Crochet · Inspiration from others

Inspiration Update – Crochet

I thought I’d start having a hunt through my Pinterest feed and share/find some inspiration. I wanted to inspire myself – and potentially you as well 🙂 I’ve been collecting on a DIY/Crochet board for years and never made any of it. Going to add my favourites to my to-make  list for the year/next year.

I’d love to make one of these grid blankets out of small crochet squares using this design:

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  1. Pikachu Blanket
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    Pikachu Grid Pattern

    I am a huge pokemon fan. But this might end up being a gift I think.

2.  Science Themed

Awesome cross stitch pattern by ThuHadesign

This comes from here

This one might be a 2 at a time make. One for a friend and one for my daughter.

3. Harry Potter

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I think this one is pretty cool. However, it’s got to much going on. At some point I might take elements from this for something.

4. Doctor Who.

Dr Who Christmas Jumper Knitting Pattern
A frequently nerdy craft blog

If you did just decided to go with 2 colours for this in Stocking stitch, this could be a really cool finished make. But I would then have to consider backing it – possibly with some sort of soft fabric – because it’ll get strandy at the back.

5. Tetris

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Now this would still need some figuring out. But with the blocked crochet and white for the non square spaces, this could potentially be a really cool idea for a blanket. Thoughts? I originally picked this up as a perla bead pattern, but it has some potential I feel.

So I hope I’d interjected some inspiration into you mid week hump day – only 2 days to go until the weekend!!!

Love to you all and happy knitting

MrsKirstyHoll

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BABY · Inspiration from others · Knitting · Updates

Yes I brought more knitting patterns

….To be fair they were in a charity shop.

The story started with my husband needing a lift into work. Having to drive all the way into town and, needing to buy some shopping anyway, I thought I better make use of the journey.

While I was down there – not having had time for breakfast before we left the house – Lily and I thought it would be rude not to try out Delfino Lounge (a new cafe/bar that’s opened in town). So we ordered there veggie breakfast and a coffee for £7.95. The price was worth it when we started eating. The veggie sausages were so good and not the horrible cheap ones Weatherspoons has started serving. I am also in love with the mini bean mug and the spinach and red pepper side – not something I’ve seen anywhere before.

Lily was very good and sat in her highchair (that did need a clean before use) attempting to eat the menus, my phone, the table (I didn’t understand that either) and her face cloth.

While hunting through the charity shops I found this amazing King Cole collection of Catwalk knitting patterns for £1.99! I also picked up the needle toppers for £2.49. Thinking they will look adorable on my lace needles!

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So these are are a few of my favourite patterns in there…

King Cole Catwalk Collection

So, as usually, I have a few things to add to the knitting list… But the instructions look pretty simple and I’m looking forward to when I can get to choosing yarn for these!

That’s all from me tonight! I’ve not long got back from work and I could really do with catching some Z’s (or at least chilling with my needles before bed).

Love to you all and happy knitting!

Mrs Kirsty Holl

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Christmas Knits – Inspiration Wanted

Hello all, I’m in need of some help!

So I’m after some Christmas knits inspiration as this is the first year I’ve actually got fast enough at knitting I might finish something!

I’m thinking along the lines of: Blankets/hats/scarfs/shawls etc. Ideally it’s would be good if it didn’t need sizing.

Or just suggestions of yarn I should knit with would also be fabulous. It would be fun to try something new 🙂

Thanks for any advice!

Love to you all and happy knitting!

MrsKirstyHoll

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Inspiration from others · Knitting · My WIP Projects

Wip – Julia’s house donation knit

This is the original pattern. 

I got asked to knit something for a raffle at work. Wanting to ensure I could get it together on time (deadline end of July) I thought I would play it safe as go for a scarf.

I’m knitting it out of some gorgeus yarn that I found for 50p a ball (I came home with 4 balls) in a charity shop. Punch – brushed chunky. It’s not a brand I’ve used before. But its such a pleasure to knit with. 

I’m currently trying to work out what to knit with the rest of the yarn. I’m thinking I might need a scarf for myself! Anyhow, let’s get this finished ASAP.

Love to you all and happy knitting

Mrskirstyholl 

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Sunday Spotlight

So now the Prosseco has worn off I thought I would get my Sunday Spotlight post together. 

First of all, Happy Mother’s day all! Hope you all had a lovely day 🙂 Lily and Daddy got me this…

My cousin also got some beautiful pictures of Lily at my Grandmother’s today – the dress is Monsoon but brought from a charity shop!

1. Fog knits – WIP Wednesday March Madness

Firstly this week I would like to thank Fog Knits for making me feel that my multi wip state of being is not abmormal. 

She also has some beautiful wips on the needles and the hooks going at the moment – so go and have a nose if you need some inspiring!

  2. A Tangled Yarn Knitter – Cast on: Another baby Sophisticate

This baby cardigon looks like a super simple knit. Ideal for a baby knit -especially as it’s a free Ravelry download – as they just grow so quickly!!!

This lovely blogger has this as one of their staple knits (they’ve knitted it 8 times already!!!) and I think it’ll be somethink I might come back to when Lily is at the point where she’s running through muddy puddles! 

Although the pattern is pretty simplistic I think you could play with it a little and add additional details. 

3. Chronicle of ellen – Who Wore it Better?

Now this post really got the fire back under me to want to try Crochet again. I have a plan is place… so I’ll update you all later as it progresses. 

This story goes that the knitting bunting wasn’t working, but the crochet one did. I think the ability to do both disiplines would really help expand the potential of the yarn. 
4. Dartmoor yarns – In need of colour Good Vibrations

This post introduced me to a new technique – German Short Rows. I love the yarn and the scarf design… Seriously… go and have a look!

♡ Rainbow yarn!
5.  Erika Eckles – Naked knitting and these Sheepy Aromas

A really interesting rewiew on natural undyed british sheep yarn. Really worth a read!

 I’m really trying to understand more of the theory behind knitting, so blogs like this always make me sit up for a read.

So that’s it for me this Sunday 🙂 Thanks for all the fantastic blogs this week!

Love to you all

MrsKirstyHoll

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Spotlight Sunday

So I read a lot of of blogs through the week. Especially now that I spend a lot of time trapped on the sofa by a sleeping Lily! A lot of these blog feature some amazing advice and inspirational ideas. In light of this I thought I would start a once a week feature to share these awesome posts with the rest of you – just in case you missed them…

What I do think would be really cool would be if this became a thing a lot of us could do. I love seeing where other people’s inspiration comes from. Just a thought? #spotlightsunday

  1. Weighing out your Yarn – Dartmoor Yarns

Now this was a really good idea. Up until this point I’ve been going with the logic that if I have 3 times the length of yarn length left then I have enough to sneak in another yarny row. However, Dartmoor yarns have a much more accurate method to prevent games of yarny chicken – weighing out your yarn. If you know how much yarn you use per row then you can weigh the yarn after each row to see if you have enough left for another.

So I’m off to buy a set of digital kitchen scales……

2. How to fix a cabling mistake without ripping out hours of knitting – Fringe association

With my new cabling skills this post really caught my attention. So Karen managed to cable round the wrong way and managed to mess up her pattern but didn’t notice until a lot later on. Wanting to avoid ripping out all her othewise beautiful knitting, she turned to our old friend Google and she found this post from Yarn Harlot. Basically there is a way of just ripping out the cabling without the surrounding knitting and using a DPN to reknit the pulled stitches correctly back up to the row you were working on!

Absolute genius.

3. Toe Up Sock knitting. Free Rav Pattern – Tangled Yarn Knitter

One of my aims this year is to learn a lot more about sock knitting. So this toe-up free pattern post really caught my attention. I’m really interested in the different techniques of sock knitting as I know there are so many different ways of knitting them.

Here’s a link to the pattern – I’m adding it to my 2017 to knit list to…. That list is getting seriously long now…

4. A List of Charity Patterns – Yarnbob

Looking to treat yourself to some new patterns or yarn? Yarnbob has found some beautiful yarny beauties that also give to charity with every purchase.

I do have a pattern in mind for this yarn…

Love is Love

5. F.O. AIDEZ CARDIGAN – Night Owl Nook

This beautiful finished knit is a freebie pattern that you can find here. Night owl initially knitted this is 2014 and then it died in the wash… So, feeling inspired she’s reknitted it in a slightly looser fit in Wool of the Andes Superwash Bulky. It’s now fully washable and looks absolutely stunning!

Definitely a pattern for my To-Make List…. I have a feeling this list will be still in progress into next year!

So that’s my list of posts that’s really inspired me for this week. I’ll see you all same time same place next week!

Love to you all and happy knitting

MrsKirstyHoll

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Project 333 – The beginning

So Lily is currently having a nap (yay). Today (with the loss of my bump and the renewed temptation to buy new clothes) I thought it would be a good time to start having a sort and slim down of my wardrobe.  

The plan is to reduce my wardrobe (not including p.js, workout clothes or underwear) down to 33 items. This is partly an attempt to really simplify my life again – with limited time I want to be able to priortise my daughter, husband and knitting rather than my stuff. So now seems like a really great time to do that.

Currently I have filled 3 shopping bags filled with clothes and I’m still not at that 33 yet. I still havn’t gone through my coats or my shoes!

Now I’ve made the major cull, I’m going to keep what’s left in the wardrobe. Over the next few months I’m going to see what I wear and remove anything that doesn’t. I honestly did not think it would be this difficult!!

But I am seriously excited that this dress fits again…

It’s black, glittery and very flattering!

I’ve also booked myself in for a hair appointment in March. This is the look I want to go for.

So with an updated hairstyle and updated wardrobe I am looking forward to my new look going back to work!

Mymmy brain signing off

MrsKirstyHoll

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