Sunday, 28 February 2016

The Lazy Barkham Hooker's CAL 2016 INTRODUCTION AND EXCUSES...

This has been a while coming, I know and it's not quite there yet either.  Apologies to those who have been patiently waiting; life just has a habit of getting in the way of crochet (how dare it?!). THEREFORE, to whet your appetites a touch and to allow those who want to take part,  time  to order their yarn, here is a brief teaser of what it's all about....

It's called THE LAZY HOOKER'S CAL because I'm a lazy hooker I guess, so I wanted to make this one as easy and stress-free as possible. There will be just 6 different designs of squares which will be repeated throughout to create a symmetrical pattern (so lazy),  I will be using CHUNKY yarn so it grows nice and fast, and I have chosen some fantastic COLOUR-CHANGING yarn so that I don't need to sew in hundreds of ends.HURRAH for that! I am going to suggest that you use either

 JAMES C BRETT MARBLE CHUNKY which is 100% acrylic and comes in huge 200g balls

                                              Image result for james c brett marble dk

or the fabulous KING COLE RIOT CHUNKY which is a wool mix and comes in 100g balls

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These are just a few of the colours and they won't disappoint. If you are one of my local Barkham Hookers you can get a great deal on these yarns by going to see Rebecca in STITCHERY DO in Wokingham for both yarns or Cindy at ASHRIDGE FARM GARDEN CENTRE for the Riot Chunky. Just mention that you're doing the CAL and they will order everything you need at a great price. #let'ssupportlocal! 
 For those of you not local you can of course order on-line from several shops - just google the wool to see the best offers for you. You will need 1600g of the main yarn plus some plain yarn of your choice to do the borders, so you'll need to order 8 balls of the James C Brett and 16 balls of the King Cole Riot. We'll sort the borders out later so don't worry about that yet.

It will measure approx 140cm by 110cm without the borders/edging so it's not huge; more of a good throw for the sofa or a runner for the bed. You can make it bigger or smaller by adding or removing  squares from the top and bottom and can decide whether to do a big border or not. The choice is yours!

We will be doing between 1 and 2 squares a week depending on their size and I expect the whole blanket to take 19 weeks plus the time spent on the edge.

Here's a little taster of one of the large squares. This is using the KING COLE RIOT in 'Monsoon'.

I love how the colours change so beautifully making it look like you've spent AGES swapping in new colours...SO LAZY!

This is one of the 5 large squares. I will be blocking every single one to ensure that they are all the same size.

I hope to get the first pattern out for SUNDAY 13th MARCH and will release each new part every Sunday from then on so WATCH THIS SPACE.....