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Christmas Knitting/Knits of the year


So I’m not going to lie… Pretty much what got me started on this post of this GIF that a friend posted on Facebook. It’s so cute! (Original source)

So this year, for obvious reasons I won’t be getting any Christmas knitting done (trying to limit my WIPs in the beginning of 2017). However, I thought this would be a great chance to have a look through on my craft pieces so far this year and see what I’d actually manage to do. I seem to have this general feeling that I don’t get much done…


  1. Camo Blanket. This FO has been super useful and super warm. I’ve been sleeping a lot on the sofa now that bubs is making sleeping difficult. This was a project I really enjoyed knitting – it was fully in Garter Stitch and knitted up really quickly as a result. I also loved the texture mix.


2. Baby Booties. I finished these about 2 months before we became pregnant – I think that was probably a sign of how this year was going to go! These booties are huge though…. so I don’t think bubs will be wearing them for a long time…


3. Necklace. I haven’t had a chance for much beading this year. So this was a nice change in pace. This is made from 3 chains made from the same beads but with different designs. Each is removable and so can be worn independently.


4. Nursery Artwork. This has been in the planning for a while. Eventually I finally had the time to put everything together.



  1. Bubs. I definitely count bubs as my favorite WIP of the year. Unlike most of my WIPs, Bubs should at least be finished in the next couple of months (I’m getting kicks in agreement as I write this!)


2. The Nursery. This is, obviously, another exciting WIP. We want this done by the beginning of December. The cupboards need doors, but we have the carpet down now!


3. Sewn Patchwork blanket. This one seems to make leaps of progress and then stall for a while. But it probably only needs another power through to get this done. Fingers crossed this might happen in the maternity time off after xmas!


4. Knitted Patchwork blanket. As you all know this is a long time WIP. But definitely progress has occurred this year (I have a planning spreadsheet now and everything!)


5. Knitted socks. Trying to get these finished ASAP now. I’ve literally only got the end of the foot section of each sock to do.


6. The fluffy hedgehog. Haven’t made much progress on this one. I think it needs frogging and a start over. I’m pretty sure I messed up on the counting….

Hedgehog 2

Fingers crossed I can actually shorten the WIPs list before bubs gets here.. I have about 8 weeks…

Baby brain signing off

Mrs Kirsty Holl




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W.I.P. Week 26

So progressing onto week 26. We had a lot of progress this week. Bubs is really wiggling and kicking lots now. Cannot believe how much its grown!! 

We went to a 2nd hand baby market on Sunday. Between my mother in law and us we brought enough stuff to keep the baby amused and clothed for a long while. 

I’ll update you with some buys later. We’ve had the gas man in this week replacing the boiler this week. We realised that with a baby a reliable source of heating and hot water would be useful. But it also removes the hot water tank from the nursery and frees up a huge amount of cupboard space. 

It does mean that we can get started on the decorating now! 

After my post on Sunday (thank you for the responses!) I promptly lost my notebook. This notebook stays with me almost permantly. Its probably in our bedroom under all the stuff from the spare bedroom. But it does make me feel a bit lost. 

So I started on another quick project. I need some new belts as the leather belts are now to solid. So I thought I’d make some fabric ones. 

I went to fabric land on Sunday afternoon…. I got a vareity of materials to see what works best.

With the fabric I have left I’m going to make scarves πŸ™‚ 

But I’m hand sewing these. I can pick up this project and travel with it. The material is to slippery to be able to cope with this in a sewing machine. 

But thats the plan for this week while I turn the house upside down looking for the notebook. 

I literally feel like I’ve lost a limb

Baby brain signing off



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W.I.P – Patchwork quilt / curtain

So this project started off life as a planned set of curtains for a cupboard. Change of plan for the cupboard so we no longer need them. Thankfully I was in the perfect place to pause and alter the pattern when this decision was made.

This is the new plan.

I made use of the bank holiday Monday and set up the dining room table as my work space. Thank God for extension leads!!

All prepped and ready for some serious sewing. The sun was streaming in through the window and it was warm enough to have the back door open. So that makes a change for a bank holiday Monday!

The first task was to find a bit of fabric for the central panel. I was going to leave this until last as I wasn’t sure if anything in my stash was going to suit it. 

Fortunately my amazing aunty-in-law came to the rescue with new additions to the stash about a month ago so I ended up with 2 seperate options.

Option 1:

Option 2:

After a quick check with my husband (I really couldn’t make my mind up!), we went with option 2.

My wrist adapted pincushion was seriously useful with this one. Way too much fabric to attempt to have to reach for a pin cushion!

After finally getting the fabric cut to the right size I eventually get it sewn in.

Managed to get the new piece all sewn in and managed to get a few new square sewn in too. So some definate progress today. Going to leave the machine downstairs and hope to make some more progress this week. 

Then next month I can buy the stuffing and the backing for the quilt. Nothing can stop me now!

We spent the remainder of the evening in the backgarden with our new firepit. This fire habit could start to get expensive, but we’re starting to get the hang of it! Unfortunately, I had to make the call that knitting and sitting by a firepit would not mix 😦 so no extra knitting time for me 😦

So cheers to you all! Hope you all had a marvelous weekend πŸ™‚ (that is a very non-alcoholic shloer in the glass with bubbles to make myself feel a little better for having no wine).

Baby brain signing off



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F.O. – Home crafts – Net Curtains.

So I finally have my craft room up and running. It’s (creative) chaos with candles and fairy lights.

Spent the last few weeks getting a birthday/Christmas knit done. That has now been safely delivered and opened. So pictures to follow soon.

Today’s job is to get started on the net curtains for my craft room.

The old ones have made it off the window. They have holes and paint splatters!


The new ones will be made out of fabric from my top table backdrop at my wedding. The mirrored butterflies were all hand sewn on by my grandmother in law.

wedding shot blog

This is a close up shot of the new fabric. It isn’t as wide as the old fabric. But its more than twice as long as it needs to be. So i’m going to half it and have 2 pieces.


So I have spent the evening with a needle and thread with Netflix πŸ™‚ I am totally obsessed with Homeland at the moment…..

Hand sewing took a good few hours. But very pleased with the final result!


What do you think? I think that I could save myself so much time by learning how to use a sewing machine!!

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F.O – Pin cushion tutorial – vintage milk jug

Seriously love this Pin Cushion idea from House of NicNax.


I’m in the process of buying my first home. This home will have a second bedroom which will mean – for the first timeΒ  ever – that I have a permanent crafting space. So a beautiful pin cushion is suddenly an awesome (and very practical) idea.

My first thought is that this idea would work awesomely in a vintage style teacup. So I hit the charity shops in the hunt for an odd one.

Finally spotted (by my mother in law) is this seriously cute vintage milk jug.
I will continue to hunt for a vintage 1920’s teacup. But I’m loving this alternative.



I then had a hunt through my fabric stash – I’ve got a bit now due to my fabric patchwork project.

What do you think?


This was a really simple make. I literally managed to finish it in an hour.

The first thing I did was get measuring the jug. From that I could work out what size I needed the fabric to be.



I then got out my needle and thread and threaded around the edge.


Then pulled it tight…


Then I stuffed it full of cushion stuffing (my mother in law handily had one in the cupboard for that exact purpose).


The finished project (the second finished one for the week so I’m doing pretty well πŸ™‚ )



The original also had a button… but I thought it would look a bit much?

What do you think?