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

F.O. – Scrap yarn cot blanket

My knitting speed has definately increased. This is good news in light of my limited knitting time these days. 

So this was knitted with my favourite curcular needles – addi premium. Such a pleasure to knit with!

Luckily I finished knitting on a day with some glourious evening sunshine!

I’m so pleased with how this turned out. Really love the image and the mix of colours within it. I have used up some yarn balls… but not was many as I thought I would. So need to look and some other smaller projects for that…

What I really learnt with this project was colour changing. It wasn’t something I’d really done before. Initially I was just cutting off the ends with the intention of sewing in later.

Then as I went on I figured out that winding the yarn was much tidier and saved a lot of time. Will definately use this method on furture projects!

The final side of this was 1m x 1m plus a 5cm border on both ends. 

On a side note the border matches my nail polish…

I had originally hoped that a 4×4 ribbed border would have prevented the end curling. I think sticking with the same needles with the slightly thinner dk mucked up tension and so it curled anyway. 

But it still looks shiny 🙂 

This blanket will be a christmas present for Lily. She’ll have grown into it by then!

Now time for a crochet project 🙂 Already planned with yarn in the bag and pattern downloaded. So watch this space!

Love to you all and happy yarning!

Mrskirstyholl (and Lily)


BABY · Knitting · My WIP Projects

W.I.P update

Hi all! 

For reasons I’m not going to share, I’ve ended up having a lot of knitting time this week – Lilys fine just incase you were starting to worry!

But what that does mean is that I’ve finished the picture on Lily’s blanket! I’ve still got at least another 20cm of knitting and the border to go. But this last bit should be pretty quick. 

I’m really pleased with how its turned out. Slightly edited the design to make the top of the head rounder. That’s the additional stitches in dark blue in the pic below at the one end for the top few rows. 

So off to continue knitting. Will get the colour finished and border done for the top end. Then will pick up stitches to extend colour and do border for the bottom. So nearlly there!!!

Hopefully the next one for this blanket will be a finished object post… 

Love to you all and happy knitting!



BABY · Knitting · My WIP Projects · Updates

W.I.P. Progress Update – Baby Blanket

So with the arrival of my needles I have been able to make a start on this awesome looking baby blanket!

So a quick reminder- this is is image from the pattern…

I decided to run with some slightly brighter colours… using the recommended Rowan 100% pure superwash wool.

Once I’d made a start I was really pleased with my choice 🙂

The pattern instructions are really easy to follow. Deffinately loving this pattern. The only major drawback is it is really repetitive. But the F.O. will be worth it 🙂 

Baby brain signing off



BABY · Updates

Baby Brain – 17 Weeks

Hi all 🙂

So the weather has changed here drastically. The beautiful summer sunshine has evaporated into horrible rain. Which is great for my garden – but less great for my mood.

I didn’t manage to get a lot of knitting or blogging done over the weekend as I was baby sitting a 3D printer from work. That was fun and I learnt a lot about how to trouble shot it 🙂 Which will be really useful in the future 0 and it was fun trying to work out the issues myself (with the aid of lots of forums)!

I’ve got a baby bump now which is now obviously not fat which is really nice. The major problem I’m currently finding is clothes. I’m now at the point that a lot of my more fitted T-shirts don’t cover my belly and I’ve had to supplement with men’s T-Shirts. They, at least, have some funky patterns. The maternity stuff is just so far off my usual style that I’m struggling to find anything in the usual high-street shops.

So I thought I’d share some of the baby clothes we’ve already started collecting – not including the ever growing collections from very excited grandmothers-to-be. I’m pretty sure the baby (who isn’t even able to hear yet) has more clothes than I do…  Obviously as we don’t want to find out the gender (our 20 week scan isn’t until the 22nd August), all clothing has to be pretty unisex.

One of the first baby things that turned up was a freebie from Cow & Gate. This little cow is absolutely adorable.


This little set of baby booties was the first thing we brought for the baby. We’d had out first scan a few days before and I was finally beginning to allow myself to believe that everything might actually be ok.


I picked these 2 baby grows up from a sale in Mothercare – my husband is a bit of a Starwars fan. I got one in up to 2 months and the other 3-6 months. They come with a really cute matching hat as well. My personal favorite is the R2D2 – it is going to look absolutely adorable on!



The other week my husband’s grandparents came over and his gran brought over this beautiful baby blanket. Her friend had very kindly knitted it for the baby during Wimbledon – it’s a beautiful knit and I love the choice of the checkerboard stitch.


This Thomas the Tank engine set was something my husband and I both fell in love with in Tescos. We went for the 6 – 9 month size – thinking the denim will be good for protecting sensitive knees during crawling. I was also a massive Thomas fan when I was a kid 🙂


This Cath Kidson nappy bag was a serious win for me. Their nappy bags are wipe clean and this one came with a changing mat and a bottle bag. In picked it up in a discount store in Plymouth for £25 (down from about £60!). The perk of steering away from the the more traditional Cath flowers is that my husband and grandfathers-to-be will actually want to carry it!


The collection of baby clothes and baby items is growing nearly every day. There are drawers upstairs now dedicated to storing baby things. About 5 months to go (if the baby stays full term). Although apparently 37 weeks (18th December) onwards is full term – so we could be looking at a Christmas baby. Which would be a lovely Christmas addition to the family. So we have about another 4 months to prep really. I plan to have my go bag ready from the beginning of December.

It’s hard to believe that we only moved into our house this time last year. Now we have a baby on the way. It’s all really exciting for everyone in the family and a lot of our friends as well. This year is flying by though – so there won’t be long to wait!

Baby brain signing off.




Inspiration from others · Knitting

Another Blanket- one row at a time!

A really cute idea for a baby blanket. This looks beautiful.

Em & Charlie

It seems there is a bit of a baby boom in my world! I have no issues with this, Aunty Em loves nothing more than a new bub to spoil and cuddle!

I had been working on this blanket for a bit. We didn’t know the sex of the bub and once I had finished it I was hoping it was a boy! The one danger of snagging a yarn bargain on ebay is that colours can be deceptive. This was supposed to have mauve in it, but is really just blue, grey & mint! So when my newest little ‘nephew’ arrived this week, I was glad he wasn’t a pink lover!!

I used some pinterest and google inspiration and didn’t use a pattern. Pretty simple really. Stocking stitch borders, and then 10 stitches knit, 10 stitches pearl until squares formed, then change knit to pearl and go again! It…

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