It was my birthday on Tuesday (hurrah!) and I was a thoroughly spoilt girl!

After being taken out for dinner by my folks on Monday night and given a gorgeous Italian leather holdall (thanks, Mum and Dad!), I headed back to Swanage on Tuesday morning for lunch with two of my lovely bridesmaids and their little boys.

When Matt got home from work, we opened a bottle of bubbly and I was allowed to open my birthday cards and presents. As well as a hoard of gift vouchers for various lovely shops and the local beauty spa (hello there, massage!) from family and friends, Matt treated me to a KINDLE! Whoop!

After presenting me with this most exciting of gifts, he whipped out an extra present from my friend Sara - she had sneakily knitted me up my very own Kindle cosy with a lovely squishy rib stitch in tangerine orange:

It’s so very lovely to be on the receiving end of handmade gifts - it’s really heart-warming to know someone special has spent hours making something just for you.

Another wonderful surprise was to open a gift from my pal Melody and her daughter Amber, who now live in Manchester, so I don’t get to see them very often. Just take a look at this beautiful ball of yarn necklace charm - thank you, girls xxx

Then my lovely Matthew whisked me out for dinner at our favourite pub in Swanage and, as an extra surprise, he’d arranged for some of our friends to meet us for a few swift pints afterwards - not only that but there was cake! And Clever Kim had personally knitted a ribbon to adorn it!

It seemed a shame to jettison the ribbon after we’d eaten the cake, so (after a glass of wine or two) I put it to another use…

(Slightly more sultry a pose than I’d intended!)

Kim and Gav also gave me a truly beautiful book for my birthday - I spotted Mel Clark's Knitting Everyday Finery in an issue of Mollie Makes a few months ago, and Kim very cunningly remembered me swooning over it.

I just can’t wait to get cracking on a project from my new book - just as soon as I’ve finished knitting for our stall at Swanage Lifeboat Week, I’ll be on the case!

Thank you to everyone who sent messages, cards and gifts, and to those who shared the day with me - you’re all wonderful and I feel very lucky indeed xxx