Monday, 24 July 2017

It's a Whirlwind Obsession!

I have to admit that my current obsession right now is the absolutely gooooorrrrgeousssness that is the colour-changing loveliness of Scheepjes Whirl.

                          Image result for whirl scheepjes

It is a 4-ply Cotton mix that seems to go on and on for miles...all 1000m of it! The colour changes are so gradual which is what makes it so special. It is fabulous to crochet with and just as easy to frog too which is a real blessing when trying out new patterns.

I first treated myself to 2 cakes of the Green Tea Tipple which I saved for my recent adventure in India. I must admit to being chuffed to say that I've 'done it' on a train bound for the Taj Mahal!


'Doing it ' on The Gatiman Express bound for Agra


With high humidity and temperatures rising to over  45 degrees,  I didn't do as much as I'd hoped,  so I had to finish it when I returned to the cooler climes of the UK. I had chosen the EDLOTHIA shawl (a free pattern on Ravelry) and wasn't disappointed. It really is such a fabulous pattern with several different sections. The Whirl lends itself to a pattern like this, allowing the gradual colour changes to really shine through. Once finished I blocked it hard in the sun allowing it to grow considerably. Just 1 cake of this makes a fabulously generous shawl or scarf.







In fact, I loved the pattern so much I whipped up another one in some scrumptious 4-ply I had stashed from a yarnfest In Brighton I went to several years ago...




I then couldn't resist another shot with the Whirl (I said it was an obsession) so chose the Poncho version of the Virus Shawl...there's a tutorial on You Tube which you'll need for the starting chain then it's the same as the shawl  - you just add 2 corners  instead of 1. Love it!

Unblocked on left, blocked on right

It's the perfect cover-up for those chilly evenings after a BBQ too!

I added a simple Picot edging

I've now started another shawl with one of the new colours...watch this space!


Saturday, 22 July 2017

AUTUMN/WINTER CAL 2017 - THE BARKHAM HOOKER'S WEATHER BLANKET Starts on SUNDAY 3RD SEPTEMBER


This CAL is designed to reflect the changing sky but can be easily adapted to reflect your mood, the season or a mixture of all. I have designed mine by looking at the colour of the sky each week but there is room for an awful lot of poetic licence.....basically you choose the colours you want each week whether they reflect the real weather or not!





You will need 13 x100g balls of STYLECRAFT SPECIAL DK. This will include 5 balls of your main colour (the weather front) and then 1 ball each of 8 more colours. There will be a small amount left at the end (or you could use just 7 more colours to avoid wastage).










I used the following:

5 x SILVER



1 x Aster


1 x Cream



1 x Midnight (I used a slightly different shade but this will work perfectly)



1 x Duck Egg



1 x Turquoise



1 x Denim


 1 x petrol




1 x grey


You will need a 4mm and a 4.4mm hook as well as the usual darning needle etc.

It will take 30 weeks for the blanket plus 1 week for the border. You will be completing 1 new 'weather front' each week and you can change the colours to suit your own view or mood. Grey sheets of rain could become yellow rays of sun; white puffs of cloud could become moody storm clouds or even snow. The blocks of stitches can represent the weather near you; plain rows of trebles can be lightening strikes (white) or sun rays (yellow) or even just sheets of rain (grey). You decide and you choose.

The finished blanket will fit a Single bed lengthways or stretch across a King Size bed widthways as a runner....or just use it to snuggle under on the sofa!

Stitchery Do in Wokingham will be making up kits with my colours and suggested other colours so feel free to contact them  or visit their gorgeous shop if you can. It is in the lovely market town of Wokingham in Berkshire with plenty of parking opposite the shop in the 2 main car parks.





Pondicherry Poncho


Having recently returned from an amazing trip to India I wanted to create something that reminded me of my travels. I  came up with The Pondicherry Poncho, named after the quaint  French Town nestled on the South Eastern Indian coast. 
I designed it using the new Colourwheel DK by Sirdar.

Image result for sirdar colour wheel


 It is a lovely blend of wool and acrylic and comes in a fabulous choice of colour-changing cakes.



 This colourway (Deep Blue Sea) fitted the bill exactly! 







The pattern is currently available in a Kit form with the Colourwheel shade of your choice and can be ordered by contacting Rebecca Dreelan at the  Stitchery Do shop in Wokingham, Berkshire. 



Friday, 27 January 2017

Flowers For Alexander

This year I have been asked to help raise money for a local charity,


an amazing organisation who are raising funds to build the first children's hospice in the Berkshire area. Flushed with the amazing success of our Poppies for  the British Legion for who we recently raised nearly £8,000, I suggested that we make flower brooches in the colours of the charity. There are literally hundreds of free patterns out there in Blogland (Lucy on Attic 24 has a few fab ones) and Ravelry but I will include a pattern of mine own below too. If you would like to make some flowers please feel free to use any yarn in shades of blue or yellow and any blue or yellow buttons, in any combination! The idea is to keep the charity topped up with brooches so that they can sell them at all of their fundraising events throughout the year. Please contact me if you wish to send any on to the charity as I can pass them on.




The Barkham Hooker Simple Flower Brooch 

I have used a SIZE 4mm hook with DK but you can use any yarn with a suitable hook. All instructions are in UK terms. 

Abbreviations: ch - chain    dc - double crochet   htr - half treble     tr - treble crochet    
  dbtr - double treble   slst-  slip stitch      ch-sp -  chain space

1) Ch4, slip stitch to join to form a ring. Now Ch2 (=1 half treble), then do 14 more htr in the ring (15 htr in total) Slip st to join. (Try to crochet the tail end under as you go so you have one less end to weave in at the end!)

2) Ch 5, miss 2 stitches, slip stitch in the next st, repeat from * all the way round, forming 5 sets of 5-chain space loops. Slip stitch to bottom of first ch5. 

3) Now, working IN the 5-ch sp loops, do 1dc, 2 htr, 3tr, 2 htr, 1dc IN EVERY CH-SP. No need to chain in between. This gives you 5 petals.


4) Slip stitch to join AROUND THE BACK of the post between the last and first petals  where you joined the last round, so that the yarn is now at the back of the flower.

Now, * Ch7, slip stitch around the post between the next petals and repeat from all the way to form 5 sets of 7-ch-spaces which sit behind the first set of petals.

This shows the flower from the back with the 5 sets of 7ch-sps
 5) Now with the flower facing right side towards you, working in these ch-7 spaces, work 1dc, 1htr, 2tr, 3dbtr, 2tr, 1 htr,1dc IN EVERY CH-SP to form the second set of petals. Slip stitch to the bottom of the fist dc and fasten off, leaving a long end (needed to sew on the button and brooch pin).



Sew on a button and a brooch pin using the tail end then fasten off and weave in all ends.





Saturday, 3 December 2016

Followers.....0...??

I've only just noticed that there was an option to put a 'follow ' box on the blog...I did wonder why no-one was following me despite over 65, 000 views! So, if you'd like to follow me then click the box on the top left! I promise to post something new very soon as I know I've been completely rubbish .  Life as a nearly full-time Madam has been rather busy of late!

Sunday, 24 July 2016

Lazy Hooker's CAL Week 20

We're Hookers On The Edge!

I have chosen a PLAIN colour to do the borders so that that it doesn't compete with all the colours of the squares. You can choose pretty much any plain Chunky you want. I chose KING COLE MAGNUM CHUNKY in a pale bluey/lavender called Stonewash.


                                        

 It has a really nice sheen and twist which works perfectly with the Riot Chunky. I needed 400g maximum.

The joining of all the squares is the only decidedly  NON Lazy bit of this blanket but I believe it's worth the effort. I'm a huge lover of edges and borders as I really believe they can make a blanket sing! So there's no time constraint from now on. You can take 1 week or 1 month  to finish it; it's up to you!


FIRST EDGES

Every square (big and small) will need to be edged first in 1 row of double crochet all the way round by doing 2 dcs in every chain space of the last row and by doing 3dcs in every corner. 




Every square will need to be bordered like this first
 Joining up

Then you need to start joining the squares together...Lay all your squares out on the floor like this:






Whilst joining  use stitch keepers or safety pins to keep them together . Put the WRONG SIDES TOGETHER  and do 1DC IN EVERY STITCH ON BOTH SQUARES AND 2 or 3DC IN EVERY CORNER (depends how tight your tension is...decide on one and stick to it).

I started by joining the bottom 6 small squares together horizontally ( PDDDDP)




Go through BOTH LOOPS OF BOTH STITCHES 




 Then I repeated this by joining the 6 small squares (PDDDP) at the top together ,

then all 4 sets of 4 small squares (ST SP
                                                             ST SP)
as below





You might need to add a chain in between each square if you crochet tightly

Start by joining across in one direction then  fasten off and reattach to join in the opposite direction

When you get to the middle bits just crochet across over the top of the stitches below

You might need to add a chain if you're a tighty...
I blocked each set of joined squares again at this stage.

Now join all the sets together following the diagram above .



FINAL BORDER...nearly there now!

1) Using Edge colour  go round entire blanket doing 1htr 1 ch between each pair of dcs and 3htrs2ch3hrs in the corners.






                               







2) Using Main colour do 1 htr 1 ch  in every ch-sp around, doing 3htr 2ch 3htr in the corners.







3) Using  Main colour  do 1dc 1ch in each ch-sp and 2dcs 2 ch 2dcs in each corner

4) Repeat row 3

5) Using Edge Colour finish with 1dc 1 ch in every ch-sp and 2dcs 2ch 2dcs in each corner.









Fasten off and weave in all ends...


Notice how my petals all stick up... I had already finished my blanket when I decided to change the design of the middle square to fasten the petals down...too late for me!






TA DAH!

THE LAZY BARKHAM HOOKER'S CAL2016






I am very very proud of how this has come out...I hope you love yours too. I'd love to see them so do post piccies. Now for a rest...x