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Hello! Happy New Year!  Wow, it is a long time since I did a post! hopefully 2016 will be the year I keep on top of my blog! We shall see :) I hope you all had a lovely Christmas, we did, and I have quite a few photos to share with you! So I think I had better get started!

Since it is such a long time since I last posted, I thought I would share some photos from the Summer first, as we did have a lovely Summer and enjoyed so many nice days out, we are very lucky to live quite close to a few different lovely beaches, so we can always enjoy days out there, whatever the weather, but it is particularly nice in Summer ( even though our Summers mean wearing coats to the beach, lol! ), Julia loves the beach!

Julia turned two in October, goodness me! Where does the time go! We made her a special cake for her birthday, a Little Miss Sunshine cake, as she is our Little Miss Sunshine :)

We had a day out at a nearby petting farm which Julia really enjoyed!

 

And she loved the dolly I made her for her birthday too, I love making things for my little one!

Halloween was wonderful! Julia dressed as a super cute clown, and we all went to the seafront, to walk along the promenade to watch all the beautiful lights, have chips looking out to sea, and then walking in the park directly opposite the beach to see all the magical lights, with a certain Alice In Wonderland theme going on :)

In late November, John, Julia and I all went to Beamish Museum, and had one of the most wonderful days out ever! Christmas at Beamish has just begun, so everywhere was completely magical, very old world Christmas, I love Beamish Museum, I could live there! Julia was dressed in her beautifully snug red winters coat, with her red scarf and bonnet ( which I crocheted for her ) on, and she just seemed to fit right in with Beamish wearing this ensemble! She would not keep her mittens on though, her little hands were perishing bless her, so whenever we could, we would wrap her right up under her blanket ( which I also made for her, by cutting down an old throw which was beautifully soft, hemming it and adding a crochet border, Julia loves this blanket! )  in the pushchair, to keep her hands warm, but after a while, the blanket would come off too! Here are some photos of our perfect day out at Beamish..

We had a lovely Christmas day, as I hope you did too! I knitted myself and Julia matching Christmas jumpers which we both wore together on Christmas day, here is mine ( I did wear mine but have not got a photo :) )

and here is Julia wearing hers at Johns mam and dads when we went for Christmas dinner

Julia enjoyed Christmas morning so much, opening her presents, seeing Santa Claus has been and ate his supper Julia left out for him and his reindeer before she went to bed, Julia loved the gifts I made for her, a baby doll…

and a crocheted tea set, which she was particularly taken with!

I made the little bag for the tea set too :)

At the moment I am knitting Julia a Peppa Pig jumper which I am really enjoying doing and can not wait to see Julia wear this, she loves Peppa Pig!

Well, that’s that for now, I really hope you enjoyed my blog catch up, I will try my best to keep on top of my blog this year, promise :)

Thank you so much for taking the time to read my blog, all the best for 2016!

Take care, bye for now :) xxx

I am looking forward to this post, to showing you the lovely knitting books I received for my birthday! I have been unable to blog until now, as poor Julia has been quite unwell, but thankfully she is much better now, so I have been nursing a poorly toddler, and then other things kept me from blogging too, but today, everyone is well, we have a free day, so I am sat at the computer, with Julia in her high chair right by me, singing and drinking her water, and I can do my blog post :)

Firstly, let me show you the things I have made and am making, I finished the coat I was knitting for Julia, I decided not to do the matching beret as it is getting quite warm now, too warm for a woolly beret I think, so I just knitted the coat and I am so pleased with it!

The pattern is from an issue of Woman’s Weekly which was out about 5 weeks or so ago,

I crocheted a poncho for Julia, I found this a really fun pattern to do, and I love how it has turned out with the multi-coloured wool

And at the moment I am crocheting a cardigan for myself

and knitting a cardigan for Julia, and this is the first time I have done intarsia knitting, so am quite excited about this, I am knitting the back right now, which is all just plain knitting, but the fronts has teddy bears on them, so I am looking forward to trying my hand at knitting those

 

Last week my friend and I went to a jumble sale ( I love jumble sales! I got some great bargains, including a vintage Ladybird book to add to Julia’s collection, a bran new QI board game, and some lovely new photo albums! ), and when I got home, not only had my wonderful husband been looking after Julia, and seeing to our menagerie, he had also baked a 3 tier sponge cake, with vanilla butter icing between each layer, and vanilla butter icing covering the whole cake, and it was absolutely delicious!

The knitting books I received for my birthday I absolutely love! The first two I have to show you are The Beatrix Potter Knitting Book ( Julia and I are huge fans of Beatrix Potter ) and The Country Diary Book Of Knitting, which is inspired by the wonderful book, The Country Diary Of An Edwardian Lady

Here are some photos of the wonderful patterns in the Beatrix Potter knitting book, I just love the photo took inside Beatrix’s home, Hilltop Farm, it is the one with the magnificent fireplace in the background

There is a few adult patterns in this book, but I just love the children’s patterns the most!

And here are some photos of the gorgeous patterns from The Country Diary knitting book, I just love the Daffy-Down Dilly jumpers!

And these two books are actually part of a series of books, the Beatirx Potter ones include the knitting book, a needlepoint book, a soft toy book and a cookery book ( which I have…. )

And the Country Diary series of books include the knitting book, stenciling book, wild flower garden book, book of flowers, creating a butterfly garden book, and the country diary book of crafts ( which I have ) all of which are inspired by the beautiful Edwardian Lady Diary ( which I also have )

 

I can not begin to tell you how much I love all of the above books, i feel so happy and blessed to have them! Even if I never made anything from them ( which will never happen! I plan on making nearly everything from them, lol ) these books are wonderful to have just to look at the stunning photos within their pages, truly, these books are beautiful!

The other two knitting books I received for my birthday are the fantastic A Stitch In Time Books by Susan Crawford . I have been coveting these books for so long, even before I learned to knit properly, and now I have them, I am soooo happy! These are fabulous books, the patterns within them are all authentic vintage patterns, which have been revised for today’s woman, so the pattern itself is the same, only the wool used is wool easily obtainable today, and the sizing is for today’s woman, the books include the original pattern and the revised pattern, some are quite complicated and it will probably be years before I can do some of them, but some are quite simple, and easy for a beginner knitter like me to tackle

I absolutely love the 1940′s and 1950′s, so the Susan Crawford knitting books are a dream to me, I love them!

So there you have it, my four fantastic knitting books I received for my birthday :)

I have just recently got the last edition of the new Woman’s Weekly Vintage Series ( the newest issue is out now, all about vintage weddings, I have not got this one yet  ), this one is all about vintage makes from issues of Woman’s Weekly from days gone by

This is a really brilliant series to collect.

Well, I think that’s about it for now, this is a long post! Today, we’re having a quiet day at home, we’ll be tucking into our Sunday dinner soon, followed by home made walnut cake, and then we’ll all spend a relaxing Sunday afternoon together, bliss :)

Let me leave you with some photos of 3 of our 4 animals, ( Jack was asleep on the window sill in such a way that I could not get in to photograph him, lol ), I love these photos, Foxy and Scrappy look so sweetly tired, and Whiskey looks so grumpy, yet she is not a grumpy cat at all!

Foxy…

Scrappy….

and Whiskey…

Thank you so much for taking the time to read my blog :)

Take care, bye for now xxx