Spurred on by a fellow hooker from Barkham (thank you Jill at Emerald Cottage ) I've decided to bite the bullet, seize my gorgeous hook (Clover Amour, naturally) by its shank and start some witterings about the wonderful world of crochet.
I first learnt to crochet at the age of 9 in an after school activity group. I didn't really pick up my hook again until about 5 years ago when a couple of friends inspired me with their hooky skills and that was it...I was completely smitten. Hook, yarn and groovy Swift winder... I am now a self-confessed yarn junkie with a serious and incurable case of OCD (that's Obsessive Crochet Disorder to those in the know).
In September 2012 I taught a couple of local friends how to crochet a quick Granny Square and I soon realised that there was a growing number of wannabe hookers out there, lurking on the bustling streets of Barkham just waiting to brandish their hooks and join our very own Chain Gang. I hired the village hall , put the kettles on...and hey presto the Barkham Hookers was formed!
|Our 1st Birthday Party...bunting and cakes..perfect combo|
Today there are over 215 members; I probably see about 50-60 on a regular basis at one of the 4 weekly sessions that I run in the local area. New members turn up each week who I teach from scratch whilst the majority now come to hook in company, share patterns, drink tea and eat cakes. All good.
|Here are some of the poppies we crocheted for the Poppy Appeal last November...we raised over £1,200...we also yarn-bombed Wokingham town centre including the Memorial Bench which was done at around midnight after a few glasses of wine|