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I am being efficient! Only two weeks and here I am making another blog post! I will try to post more regularly :)

Well, as promised, here is part two of our Summer Days Out post, plus some pics of what I have been reading and making.

John, Julia and I all had a lovely day out at a local park, where we had a picnic, watched the swans and ducks ( or coocaws as Julia calls them ), and walked through the woodland, so peaceful and wonderful!

We all enjoyed a perfect ( if cloudy ) day at the beach with my dad and step mam, this was actually Julia’s first time on the sand, and oh how she loved it!

John, Julia and I all had another perfect day at Beamish Museum ( we love this place! ) Walking up to Pockerly Manor…

and inside the manor, talking to the doctor who informed us that he was waiting for the mistress to come downstairs to pay him, after his attempts to save her husband from small pox! ( his attempts failed apparently ) ……

Julia and myself on the Merry-Go-Round, which was Julia’s first time and she absolutely loved it!

 

We’ll be going back to our favourite museum in the very near future :)

The day after we went to Beamish, we went to a very old church quite close to us, to watch a Medieval re-enactment, which was wonderful! A battle, Anglo Saxons against the Vikings!

 

After the battle we walked around the church grounds to watch the medieval people in their tents, going about their every day activities, this lady appeared to be doing a form of primitive crochet?

 

This particular church and grounds was chosen for this re-enactment as the church was built in Medieval times

After the re-enactment, we all walked to the beach which was very close by, it was a lovely walk, finished off by a picnic, ice cream and paddle :) The pier is currently under construction

John’s mam loved her cardigan which I crocheted for her birthday! I really enjoy making things for others, here is the cardigan :)

I finished crocheting the baby doll for Julia’s birthday, which has now being put away until October

So come October, dolly in pink dress ( which I made for Julia last Christmas ) will have a play friend!

I am currently crocheting a popcorn hearts blanket for John’s mam and dad for Christmas, I am crocheting this in green and pink strips which will be sewn together, with a border added. I only work on this when Julia is up and about, as I can crochet quite easily with Julia running around and unexpectedly jumping on me, lol, and if Julia wants to sit on my knee, have cuddles or play, I can put my crochet down in the middle of a row and come back to it easily, unlike knitting! With knitting I have to finish a row before I can put it down, and can not knit with Julia jumping on me, so knitting I reserve for when Julia is tucked up in her cot asleep at night :) Anyway, here is the first strip of the blanket…

I crocheted one of these blankets for my dad and step mam a couple of Christmases ago, it is a lovely pattern which I enjoy doing. I am knitting a cardigan for Julia, which includes fair isle and intarsia techniques, and I am quite proud of this so far, since it is my 4th ( or is it 5th? ) ever knit, I started to teach myself to knit in earnest in February just gone, and I love it! So this is what I am working on in the few hours between Julia going to bed at night, and our bedtime, it is a pattern from Susan Crawford’s Vintage Gifts To Knit book… 

At the moment I am reading one of my new Alison Uttley book, Ambush Of Young Days, then I’ll be reading my other new Alison Uttley book, Carts And Candlesticks.

I am really pleased with these two books, which have been on my book list for a while now, they were usually so expensive to buy, like so many of Alison’s memoirs, but every so often I’ll check Amazon for these books ( and others by her ) and sometimes, they’re listed for only a few pounds, which really is excellent for these particular books, so I snap them up and add them to my ever growing collection of Alison Uttley memoirs of her country childhood, she is one of my favourite authors and to me, she and Flora Thompson have wrote the most wonderful memoirs of country childhoods that I have ever read (and I have read a few, lol ). The above books are in good condition considering their age, with the Carts And Candlesticks one having never been read by the look of it, so I feel very lucky to have acquired these wonderful books

Speaking of books, I have started buying ( already! ) books to put away to read, with Julia, over the Christmas Season. I love Christmas, it is my favourite time of year, I adore the build up to it, and try to cram as much Christmas into it as I possibly can, and that includes reading many Christmas books, and so, I have started buying Christmas books already. We already have quite a few, but there is just something so magical, so charming about Christmas books, that in my opinion, you can never have enough! I am trying to buy one a week, mostly from Amazon, so that come Christmas, we will have quite  a collection to read! This one arrived last week, and it is a charming story about the first Christmas stocking, I’ll be showing more of this book ( and others ) closer to Christmas :)

Well, that is it for today, I am going to ice our weekend cake, and print some photos out for the albums just now. Thank you so much for reading, have a nice day!

Bye for now x

 

 

 

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