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…

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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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Baby Clothing Sizes

Motherhood is absolutely the most exhausting thing I have ever done. So with normal, everyday choices, I really need things to be simple. I’ve just spent an hour convincing a giggly 6 month old (in between yawns and suspiciously tired looking eye rubs) that she really needed to sleep.

Hope that really helps the point hit home.

What I need to be easily able to identify is, as now, when she has a growth spurt that all her long sleeve tops will not fit her any more.  This is actually not the case – because they are all different sizes. It was worth for 0-3 months in terms of differentiation, but I don’t currently have access to the data.

Let me give this some perspective. Babies clothing is usually found as: Newborn (we never fit in those), 0-3 months (we grew out of these really quickly), 3-6 months (way to many things with labels still on), 6-9 months (the stuff we’re just starting to box up), 9-12 month (what should have been winter stuff but will now need to be worn over the summer) 12-18 months and so on.

Within this are variations on what weight limit the shops classify as the average weights your babies will be. To give you some idea here is some data from my 6-9 month collection in my washing pile earlier:

Tesco F&F: 20ib (Height: 74cm)

Mini Mode: No weight (Height: 68-70cm)

JoJo Maman Bebe: 6-12 month. No height or weight measurements. (but its from a dungaree style dress so it will fit for a lot longer)

Disney baby and George (ASDA): 21ib (68-74cm)

Disney baby (Tesco): 20ib (Height 74cm)

Mantaray at Debenhams: 21ibs (Height 74cm)

Next: 21ibs (No height)

Pep&Co: 21ibs (No Height)

Mothercare: 20ibs (No height)

Which is a complete pain as you can end up with a couple of weeks growth use between one shirt and another. Which means you have to filter through your washing as they grow out of things.

Lily is at a point where she loves to wiggle. Trying on every shirt individually is just not usually an option. So I need to be able to do bulk removals of clothing into the loft. Currently I have to leave the pile growing in a box for 2-3 weeks while she grows out of the bigger stuff and starts to be able to fit into the smaller stuff of the next size up.

Why can’t shops just start to mirror up on their sizes?

I ask – why can’t shops use the weight limit as their sizing for babies? This would make my life so much easier. At least it would also be clear then when I purchased the clothing how long she might be in them for.

I’m not really asking for that much – am I?

What are your thoughts? Have you ever been annoyed at children’s clothing?

Love to you all and happy knitting

MrsKirstyHoll

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W.I.P Pikachu (Crochet)

So the above just got frogged because I forgot to count stitches and ended up with twice as many as I needed. That was about 6 hours work (don’t judge 🙂 I’m new to crochet). So it was a rather heartbreaking realisation.

My first attempt at this adorable Pikachu was using this cotton yarn. Fairly good price on Amazon – although I did find it frayed really easily. I’m definitely not recommending it for beginners.

Personally, apart from finishing off the stash yarn, I won’t be using this again. DK weight but needs about 3.5mm hook to be even slightly usable. If anyone can suggest any recommended patterns for this I would welcome as I have a few balls of yellow, red and black to use up.

Now using this yarn:

Aran weight sugar n cream. Happy days. 3.00mm hook. It’s the same brand as I used for the dog and I should have started with it really.

This is where we are so far. Much more shaping this time! Definite progress

And from above…

This project seems to be a pick up and randomly put down type of in progress work. If I’m honest, I do find this rather frustrating. But it’s my own fault because I keep changing the bag it’s in – I was only able to get these photos by tidying my lounge and finding the last bag I took this to work in.

So locating it means I can hopefully make some progress on it this weekend while I’m curled up on the sofa recovering from the flu. Today I took my first sick day for 2 and a half years. Not a brag, just a general observation that I hate being sick and that I usually have a pretty good immune system.

Immune system – you have let me down. What’s really annoying is I’m going to miss my brother in laws stag do (a Total Wipeout style assault course).

Hopefully this might make some progress, we’re both off this weekend so I might get a chance to recharge.

Love to you all and Happy Knitting!

MrsKirstyHoll

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Happy 4 Years

So according to WordPress I actually registered an account here 4 years ago today. Wow, that’s gone fast. It has been such an exciting journey with you all. I’ve learnt to knit pretty well and become much more confident with my writing and style. I’ve also become more focused on sorting out my life.

4 years ago there was the husband, but no house and no baby and I was working in my first job after graduation. So life was pretty different.

In all honesty, I’m struggling to work out how the time has gone by so quickly. It has been all systems go though. So it has been pretty tiring. This last couple of months has been particularly manic though. Hoping everything is going to calm down – I’ve barely picked up my needles in the last month.

Keeping up with Lily is fun. She’s now 6 months, sitting up and attempting to eat everything – including staring at my food intently in the hopes she might get something. Although I managed to get to knitting group for the first time in a month yesterday – managed to actually do some knitting because Lily could sit up and play with toys (in between trying to get people to pay attention to her by shouting). That was definitely a first.

They say bad things come in 3’s. I’m hoping that’s true and things will start to calm down now. A family member has been diagnosed with a heart condition, our car has been written off after someone went into the back of us the other week and my grandmother has just had her hip operated on. So I really am hoping that is everything and things will start looking up.

Fingers crossed hay 🙂

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On a more positive note, we had our 5 year wedding anniversary at the beginning of July. We spent the day in Weymouth and had a family trip to the SeaLife Centre. Lily was fascinated by the lights and the fishes. We’ve also been together 9 years this year – so we’ve been through a lot together and thankfully still really happy.

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Might need to get Lily a fish tank style light for her bedroom at some point….

Anyhow I have a finished object and a couple of WIP posts to write. So hopefully you’ll be able to see what I’ve been up to ASAP.

Love to you all and happy knitting

MrsKirstyHoll

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Christchurch Food Festival 2017

So last Sunday we went on a family outing to Christchurch in Dorset on the south coast of the uk to a Food festival.

Now we were expecting a tiny little festival with about 10 stalls. In contrast to these not so great expectations, we’ve been out for over 3 hours (I thought I’d get started while Dan was changing Lily’s nappy!) and we’ve still not found all the stalls yet!

It took until 5pm to finish getting around all the stalls. We are now significantly poorer. But came back with some fantastic vinegar’s, liqueurs, cheeses, coffee and cakes – as well as eating some amazing seafood!

First stop was a very yummy and healthy breakfast at James and White bar and Kitchen in Christchurch highstreet. Salmon, egg and watercress.

Vinegars

So these lime and chilly vinegar and blackberry and basil vinegar have apparently been featured on the BBC by James Martin. Now the lady on the stand told me that in London it is a ‘thing’ to drink these mixed with sparkling water. I’m not a fan of sparkling water – so no thanks.

We also brought some absolutely yummy gainers from Gillys – Apple,  Blonde and Rose. I mixed the Rose with Lime and chilly with a salad during the week for lunch. So yummy!!!
Cheeses

Omg these cheeses were beautiful. We got one of each cheese and I’ve had the honey one in sandwiches and salads this week.  Seriously in love.

We also came home with a beautiful selection of cheddar! The Jalapeno one has been used in burritos and tacos this week. An amazing addition.

Cakes

Now I didn’t buy any of these. But they look stunning.


I am obsessed with the Apprentice and spotted last year’s winner Alana Spencer selling some of her cakes. After managing to blurt out a rather star struck ‘Congratulations’ I came home with a salty caramel slice and some rocky road (officially my new favourite cake).

Meats

So we did come home with some sausages from the Giggly Pig. Dan choose these ones.

The Italian ones (flavoured with Oregano) were eaten with mash and tasted amazing.

The Bacon flavoured ones (yes you did read that currently) were finished off in Breakfast burritos this morning.

The Hop flavoured ones have gone in the freezer for another day. But they’re flavoured with the same stuff that you make beer from. So that should be exciting.

Snacks

Some chilly stuffed olives, feta, garlic cloves and sundried tomatoes came home and got mixed in salads for a couple of days. Actual heaven.

Fudge: Chocolate orange and a bar of Baileys.

Bread

Sundried tomato and basil bread. Dan missed out on this as I ate it up for dinner at work.

Drinks

We tried some very yummy spiced Mohitos – essentially a normal mohito with some ginger ale.

We also come back with – Apple Liquor (made in a local Orchard – Liberty fields), Gooseberry Gin (Kent – Nip from the Hip), Wild strawberry Liquor (the Wiltshire Liquer company), Blood Orange Liquor (the Wiltshire Liquer company)a bottle of Honey Blonde Beer (Downton Brewery) . Yummy! Very much looking forward to making our way through these over the coming months.

I also came back with 250g of coffee from the Dorset Coffee company. French Vanilla – OMG it is so good!!

Apologies if I have forgotten anything. But it was a very long day and we did buy rather a lot – but at least I won’t need to do much food shopping for a few weeks!

Love to you all and Happy knitting!

MrsKirstyHoll

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Blankets, Dogs and Chunky Knits

So this week I’ve really had to sit and have a bit of a think. I used to be one of those people with the luxury of time. Now I’m not. So I’ve come to the conclusion that having multiple projects on the go is really not feasible any more. The problem is I need to focus my spare time on one project in order to make any sort of decent progress on it.

Currently, that focus is the Lavender Premature baby blanket. The problem is it is about 100 stitches of 4 ply and each line can take a while to knit – although I am steadily getting faster as I go through. But, on the bright side, I’m actually almost done.

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Essentially, I’m just going to keep knitting until the yarn runs out. It’s about 8 lines an inch, so I’m thinking I’ve got enough yarn for about 3 or 4 more inches. So it’ll be just over 20 inches by the time it’s done. Which will be a pretty good size I think when it’s done.

On a side note, I’ve seen one of the women at the group do the crochet version of this pattern… I really can’t get it out of my mind. Has anyone got the pattern in a nice blanket or something? Otherwise I’ll go and ask her next week. So no panic 🙂

My next project is going to be a crochet one. A friend donated this set to me from a magazine she brought (she doesn’t crochet). Although the crochet hook is provided, I plan on using one of my own metal ones. I have a feeling this little guy won’t handle the tension. The hope is that this will be good practice for making more Octopus’s. I’m going to steadily build up a little collection of creatures on Lily’s windowsill and she can play with them when she stops putting things in her mouth!

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I’ve also but working a little on my stocking stitch Harry Potter blanket this week…. my husband and I went to see Guardians of the Galaxy 2 yesterday (amazing by the way!). I may have taking it in with me and have been doing stocking stitch in the dark… But it was useful as I managed to add a couple more inches to it. The hope is that by the time I’ve finished the dog I’ll be ready to start counting stitches for the silhouette of the blanket. Although, I do plan on getting the pattern printed in A3/A4 (depending on the resolution of the image I have) so I have something to mark the stitches off. So that’s something to get done in the next couple of weeks. Need to get in the habit of getting organised.

I’ve also finally figured out what I want to do with chunky knit pattern for the baby blanket I’m knitting for Lily. I’m currently knitting the bottom rectangle. I’m knitting short rows across on this. Then I plan on picking up stitches using a stash ball of rainbow yarn for a couple of rows. The 3 rows upwards will be picked up from the rainbow yarn. I’ll have to mattress stitch the 3 panels together. I’m going to do each one with a different texture – unless I do a one panel 3 texture design…. Then pick up a row for the rainbow line, then pick up another row for the final panel. It should become pretty interestingly textually I think.

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So lots of planning this week 🙂 feeling pretty excited about the prospects for this year. I’m hoping that I can start picking up some commissioned pieces nearer Christmas or next year. I really need to start funding this habit… Especially now I’m starting to eye up more expensive yarn!

Anyone, I’m off for some more knitting.

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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