Knitting · My Finished Objects (F.O) · Updates

An Update from Me and Change of Purpose

So it appears that most of you were right a few months back when you said I was doing way to much.

I was actually on route to a burn out and got diagnosed with depression in August. It’s been a tough couple of months. But we’re on the up now. For anyone wondering – apparently taking on way to much can be a symptomย  (the opposite end is not wanting to do anything at all).

I’ve still been knitting though – it’s amazing how much it can do for your mental health. The amount of focus it takes is great for helping things calm down and putting it all in perspective. Where I’m not putting so much pressure on myself to get blog posts written, I am probably knitting more.

I finished this Shawl for my Nan. She’s just come back home from hospital and I’m hoping it keeps her nice and snuggly.

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The Mini Christmas elf is also done. This was the first toy knit I’ve done for a while and I really enjoyed making it ๐Ÿ™‚ I chickened out of the face though. My sewing skills are naf,

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I also finally finished backing this Starwars Scarf! I was initially going to sew something on the back. However, I’ve been picking up crochet skills this year and finally figured out how to back it! Combo of yellow and black DK yarn.

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I don’t want to stop blogging in its entirety. I love writing, but with a small person it’s not something I can fully focus on making work. Work is also super exciting at the moment, so I’m plowing a lot of energy into that. So I need my hobbies to relax me and help me chill out. The blog will continue to be, but more as an online documentation of what I’ve done in the world of knitting. It will be a place of my knitting ideas and inspiration. It will be a place where I keep my (ever growing) To-Do list of knitting projects. It will be a place of my list of my completed projects and a place of my writing as I continue to edit my book (I will get that damn thing finished one day!!).

So thanks for being patient with me. I’ve been told I need to clear some stuff off my plate and I know that pressuring myself to do this regularly is just on thing to many at the moment. I need to back off and make this fun again.

Love to you all and Happy Knitting

MrsKirstyHoll

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Knitting · Updates

Weekend Update

So this weekend was fun!

Friday night I went out with my very lovely colleagues for some drinks – our local pub apparently sells bottles of bubbles for ยฃ9.95 on a Friday… So I was happy. Hence the late post of chapter 2 – sorry guys! This was my first proper night since Lily was born I didn’t have to worry to much as Dan didn’t have work in the morning and she’s now in her own cot.

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Not so much on Saturday morning… But Dan dragged us out to the local charity shops where I found a dress for my brother-in-laws wedding. A bargin at ยฃ7.99!

I also found a silvery shawl and a bag to add to the outfit – also charity shop finds. So this outfit is set to be complete for under ยฃ20. Really just need shoes and a head piece. I have until the end of the month so fingers crossed.

Needless to say I did feel a lot better after a coffee! Not entirely sure why Lily decided that lying on the table was a comfortable position.

Managed to get those socks finished Saturday night! Only 11 pairs of my 12 aim to go.

Sunday

Sunday started at around 6:30am. This consisted on Lily needing her usually easy nappy change and feed. It then proceeded in a massive tantrum because she was tired and did not want to go to sleep again. At about 9am I give in for the first time and strapped her in a car seat and literally just drove until she fell asleep.

Once she was asleep I sat with an energy drink on one side and a ball of yarn in the other and knitted a few rows of the terribly simple shawl – thanking my lucky stars it wasn’t more complex as I could not have handled that!

So this was a DIY day. We had collected a huge number of odd jobs around the house. Turns out we have no idea how to do any of them and my husbands very lovely parents came and helped. The black out blind I brought about a month ago is finally up in Lily’s room, new bath taps (one was falling apart) and the bath seal is a WIP.

The Dumbledore quote and dreaming and oceans that I brought about 4 months ago is also finally up in her room- OMG that was a fiddle. The pictures have Command Strips, but do require actually putting up still. But definitely progress!

I’ve also painted some DIY letters for her door. So that will be appearing in a blog soon!

That’s all from me today, off to do some learning while Lily’s asleep!

Love to you all and happy knitting!

MrsKirstyHoll

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Knitting · Updates

Random Thursday – Knitted Bicycle Seat

Yes you read that right.

So I went for a wonder around a local charity shop and found this….

No, I did not return home with a kit to knit a bike seat cover. Who would want a knitted bike seat cover? If that person is you then you prayers have been answered.

Anyhow, just a short one today while I wonder the whys and hows behind this odd find….

Love to you all and happy knitting

Mrskirstyholl

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Knitting · Updates

What I did at the Weekend

Friday

So this weekend I treated myself to a days holiday and had Friday off too. Happy days ๐Ÿ™‚

I’ve recently gained an English Heritage membership through work, so I thought I’d make some use of it and go exploring.

My friend, her daughter, Lily and I found ourselves at 11am on Friday morning driving to Dorchester to find The Nine Stones. These are essentially 9 large rocks in a circle type arrangement that were placed there about 4000 years ago. No idea why, but there are only 4 of them that can be found in Dorset, UK. Lily was strapped into the harness (the meadow walk to get there was not pushchair friendly). She seemed to enjoy the trip…

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My friend also found a 4 leaf clover – which was pretty cool! I’d never seen one before.

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Also published my first chapter ofย A Game of Life and Death.ย So that was pretty cool ๐Ÿ™‚

Saturday

Saturday was a very busy day. Lily and I got up at 7ish, then went to swimming at 9am. She’s really getting the hang of putting her face in the water – they encourage them to copy us so she’s moving at her own pace with this one which is nice.

From swimming we went into Poole to meet a friend, which was lovely. Then we went straight from Poole into Bournemouth to meet some other friends for lunch at The Real Greek. We’re a huge fan of high chairs in restaurants. Lily is also starting to develop a habit of studying menus…

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We’ve also developed an attachment to a travel sized version of “I wrote to the zoo to send me a pet…” which she now pretends to read and studies the pictures. So cute!

In the evening we then went to a friend’s engagement party, which was lovely ๐Ÿ™‚ Lily was absolutely fascinated by the disco lights and promptly fell asleep in a faster manner than she does at home. How does that work exactly?

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Sunday

Was just a day of chilling, knitting and wine. Which I completed needed after the last couple of days!

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I’m going to give this very yummy bottle of wine from Lidl (on offer at ยฃ2.99) the credit for giving me the courage to finally learn DPN knitting.

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So that’s all from me for today ๐Ÿ™‚ what did you guys get up to this weekend?

Love to you all and happy knitting!

MrsKirstyHoll

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Knitting · My WIP Projects · Updates

New Wip – Socks 1/12

Hello all – my name is Kirsty and I am addicted to knitting….

So, in all fairness, I’ve started another WIP because I needed a change from the shawl (garter stitch gets boring after a while) and I have finished the first yarn ball.

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This is currently on hiatus while I jump to my first sock knit of the year.

As it’s my first project on DPNs I thought it might be best to start off on something small and easyish.

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In all honesty, it took me a good 6 rows in to actually get the hang of this. It took ripping the first attempt apart and restarting to work out what on earth I needed the 5th needle for. Once I got started though the length soon started adding up.

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By about row 5 it was feeling a lot less awkward knitting with about a zillion needles. Getting used to it now.

So my main yarn is Crofter 4ply baby fair isle effect from Sidar Snuggly (super soft). The pattern also wants some contrasting yarn for the heel – so we’re swapping to Regia 4ply verigated for that. We’ll see how these go. They might be for Lily if they fit, or they’ll be donated if they don’t. I can use this knit though to work out how much larger Lily will need it to be.

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We tried Lily on orange and lemon yesterday – each slice was quickly demolished. She is quickly becoming a citrus lover! Now just to try her on some lime…

Love to you all and happy knitting

MrsKirstyHoll

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Crochet · My WIP Projects · Updates

Work in Progress Update – Pikachu

Just a quick update tonight ๐Ÿ™‚ I just wanted to share with you my progress on the Pikachu I am crocheting from Sunshine Sugar n’ Cream Aran weight cotton yarn.

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To be honest, it’s looking larger that I thought it would – which isn’t a bad thing. It will make the toy more substantial (it’s a Christmas present for Lily). The Sunshine yellow shade also looks fantastic – I’m also going to have to order some more off Amazon before I can progress any further though as this used up a lot more yarn than I thought I would.

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The shaping of the body looks good. There is a distinctive head and body shape to it, which will hopefully become more pronounced as I add the features. Those are the next job when the yarn arrives!

That’s all from me at the minute. Trying to prep for the launch of Chapter one of my Novel tomorrow!

For participating in the 7th Annual Charleston Sports FestGiven this day 13th of June in the year 2020.

What are you all making at the moment? Would love to see your current favourite WIP – post in the comments below ๐Ÿ™‚

Love to you all and happy knitting!

MrsKirstyHoll

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Uncategorized · Updates · Writing

Friday Night is Go Go Go!

So, starting this Friday night, I will be posting my novel – A Game of Life and Death – chapter by chapter on here and Wattpad. This is one of my main goals to get this novel out there this year, so please like and share the heck out of this. What I’m really after from this is feedback on writing style and form. Then I can have a good basis to launch future works from.

This will be totally free and then, once I’ve collected feedback and edited, I’ll put a copy on Amazon for a small price to help start to fund materials for blog posts.

For participating in the 7th Annual Charleston Sports FestGiven this day 13th of June in the year 2020.

 

Thanks for all of your support so far! Keep an eye out for an extra tab appearing on the blog on Friday. This will contain all the links to read the chapters both on here an on Wattpad. The chapters will also be posted as blog posts as well, so you’ll also have email alerts as per usual.

Love to you all and Happy knitting!

MrsKirstyHoll

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