Blustery Day

I was struck today by three tweets popping up almost simultaneously from Scotland, Wales and Suffolk mentioning the high winds and general blusteryness of the weather. It’s unusual, even in a small country like Britain, for us all to be experiencing the same weather conditions, although those of us in the east have the added worry of dryness and dust.
It’s not much fun going for a walk in it either, especially when you are very near the ground getting dust in your eyes, and being in danger of being blown away altogether. I had a giggle today when Celia of Purple Podded Peas sent me a picture of a similarly small creature battling with blusteryness..

…there is a definite Higgy resemblance don’t you think?

It’s been an eventful few days here on Planet Penny as Norfolk Open Studios 11 has begun.

As you can see, I’m sharing my studio space with printer (and best buddy!) Kit Calladine, which makes it twice as much fun for us, and twice the things to see for the visitors.  And, if you look very closely, you can see my little flock of rainbow sheep.  I’m sure you remember Violet, She now has much more expressive eyes…

and she also has some relations!

Meet Jade and Coral…


…who’s rather shy.


…and Bluebell.

Unfortunately  they have revealed my hopelessness as a business woman, I mean, who cries when they wrap up a sale?

Apart from that though we’re having a wonderful time, meeting lots of lovely people and gradually realising that yes, we’re ok, we make things that other people like!

So if you happen to be in North Norfolk over the next two weekends, do come and visit, we’d love to see you…

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About penny

I live in Norfolk, England in a cottage on the edge of the Norfolk Broads where it can be peaceful and beautiful, or wet and muddy, or occasionally wild and windswept. With me is husband Tim, Henry the elderly and opinionated tabby cat, and Higgins, the miniature dachshund with a massive personality. You’ll find me chattering on about wool and textiles, knitting and crochet, recipes, books and patterns, exhibitions and shopping and of course, the adventures of a small dog! Planet Penny has a Facebook Page, you can find me on UK Handmade and I am featured on Channel4/4Homes Favourite Craft Blog List.

17 thoughts on “Blustery Day

  1. Teje & Nero

    Hi Penny, how exiting and your studio looks so beautiful and inviting! The rainbow sheeps – what can I say – they are just adorable sweeties with their curly hairs!
    Thank you for a ejoyable moment!
    xxx Teje

  2. Bobo Bun

    Love Marigold, her expression makes me want to pick her up for a cuddle, no wonder you had problems with the sale. So glad all going well and you’re enjoying yourself.

    My biggest problem is trying to think left handed to teach Millie to knit and crochet. Maybe you have some tips to share when I next see you.

    Lisa x

  3. Jane

    No doubt about it, you are going to have to buy Higgins some ‘Biggles” goggles to keep the dust out of his eyes!
    Jane x

  4. Chris Gill

    Very blustery here in Scotland – large sections of tree allover the place. Definitely not a day to be out when you only have little legs. The sheep are just gorgeous and I can understand your sadness at parting. Re teaching a left-hander to knit/crochet try having her facing you so she can mirror what you do (just an idea).

  5. Rosemary Eychenne

    Hi Penny,
    Just been to see all your creativity on your blog and take a virtual visit round your atelier. How marvellous! The little sheep are gorgeously colourful and have such expressive faces. Bravo is all I can say!
    Please give Higgins a tickle on the tummy for me
    other part of the Belle-mère Mafia

  6. kateuk

    Wind here yesterday too- roses were being blown off the bushes! I collected them and have them floating in a bowl of water- gorgeous, but a bit sad too.I know what you mean about the dust, my eyes are not happy this week.
    Good luck with the Open Studio- mine happens next month,scary but exciting too.
    Those sheep are fabbo- not surprised in the least you get teary when they leave.

  7. Ginny

    Love the sheep, especially the green one :-). It’s been very windy in my neck of the woods too, but far from dry!

  8. Geraldine

    As a visitor , I love Open Studio days . But it must be nerve wracking to throw open your doors like this. Nice to share with a friend . Did Higgins circulate with nibbles and small talk ?
    And as for those sheep ? I couldn’t have sold even one …. each one’s too quirky and real to part with !

  9. Penelope

    Hi Penny

    Love your studio, it looks so inviting… and your sheep are colourful joys of wooliness, so beautiful! So pleased it has been going well and that you have enjoyed it after all the blood, sweat and tears(?) in getting it all ready and perfect for the open studios. Hope you sell lots and this is the beginning of many happy studio weekend’s to come xox Penelope x

  10. Toffeeapple

    I’m so glad that all is going well for you Penny. Those seep are divine, you are so clever!

  11. Sue Scheller

    Your studio looks great Penny -really gorgeous sheep!! Hope to see you in the next week or two. Glad Open Studios is going well

  12. Gina

    The sheep are adorable – I dn’t think I would want to part with them. Good luck with Open Studios… I’m doing Cambridge in July!

  13. Crochet with Raymond

    how fantastically exciting to peek inside your studio! What a totally fun and happy place, I want one too! Karen would say our whole home is my studio but she lies!
    You sheep look so lovely and colourful, and the shelf looks chockablock full of wonderful treasures, hope you sold heaps!

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