I was admiring again, Mrs Beeton cuffs in the Dec' 05 edition of Knitty and wondering whether Mrs Beeton had been published recently (I've a copy of her Book of Household Management given to me for my 21st birthday by an aunt - must read it one day). All my dogged research librarian skills turned up that Project Gutenberg has made Beeton's Book of Needlework, by Isabella Beeton available online - for free. I LOVE Project Gutenberg. The link is to where the knitting instructions begin. It's just wonderful!
In the spirit of historical patterns, we also find La Couturiere Parisienne, which has costume patterns from the C14th to C20th. I'm still playing but haven't found any knitting. There are c*****t patterns.
I was having so much fun with Mrs Beeton, and fielding visits from my Dad and brother, then from my Dad and his neighbours to sticky-beak at my garden, that I nearly burned the Chilli Plum Sauce. Rescued it just in time. A low yield this year (just 5.25 cups from 4k fruit) and it's a lot of work for 5 cups of sauce, but man-alive it tastes great.
The recipe is from the Australian Women's Weekly Home Library, The Book of Preserves, 1990. If you see this book anywhere and like making your own jams and stuff, buy it. (Jejune, I've found the recipe - it was at Mum's - and have copied it for you).
My cousin rang to say the apricots are ready, but there isn't much fruit. There was such a bumper crop last year, I didn't expect much. Will pop over tonight and pick what there is. As far as jams go, apricot is my favourite. The kids prefer Mum's plum jam, and that's just fine by me. :)