Knitting Memes

So I thought it would be fun to have a nose around the internet to see if I could find any good knitting memes. I wasn’t disappointed and I thought to share the best ones with you 🙂 Think of these as my Christmas Present to you!

This is a beautiful combination between Downton Abbey and Knitting… I agree with the notion that knitting should count as excersise!

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This one is definitely true – especially not to your significant other… They always seem to have issues when you try to add to it… Apparently when I can’t shut the lid any more I shouldn’t be buying more wool…

 

For People who don’t knit this always seems to be really difficult to understand. Especially during a large row!

Now this one is certainly true. I feel myself going a little stir crazy if I don’t knit at least every couple of days. Is that just me or is that everybody?

Hope you all have a fantastic Christmas! As always this has been an amazing year and thank you for all your support, inspiration and help 🙂

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Love to you all! This is me signing off until the New Year. I’m going to take some time chilling out while we wait for bubs. I want to spend some serious time catching up with knitting and craft projects.

Baby Brain Signing off

MrsKirstyHoll

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WIP Progress – Squares and Baby Blanket

Hay guys!

In an interesting an unexpected twist the focus and the travel projects have swapped places.

It turns out the baby blanket is an easier knit than I predicted, the counting required is limited and there are clues in the knitting as to where to stop and start. So this one is coming together nicely as it’s really easy to do while watching Netflix (Scorpian) or Now TV (Criminal Minds).

On the other hand the slightly more complex squares were apprently accurately selected. They’re currently involving lots of stitch counting – meaning I can’t knit them and be sociable in any sort of company! This is causing this stage of the project to slow up considerably. Hence the lack of progress on this one!

The plan though is definaltely working. I am now down to 38 squares to knit out of the original 90. So I have officially made it past the half way mark! Especially as a significant chunk (26) aren’t being accounted for the by the complex list below. So after this list is finished I’m pretty much on the home straight with this project! Although with bubs almost here (just over 2 weeks until my due date now!) I’m not entirely sure if I could guess a reasonable estimate for a time scale on this one!

Current Completed squares:

Pennant Stitch Square = 1 blue and 1 grey.

Grey – once I got into the swing of this…the 12 line pattern picked up a little speed.

Blue- I am loving this pattern in the blue 🙂 The contrast is much more visable than it was in the grey!

Step Stitch Square = 3 white and 1 grey

White number 1, 2 & 3 done 🙂 This pattern is actually pretty simple. Variation of a 4k, 4p in sets of 4. So, in contrast to the pennent square, this came together pretty quickly!

Now for the singular grey one…

Current W.I.P: 
Moss Stitch Zig Zag square = 1 white

Still Left on the Complex List:
Diagonal stripe square = 1 grey and 1 white

Zigzag stripe square = 2 grey and 1 white

Ridged striped with bobbles square = 1 teal

Diamond Seed Stitch Square = 1 grey and 1 navy

Moss Stitch Diagonal stripes = 1 grey and 1 white

On the other hand, the baby blanket is making some progress!

In the last couple of projects I have thankfully had lots of practice in picking up stitches – a seriously essential skill for this one! It’s what causes the effect of two directional stripes. I am also seriously thankful I made sure to buy some circular needles. This has made the project much easier to knit and store. I’m also really pleased with my wool choice – the colour contrast is awesome!


Baby brain signing off🙂

MrsKirstyHoll

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Project 333

So on the 15th December (which also happened to be my Birthday), a documentary I had been meaning to watch for a while appeared on Netflix.

Minimalism: A Documentary about the Important Things is a Documentary created and produced by The Minimalists. These are guys I’ve been following for a few years with the hope of finding some more focus in my life and really work out what makes me happy. It was finding their blog that helped inspire me to start knitting and blogging again. I love their work and just wanted to share 🙂

So their new Documentary appeared on Netflix UK on the 15th of December and – having had prior warning from their Social Media channels – I watched it while having breakfast 🙂  So a nice and relaxing start to the day. It was a really interesting watch though and it covered a range of minimalist type topics.

One of my favourite concepts is the tiny house movement. Essentially people change their situation so that they par down their possessions and outright by a house. The only drawback is the house is tiny, but they do still look rather beautiful.

Credit: tinyhouseuk.co.uk

For me, especially with bubs on the way, this really wouldn’t be a feasible option right now. But I do appreciate the message of not purposely buying x amount of space because you can afford it and just buying the amount of space that you actually need. The trouble is with excess space is you fill it with excess stuff and then what do you do with all that excess stuff…? etc. But the concept does have a slightly romantic notion to the entire thing and if I was single then I would certainly look into the concept – because I have no idea how a single person my age has any hope of buying any sort of home in this market.

The other concept discussed that I really felt inspired by was the 333 project. Essentially the aim is to only dress in 33 items for 3 months – the aim being to work out what clothing/accessories/shoes/outerwear you actually use and enjoy wearing.  So things that apparently don’t count towards the 33: sentimental items that you don’t take off, PJ’s, workout clothing and underwear. In my opinion that does make this concept a little easier!

With the prospect of a post bump body in the relatively near future, I can start looking into clothes that actually fit 🙂 So what I’d really like to do is out together a wardrobe that I really enjoy wearing. I’ll need smartish clothes for work and comfy clothes for home that I  don’t mind being covered in baby sick. After bubs is born, I’ll bring down the box of clothes that I’ve stored in the loft and work out what I actually want to wear again! From that as a starting point I can work out what I need to buy (although a lot will try to come from Charity shops initially as I want to spend some time losing weight in the new year).

 Baby Brain Signing off

MrsKirstyHoll

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W.I.P. Progress Update – Baby Blanket

So with the arrival of my needles I have been able to make a start on this awesome looking baby blanket!

So a quick reminder- this is is image from the pattern…

I decided to run with some slightly brighter colours… using the recommended Rowan 100% pure superwash wool.

Once I’d made a start I was really pleased with my choice 🙂

The pattern instructions are really easy to follow. Deffinately loving this pattern. The only major drawback is it is really repetitive. But the F.O. will be worth it 🙂 

Baby brain signing off

MrsKirstyHoll

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F.O. Blue stst knitted hat

So, armed with the acrylic wool in this freebie kit, I set about making this hat.

I love the colour. The wool isn’t brilliant though. But it should get me through the winter 🙂

It’s not a hugely exciting pattern. Mainly stocking stich – but I did learn what m1 means in a pattern! So a useful learning knit 🙂 It also turned out a lot better than my first attempt at a hat nearer the beginning of my knitting journey….


I really need to to find some nicer hat patterns with nicer wool!!

But that will be for next year…

Baby brain signing off 

MrsKirstyHoll

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A quick last minute WIP

So while I’m waiting for my needles to make an appearence I figured I could cross something off my To-Do list.

I got the yarn and the instructions as a freebie with the last issue delivery of my art of knitting mag 🙂 It would be great to actually be able to wear the hat while its still cold outside.

This is the really funky coloured wool that it came with…

So I’ve managed to cast on the base row of this pattern. Now to get on with some serious knitting!

I’m hoping this will be a nice quick knit I can do in a couple of days!

Baby brain signing off

MrsKirstyHoll

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How Many is too Many?

Sooo….. in the process of organising stuff before bubs get here… I thought that it would be a good idea to have a sort out if my needles. The idea being that if I want to get any crafting done it will be easier if I can find things!

I also thought I’d make use of my new shiny needle wrap that I brought the other week 🙂

So I have now spilt my needles by size in the relevant pockets. The yellow holder houses all my long needles and the blue one all my short needles. From experience, sometime you just need a set of long needles! 

My main weakness seems to be fates where I find a pack of needles for 50p that someone else doesnt need anymore!! 

There is also a thrid wrap with my double ended needles too… my round needles are in a box… although I plan on filing away the smaller ones in size order.

How have I ended up with so many? Definately an addiction! Will I end up buying more? Almost definately!

Is this normal? Or do some of you have more that I can aspire to? Do you have a better way of organising your needles? 

Baby brain signing off

Mrskirstyholl

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