Knot Sew Easy

I enjoy attempting to make things with my children, unfortunately, I take after my mother and do not find crafting things comes naturally.

I have to work quite hard at things like sewing, and even if I follow instructions to the letter, the end results very rarely match the example that caught my eye!

My grandma tried to teach me to knit as a child, however it’s a skill that unless practised, can be lost – and it’s well over 25 years since my lessons, and I’ve recently found myself wishing I could still do it.

While meandering around a homewares shop the other week, a set of knitting looms caught my eye. If you ever had a knitting dolly as a child, they are larger versions of these. And the set I found had ‘simple’ instructions in how to knit a beany hat.

So I thought, let’s give it a go!

I started on the smallest of the four looms, and created a hat.

It was tiny. So I gave it to my daughter’s doll. Within 2 hours it began to unravel.

Dolly Hat

More research about finishing off was required.

I found some great websites with ideas, so attempt number 2 was a snood/cowl for my daughter on the next sie up loom.

It was too small.

Can you see a pattern forming? (No pun intended!)

I went back to the hat idea, and went up to the next largest loom.

I finished the hat for my son today. No problems with unravelling this time. Just size,

Yes, it’s too small again! I think I’m doing something with the tension in the wool, that means that when I finish off, it pulls the hem tight. More research required.

Having said that – my boy seems quite happy and has been wearing it to play in.

Hat Front


More research required, I’m not downhearted as each attempt has been more successful than the last.

Any tips welcome!


Knit One, Drop Two!


I’ve worked from home two days this week. I like the freedom of it but I do miss the company.

One thing I have found, is that I’m really having to make an effort to have a proper lunch. It is far too easy to graze or skip meals – which is NOT what I’m trying to do with my lifestyle – the idea is to learn healthy habits.

I’ve also found I’m not snacking/getting TV munchies as I’m trying to learn to knit. My hands and brain are distracted, and I’m quite enjoying the challenge. I managed a dolly hat for my daughter’s doll, although I’ve still got a lot to learn, it can unravelled 24 hrs later – but it’s a start!


I’ve just been for my weekly weigh in, and I’m delighted!

I’ve lost 2lbs this week, which means I’ve lost 20.5lbs in total.

Just 0.5lb to go to my next mini target of 1.5 stones.

So let’s hope this week I don’t drop any stitches – only pounds!