From a pier to a shawl…

With all the hype about the World Cup, BT have brought out a new range of television adverts  promoting their sport channel and broadband packages. One of them features a Welsh footballer Gareth Bale who is seen honing his skills on a beautiful pier that has recently been given a facelift. I instantly recognised the pier and had to look it up on the net (yes infact I googled it) and here it is if you are interested in either football,  Gareth Bale or the scenery…(click the pic)


The day we visited it was very cold and windy and the pavillion covered in scaffolding but I was still enchanted by the railings

I had recently acquired some gorgeous 100% mulberry silk yarn from Babylonglegs  (go and drool over her lovely yarns and luscious colours- treat yourself why don’t you?!) and had talked about how it needed to be made into something that would show off the colour and drape.  Having not worked with fine silk thread before I searched for a simle pattern for the main part of the shawl. You can read my original post here https://onoodlesstitchcraft.wordpress.com/2013/03/13/crochet-lace-shawl/

Here are a few pictures to remind you of the finished item and now you can really see the link. There is also a picture of the Penarth Shawlette which was a commission made in a fine merino and I adapted the pattern but still the same basic design.


Summer Market Place

Just a quick post to show and tell about ONOODLES activities in the British summer market place.

I made a decision this year, based on last years experiences and balanced with my health that I would do a limited number of fairs in the summer and again in the autumn/winter (run up to Christmas) using the time in between to work at a manageable pace on seasonal stock with the odd commission inbetween!

Three out of four fairs done and I am happy that I have made a good and sensible decision (doesn’t do to be sensible all the time but where my health is concerned most of the time is advisable!) What I have enjoyed most are the two School summer fetes I have attended. Both were organised in the best of traditions with very active Parent Teacher Associations so fantastic family fun days were put on with pony rides, musical interludes, displays of karate, recorder groups, candy floss, car boot sales etc etc!

I thoroughly enjoyed selling to excited children and their parents seeing many little mice and ladybirds and owls flying and scurrying off to new homes. Pre-adolescent girls bought the wristbands and bracelets and excitedly modelled their purchases for me! I am all for coordinating  ‘jewellery’ with  nail varnish!


One lovely older brother bought his younger sister a big owl- just because and several younger boys came back to buy hair bobbles for their little sisters!


As well as these knick knacks I was pleased that some larger items were bought- a couple of blankets went home with expectant mothers. The lemon sherbert cot blanket sold and the happy hearts afghan.






The flower brooches took a hit- so  much so that I really need to make more now!



So I finally feel that I have found my groove and know my market. By doing this I am able to spend time making for friends, family and myself and indulge my creativity without compromising my health.

I have struck a deal to do  a skill exchange with my friend the hairdresser  and recently a bag of ducks winged their way over to Stockholm and then onto Porto (Tom went to visit Joe and then Joe went on holiday to Porto) where the ducks were to be a gift and in payment I am receiving a big bag of buttons from Porto being couriered back via Stockholm to England by Joe who is home for a holiday in less than two weeks (yes I am very excited at the prospect of having both my boys home for a while very soon…not to mention a bag of buttons!)

Here are a few more shots of the stall and the developing display. One or two other odd shots for good measure!


The Black Rat of Doom!

Well hello there. I have been absent from my blog for many reasons- mainly because I have been busy and enjoying myself. I’ve made alot and done alot and don’t quite know where to start?

A couple of weeks ago ONOODLES made her first public outing for a long time. The Fabulous Finds fair was well organised, a lovely hall and great facilities but really poor footfall… Still, all was not lost as I had the company of the lovely Eggy B, (sorry Jen!) and we met Connie of Funkie Doodles Arts and Crafts. We  chatted and laughed and laughed some more and even had a dance along to the entertainment (we had to provide some light relief from the lack of  custom).  I have to say, if you need a singer you can’t go far wrong with Pete Wayre- he serenaded us with some fabulous old swing numbers, Farnk Sinatra, Dean Martin (old crooners) to Cliff Richard and songs from the shows.

At home  exhausted as I was, and mellow from a large glass of wine, I reflected on the day and my life just now… it goes without saying that I wish I didn’t have Lupus but boy oh boy has it made me appreciate  what I have. So having tearfully told husband that he and the boys are the most precious things things in my life, I waxed on about how lucky I am to have such wonderful friends and family.

Over Easter we visited Son no.1 in Stockholm and had a wonderful stay, visiting some new and revisiting some old places. The Vasamuseet was one highlight for me; the amazing tale of a w arship from 1628 (I think!) that didn’t even make it out of the harbor before it sank on it’s maiden voyage! I lay there until 1961 when it was removed from the water almost 90% preserved. The museum is built around the recreated ship. Apparently it survived as it was not in saltwater. The worms that destroy timber do not live in fresh water. The ship builders were aware of the design problems that the ship had- requested by the King and designed by a Dutchman, so the intention was to sail the ship round the corner into the Naval base to make the vessel seaworthy. It never got there! And everyone blamed the Dutchman since he was dead by then so no living person took the blame!


I took photographs but light levels are low in the museum.

Anyway if you click on the pic it will take you to the website for a better view.



I was amused by some of the items for sale in the  shop…the black rat of DOOM!



Heres a little slideshow of some of our other Swedish experiences which include-

  • a giant pizza
  • lots of food
  • sunny days
  • boat trips
  • family time
  • trolls!
  • trams
  • the grave of  Olof Palme
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Since our visit Son no.2 has been out to visit his brother as well! Just wish we had all been out there together.





So what has ONOODLES been upto. Did the one fair as mentioned and am booked to do 2 school fetes. That’s enough for the summer if I am to remain in control of my health.  Another set of photos to let you see some of the things that have been coming off the needles recently…

Still lots more to update you on having been quiet for so long but that will wait for another day.

Be back soon,

Jill x



My needles have been clicking, my hooks have been flying and I have been digging deep into my yarn stash to unearth some with a soft and warm feel to make winter warmers. I found a splendid pattern through Ravelry which turned out to be a Red Heart link  for some lovely lacy wrist warmers

As usual I have initially used the pattern but adapted it to my taste by adding a row here and there, changing the edging to a shell design and changing the way I have joined each round without turning the work except on the one thumb hole row.

My second make is the lovely medallion scarf and on this occasion  I followed the pattern without a single change apart from the yarn!

This is a selection of what I have made.



W.T.M.R.A. Part 3…

Morning all! It’s me again.

I have pondered over my next nominations because I am a modest little blog with only a wee but growing number of followers (I am NOT seeking sympathy) and I will not compromise integrity by telling you about blogs just to make up the numbers, My understanding is that this award is about  interaction so should be based on evidence of that. This means that I probably won’t make it to 14 as the award requires unless I stretch the seven day time slot a little!

So, next on my very exclusive list is…  drum roll…   applause…  TA DAA!


whose tagline is

unexpected, subversive … fun

which frankly, says it all! She has a unique and creative style which uses crochet in a very individual and organic way and is a way of working I am beginning to develop myself .  You really must go and see her work by clicking this example if you haven’t already done so!


Next and last for today is AVIENA, whose blog is ‘ a place to share where my hands and mind wander ‘. I really love this qualifier on her blog and when you read her posts you get a real sense of what a reflective person she is.

I first saw her work through the MONTHLY MADE IT CHALLENGE  run by Woolhogs ( go and see if you don’t already know about that-           I insist!) and I believe that’s where she saw me! Her work really does come from the heart ❤ and her post ‘What to give ??’ explains this beautifully.


Well, that’s it for today but not the last about this award as I have a couple of more gems I need to pass on and thoughts to share before the seven days is over!


Wonderful Team Member Readership Award Part 2!

Hello again!

I am back with my next set of nominations to signpost you to some more lovely bloggers and their blogs who take their time to interact with others.

The first one today is MAP OF TIME: A TRIP INTO THE PAST  who has a head for history and whose blog is so educational and full of the most exquisite photographs. Such as this which will lead you to an interesting post about an amazing horse.




Next I would like to mention LOLLYKNITS  who has been a little quiet lately for reasons of her own but who has a quality blog and a bucket load of skill and you might like to see what she has been upto on the spinning front! Here is a scrummy bit of fleece to take you over!




Numero tres, is CROCHETHOME who creates the most beautiful and intricate crochet designs with  an excellent eye for colour as you can see from her recent baby blanket post. I am in awe of her quality photography.



And finally for today you really must pop over to say hello to Carly at WELCOME TO MY BLOG who likes to travel but still finds time to enter the blog world too! I loved her Copenhagan Crafting Adventure because I had recently been to Stockholm and had a bit of a Nordic thing going on! Take a look!dscn2054



Well that’s four more done! Have fun looking if you don’t already know these blogs. Back again in due course with some more blogs to tell you about.

Jill x