Pennyroyal Magazine

  • Pom pom & Tassel Making with Lily Reid

    Pom pom & Tassel Making with Lily Reid

    I am tickled to begin our new magazine series where we discover and learn from some of the wonderful women and men I have the pleasure of knowing. Our first collection will be introductions and tutorials for projects you can do at home for free - or pretty darn close to it. So let's dive right in...

    Pompom & Tassel Making with Lily Reid

    I first me Lily when she was very young - maybe 6 years old. We were neighbors when my children were very small. I have had the absolute pleasure of watching Lily grow up into one of the most kind and accomplished human beings I know. And I am even happier to say, we have become dear friends. Our shops are right around the corner from each other and before the shutdown, we would visit on a regular basis, so it is nice to be able to collaborate in some way again.

    Lily is the owner of three - that's correct! - successful businesses - Apprentice Studio, an elevated knitwear line made entirely by Lily, co-owner of Good Gray, one of the prettiest practical stores in all the land, and her latest baby, Judith & Lily. Judith & Lily is a wonderful little yarn shop that filled an empty niche in Petaluma. They carry a curated selection of yarns as well as supplies and patterns. They also offer classes for everyone from the beginner to the advanced knitter and crocheter. It is a must visit for any knitting or crochet lover! 

    In the following tutorials, Lily will be teaching us how to make pompoms and tassels as well as giving us some inspiration for how to use them. As you all know, I am a huge fan of pom poms and tassels as adornments for our bags. Our bags are all fairly neutral in color and I love the addition of a pop of color! Try making these with thin strips of colored fabric as well!

    I hope you all have fun with this new series! 

    Take it away, Lily!!

    Pom poms and tassels are so easy to make with things you have around your home and have endless uses. I like to use them for wrapping packages, making garlands, tying a little posey together for a friend, you can stitch them on ribbon to make a bookmark, or even hair ties for fun. The list really goes on forever, so have fun with it. 

    Materials you will need:

    Yarn, a fork (or if you want to be fancy a Pom Pom maker), scissors, strong thread - I like to use button thread, and a business card. 


    How to make a Pom Pom

    1. Wrap your yarn around the tines of a fork approximately 30-40 times and cut the end. 
    2. Taking your strong thread tie all the loops tightly through the middle tine of the fork. 
    3. Slide off of the fork, cut all the loops, and trim! Don’t be scared, they take a good amount of squishing and trimming. 

    How to make a tassel

    1. Wrap your yarn around the business card length wise about 25 times and cut your yarn. 
    2. Cut a 10 inch piece of yarn and thread it under wrapped yarn and pull it all the way to the top and tie it tightly with a knot.
    3. Remove wrapped yarn from card and using another 10” piece of yarn and about 1/4 of the way down wrap the yarn tightly around all loops about 10 times and tie a knot. 
    4. Cut all the loops at the bottom and trim. 

    Be sure to look at the photos below for some inspiration on fun ways to use your pom poms and tassels!

    Thank you very much, Lily! I look forward to a coffee walk together! Hopefully sooner, rather than later.

    I hope you all enjoyed this first tutorial and are looking forward to more. Until then...


  • "Curiouser & curiouser."

    Alice, Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

    The photo below is proof positive that Alice In Wonderland was based on reality.

    Photo by Igor Siwanowicz.

    Thanks to the beautiful Charlotte Bird for always finding the most interesting goodies down the rabbit hole. Pun intended.

    And I will end with this quote by the ever clever Alice:

    ”It’s no use going back to yesterday, because I was a different person then.”



  • Mum's photo of the day.

    Every year, men in the Belgian town of Aalst dress up as women and participate in an annual carnival, calling themselves "Voll Jeanetten" (Dirty Jennies). Funny because my name is Jennifer. They wear corsets, old fur coats and lampshades on their heads. I don’t normally dress like that, but you never know. They also push an old stroller with beer in it and a bird cage on its side. When in Rome - or Aalst.

    I honestly don’t know where she finds this stuff, but thank you, Mum, for sending it my way. xo

  • A little journey down the rabbit hole...

    And down the rabbit hole I go.

    I have almost finished reading OVERSTORY by Richard Powers - which I recommend. My favorite part of the book is the thread that tells the tale of a wonderful old biologist studing how forests communicate…which led me to purchase the book THE HIDDEN LIFE OF TREES by Peter Wohlleben…which led me to this flicker page put together by The Biodiversity Heritage Library…which you can literally lose a day on. There are thousands of plates of species in every taxonomic classification. Taxonomy in this case meaning ”a branch of science that encompasses the description, identification, nomenclature, and classification of organisms.” (A little nod to A Series Of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket.)

    Here are a few of my favorites so far.