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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


Hello Everyone :) I hope you are all keeping well and are enjoying the weather whatever you are getting at the moment, here it is quite sunny and mild today which is lovely, I can see soon I’ll be hanging the washing on the line to dry again instead of drying it in the tumble, I do like line dried washing. I have been quite busy of late, let me tell you what I have been busy doing :)

Busy looking after this little beauty :) I had her booked in to get her fringe trimmed to stop it going in her eyes, but had to cancel the appointment as something came up, so I’ll have to make another, she will not leave bobbles or slides in her hair while at home, so her fringe is constantly falling into her eyes!

I finished crocheting Julia’s basket weave jumper but it was too small ( even though I followed the pattern for Julia’s age ) so Julia’s teddy bear now has a lovely new jumper :) I’m now crocheting Julia another jumper, hopefully this one will fit! I have also just finished crocheting this teddy bear…


to give to Julia on Valentines Day, I shall wrap it up and she can open it Valentines Day morning, it is such a soft, squidgy cuddly teddy bear, I think she will enjoy snuggling this one :)

I have been busy baking all kinds, I made bread

cheese and tomato pinwheels


ginger shortbread with ginger icing made from a National Trust recipe book

and more bread, and a ginger cake with ginger icing for Sunday tea :)

I’ve been reading my Miss Read books again, I love Miss Read, she is definitely my favourite author! And I’ve been browsing some of my crochet books and looking at the stunning photographs in my English Cottage book, and watching the wonderful My Uncle Silas

I’ve also been watching the wonderful BBC series Wartime Kitchen and Garden with Ruth Mott and Harry Dodson on Youtube and really enjoying it! The full series is on Youtube.

Julia’s bedtime stories of late have been Beatrix Potter, we are both really enjoying reading these together, the books were mine when I was a little girl, the little books my dear grandad gave me when I was very young, maybe about 6 years old, and the larger book of complete tales my grandad gave to me when I was a little older, I treasure these books and am finding it wonderful that Julia is enjoying them too. We read the little books first and are now making our way through the bigger book

Well, that’s about it for now, thank you so much for reading, take care, bye for now :) x