PlanetJune Craft Blog

Latest news and updates from June

March update

I’m so glad my last post on building a unique and successful business by combining your passions and skills resonated with so many people – I hope I’ve inspired a few people to discover their own path to success. (And I also hope someone appropriates my crocheted baked goods with matching recipes idea – I still think that’s an excellent hook for a business!)

Easter CAL

2012 may be the Chinese Year of the Dragon, but around these parts, it’s definitely the Year of the BUNNIES! My Baby Bunnies crochet pattern seems to be irresistible – the bunnies are multiplying so fast, we have almost 20 entered in the Easter Crochet-Along already! We should have just called it a Bunny CAL – I think the other pattern options are feeling a little neglected…

Easter CAL at PlanetJune

You’ll find the bunny-making madness at the Easter CAL thread in the PlanetJune Ravelry group – if you’re making bunnies this month, please come and share your pics 🙂

Review and Win contest

February’s ‘Review and Win’ winner is Katalin G, with her Succulent Collections 1 and 2 review:

succulent collections crochet patterns by planetjune

These plants look wonderfully realistic, yet they are easy and quick to make thanks to the smart design. It deserves to be a huge hit!

Congrats Kati – I’ll email you to find out which pattern you’d like as your prize 🙂

The next draw will mark 2 years of me running this contest – that’s 24 free patterns I’ve given away to reviewers! To be entered into this month’s draw for a free pattern of your choice, just write a review of any product in my shop – thank you!

Craft Tutorials

I’m slowly adding my most popular craft tutorials as printable PDFs (donationware) in the shop. New arrivals this month include the ever-popular Shrink Plastic Rings, and my Offset Square Wrist Pincushion and matching Fabric and Felt Needlebook sewing patterns. The needlebook was previously only available in the book One Yard Wonders, so if you don’t have that book, now you have a chance to make it anyway – and it makes a very sweet pins-n-needles set with the pincushion.

shrinky dinks rings by planetjune pincushion and needlebook tutorials by planetjune

PlanetJune in the Press

Two current UK magazines have PlanetJune mentions: Simply Knitting April 2012 (they apparently cover crochet too, despite the title!) and Inside Crochet issue 27:

Simply Knitting Inside Crochet

Simply Knitting included my Easter Eggs pattern at #6 in their “12 Treats for Knitters at Easter” article:

Simply Knitting Simply Knitting

and Inside Crochet readers voted me as 2nd best crochet blog:

Inside Crochet Inside Crochet

Thanks to everyone who voted for me in the blog awards, and welcome to any new UK readers who’ve found me through these articles – I hope you find lots to interest you here!


  1. Kati said

    Things were a bit crazy recently so I haven’t checked your blog in a while – what a nice surprise! 🙂 Could I have the chinchilla pattern please?

  2. June said

    I’m not quite sure exactly what criterion people were voting for, but I’m happy with 2nd place. For me, having people read and comment on my blog every week is worth much more than an award, anyway!

    Lucy and I have very different blogs – hers is a personal blog where she mentions the crochet she’s doing in between a lot of everyday life journal-type posts; mine is a craft blog where I (almost exclusively) blog about the crafts I’ve been doing – which, 90% of the time, is crochet 😉

    I certainly have no plans to tell you all the minutiae of my daily life any time soon, but it obviously works for Lucy! That’s the great thing about blogging – there’s a place for everyone. People will find and keep reading the blogs they enjoy most – and I’m just happy that people choose to read mine.

  3. Anastacia said

    I agree with the peep above, I feel your blog is more crochety, though I don’t think the contest was strictly crochet, was it? But congrats again on winning, & the mention in the other mag, you must feel great!

  4. Meg P said

    Congrats on the award, June, but you deserved 1st place. I checked out Attic24, and she has lovely prose and pics, but it really doesn’t seem to be a CROCHET blog. Your terrific African Wildlife series is the rare (and welcome) exception to entry after entry on crochet ideas, tips and patterns. Keep the crochet coming!

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