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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!



and Whiskey…

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

Take care, bye for now xxx

Sunny Day

Hello :)

Can I just begin by saying thank you to everyone for your lovely kind words about our gorgeous Foxy :) She is on steroids now, to try to control the cancer, and she is doing really well, she is happy, healthy and waggy, and that is all we wish for :)

I crocheted her a special little blanket, Foxy’s very own blanket, not to be stolen away by our other animals, lol, and she loves it. I crocheted it for her been such a brave girl after her surgery a few weeks ago, she had major surgery to remove lumps that were thought to be cancer, she had lumps removed from her elbow, side, part of a lump on her leg ( which is where the cancer is ) and her neck, but with these lumps been suspected cancer, they had to cut a lot away, so the surgery was major, and the lump on her neck which they removed, they could only remove by cutting away part of Foxy’s neck muscle too, so she was in a lot of pain, and it has took a good while for her to recover, but she has recovered, and is doing marvellously well now, thank God. I will not be writing to much about Foxy’s illness, as I find it too upsetting, as she is our little princess, and we love her so much, but I will write about it as and when, to keep you informed, but it will not be too much.

Here is Foxy snuggled in her new blanket :)


and here is the blanket, done all in soft fluffy wools, so it is extra comfy for baby Foxy :)

It is hard, to have this constantly hanging over our heads, but we are trying to keep life as normal as possible, as we do not want to stress Foxy, or our other animals, so keeping things as normal as possible does help, and on that note, I will get on with the rest of this new blog post :)


I am still working on the Venetian Opera Bag, from 1914. It is the most frustrating and difficult pattern I have ever done! If you remember a few posts a go, I said I had improvised on the first part, well, I did not like it, so I pulled it out and started again. I posted in a few groups on Ravelry, asking if anyone could help me decipher this pattern, as with it been such an old pattern, the wording is totally different to what we are used too today, plus it is extremely vague, as in the old days, they used to expect you to know what your doing, without it been wrote in the pattern, so a lot of guessing goes on, trying to get things right, by looking at the photo in the pattern, and trying to fathom the vague instructions. So, a few ladies joined in on this pattern, and it has turned into a Crochet Along, which is lovely! And we are all helping each other figure this pattern out, and we are finally getting there with it. I have almost finished mine now, I am currently crocheting the decorative baubles for the bag, then will crochet the handles and line the bag and it is done. I am seriously thinking of crocheting this again, in better thread, and entering it into one of our County Shows, as it is so pretty! So here it is so far ( it does not blocking to bring the frills out, I will do this when it is finished :) )…


Oh, in-case I forget to tell you, I am now an official member of The Townswomen Guild! And as an official member, I get posted out to me their quarterly magazine which really is a good read, this quarters magazine is a Jubilee Special, which I am so pleased about, as I am really looking forward to the Jubilee :) Speaking of which, if your on Ravelry, I am having a Jubilee CAL~KAL in one of my groups on there :)

( can you also spot my little badge I got when I became a member too :) ), I am a huge fan of Our Royal Family, and am especially fond of Our Queen :) I am going to crochet a filet crochet doily, with the words Elizabeth II 1952 on it, to commemorate the Diamond Jubilee, and use this for the Jubilee CAL~KAL on Ravelry, and also enter it into one of our County Shows in September, I will start work on it once the bag is finished, but it will be the first time I have crocheted using a chart, and done filet crochet, so it may take me a while to do :)

I have been enjoying all the programmes on telly recently, about the Royals, I watched one the other night, and saw old footage of The Queen knitting! She was helping Princess Margaret :) I took a screen grab of it via Youtube, want to see :)

Are you looking forward to the Diamond Jubilee Celebrations, are you doing anything special?

Hasn’t this weather been gorgeous lately! And about time too, I was sick of all that rain, finally, I am able to get out into the garden! our fruit is all coming on a treat, and our flowers are doing wonderfully well :) The other day, we rescued a frog and a newt from our garden, bless them :) And we spotted a woodpecker in our garden too! I wish I took photo’s! I adore nature, and love to watch the wildlife, it soothes my soul to be in nature, but it is hard to be in nature when you live in a city, you have to make do, so our garden is a wonderful place to sit and watch the wildlife, and also, we take advantage of our local parks, when we want to see some greenery, and be soothed by Mother Nature :) We went to one of our local parks at the weekend, for a picnic, and it was lovely! I love picnics :) I took some photos to share with you :)

The above photo’s were taken from where we sat for our picnic, this was the view, and the following few photo’s were taken on our walk around the park…

And the rest of the photos are of the pond, flowers and shrubbery :)

We had a lovely day, the weather was perfect, and it soothed my soul :)

And on that note, I am going to say bye for now, as I am going to quickly get my days chores done, so I can sit out in our garden, and enjoy this beautiful day :)

Thank you so much for taking the time to read my blog and leave your lovely comments, take care everyone, bye for now :) :) :) :)