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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

8 Responses

  1. Such a lovely post Melanie, I love all the books. Some I have but I am going to look for a couple on the internet tonight before I settle down to knit.
    Your knitting is wonderful, Julia’s cardigan is so pretty & so is Julia, just so sweet.
    How precious to be baked a cake.
    I love jumble sales too, I use to go as a child with my grandmother & then things were 10p. We don’t see them now a days, maybe I can see if there any around.
    Enjoy the rest of your day.
    Fondly Michelle

  2. #2

    Thank you Michelle :-) which of the books do you have? I hope you find the ones you want online.
    I love knitting for Julia, I’m actually just about to get on with her new cardigan,
    We all love cake in this house, and the one John baked last week was delicious!
    We get a few jumble sales around here, there’s a one on in November I’m planning on going to. Funnily enough, Julias Ladybird book was 10p at the jumble sale!
    Enjoy your evening knitting
    Take care x

  3. I found a ladybird book for 50p last week, so not to bad.
    I have the Beatrix Potter knitting book & have found the cookery one tonight, so will order that one. I looked at the knitting books they are lovely, I bought a book from Amazon which is realised on the 1st of May, it is a vintage knitting book & looks very good.
    I am knitting another 40′s jumper for me this time with short sleeves.
    Fondly Michelle

  4. #4

    That is a good price for a Ladybird book, there’s a charity shop in town that charges £6.00 for them! Just before Christmas there was a charity bus parked up in a local shopping centre, so I had a look inside for books and got a Ladybird for 5p! Bargain!
    The Beatrix Potter knitting book is just lovely isn’t it, I am pleased you ordered the cookery book, there is some lovely recipes in there.
    I think I may have seen the new vintage knitting book which is to be released shortly, please do let me know what you think of it, it may just have to be another to add to my collection :-)
    Can’t wait to see your 40s jumper you are knitting for yourself!
    I hope you are having a lovely day,
    Take care
    Melanie x

  5. #5
    Pom Pom 

    I am so impressed with your knitting, Melanie! Well done!
    I have the second knitting book, too. It has a darling lamb in it that I would like to make.
    The cake is beautiful and I’m sure it was tasty.

  6. #6

    Thank you so much Pom Pom! I think I must take after my dear nanna for knitting and crocheting :-)
    Oh yes, I know the lamb you mean, so cute!
    Yip, the cake was delicious and I’ve already asked for another one lol
    I hope you are having a lovely day,
    Take care
    Melanie x

  7. #7

    What a great post! I’m a Potter fan and will have to look for this knitting book!
    I have the Potter Needlepoint Book, which has some knitting projects in it too, but this one looks wonderful. :-)
    Cute jumper and poncho you made for Julia. She’s a sweetie! Just adorable!
    Enjoy your day!,

  8. #8

    Thank you Anne :-) I’m pleased to hear there are knitting patterns in the needle point book too, I’ll have to treat myself to this one, as like you, I am a Potter fan!
    Thank you, I love seeing Julia in the things I’ve made her, it warms my heart!
    I hope you enjoy the rest of your week,
    Take care
    Melanie x

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