At long last…

Sam's jacketIf you read my blog regularly you may remember me mentioning the birth of my great nephew, Sam, back in January? At the time I also mentioned that I was knitting him a little hooded jacket and I'm pleased, but also slightly embarrassed, to say I have finally finished it. Four months to knit a baby jacket… what a good job I decided to do the six to twelve months size, otherwise my efforts would all have been in vain.

Sam wasn't available to model for the picture so I improvised! This teddy was in the goody bag I received from the QVC Red Carpet Oscars event two years ago and was a gift from a QVC fashion range. I wonder if you can guess which one – the clue is on his foot! So that baby article is finished, now I need to start one for Carmel's baby… I think I should do it in size 1 – 2 years, just in case!

Cherry BlossomI actually finished the sewing up of the jacket and putting the buttons on sitting in the garden on Tuesday, much better for my eyes in the bright natural daylight. I love this time of year when it's sunny as it's not too hot and all the beautiful cherry blossom trees are in full bloom.

We always had cherry trees in our garden when I was growing up, in fact I mention in my book that our cherry tree probably saved our lives as it died as a result of a fairly major gas leak which could potentially have caused an explosion. I have carried on the family tradition and always plant one in the garden of our home… all I need now is a home with a garden to plant one in. 

What am IYes I am still house hunting but still to no avail at the moment – maybe I am just too picky? This cherry tree (pic above) belongs to our neighbours so at least I have had the enjoyment of looking at it this Spring. I also love this shrub (pic right) which is in full bloom at the moment. I think it might be called 'Pieris' but I'm not sure… any ideas?

I have had quite a busy week this week meeting with the two charities that I am going to be doing my 100 Hundred Lengths of the Pool swim for on July 7th. I'll give you more information about that on next weeks blog as we are currently sourcing a location for the swim.

One of the charities is Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research who are at the forefront of funding the newest type of treatments for blood cancer which have increased survival rates dramatically. My daughter Sophie has also selected them as her charity to raise money for as she takes on the 'Tough Mudder' challenge in June. It's a gruelling event and she is having to train hard to be fit to take part. I have taken the liberty of popping the link on here so if you could support her and the charity we would both be very grateful :

I can't sign off without mentioning that my football team Crystal Palace have reached the Championship play-offs by finishing 5th in our division. We have a two leg semi final against Brighton starting tonight… I will be making a mad dash after my Fashion at Five show, this week with Kim & Co, to make it to Selhurst Park for the 7.45 kick off. Thanks to those of you who have already wished my team luck… it's simple really, win the next three games and we will be playing Premiership football next season.
Have a great weekend!
Love, Julia xx


  1. Jean Pugh May 10, 2013 at 3:49 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia,
    Love the baby jacket, looks good on Teddy. You cannot wonder why you took so long to knit the jacket, what with always working and your book. If it was me knitting it I think the baby would be grown up by the time I finished.
    Yes Cherry Trees are gorgeous when in blossom, have you noticed everytime they come out we get a windy day and all the blossom gets blown off, well it does down in the South. We have a couple in our garden. Love the shrub, not sure what it is called, beautiful colour.
    Will keep an eye out for when you do your swim, will have a look at Sophie’s link as well, such a good cause.
    Wow your football team has been doing well, I expect you are excited. Hope you made the kick-off.
    Have a great weekend and take care.
    Love Jean X

  2. jeanette May 10, 2013 at 5:20 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia the cardigan for your great nephew looks brill. I have been knitting and crocheting loads recently as have 3 more great nephews and nieces arriving soon – iam only 44 makes me feel old!
    Keep up with the knitting as I find it really relaxing also there is nothing like hand knitted baby things people really appreciate it. Just watched you on Kim and co and feng Shi shows your nails are looking fantastic what do you use ? I am just about to order decleor hand cream as iam trying to great mine to grow for hols . I am sure you said once on a show that you used decleor hand cream but what strenghtener and oil do you use ?
    Have a great weekend
    love Jeanette x

  3. martin forbes May 10, 2013 at 6:18 pm -  Reply

    best of luck Julia to crystal palace next season hope they do get thje pemiership next season

  4. john wallhead May 11, 2013 at 1:23 pm -  Reply

    yes peiris fire flame

  5. SJ May 12, 2013 at 8:38 am -  Reply

    Hey Julia, Just wanted to make a guess as the brand of the bear, I am going to say Dennis Basso…
    I love reading your blogs, thank you for taking the time to write them, hope that you are well, SJ x

  6. Marian Bolton May 12, 2013 at 11:36 am -  Reply

    Hi Julia
    I love your new model. When will we be seeing him on QVC?! The little cardy looks lovely on him.
    The shrub looks like Pieris ‘Forest Flame’ to me. We have one in Mum’s garden and they do look beautiful when ‘inflamed’!
    I left you a comment on your last but one blog about my 50th birthday weekend. Don’t worry about replying but I wanted to make sure you’d seen it as I left it after you had replied to everyone else. It was a busy week when we got back! I also left a comment on your previous blog to this about my favourite seaside trip being Filey but it hasn’t been published. Thinking about it, it may be because I included the name of my favourite chocolatiers! I do try and behave on your blog (not like Dale’s sometimes!!) so I hope that was the only reason! I hope you got to read it anyway as it included another of my favourite quotes, in fact, probably my all time favourite one “You can’t take it with you”! (I can see that one being engraved on my headstone actually, although, please God, not for a long time yet.) And on that note (my favourite quote), I bought two TSV’s this morning! Can’t wait to try the new Illuminating Balm.
    Good luck to Sophie with her ‘Tough Muddler’ challenge.

  7. nilofer May 12, 2013 at 2:25 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia, Gosh your’re so multi talented!! I wish now that I had taken more interest in knitting and sewing. Oh Well. The teddy looks very snug in the cardi and I am guessing it was a gift from butler and wilson?? Am I right??
    if you want something done, ask a busy person to do it. The more things you do, the more you can do – lucille Ball
    Enjoy your weekend
    Nilofer x

  8. Jo Helen May 12, 2013 at 6:46 pm -  Reply

    I have been a big fan of QVC and although i like all the presenters i have always felt that i relate to Julia Roberts and enjoy her shows i have been reading her blog and am so sorry to hear about her illness and totally understand what she is going through 4 years ago i was diagnosed with breast cancer and after chemothrapy radio therapy and massive surgery the cancer returned and was found to be in my bones and lungs although they have kept that at bay it has returned in my breast and ive recently had more surgery . I too beleive that what doesnt kill you makes you stronger and i live each day to the full i keep myself nice and buy lots of clothes from QVC and enjoy what i can its a hard road but strenth and determination with strong family and friends will see Julia through . I send her all my good wishes

  9. Julia roberts May 15, 2013 at 6:52 pm -  Reply

    Hello Jean
    Yes I made the kick off for the game at Selhurst Park – not a great game but reasonably happy with the 0 – 0 particularly as we won on Monday night so are now in the Play-off final …… very exciting.
    You are right about the windy days following the cherry trees blooming – maybe it is nature’s way of moving the seasons on.
    Sophie is training well for Tough Mudder – I have not been able to swim this week though as I have a summer cold – plenty of time before July 7th
    Julia x

  10. Julia roberts May 15, 2013 at 7:02 pm -  Reply

    Hi Jeanette
    I do like knitting just not so keen on the sewing up!
    My nails are amazing at the moment and it could be a couple of things. I used The Red Carpet Manicure for the first time at the end of March and it really helped my nails grow underneath it. I kept it on for two weeks, left it off for two weeks and then put it on again for ten days – between times I use Perfect Formula. I also use my fabulous Decleor hand cream every night and their nail oil.
    There is also a chance that the medication I am taking is helping my nails grow – ironically!
    Hope that helps
    Julia x

  11. Julia roberts May 15, 2013 at 7:06 pm -  Reply

    Hi Martin
    Thanks for your good wishes for Crystal Palace – they have done very well to reach the Play-Off Final at Wembley on Bank Holiday Monday – one more win and we will be playing Premiership football next season. Hard to believe as Palace were relegation favourites at the start of the season
    Speak soon
    Julia x

  12. Julia roberts May 15, 2013 at 7:17 pm -  Reply

    Hi John
    Thanks – it seems I was right that it is a pieris – you have suggested fire flame and someone said forest flame – both sound pretty likely
    Julia x

  13. Julia roberts May 15, 2013 at 7:20 pm -  Reply

    Hi SJ
    So pleased you enjoy my blogs – I enjoy writing them.
    You are right about the bear being a Dennis Basso – maybe he should make them in the run up to Christmas to sell on QVC?
    I’m doing ok thanks
    Julia x

  14. GINNY PAARZ May 15, 2013 at 7:56 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia, Great news about Crystal Palace!! Good Luck!! Same for Sophie with her event!!
    LUV the baby sweater!! I have not knit for awhile as I just never find the time to finish and they hang down on the needles forever!, Gave tons away to the charity shops before my big and bigger move across the pond!! SO MUCH STUFF!! It is amazing how much we hang on too!
    Jeff is really felling the CYMO these days as he is about 3/4 finished this lot!! I hope you have good results with y our tests!! I think of you everyday!! Southwest Florida is a lot quieter these days as the Snow Birds have nearly all gone!! The roads are easier to get about on! Everything is easier!, Even CYMO!!
    I had my thread thru URI GELLER ( I LUV THEM ) earrings on while shopping and three different people stopped me to ask about them!!! You will have to tell him!! They were bought from you guys awhile back when the thread thru’s were on air a lot!! Glad I have as many as I do cause they are my FAVORITE!!! Do you still have yours, OURS??!!! Is it not funny how we just reach for certain ones all the time!!!! JEFF really is knocked out when all my QVC UK STUFF gets asked about!!! Oh and the same for my B&W tops from ages ago!!!! TELL SIMON!!! LUV HIM!! HUGS to you!! Keep going as I am!!! XXXXX
    All the best LUV to JO HELEN from across the pond!! BLESS HER!!!

  15. Julia roberts May 16, 2013 at 12:16 pm -  Reply

    Hi Marion
    DB bear has been on QVC when I first brought him back from America and was doing a show with Dennis Basso. Cute isn’t he? I haven’t heard from my niece yet so I still don’t know if the jacket fitted Sam.
    I did read about your weekend in London – sounds like you had a great time. I didn’t however see your post about Filey – I wonder why that didn’t get put up? My mum and dad were very keen on the north-east coast – I think they may have done a ballroom dancing competition there years ago.
    Hope you have got your Elemis TSVs now and have tried the Illuminating Balm? I like it either just on naked skin or mixed with foundation – I have to use moisturiser as well though.
    Hoping Sophie will get through Tough Mudder unscathed …. she didn’t tell me about the electric shocks when she signed up for it!
    Speak soon
    Julia x

  16. Julia roberts May 16, 2013 at 12:24 pm -  Reply

    Hello Nilofer
    No it wasn’t Butler and Wilson – they don’t sell it in America – it was Dennis Basso.
    I like the Lucille Ball quote ….. how true, busy people like to keep busy!
    I had a good weekend thanks but particularly enjoyed Monday evening ….. football talk!
    Speak soon
    Julia x

  17. Julia roberts May 16, 2013 at 12:30 pm -  Reply

    Dear Jo
    My goodness you are certainly going through it and I feel quite humbled when I read what you are having to endure. It sounds like you are truly a fighter and will not allow things to get you down but I hope you allow yourself some private moments to gather your strength. These things are sent to try us and unfortunately some of us get tested more than others but you have obviously risen to the challenge Jo, as have I.
    Do look after yourself and please keep in touch
    Julia x

  18. Melissa May 16, 2013 at 12:32 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia – love the cardi! I’m a big knitting fan but I tend to stick to scarves, can only go in straight lines ;P
    As always, thanks for sharing!

  19. Julia roberts May 16, 2013 at 12:39 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ginny
    Firstly thanks for your good wishes for Jo Helen – I hope she reads them.
    So my ‘Eagles’ have flown into the Play-off Final against all expectation. I am still on cloud nine and very proud not only of their achievement but also of their performance on Monday night. Really looking forward to the Final on the 27th May …. very exciting.
    Yes I still wear my coloured thread throughs and I still wear lots of my old B & W tops and like you get asked about them all the time….. that’s the beauty of not being a slave to fashion you can wear what you want when you want.
    Sending heartfelt good wishes across the pond for Jeff that this round of chemo will start his road to recovery.
    Test results for me in about a week so will keep you posted
    Julia x

  20. pauline bradley May 17, 2013 at 5:59 am -  Reply

    good luck in the playoffs ollie was our manager when blackpool went would be nice to see him back in the premiership he is quite a character!

  21. Julia roberts May 17, 2013 at 10:03 am -  Reply

    Hi Melissa
    I’ll bet there are patterns for jumpers that only require straight lines …. I’m thinking slash neckline, kimono style sleeves …. might work? Need to start on something for Carmel’s little boy now
    Happy knitting
    Julia x

  22. Julia roberts May 17, 2013 at 10:14 am -  Reply

    Hi Pauline
    You will know exactly how tense the Play-offs are. I’ve been to three – won two, lost won. I really hope Palace can win promotion this year – best team we’ve had in years. Ollie seems like a nice chap, although I haven’t actually met him yet.
    Keep everything crossed for us
    Julia x

  23. carl king February 24, 2014 at 1:50 am -  Reply

    you are a ideal wife and mother i wish u well. love the king family .xxxx

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