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Feeling Sheepish…

How are you all out there in Blogsville? Yes I’ve been quiet. Life is all. Been busy getting on with it and I have neglected you!

Mr ONoodles retired in August and Son no.2 graduated. Two turning points of great magnitude. We have enjoyed a couple of trips out to Copenhagen to visit son no.1 which included a most interesting road trip over to Sweden in search of Wallander on account of being Scandi Noir addicts!

In Ystad we followed in his fictional footsteps to the street where he lives, the square, the bank and down to Mossbystrand where he contemplates cases. We visited the cafe and the bookshop and ate at one of the restaurants. And yes, I bought some yarn – but that’s not a Wallander thing, that’s an ONoodles thing! We also called into Malmo and saw the city by bike seeking out sites from ‘The Bridge’ and topped it all off by driving back to Copenhagen over the Oresund.

In Copenhagen we went native and hired bikes and had a wonderful time with our tour guides- Joe and Maria , being shown the sites and sharing some wonderful moments with them. I’m not sure I have mentioned before how much we love cycling around cities. We took in bistros, cafes and a continental market. Also the biggest cycling thrill ride of the Bicycle Snake- if you are ever on a bike in Copenhagen go and ride it! Click the pic to take you to info about the Cycle Snake…

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So here are one or two pics

 We also went to Amsterdam over Christmas

I have also been crafting and this was at Winter Woolies back in November of which I will tell you more another timeFB_IMG_1448218493601

See you again soon!

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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.

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

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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.

 

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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


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Bob

I have been neglecting my blog for the last few weeks having been busy with ‘other stuff’…

Took a week out on holiday in Northumberland with Chris, visited family, hospital visiting, been doing my new voluntary job and fell over a couple of times… rode my bike a bit, went walking, and have been making things for the next stall coming up this weekend! I am exhausted!

So here is a little montage from holiday-

Fabulous weather and beautiful scenery= good for the soul

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DUCKS

Stall prep involves  ducks of many colours and sizes

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Just three parents, three beaks and over 34 sets of eyes to go…

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FANCY YARN

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If you click on the pic it will take you to @Babylonglegs where you will find all manner of lovely yarns

This little pouch is the second thing I have made with this wonderful yarn. I have used a shell stitch and made two soft beads to finish off the tie ends. Yes, I know what some of you will be thinking and so I will be naming this pouch ‘Bob’ after the great Mr Marley.

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Sanctuary

I’ve been meaning to invite you all into my garden. It is another one of my passions and I am proud to say that we designed and made this almost from scratch. I say almost because 9 years ago when we  moved into our home the back garden boasted three plants and a paved area which had been the base of an aviary (now supports our shed!) and the front had a blossom tree- definitely the best thing about it!

The back garden is now well established and definitely has  a  cottage garden feel to it. I prefer free flowing and abundant plants. The front garden now sports our vegetable plot. It all looks pretty and verdant during May and June here in the UK. The garden brings me solace, sanctuary and quite a lot of inspiration. Come and take a look.


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SUPERNICE STOCKHOLM

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So I have stolen Joe’s  blog title but it sums it up pretty well, Stockholm is indeed super nice and for our 4 day break was also super sunny! The Swedes seem to have a few things sorted. For one, the public transport system in Stockholm is fantastic whether bus, tram or T-banna (metro). All are clean and efficient. There is even a water bus service; essential for a city built on an archipelago.

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The language is endearing to my English ear! Is it wrong to be amused by the signs at the bottom of the escalators reading ‘upp’ and ‘ej upp’- (ay up!) translating as up and no/not up?!

Secondly, the Swedes seem to be a highly practical race where common sense reigns and fuss is banished. People come first.

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The walk along Norr Malarstrand into the city is scenic as the waters are beginning to melt from their winter state as ice. It is possible to see the layers of frozen water and in places it has developed into a mosaic pattern. With the sharp sunlight streaming down the effect is quite stunning.

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The pictures will show you Stockholm better than any words I can write.

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This is a Swedish tradition of coffee and cake somewhat akin to afternoon tea except it would seem any time is fika time! Here I am having my first taste of fika at Norr Malarstarnd, click on the picture to get detailed information about this excellent past time!

In Search of Swedish Yarn

At knit night I had departed with the promise of seeking out Swedish wool from a Swedish yarn shop! Did I succeed?

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YES!

Click on the photo to get a link to the shop’s website. The shop was in Kungsholmen, not too far from Joe’s apartment. I explained to the owner my mission and came away with a rather lovely (and rather expensive) skein of Swedish wool from the island of Faro near Gotland which sits in the Baltic to the east of mainland Sweden. I am coveting this gorgeous yarn with no idea about what to make with it as yet but I am sure my friends at knit night will have plenty of ideas! This is the yarn but my skein is a lovely raspberry colour. Again the picture will link you to the site for full info.

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At the Nordic Museum I also bought some other yarn, appealing because there were ten mini balls looking very neat in a cute little package. Once again the picture will link you to the website for this company.

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So did I like Stockholm and would I go back? I think the answer is obvious! YES!


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Well it made me smile!


This is going to be one of those posts which meanders from one idea to another , the only connection being that each thing brought a smile to my face.

Tom is home for Easter! Love to have my boys home!
Small haul of yarn procured in Ashby this morning; who knows what I will make with this but one simply could not resist!

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My lovely husband has taken up his needles after so many years of not knitting! When we met he used to make his own shirts and knit fair isle jumpers! Here he is having remembered how to cast on ten stitches (and just about keep a straight face)

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Next in line to raise a smile is my friend Helen who I have been teaching to crochet. She is a very skilled lace maker ( I will show you some of her work one day) and after 3 lessons and some very colourful vocabulary has made her very own flower brooch.073

How bizarre! That’s what I have been calling my latest creations. A motley collection of stuffed toys and kitsch. Here are one or two pictures of some of the latest additions. The question is, why do a 20 , 21 and 22 year old all think that the knitted Peppa pig is ‘the best thing (you’ve) ever made’!094

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Knitted rabbit based on this Deramores pattern with his very large dayglo carrot! 

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Fluffy tail courtesy of my special wool brush- so cute

Next on my list of smile inducing things was going for a walk on Sunday, wrapped up warm against the bitter wind and having freshly home made soup at the farm with the afforementioned knitting man. The same man who the week before took me out for lunch to mark the occasion of my finally leaving paid employment and who has been the most wonderfully supportive partner anyone could wish for. Warm glow and lots of love here!

I could go on but that seems like a good place to end for today. Like I said- well it made me smile…


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A Rabbit called Rudii

Okay, so much for all the silliness about crochet bunnies, here are some pictures of a real rabbit! He is indeed called Rudii after a famous ballet dancer, click on the jumping rabbits to find out why!

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And now to introduce Rudii rabbit. He is a cross breed Netherland dwarf with a Lionhead and just 4 years old. He is a very affectionate rabbit who enjoys attention and handling and is indeed a very good jumper just like the person he was named after!

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A very Young Rudii showing off his Lionhead mane!

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He loves to play ball! Honest!

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A very young rabbit…