W.I.P update

Hi all! 

For reasons I’m not going to share, I’ve ended up having a lot of knitting time this week – Lilys fine just incase you were starting to worry!

But what that does mean is that I’ve finished the picture on Lily’s blanket! I’ve still got at least another 20cm of knitting and the border to go. But this last bit should be pretty quick. 

I’m really pleased with how its turned out. Slightly edited the design to make the top of the head rounder. That’s the additional stitches in dark blue in the pic below at the one end for the top few rows. 

So off to continue knitting. Will get the colour finished and border done for the top end. Then will pick up stitches to extend colour and do border for the bottom. So nearlly there!!!

Hopefully the next one for this blanket will be a finished object post… 

Love to you all and happy knitting!

Mrskirstyholl

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F.O. Crochet Doggy

Definately got the crochet bug… and definately have the blisters to prove it. 

Yes I’ve ordered a comfy grip 3.00mm hook from the local wool shop. I may have also come out with the equivalent 2.00mm hook, 2.5mm hook and a ball of Sidar variagated cotton prints DK…. 

O… and an order from wool warehouse turned up today. Cotton yarn from sugar n cream in lots of colours!! (Secret?).

So my crochet project this week was a little doggie. It was part of a freebie set from a mag… but I couldn’t cope with the acrylic. It kept fraying. So we now have a multicoloured doggie!

He sits up and everything! This little guy will start the collection of crochet designs I plan on making for Lily (I may have brought a pattern for a large cuddly unicorn for Lily….)

The aran weight cotton with a 3.00mm hook seems great for reducing holes. Although it is difficult to turn a cotton make inside out. I also recommend stuffing as you go because the lack of elasticity makes it really hard with stuffing at the end. 

Using the rest of the ball to make another alien to donate 🙂 Off to crochet while Lily has (finally) fallen asleep in my lap! Once the alien is done I get going on the scrap yarn blanket!

Love to you all and happy knitting 🙂

MrsKirstyHoll

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F.O – My first Crochet Project

Hello all 🙂

So this blog is pretty much Lily pictures and finished objects for a while. Now I’m back at work, my spare time is very limited. However, the spare time is being spent learning to crochet and some knitting – when I’m not cuddling Lily. I’m managing to fit in yarn related projects during my work breaks!

So in the last couple of months I’ve started to get my head around crochet – inspired mainly the Octopus for a Preemie facebook group. I have been trying to figure it out on and off for ages and it’s finally starting to click!

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It’s not perfect, but I’m pretty proud of it. It’s not going to pass muster because there are some holes in the legs – going to use a smaller hook for them next time. But I’m hoping I can use this skill to help premature babies.

It’s my first time using cotton yarn – Patron DK – and it’s really lovely! The purple colour is solid, but the pink is variegated and really nice to use.

Essentially this skills is another excuse to buy yarn – although the hubby will be told it’s a way to use up my stash… what they don’t know?

Love to you all, I spent the day cuddling Lily and we had a lovely family picnic!

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Happy knitting

MrsKirstyHoll

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Wip progress update

Hay guys, so this is going to be a slightly longer post. This has been an exciting week!

The last of the squares… 

So we are on the last stages of the patchwork blanket! After just over 2 years on this project I am seriously excited to be finishing it. Although, it has been a fantastic project for improving my knitting skills and confidence.

Here’s a few of the final squares…

So these were meant to both be the same… but I had some spare wool. So I mixed the colours up a bit!

I also managed to knit this 2 little ladder squares… the pattern is so simple. But I really love the effect!

While knitting the last square I took the time to organise and lay out the knitted squares. I’ve then piled each long row together and in that order I can then block them on the foam pads I brought last week.

This is the last completed square!!! After 90 squares, this is the final one…. *drum roll please*

I’ve set out the foam pads and pins (serious useful by the way in terms of being able to vary the shape). The pins are also really sturdy.

To dampen the squares I soaked kitchen roll in water and then used candle holders to help flatten the squares. This picture is of the squares after they had been left for 12 hours. They still need to finish drying. But hopefully I should be able to start sewing tomorrow! Plan is to sew one line while the next row is blocking. There’s only 9 rows and then I need to knit the border. The plan is to find some pretty yarn from the stash and pick up stitches for the border. Their wavy version is going to involve knitting separately and sewing on – which just seems far to much effort when I have so many other projects I want to get on with!

GIANT KNITTING

So one night last week (while Lily fell asleep on Daddy) I cast on the beginning of a blanket for her on those Giant Needles (24mm). I’m not entirely sure what pattern this blanket will end up being – I’m going to experiment a little as I go along – but it will be fun to see what happens.

Premature Baby Knits

So the background to this little number… I was knitting in the doctors surgery when a bloke struck up a conversation about me knitting and not looking at it. Then a lady next to him joined in. It turned out that she knitted at a local knit and natter group at the local Methodist church on a Monday morning (which fits in with my schedule when I go back to work as well – win!). They knit clothes and blankets for PremmieUK – with the baby yarn donated by a local funeral Directors.

This will be a new pattern to me, so will update as it emerges….

Star Wars scarf

This is the mysterious WIP that I started planning a good few years ago. I found the colour work sections in a blog years ago (sorry that I don’t have the links) and put them together to make a colour work pattern for a scarf. Initially I attempted a sample square working on the short side sideways in 6mm. I found this too loose and the edging of the image wasn’t great.

So the next attempt was longways down in 5.5mm needles. This was just that little bit tighter and the edging looked a lot better. I’ve already sorted out some circular needles that will allow me to knit long ways and work downwards. This should be a relatively quick knit I think and the spare black yarn will be needed for my scrap yarn blanket!

So I’m off to get some more knitting done while Lily gets some more sleep!

Here’s another big grin 🙂

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Love to you all and happy knitting!

MrsKirstyHoll

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Lily Shopping… Opps I did it again!

Does Lily need more clothes? No. But she has more anyway.

Mummy and Daddy went shopping again… To be fair we only go to Dronfield about once a year, so it was our first time taking advantage of their baby shops!

Our first stop was the adorable Tiny Tots Boutique (Dronfield). The owner was super lovely and super helpful. We brought Lily some beautiful outfits – although we were sensible and did buy bigger stuff. So she’ll look adorable while she’s learning to walk! I’m not going to say exactly how much we spent… but I will admit that by the time she’s big enough to run through puddles I will not be spending this much!

6-12 months

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The light weight organic cotton will make this ideal for the summer

12 Months+

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I was about to pay… then I saw this dress and I couldn’t leave without it!

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This was half price…. So it would have been rude to leave it behind….

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This dress is absolutely adorable. Enough said.

In an effort to then be slightly sensible in our financial decisions we then hit the local charity shops. These are up in the local civic centre and include a Banardos Children’s shop (highly recommend!).

Mummy’s purchase…

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Hoping to use this super chunky yarn to knit a miny blanket for Lily – using my super huge needles. So technically a Lily buy really…

Lily shopping

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Lily’s first moneybox

 

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£2.49!! Size 12 – 18 months. Also a super colour

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£3.49. This red dress is also 12-18 months and is seriously cute. 

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John Lewis dress are about £20 new. So for £2 this is an absolute bargin. Size 3-6 months – so Lily will pretty much fit this now. 

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At £2.50 with the original label still on it, I couldn’t leave this behind. I have a leather jacket with almost the same design… so when Lily fits this next year we’ll match!

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I love Quentin Blake. 25p!

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£2.00. We have the Gruffulo equivalent of this book already. Love the sounds and story combo. Also really colourful – so ideal for kids!

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£2.99. The joys of co-sleeping? This is now hanging over my bed…

So that’s a summary of our purchases for the weekend! Thankfully I don’t get much time for shopping at the moment so I don’t end up buying to much… Also back at work in April so I can then have less time and more money (for yarn food and bills and other stuff).

Anyhow… I’m off to see if my daughter has any space left in her wardrobe…

Love to you all

MrsKirstyHoll

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9 To Go! (Squares)

So we were away this weekend at my grandparents. They were meeting their newest great-granddaughter and so Lily got lots of cuddles and I managed to get some knitting done!

I managed to get 3 squares finished this weekend! Although I did pick the stocking stitch squares – so a couple of quick wins.

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One square looked a little bored so I did embellish with some cable knitting. It’s actually pretty fun and I’m looking forward to doing some cable projects this year (you may have noticed a few have snuck onto my to make list for the year…..).

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I have 2.5 weeks until I go back to work. Hoping to get the last of them knitted before then!!

In some exciting news the fluffy wool for the rabbit jumpers turned up 🙂 So I’m ready for them now. Its Sirdar snowflake DK and so fluffy!!!!

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Other post to arrive was the materials to block the squares in prep for sewing together.

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So in Lily news, she’s been smiling now for a couple of weeks. But I finally caught a picture of a Lily sized grin this evening 🙂 Grinning and attempting to stand are her new party tricks!! She’s also trying to crawl and roll over. So soon there will be no stopping her!

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Will post again about the weekend later in the week – we brought some really cute stuff for Lily!!

Happy knitting!

MrsKirstyHoll

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Charity Shop Finds for Lily

So on Tuesday (as part of my new get fit routine), I pushed Lily up the our local shop parade. Mainly with the aim of a Coffee once I reached my destination – a much required prize after the huge hill I needed to walk up to get there!

Julia’s house has recently opened up a charity shop on the parade up there. It looks fantastic and has a great range of clothes up there. I’ve already got myself a dress and Lily has had plenty from there when it opened the other week. But I was particularly pleased with my haul on Tuesday. So I thought I would share it with you all – as I am a seriously big believer in charity shops for baby clothes. It’s a really great way of cheaply buying practically new clothes for hardly any money.

3-6 Months

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This dress will look adorable with a long sleeved baby grow underneath!

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These dungarees are made from some really nice thick denim. I was so surprised with the price and I’m hoping she’ll get some decent wear from them as they look huge!!

6-9 months

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For a £1 this dress was an absolute bargin! I think it’s adorable and will look super cute with a set of white leggings.

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Both of our parents have dogs. So this was a T-shirt I couldn’t resist – especially as it still has the original price tag on it. It’s amazing how many baby clothes still have the original price tags on.

9-12 months

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Both my husband and I love dinosaurs. So this was not going to be left behind. It will be autumn by the time Lily fits this. Which will be ideal and so she’ll hopefully get some decent use from it 🙂

On the other hand, here is a super cute picture of Lily in a Darth Vader onesie that we got from Mothercare . The annoying thing is that I paid about £10 and I doubt she’ll get more than a month’s wear out of it!

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But she did look awesome at our under one’s group on Wednesday!

Not got much knitting done this week. I’m pretty sure we have gremlins in our house that produce washing. I swear I have spent every moment Lily has been asleep either washing up of doing laundry! It’s seriously starting to drive me nuts!!!

FYI – I really hate housework, but if I don’t then my house looks like its been hit by a (baby sized) bomb!

I’m off to the knitting and stitching show on Sunday. So keep an eye on my Instagram for updates from that and I’ll post my review of the show (with pictures of yarny goodness) early next week.

Hopefully I’ll get some knitting done on the train ride up to London!

Mummy brain signing off

MrsKirstyHoll

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