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WIP – Terribly Simple Shawl

So this is a super easy knit that I was inspired to do after seeing A Tangled Yarn’s blog post a few weeks ago. The pattern from Caitlin Ffrench got screen-shootted into my gallery and stored for a latter date.

I got bored and went rifling through my stash (mainly to see if I could justify buying more yarn – turn out that a no-go currently… damn). But what I did find was about 5 balls of cotton textured yarn which have little bobbles all the way through. Honestly, I only brought them because they were only 99p a ball…. Then I had no idea what to do with them…

…Until now.

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I’m going to be honest, I love the effect it’s making – the textured yarn seems to match up really well with the lack of any interesting knitting pattern – but its so uncomfortable to knit with. This is a knit that needs to be done, as apposed to one to fall in love with. This is the first me knit I’ve done for a long time. It’s going to be my first shawl and I will take it to work with me – the aircon is freezing and it’d be nice to have an additional layer to hand to wrap around my shoulders!

The plan is to increase the size of the circular needles every 10cm or so to see what happens. Should also mean the long rows knit up a bit quicker!

That’s all from me for tonight. It’s been a long couple of days and I need to get some sleep!

Love to you all and happy Knitting!

MrsKirstyHoll

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Craft Inspiration · Knitting · Pinterest · Uncategorized

Inspiration Update!

Ummm… so I went onto Pinterest earlier….

Found this circular pattern! How awesome is this? Knitted as well – which wasn’t something I would have thought you could do!

Idea is that you can do it in different yarns and different needle sizes depending on what you want to make (rugs, table mats, blankets etc)!

I may also have pinned about a million different Pokemon Crochet ideas…

Ummm…. Really need some new yarn? Honestly I’m going to have some space for it once I finish this scrap yarn blanket….

Off to actually knit something…

Love to you all and Happy knitting

MrsKirstyHoll

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My favourite items in my craft bag

Today I thought I’d share some if my favourite items that are always carried with me in a craft bag.

1. Pony wool needles.

With their large plastic loops, these have been super useful and so much more practicle than other yarn needles I’ve previously used.

2. Embrodery scissors

These are special to me because they used to belong to my grandmother. She can’t sew/embroider/knit or crochet anymore due to multiple reasons. But I hope that I can use these to inspire myself to be as good as she was.

Do you have any useful items in your craft bags? Please share below

Love to you all and happy knitting 

Mrskirstyholl 

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Blog prompt – Craft/crafting

Today I felt inspired by the wordpress word prompt...

I’ve always been into craft and crafting. My Crafting genius started early on… 

My crafting talents lay dormant for a long time though. I learnt some basic knitting stitches from my nan when I was 7 and spent my time knitting scarves for dolls.

From there I took art for GCSE. Which was a great chance to learn how to plan a project. I also had a chance to play with a number of materials.

I managed to get an A… so I was actully pretty good at drawing at that time. Although my skill has sadely decreased due to the lack of drawing practice in the following years.

Through the A level and uni years I unfortunately lost any priority for crafting. I did rediscover writing for a time (I had spent most of my teenage years writing fanfiction) and wrote a draft of a novel that is yet to be edited, but the yarn lay gathering dust in a cupboard.

The only crafting I did for a long time was this me to you cross stitch kit.

When I really get in the zone my cross stitching isn’t to bad. However, I do find this zone very hard to find and normally struggle to count the squares etc. My more recent attempts at cross stitch have ended in a rather botched attempt and corresponding reduction in enthusiasm for the project.

The craft of knitting didn’t find its way back into my heart until a couple of years ago. I’d recently finished a job that had really stressed me out and found a new one where I was much happier. As a result I wanted to really ensure that I kept myself on more of an even plane.

I picked up issue 1 one the art of knitting and I was completely hooked again. Within days I had subscribed and was knitting squares almost constantly. One of my early successes was a scarf (we’ll ignore the couple of dropped stitches) which I’m still wearing today.

While I admit the squares are still continuing, my confidence in my knitting has really progressed. I’m now knitting from proper patterns and feel more confident with trying new technical elements and more complex designs. With this constant learning process this is a craft that I plan on keeping at the forefront for a very long time. 

I’m also loving being able to knit for my daughter now. It’s so rewarding.

My current major WIP is a blanket for her. I’m hoping that will be done by the end of the month.

So knitting is the craft that constantly saves my sanity on a daily basis and is the subject of many of my articles on here. So also my muse as well 🙂

Going to go and smell my yarn stash now…

Mummy brain signing off 

MrsKirstyHoll

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What to Do with All That Scrap Wool

Note: I wrote this blog back in November. I knew that I had a lot of scrappy bits of wool that I doesn’t have enough of for normal projects and I thought planning projects while I was actually awake was a good idea.

So my husband’s dream (or dearest desperate wish) is that I find a way of using up some of that scrap wool I have stored upstairs. I’ve also got a lots of bits of scrap wool left from the squares that need using up. So I really need to look at some ways of using these up in super easy projects that I can fit around bubs.

Inspiration Job 1: I’ve had a variation of this one sat around for a while. But I think this one would be much more appropriate than the Dark Mark for a blanket for bubs. Because it will be made with a variation of wool it will be something for when bubs is a bit older – which works well with my knitting timescales for these projects!

The chart is from a crochet designer called Happy Hooker. I figures just swapping this for Stocking stitch rather that crochet should be the plan. I’ve ordered some 1m long 5mm circular needles – so hopefully this should be a project that should come together relatively quickly.

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Original Source of Chart Image – Happy Hooker

 

Inspiration Job 2: Buzzfeed is a dangerous place… I spotted this article from Buzzfeed with project ideas for left over yarn.

This project idea caught my attention as I already have the balls from another project from last year.  When I’ve finished putting them together I plan on hanging them from the ceiling in what will be bub’s room over the day bed. We’re going to be using it as a guest bed/changing table so hopefully it will act like a mobile for bubs to get distracted by while I’m attempting to change smelly nappies!

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Months ago I tried a test ball of wool for this one. So I know the theory and method works. I think this would be an awesome decoration for the nursery – especially with all the colours. When I’ve done them all I plan on using the remaining of my spray glitter to glitterfy the balls 🙂

This is a really easy project. I have some 6cm and 1.5cm Styrofoam balls (although I would like to get some more in a size between the too). You also need some PVA glue, scissors and any spare  yarn you have lying around! You will also need some thread to attach them and hand them - I've found some brightly coloured metallic thread in my stash to use!

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So here’s to having some actually time for crafting while bubs is asleep!

Tired Mummy Brain Signing off

MrsKirstyHoll

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Home Research – Knitting & Sewing Baby Patterns

So, according the the due date of early Jan, I have just under 6 months to go until the big event. This means I really should start planning as I am not known as a quick project finisher…

The plan is to find and plan out baby projects with enough time to get them finished before the baby turns 18!

This was helped by a hunt though a local discount book store where I came home with 3 books for under £10 (win!!).

So the criteria I need to work with:

  • It has to be Unisex as we don’t want to find out what the gender is before the big B-Day. Which does restrict the choice of patterns somewhat
  • Newborn or slightly larger size. My husband and I were huge babies and so I’m going to have to not think tiny.

Natural Knits for Babys and Toddlers  by Tina Barrett


This book is full of patterns with natural fabrics. There are some adorable patterns in this book.


This gorgeous sleep sack just makes me feel giddy. It’s completely adorable and I love the stitching on this. It’s looking like a head phone and focus project. But I think the final outcome would be completely worth it.

Vintage Baby Knits by Kristen Rengren


This book is full of patterns from the 1920’s to the 1950’s. There are some adorable patterns in here.


This cardigan is so cute. Depending on the colour, this is ideal for either gender. If I can get the sleeves to match then this would be perfect for a winter baby. It also involves pairing with some super cute buttons.


Although…. I think this one might be even cuter. The hood is adorable and I loved the diamond pattern when I knitted the diamond squares.

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Square 9 – Diamond Stitch Square.Pretty easy to knit, but you have to concentrate and not lost count on the stitches!

 Baby and Toddler Knits Made Easy by DK



This dino jumper is very cute and ideal for winter. My debate is do I go small for 3-6 month for the evening or do I go even larger 9-12 month for the following winter?


This diamond blanket also forfils my love of Diamonds. It looks beautiful in the picture. Being a winter baby, it will also be very useful. We’ve already been given a beautiful knitted blanket from a family friend – but multiple blankets are always useful when you had a small person that expels that much from both ends.


So, this is meant to be a knitted pattern. But my thought is that this might lead to the knitted fabric stretching – so why not recreate in applique and fabric? It would also come together a bit quicker and I have a fabric land about 15 minute drive from my house….

Sew! from Cath Kidston


This was a gift from a friend a few years ago. There are some seriously cute patterns in here. But today we’re sticking to baby stuff 🙂


Firstly, this mobile is very cute. However, I’ve found a few ideas for Harry Potter inspired flying keys mobiles… so I’m seriously torn at the moment with ideas…


This patchwork cot blanket is beautiful. But before I start this I plan on finishing some of my other patchwork projects… I’m still learning patchwork and I want this one to be perfect when it’s done.

Next Steps….

Well, the plan is to try and focus on getting some of my other big projects done before I get started on these. I’ve been warned that craft time will be rather limited when the bub gets here! So I’m hoping to use the slightly less exhaustion in the second trimester to focus on getting them finished!

  • Camo inspired blanket (about 2 1/3rd done now)
  • Patchwork quilt (sewn)
  • Patchwork curtains (which might become another quilt as we can’t decide yet if the boiler is being changed pre or post baby)
  • Patchwork quilt (knitted)

What’s going to make this more difficult is my very excited husband has already started deconstructing my craft room. The camping table I was using has been banished to the garage and items have been re-sorted to make room for baby stuff.

So time to take over the coffee table in the lounge….

Baby brain signing off

MrsKirstyHoll

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Ironing beads

So I was clearing out some stuff from a box in my parent’s loft (they decided to have a clear out!) and found a Flora tub full of a slight strange mix of Perla plastic beads. Along with a few plastic peg boards.

I’ve been at home most of the day chilling out, and spotted the box under my coffee table. The bead mix I have at my disposal is: glue in the dark, blue, yellow and red. Along with that I have a hexagon peg board, circle peg board and a star one. So not a huge range and rather creatively limiting.

A few minutes later I started hunting for inspiration on Pinterest…. There is a huge amount of Harry Potter related designs which I would love to try (none of which I have the equipment for yet… I admit to nothing).

So I went on a quick hunt for some inspiration on Pinterest and made myself some funky shapes.

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I did a lot of these when I was a kid. But it is so much more fun when I was armed with Pinterest. Search Perla bead designs on Pinterest… it’s dangerous, but the hobby is also very relaxing. Luckily, I’d brought myself a travel Iron and mini the other week for my patchwork quilting (need to get those squares to lie flat!) and so it was very useful today!

I admit that I don’t actually own a normal iron. When I attempt to iron actual clothes I usually end up adding more creases then I start with at the beginning. My husband does the ironing in our house.

So this was pretty relaxing. Definitely plan on doing some more of this in the future!

Baby brain signing off

Mrs Kirsty Holl

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