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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! Long time no post! We’ve had quite a lot on lately. in just one week my dad, John and myself all celebrated our birthdays, and my birthday pressie from John was a wonderful day out in one of my all time favourite places, Beamish Museum. We had a great day! This was Julia’s first time at Beamish, and she loved it! We took quite a few photos, so lets get stuck straight into them :)

The first thing we did when we got there was crack open our picnic, we were so hungry after our journey there! As you can see above, Julia is enjoying her choccie chip muffin!

We then went to the colliery village, to look in the pit cottages, these cottages were actually real miners cottages, where the miner and his family lived, and these particular cottages were taking down, brick by brick from Hetton-Le-Hole ( a place not far from us ) and re-built in Beamish, fixtures and fittings included! All the builds in Beamish were actual buildings once in use, whether they be homes, shops, schools….., this truly is a living museum!

Firstly, the office where miners collected their wages, before heading home after a long shift down the pit. There is a coal mine you can go down in the colliery village, but I think we’ll wait until Julia is a bit older for that. I have being down this mine quite a few times, and it really touches a cord as my dear grandad was a miner, he suffered in later life from working down the mines from the age of 14 until he retired in his 60′s. He had arthritis, a very bad chest, and he lost his little finger in a mining accident. In his gnarled but tender hands, I could see soot trapped in his veins, reminders of a life crawling on hands and knees in the dark depths of the mine.

I imagine my grandads childhood home was like these pit cottages..

A miners widow knitting socks for her lodger, the mine bosses let her keep this cottage as she still had a son down the mine…
Now we head over to the school, Julia’s first time ever in school!
And into the village hall, Julia loved it in here!
We then leave behind the colliery village, and make our way up to the 1940s Farm. I love it here! We stopped at the farm cottages first and had a cosy chat with a land girl, who was wearing the most fabulous hand knitted jumper!
I love this cottage! Everything about it is so cosy! I particularly love the cream and blue enamel range, I could happily live in this cottage!
We then went into the farm house, which is just wonderful! This farm house was actually already in Beamish, an original building, with an original range!
We went to say hello to some of the farm animals, including these beautiful cows, who were either in calf or had recently given birth…
We then walked into town, paid a visit to the sweet factory…
Peeped into the town houses…
And did a spot of shopping in the iron mongers….
the haberdashers…..
and the grocers……
Before heading too Pockerly Manor, another building which was already at Beamish, and which Beamish have incorporated into the museum. The oldest part of this building dates back to the 1400′s, but we could not access this part with the pushchair, though I have been in the 1400′s building many times and it is fascinating! Pockerly Manor in the following photos date’s from the 1700′s….
And that was our day in Beamish, saying bye bye, until next time :)
In my next blog post I’ll write about my knitting, and the fabulous knitting books I got for my birthday which I just love! I can’t wait to show you them!
Right now I have a poorly Julia lying asleep on my chest, she has a nasty cough, cold and is teething, all making her feel quite unwell poor bairn. This is the first time she has been poorly, and it is awful to see, I wish I could take it away and it be me who is poorly instead.
Thank you so much for taking the time to stop by my blog, I hope you all have a lovely Easter weekend :) xxx