New Beginnings…

Here we go with Number Two!

Thank you all for encouraging me down this new avenue of communication, and thank you for your overwhelming responses.

With spring upon us, March symbolises new starts, beginnings and change.  It certainly has for me! My daughter, Holly, has purchased a flat and is leaving home.  My son, Benjamin, has embarked on the now almost obligatory “Travel Year”.

So my husband, Neil and I find our nest very empty. Definitely a new beginning for us.

Needless to say, to Holly’s new adventure, I didn’t waste a moment on planning all those homemade accessories to hook and knit for  “Home Warming” treasures. Fortunately, Holly is very creative and is looking forward to adorning her new home.

Stylecraft came a calling in the chunky range. This blanket stitch is a dream to master and makes up extra fast. It could easily be adapted for babies blankets, pouffes, throws etc.


Next came a little cushion – this I have taught to many customers /students and am always in awe of its beauty.

So on the journey to the Birmingham retailers show last month the front emerged.

It looks fabulous and I am secretly (or now publicly) thrilled with it!







Stitches Exhibition was great and I am now awash with ideas and plans for new courses and classes, including needle felting and Edwards Menagerie from Toft – watch this space.  I saw so many new lines it’s difficult to choose. It is your yarn shop almost as much as mine and I am keen to stock the ranges you really want!

I have spent every Sunday, rain or shine, at my allotment and have found renewed energy in the sheer pleasure of being outside in the fresh air…

My spuds have chitted and will be in the ground very soon. Already, we are feasting on purple sprouting broccoli, early rhubarb, winter lettuce,  and the tail end of the kales, which have been a huge success this year. The leeks have over wintered well but are now past their best but taste great in soup, gratins and any slow-cooked meal.


Oh  the pleasure I had planting all my seeds one wet afternoon. The emergence of these tiny new shoots always has me doing a very happy excited dance.

Some of you may have seen the shops in Thundersley Village hosting posters for the “Thundersley Hero Awards”. This super idea was cleverly schemed by our very own village Joker – Simon Foxen of the Barber Shop.

Bodkins will be fully engaging with the associated charity fundraising event to be held as a spring fete on Friday April 28th. As usual, our chosen charity will be Retinitis Pigmentosa  – Fighting Blindness. Amongst other plans, we hope to be able to hold an “old school” style Tombola.  To this end may I ask for donations – any unused or unwanted gifts or non-perishables would be greatly appreciated. I will leave a basket outside the shop or please feel  free to pop them in to us. This will give you an opportunity to see some of the gorgeous spring lines which will soon start to appear!

Let’s enjoy the lighter evenings and hope for plenty of spring sunshine over the coming weeks.

Sandie x

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