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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

 

Hello Everyone :) I’m knitting! But first things first, what have we being up too of late, well…….  I’ve being baking, a nice lemon sponge with lemon butter icing in the middle and lemon icing on top, walnut cake with vanilla butter icing in the middle and icing with yummy walnuts on top, this walnut cake proved to be a hit in our house so I made another last weekend too. I love baking! This weekend I’ll do a ginger cake with ginger icing for the top, yum!

Julia loved her Valentines teddy bear! I really enjoyed seeing her tear the red paper it was wrapped in open, and then seeing the surprised look on her face when a big pink teddy bear emerged from within! I crocheted this teddy, and I also crocheted the navy blue and light blue jumper which Julia has on in some of the photos above, there is something about making things for Julia which fills my heart with pure joy!

Woman’s Weekly have brought out a new Vintage series, I have the first two magazines in this series which you can see above, and the third is out now and is the Woman’s Weekly Keepsake Book Of Vintage Makes , I can not find this series in the shops around here so have to order online, it is a really good series, I love it! I’ve also being buying and reading Simply Knitting magazine which is great, lots of lovely things in it which I hope to be able to knit some day!

And yip, I am knitting! I have tried my hand at knitting before, but have never really got away with it, so gave up and went back to crocheting ( which I love! ) but this time, I persevered as I really want to be able to knit all those beautiful patterns out there, the vintage ones, the baby ones, the Susan Crawford ones, the Christmas ones ( I have an ambition to knit Julia and myself Christmas jumpers this year if I am good enough by then, I would knit John one too but somehow I don’t think it is his thing :) ), so I kept on and my knitting, found a simple pattern and knit, knit, knit, and found that I really enjoyed it! I would look forward to sitting down at night time, when Julia is fast asleep in bed, watch some TV with John, and knit. I have discovered that I am a continental knitter ( probably because I am used to holding the wool in my left hand with crocheting ) which I am pleased about. So I knit and knit, and the end result is the red cardigan with white ribbed edging which you see above, for Julia :) And I can not tell you how happy I am with this! After quite a long time of wishing I could knit, I have finally knitted something and really enjoyed doing it, and I feel so proud seeing my beautiful daughter wearing it! It is only a simple garter stitch pattern, with a knit 1, purl 1 ribbing, but it has pockets too which I am very proud of! And now, I am knitting Julia a coat and beret set, from a  pattern which was in last weeks Woman’s Weekly magazine, this pattern is a little more complicated which I like, and is done in mainly stocking stitch, which I am enjoying doing, I love the look of this stitch, so plain, yet so effective! I am keeping on with my crocheting too of course, I crochet during the day ( when I have the time that is :) ) when Julia is up, as I find it easier to crochet with Julia running around and climbing on my knee for snuggles, and I knit on a night when Julia is in bed :)

Julia’s glasses are in for a repair right now, in fact, we’re getting a different frame for them as the ones she has are breaking too often, so we’ve chosen a frame which is made from very bendy metal so hopefully Julia’s little toddler hands won’t be able to break these so easily :)

Today is a wet and gloomy day, but signs of Spring are around, we have a few daffodils in bloom in our garden right now, adding a splash of vibrant colour to this gloomy day!

I hope you all have a lovely weekend, thank you for stopping by! Take care, bye for now X