Carrot Cake! – for Handmade Monday

I’m sitting at the computer in the gloom, listening to the rain hammering down.  This is certainly the wettest drought I’ve ever experienced!

In fact now it’s hailing, so that’s going to do for the blossom on the cherry trees, what a crazy mixed up spring!

I’m just praying that Mother Nature will get it all out of her system before the 12th May, and the wedding.

This morning Kit and I went off to the Forum in Norwich to deliver our pieces for the Norfolk and Norwich Open Studio Taster Exhibition, which starts tomorrow, so I no longer have  my branch of woolly birds hanging on the wall.  I’m rather missing their colourfulness!

Once again my creativity this week has been of the secret kind, with the wedding in mind, but I do have a completely scrummy cake recipe to share. Hands up who likes carrot cake!

Unfortunately I didn’t get to it quickly enough with the camera, but you can get the impression of yumminess from this last remaining slice I’m sure!  I’ve put the recipe in the Planet Penny recipe folder, or you can find it here.

It’s been a little quiet on the Planet Penny Cotton Club front of late because I have been awaiting an elusive out of stock colour, but it’s now on it’s way, so if you are on the waiting list, please bear with me, it’ll be here very soon. ( If you are a new visitor you can find out all about it if you follow the link.)

However, I have been plotting, yet another ‘cunning plan’!   I’ve had a huge amount of traffic on the Crochet Rainbow Mouse Pattern page and it’s been pinned on lots of Pinterest boards and ‘liked’ on Facebook  hundreds of times, and people have asked to buy the finished articles.

It occurred to me that if you really wanted to make the whole set of mice in all the rainbow colours, but didn’t want to end up with lots of unused balls of yarn left over then it could be good to buy a Rainbow Mouse Pack, with the required amount of yarn to make one mouse in each colour, which would make it much more economical.

So, that’s what I am offering, and at the moment I have just three packs, on a first come first served basis.  The pack contains 14 balls of yarn, each ball enough to make one crochet Mouse…

…with the pattern and instructions on how to make it into a mouse wreath, plus the beads for the eyes and noses.  All you will need to add would be a 3mm crochet hook, toy stuffing and some black sewing thread, and if you want to make a wreath, I used a florists wire base which cost 75p.

I’m offering the packs at £15.00 each, plus £3.50 P&P (UK)

If you would like to purchase a Rainbow Mouse pack, please contact me here and let me know your address, and the email address linked to your Paypal account and I will send you a Paypal invoice to pay.  It’s as simple as that!

Don’t forget, if you haven’t already entered, the draw to win Goldie, the needlefelt sheep is still running.  I will be taking the winning name out of the hat  next Sunday in time for next week’s Handmade Monday, so there is still time to leave a comment on the post, and for extra entries, ‘like’ Planet Penny on Facebook, follow @woollyplanet on Twitter, or become a Planet Penny blog follower and let me know about it.

In the meantime, I shall leave you with the usual link to 1st Unique Gifts and the Linky to all the other creative bloggers taking part, do go and have a look, and I’ve just joined the High Tea Linky Party at Black Cat Originals where you’ll find some more yummy recipes.

I’ll be back soon….x
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32 thoughts on “Carrot Cake! – for Handmade Monday

  1. Caroline

    I so love those mice but me and a crochet hook do not go! and know what you mean about the rain and hail, so cold atm.

  2. Wendy

    Can you see my hand waving? I love carrot cake. However, since going gluten free I’ve not had one – I shall have to make some. I did make courgette cake when we had a glut last year & it was much nicer than it sounds! Hope the weather picks up for you. It’s an odd spring. x

  3. Caroline

    I so love those mice but me and a crochet hook do not go! and know what you mean about the rain and hail, so cold atm. Ooh carrot cake yummy delicious, I am now officially hungry

  4. Tickled Pink

    Yes, it is a very wet drought isn’t it? All our water butts are now overflowing!
    Brilliant idea to sell mice kits. I’d have one if I could crochet!

  5. Nicola Ellen

    Oooo carrot cake! I need to try this recipe… it looks so so YUMMY! 🙂 and the mice look so adorable! This pack is a great idea – one for me to think about in the future! xx

  6. Kathryn

    We like carrot cake! We are talking about cherry tree for my garden to cover the wall (peeling paint) xx

  7. Celia T

    Penny – those mice kits are such a great idea! And of course, they are too cute for words! xxx

  8. Nina

    I want Carrot cake after looking at that delectable slice!!
    I’m going to have to give that recipe a go! Thanks for sharing!!

  9. Jan @ Handcrafted by Picto

    We had lots of rain today but no hailstones, it’s more like April Downpour rather than the April Showers it should be. Yummy cake and gorgeous mice, what more could you want.
    Thanks for the link to the open studio, although I’m in Suffolk it’s nice to know about these things, your birdies are so sweet.

    Jan x

  10. Mrs. Micawber

    Mr. M LOVES carrot cake! When we visited England two years ago, he tried the carrot cake at every bakery and cafe and tea shop we visited. I think he had 6 different varieties in 7 days (don’t know how we missed a day). Thanks for the recipe.

    We’ve had a crazy up-and-down spring too. Your lawn looks pretty nice considering the drought conditions. 🙂

  11. adaliza

    Love the rainbow mice – and would love some carrot cake too! Flora is enjoying the drought – siphoning through puddles in the garden, as I write!

  12. Free Spirit Designs

    yum – i loooooooove carrot cake! yours look scrummy i’m not surprised it disappeared so quickly!!

    apparently its going to be cold and wet all this week 🙁 good weather for baking though!!!

  13. Trish

    Our weather has been very similar to yours and it’s not looking like this week will be any better. My boys are in the middle of a cherry bakewell fairy cake obsession. When it has worn off I think I will get them onto carrot cake 😉

  14. alison

    I’ve actually never made a carrot cake. I think this may be the perfect time to give one a try!

    Your mice are very cute and what a great idea to provide a ‘mouse pack’!

  15. Geraldine

    You’re right . Everyone loves carrot cake … and that last delectable slice wouldn’t last a second in the real world .
    Your mice are wonderful and , once again , I’m heartbroken by my complete inability to crochet . I expect the kits will fly off the shelves , though !

  16. Suzanne

    Such a delicious looking cake my mouth’s watering. Mmmmm. Great idea to sell the rainbow mice kits, I’m sure they’ll sell well. Unfortunately I have no idea how to crochet. Hugs Sue x

  17. Pickle-LIly

    Your carrot cake looks fab! It would disappear as fast in my house! I love your mouse packs, if only I could crochet! I’m off to FB to check I follow you as I’d love to win the sheep.
    Jo x

  18. Helen

    The cake looks gorgeous, I bet it tasted lovely. I love carrot cake but never have the patience to make it!
    Fantastic idea to sell the ‘mouse kits’!

  19. Gaynor

    Lovely blog Penny and the mice are fantastic. Good idea to sell kits with just what you need, reckon this one will run and run (or squeak and squeak). Carrot cake looks good. Sean says he’s yet to taste a carrot cake as good as mine, so we may have to do a bake off!

  20. Susie

    What a great idea! I love the mousepack! I should really learn to crochet, but I have too many irons in the fire at the moment. I love that clock I saw on your sidebar, splendid idea. BTW I had to pin the cake recipe. I’m going to try it. I can’t eat it (wheat) but my husband loves carrot cake. I think I’ll try it when I’m home visiting the new Grandson! 🙂

  21. Lynne Gill

    What is it about carrot cake? It’s healthy, it’s frugal, it’s delicious, and we love it! You wouldn’t think that something as simple would have so many varied recipes. And here you are with yet another one – this needs examining further!

    Just found your blog, Penny, and have lots more to read, but looking forward to getting to know you better!

  22. Sarah

    Love carrot cake and yours looks so delicious! Thanks for linking up, see you in two weeks’ time! 🙂 If anyone else wants to link up posts this week, you’ve got 2 hours to do it!

  23. Crochet with Raymond

    Hi Penny!

    I still can’t get into your blog at home, but I am at my parents and I can here YAY! I am going to read your last few months worth of posts and enjoy catching up on your world XXX

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  25. Kat

    Hello, I stumbled across your blog and wow what an inspiration. I was just hoping you could tell me type of yarn you use. I want to make a rainbow ripple blanket for my friends daughter but only learnt to crochet a few months ago. I have much to learn about yarns and stuff but these colours are stunning. Thanks in advance Kat x

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