Clever Crafter’s Guide to Wool

In the interests of all things woolly I’m sharing this great infographic, the Clever Crafter’s Guide to Wool from Clippers Ireland.  It’s amazing to think that when you snuggle under your wool blanket you are actually covered by seven sheep!

I think I’ve knitted and crocheted with wool from four out of the five animals below, I’ve never tried rabbit though,  how about you?

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I don’t think I’ll be needlefelting with Vicuna any time soon!

A Crochet Retreat with Frank and Olive

Way back in March, when I had no inkling of how life was going to change so irrevocably, I booked a weekend away, on a crochet retreat with Frank and Olive.

Crochet retreat with Frank and Olive

It’s taken quite a while to get my welcome pack, and with so much else to think about I’d almost forgotten about it.  However it was a lovely and welcome surprise to receive  this pretty box of patterns and information, and promises of jolly things to look forward to at the end of next month.Crochet Retreat with Frank and Olive welcome pack

I’ll be relaxing with fellow crocheters, there will be surprise guests and a special workshop, all in a lovely B & B a short distance from York.  I’m looking forward to taking lots of pics so I can tell you all about it when I get back!Special guests at the crochet retreat with Frank and Olive

I have so much to sort out as you can imagine it’s meant I’ve been struggling to get my Planet Penny mojo back.  Today  a lovely lunch with a friend, Kay of Arts Desire, when we arranged dates for a couple of needlefelting workshops as well as having a general brainstorming session, has been a great help.  I’ve found some amazing ‘blasts from the past’ to share with you while sorting through my mum’s house, my old home, so I’ll be back soon.

And meanwhile I am really looking forward to the Crochet Retreat with Frank and Olive, do go along to the Frank and Olive Facebook Page to find out more.

See you soon…!


…And Now…

Barton Hall Wood

Hello again… I’m so glad to be back here among friends.  I can’t tell you what a huge comfort your many messages have been to me over the last month,  I thank you all from the bottom of my heart.

Everything culminated in this last weekend’s farewell to my darling mother; a few days of sadness and laughter, tears and memories, spending time with loved ones who are usually too far away.  The funeral in the little country church, the choir, the woven casket smothered in early summer blooms and yellow roses… the singing of ‘All Things Bright and Beautiful’, the voice of her youngest little great grandson chattering to himself while the vicar spoke his comforting words, everything was a perfect tribute to a wonderful brave and loving woman.  Her passing has left a huge gap in my life, and I need to go on,  to continue to strive to make her proud.

So I’ll be back here very soon.  There are all sorts of exciting projects in the offing for me to share with you! There is one weekend left of the Norfolk and Norwich Open Studios and I will be about on the Saturday if you would like to call in.

Thank you again, and I’ll be back very soon…x


Comfort Me With Stitches

There is something so comforting in the repetition of simple stitches, and over the last days the Do You Mind If I Knit Blanket project has been hugely helpful to me in the most difficult days.  The squares created by so many different people with one goal and the care that has gone into each piece along with the rhythm of the stitching has given me a calm oasis to escape to.


Because, you will know from my last post that mother was ill.  She went into hospital just over two weeks ago with pneumonia, and when she didn’t respond to treatment had a scan.  A week ago today I held her hand when we were told that she had multiple cancers in her poor frail body, and two days ago I held her hand as she passed away.

Thank you to you all who sent good wishes and prayers, they have also been comforting.  My own prayers that she didn’t have long to suffer were also answered.

Planet Penny will be quiet for a little while, but Lisa at Bobobun will update you with news of the DYMIIK blanket.

Again, thank you everyone out there.  The creative world is filled with lovely people…

A Pause…

I know there will be some of you wondering what has happened to the Happy Friday Linky.

bluebellsI hope you will understand when I say that things are happening here which have made this difficult and inappropriate just now, and all I feel able to say is that your thoughts and prayers for my dear mother would be greatly appreciated…

I will be back, but until then enjoy your weekend, and hold your loved ones close…x

Happy Friday Number 16

Skittering along in a hurry with a late Happy Friday post!

Not only have I been out all day, but dear husband has been battling for two days with a computer with total amnesia, which has been a worry.  I mean, I’m the one losing brain cells at an alarming rate,  computers have the benefit of plug in memories and stuff, don’t they?  I could really do with a plug in memory…

Anyway, my Happy Friday is all about my lovely day with two fellow bloggers, Lisa of Bobobun and Celia of Purple Podded Peas.  We met up at Lisa’s gorgeous little country cottage, full of pretty things, to arrange the layout for the Do You Mind If I Knit blanket which we are making to raffle in aid of mental health.   A great deal of laughter as well as hard work went on and we now have a section each of the blanket to sew up before we get together again for the final assembly.  I’ll be telling you all about it as things progress, and I’m sure all of you who followed and loved Vanessa Cabban’s wonderful blog will want to join in with this tribute, so watch this space.

If you would like to take part in the draw please follow this link, it’s open worldwide.

Do You Mind if I knit Blaknet for Happy FridayBlanket design for Happy Friday

So how about your Happy Friday?  Do write about it on your blog and join in with the Linky below.  I really look forward to finding about about your week.

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