Saturday, 22 July 2017


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:


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.