Thursday, March 8, 2012

A Rainbow in the Mailbox

(And, now that I come to think of it, another shameless product review. The slippery slope of blogdom....)

A few weeks ago, Penny of Planet Penny wrote about some gorgeous cotton DK yarn with which she'd fallen in love. This lovely yarn was not available in the UK, so Penny had no choice but to buy direct from the European supplier - which meant a very large order of more yarn than even the most dedicated crocheter (or knitter) could use. Nothing daunted, Penny placed her order and was soon swimming in a rainbow sea of cheerful cotton yarn.

What can a blogger do with a boatload of beautiful yarn? Share it, of course! That was Penny's thought - and so the Planet Penny Cotton Club was born. Penny is offering this delightful yarn in a rainbow pack of 13 balls (50 grams each - about 136 yards per ball) for a very reasonable price.

Penny's original plan was to ship only to UK residents, but when I and some other readers on this side of the pond expressed an interest in the Cotton Club, she decided to test the waters (and the Royal Mail) by shipping an order to the U.S. She offered me the privilege of being her mail-order guinea pig, so of course I jumped at the chance. (Even with the cost of shipping, this yarn was a better deal than I could find on my side of the pond.) Thanks to Paypal, Her Majesty's Mail, and the U.S. Postal Service, my very own rainbow arrived yesterday.

This charming pink envelope (which Mr. M said he was proud to carry home from the mailbox)...

...when opened, revealed an inner bag...

...containing a garden of bright, beautiful mercerised cotton yarn...

...bearing such charming names as Aubretia, Gerbera, Jade, Cornflower, Buttercup, and Marigold. (I particularly like that last name.)

Planet Penny's Cotton Club yarn is very lovely indeed - similar to Paton's Grace, but softer. I've already started a crochet headband with it (pattern to be posted soon), and am planning to use it in a gift for a small relative.

Be sure to check out Penny's blog to see the fun things she's made with this yarn (or if you'd like to order some for yourself).

P.S. Thanks, Penny, for letting me be your guinea pig first U.S. customer. :)

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  1. Lovely colors, but I'm afraid I've been very lazy about my crocheting. I have an afghan lying by my chair upstairs, only 2 rows to finish and binding off and it has been lying that way for more than a month. I'm embarrassed.

  2. You lucky duck! I, too, love the colors AND the names, and I'd be striping up the entire house with this stuff! The phrase "soft cotton" makes me drool. Didn't know there could be such a thing! Can't wait to see our favorite caprine blogger's reaction!

  3. How lovely to think it's travelled safely halfway round the world! Can't wait to see what you make with it, and, as Snowcatcher says, what herself will say!
    Penny xxx

  4. I'm really pleased with my order too. It is lovely to crochet with. I look forward to seeing what everyone creates. :-)

  5. Ooooohhhhh soooo preeettyyyyy!!!!!!

    I love those happy colors and the names are so sweet!!

    So, do you sit there squishing it? I would!! :)

  6. Marigold yarn? Marigold YARN????? Who knew it was possible?! And you are already making something with it (though not in the Marigold color, I see. Harrumpf!) So what is it that you are making with that lovely, but oh-so-not-Marigold, yarn? I know. You are saving the Marigold yarn for something extra special befitting its name. Right? I can't wait to see.

  7. It really does look gorgeous! Do you think that anyone ever made aamigurumi peanut?

  8. Now that's a beautiful rainbow! I know you will create some wonderful things from it all. Looks like your snow melted off for your bike ride. Have a great end of week. Tammy

  9. That package of yarn is just too pretty for words.
    I do think that I am going to have to get on that wait list. First I have to figure out how to set up a PayPal account.
    Happy stitchin!

  10. Eye candy for a yarn lover, that's for sure! The colors are luscious.

  11. Hello again, you've just been featured on my latest Planet Penny blog post x


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