan to give a go. I’ve only ever crocheted blankets and that was years ago, but I am looking forward to finding the time to sit and knit my little green elephant. I think it’s great that your son didn’t mind being called up front in assembly, my two would have died, but then I anything so fun… I hope your current knitting project is evening out a tad… I am a hopeless planner. I can have all the lists and bullet plans in the world, but sort write them then ignore them.


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