Would you like to adopt a Punnekin for 2015? It would get your New Year off to a very good start.

What, you might ask, is a 'Punnekin'?

Answer: the Dutch version of the French 'Tricotaine'?

I'm none the wiser, Val. What's a 'Punnekin' or a 'Tricotaine' or whatever you want to call it?

It's a length of crocheted wool produced by a process that the English call 'French knitting' based on a 'Knitting Dolly'. Suus in Mokkum and Heleen de Vaan know all about Punnekins, and I'm sure will tell you all about the delights of Punnekin-ing.

A pun of Punnekins has just hatched out in the airing cupboard. Here they are (the photo is not very good, because their eyes have not yet opened, and they are sensitive to light for the first week or so of their lives):

You will see that they are brightly coloured little things. they make great pets. They don't eat or drink much. You don't have to take them for walks. They like playing with cats. They are easy to look after, etc.

I have about a dozen different multi-coloured Punnekins that I need to find good homes for in 2015.

If you would like to adopt one then what I ask you to do is:

i) send me a postcard, letter or piece of Mail Art saying that you want one, and promising that you will look after it well,

ii) include your name and address on whatever it is that you send me,

iii) let me know if you want a male, female, or neutral Punnekin. Males have red eyes that look like diamonds (these Punnekins are of the species 'Diamond Punnekins'), females have blue eyes (the mother -- complete with tail feather is below), and the gender neutral ones have diamond coloured eyes (22 carrot).

iv),send me an international Mail Order for $10,000 to cover the costs of shipping, vets fees, export licence etc.

v) include a poem or a story about Punnekins. 'Punnekins are funnekins!'.

First come, first served.

Val

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Comment by Katerina Nikoltsou (MomKat) on December 11, 2014 at 4:18pm

OK...a punnekin story is snakin' it's way to Sigean tomorrow :-)

Comment by Valentine Mark Herman on December 11, 2014 at 2:56pm

Ok Katerina, but you have to send me a Punnekin poem/story (send - not post it here).

Comment by Katerina Nikoltsou (MomKat) on December 11, 2014 at 1:51pm

My punnekin snake wishes to have a mate, my dear Valentine,

so save the BLUE 'n white one for  Greece, please :-)

(in the mail to Sigean is a male with a Santa cap for you,

and if you can hear him,

he'll be asking pretty please for a punnekin to be sent to Greece)

Comment by Valentine Mark Herman on December 11, 2014 at 1:39pm

Yes please, Petrolpetal, I would like to see a photo of your pumpkins.

Punnekins are very small (the ones I show here are about 30 cms long), and take up any space at all. I could always make you a mini-Punnekin  (5 cms) -- the you could have a Punnekin on a Pumpkin.

Comment by Petrolpetal on December 11, 2014 at 12:04pm

HeHeHe - when you mentioned a punnekin prize for guessing your residency, I really thought you were talking about pumpkins and just messing about with the spelling! I have too many pumpkins - no space for punnekins unfortunately! Thanks for the offer though - I'm sure you will have many eager takers... Would you like to see a photo of my pumpkins someday??

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