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Planet Penny Cotton Colours – A New Look

I mentioned recently news about the Planet Penny Cotton which I sell via the Etsy Shop, it’s got a new look!

Planet Penny Cotton Colours 12 pack

I’ve been deliberating for a long time about the colour range.  I love it still, and didn’t want to change something which works so well, but from the feedback I’ve been getting it needed a slight tweak.   The pack now consists of 12 colours.  It looks more vibrant without the two pastel shades, and of course it’s now cheaper!

From the administrative point of view it solves a couple of niggles too, so I hope everyone is happy with it.  (Anyone mid-project relying on purchasing a second 14 ball pack please contact me for help)

What helped me take the final step was seeing this gorgeous blanket made by Alison, one of my customers using the Planet Penny Cotton..

Ripple Blanket - Planet Penny  Cotton - Attic 24 pattern

Attic 24 pattern - Planet Penny Cotton - Ripple BlanketThis what Alison said about her method of making the blanket:

“This was a Lucy ripple and I believe I did 196 stitches plus the extra 3.(or whatever was divisible by 3, I think I had a few more on the start chain and unpicked from the start when I had done my first row as I wanted).  I have done three rows of each of the colours  Apple, Lime, Buttercup, Marigold, Peach, RoseBud, Gerbera, Aubretia, Cornflower, Delphinium, Aqua and Jade. We have ended up with 4 sets of 12 colours, the finished blanket is about 96cm x 152cm.    I have a small amount of each ball left, so a ball did six rows.”

As Alison said, it’s an Attic 24 Ripple pattern which you will find here and you can buy the yarn here.

If you would prefer to buy outside Etsy then you can purchase through Planet Penny Direct Sales here.

I hope that’s inspired you!  It’s always nice to have a little Rainbow colour infusion…

I’m off into the sunshine now.  I have grandsons visiting for a few days.  They’ve been off to the North Norfolk coast today but I’ve promised them a spot of Granny style crafting when they come back so I shall have a few minutes rest in the garden before they get home.

See you soon…x

Another Milestone

Hello again…and how have the first few days of January been for you?  It’s been very strange not to be on here every day, although I can’t say I’m not glad of the rest! And it’s another milestone.  My first post of 2013 and it’s my 400th… This is extraordinary when I think about my bloggy beginnings when I kept thinking ‘I’ve got nothing to say! ‘

Higgins and I went off to the beach this morning for some exercise out of the mud.  It was beautiful…

Norfolk Beach - Milestone

and very quiet…

Norfolk Beach - Milstone

I don’t know who drew the line in the sand, but Higgins didn’t have any problem crossing it!

 

Dachshund at the beach

I’ve been doing quite a bit of reorganising in the studio after nearly a month of daily making.  Creating chaos is one of my specialities and I couldn’t move by Christmas Day.  Thank goodness I was able to shut the door on it and have Christmas indoors where there was a space to sit down!  Anyway, it’s all right now…

Planet Penny Studio…for a brief moment at least.

I have a new project on the horizon because we are anticipating a new arrival in the family next month.  My nephew and his wife are expecting a baby, which is very exciting. (Isn’t it strange how being a Granny is fine, but being a Great Aunt somehow sounds incredibly ancient?  Or is that just me?) I have it on good authority (from my sister who was wielding a paintbrush) that the nursery has been decorated in yellow so I’m planning a little baby blanket.

It just so happens that I have the ‘Sunshine’ yarn which replaced the Planet Penny ‘Buttercup’ when it was out of stock.  It’s really pretty, but slightly different from the rest of the range because of the variagated shades of yellow and lemon.  I’m combining it with some of the Planet Penny ‘Snowdrop’ which I had as a limited amount for the Christmas Crochet Kits to make a ripple blanket with a twist…

ripple blanket wip for Milestone postThis it so far, but you can’t see the twist yet!

I’ve also been playing with the rest of the Planet Penny Cottons because I’ve had enquiries about buying the all the colours, but a smaller amount of each.  This still gives plenty of scope for making little toys and bunting etc, any of the patterns on here or for sale on Etsy but less expensively and crucially lighter to post overseas.   It’s a bit of a fiddle to weigh and wind but I have two to go on Etsy next week…

Planet Penny Crafty Cotton

Approximately 25gms/62m per ball, 14 balls plus a crochet hook for £20.00.  I’d be interested to know what you think.  And if you’d like to buy them and can’t find them in the shop, please let me know.  Create a demand!

I’m rather missing the snow on the blog now we’ve had to take the decorations down for Twelve Night so I’m having a play with the background  I think this one is suitably wintry for January, but I have other plans so watch this space.  However, as an eternal optimist and being well into the Spring yellow vibe with my crochet I’d just like to share this photo, taken at the end of my garden this very morning…

primroses

…and that’s not wintry at all!

I’ll leave you with a link to the first Handmade Monday of 2013 over on Handmade Harbour where the links will start at 6pm, and I shall get back to my crocheting!

See you soon….x

 

Bringing the Rainbow Home…

Hello, and Happy Monday!  And it’s Handmade Monday too, so lots of lovely links on the Ist Uniques Gifts blog to follow to see what other crafty things are going on.

I’ve just about recovered from our long day on Friday, which ended up with a Chinese takeaway at 9pm! I’m so glad we had a nice coach driver to get us there and back too, or I might have been found still in the hall on packing up day, asleep round the back of a stall on a pile of wool…

So much to see at the Knitting and Stitching Show, I did try to focus on the knitting, crochet and yarn, and not be distracted by embroidery, cross-stitch, dyeing, machining, fabrics, jewellery and…and…!

It was actually quite hard to photograph. Not everyone was happy with photos being taken, and a lot of the time it was hard to get past the crowds, but here is a flavour…

The venue, Alexandra Palace, has an interesting history and a wonderful view of London…


…and inside…

There were exhibitions too…


…I think this might give Higgins a fright!

I found Sasha Kagan and a blast from the past, I remember my mother knitting this one in the eighties…

I could have spent a fortune, so many beautiful yarns, but at least I could gather up cards for contacts and websites so I can browse online.   I was very happy to find this company…

because they have a fabulous shade card…

It was lovely to find Sarah at Blooming Felt, I did spend a bit there ….umm…

There were big jars full of little felt balls like a sweetie shop, SO pretty!

Fell for these gorgeous buttons…

…and some bobbly blue yarn..

…and then I found something completely different, but it was just my colours…

I know.  You’re looking and thinking, but there’s black, and orange, those aren’t Planet Penny colours.

But look…

…and watch this…

…and now I have a rainbow ball to hang from the ceiling to add a little happiness to the forth coming winter gloom…

So after that paper folding episode, I’d better get back to business, and my crochet rainbow…

Tonight’s the night for the Naming of the Cow, and the draw so do call back in a couple of days and find out what went on!

See you then x

 

A Wave in Passing…

…to Handmade Monday!  I shouldn’t really be here…I’m packing….. but I just had to fit in a quick post before we take off for a few days at the seaside.

I do seem to have packed quite a lot of little projects to take with me, you know, just in case.  It would be terrible to have idle hands!

So, there are the birthday socks to finish…

…a few more squares to add to the blanket…

…and if I need a change,  something warm and snuggly to made from this, I haven’t decided quite what yet…

as well as a couple of books, my camera, notebook….

I’ve just time to share the birthday cake, (well, pictures of it, that’s all that’s left!) which I made for a friend’s birthday party over the weekend.  An extremely clever friend who built his own car….

…like this…

When I come home I will share the recipe of this, the most chocolatey chocolate cake in the world…it’s called Clovis cake!

All will be explained…..

So do pop along to Handmade Monday 31 to see who else is joining in.  Sorry to be so brief, Higgins and I will be back soon with tales of holiday fun….

Byeeee! xx

 

What’s in a Name?

 

I am a sucker for a new magazine, even when I haven’t got the time to read them.  Once upon a time, rather too long ago for comfort, it was perfectly normal to have women’s magazines with knitting and crochet patterns, and even pull-out paper patterns for dress making.  Suddenly though, we were all supposed to be out in the market place, cutting and thrusting our way up through glass ceilings, or finding our way into the world of fame and riches and the idea of knitting a cardi belonged to a different era.  So the magazines quietly dropped the handicraft element in favour of beauty tips and fashion , celebrity interviews and gossip, and we all went out to Primark to buy cheap and dispensible clothing. Supposedly.

So I really love the fact that gradually things are turning a full circle and it’s suddenly ok  to come out of the closet with your knitting needles or crochet hooks and look cool rather than be labeled an old fogey.  And a whole new generation is now getting into print, either on line or in magazines to share their creativity.

Now I have to admit to a certain prejudice when I first heard about the new mag on the block so I didn’t beat a path to W H Smith’s to buy the first issue as I usually do.  I only heard the name, Mollie Makes, and I’m afraid it  sounded just a bit cutesy, a bit ‘apple pie’, the sort of thing I’ve grown out of.  But gradually I realised that so many people were saying good things about it, maybe I’d better take a look, and found I just couldn’t get a copy. I even heard of one changing hands on Ebay for £30.00!

Anyway, having trawled around for a couple of days being told, “Never ‘eard of it!” (Great customer relations there…) and “I’m really sorry, we’ve sold out” , I eventually bought the last copy on the shelf in the Norwich Hobbycraft.

Ta-Daaa!

Well, dear reader, how wrong I was!  It’s fab, I love it, I have already signed up for my three issues for £5.00!  It’s as much about lifestyle and homestyle as it is a craft manual, and really falls into a neat little niche of it’s own.  And it arrived just at the point where I was digging out my yarns again and thinking I neeeeed to get the crochet hook out again, what can I make?

After I made my big blanket , and I had reduced the yarn stash from this…

to this…

by making all these cushions…

I had a sudden rush of blood to the head and went out and bought all the colours, all over again, plus few more!  And it was this
I had heaved out of the cupboard in search a new project.  And there, in Mollie Makes, it was..

Another blanket! And…AND…from a new book from Jane Brocket, who has already delighted me with The Gentle Art of Domesticity and the The Gentle Art of Quilting, so I had to buy it, didn’t I, to complete the set…

It’s actually made in Aran weight yarn, but it really doesn’t matter when using leftovers in crochet.

It looks so cosy…

And all I have to do is buy a few balls of the creamy colour for the background …

…and I have a lovely project to keep me going in the evenings, and give my hands a break from the felting needle!

And there are one or two other little projects to keep for the future…

So that’s the evenings sorted, would you like to see what’s been going on during the day?

I’ll tell you later!

See you soon x

P.S. I’ve just found this, and it’s so jolly I just had to share it!

Picking up the Pieces

I can’t believe I’ve only managed ONE post for August!  The excuses were good at the beginning of the month – a family visit, small grandsons, a full house, lots of cooking and the dining table pulled out to it’s fullest extent for noisy, happy mealtimes. But everyone went home, Tim went back to work and it was just me, Henry, Higgins and the germs… If I tell you I spent the first week self medicating on Day Nurse, Night Nurse and Olbas Oil and finished the second week on Imodium, believe me that’s more than enough information!  Today, the fifteenth day, is the first day I have felt something like my normal self, albeit a tired and droopy version. 

Thank you all for the Get Well messages via Higgins guest post. He’s tried really hard with the nursing, and  has impersonating a hot water bottle down to a tee.  He’s very bored now  his playmates have gone, especially as I haven’t been up to dog walking, and today when I could manage a gentle stroll the August Bank Holiday weather is falling from the sky in buckets.  But tomorrow the Aunties have promised to take him to the beach so we’ll keep our fingers crossed for a spot of sunshine…

I have managed to keep hooking and stitching whilst lying on the sofa, and the end is in sight for my multicolour blanket…

 … just three more squares to make and lots sewn together already.

 I’m  having a bit of an ‘ooh-er’ moment over whether I have enough to finish it.  Probably…if I’m a bit careful over the colour sequence, but I shall have to decide on one or two of the colours for the border and buy extra balls for that. 

But it’s getting lovely and big, and is going to make future sofa snuggling extremely cosy…

But for now the sun is out, the sky is blue and despite the fact it is blowing a hooligan out there, Higgins and I are going for a little walk.

See you soon, there’s a lot of catching up to do…!

P.S. If you liked the pictures of Higgins on the bouncy castle in the last post, have a look at the film here!