Giant Gingerbread Men

These are favorite holiday treats at our house! I bought these cookie sheets a long time ago and the exact ones are no longer available BUT Wilton has an updated version*! The original recipe calls for shortening and a few other chemical-y things that I’ve replaced. The result is a brownie-like texture that we really enjoy and it makes enough for 2 giant gingerbread men!

Ingredients

    • 1 cup packed dark brown sugar
    • 3/4 cup granulated sugar (or Stevia)
    • 1/2 cup butter (I use salted)
    • 1/4 cup molasses
    • 2 eggs
    • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
    • 2 cups all-purpose flour (unbleached)
    • 1 teaspoon baking soda
    • 1 teaspoon baking powder
    • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves

Directions

      • Preheat oven to 300°F.
      • Cream together sugars, butter, molasses, eggs and vanilla in large bowl; beat with electric mixer till smooth.
      • In another large bowl, combine flour, baking soda, baking powder, ginger, salt, cinnamon, and cloves; add dry mixture a little at a time to the wet mixture, stirring as you go.
      •  For large gingerbread men, don’t spread dough all the way to the edges
      • Bake for around 30 minutes (depends on the oven).  I set my oven to “convection” so I can cook both pans at one time. For a crisper cookie, set oven to “bake” and cook one sheet at a time.

     

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Crochet Baby Hats Scrapbuster

thumbnailYou’ve been asking and I finally came up with the crochet version of my Knit Baby Hats Scrapbuster! It employs a variation of single crochet called the “waistcoat” or “knit” stitch and it really DOES look like knitting!

Download the Crochet Baby Hats Scrapbuster pattern here and as usual, there’s a video tutorial that guides you through the pattern reading and hat construction AND demonstrates the waistcoat stitch!

Right Handed Video Tutorial is here.

Left Handed Video Tutorial is in progress…

The yarn used for this pattern was Hobium Yarns  LaMia “Just Wool” 100% Recycled Wool and quite frankly, it was a joy to work with! Great price; reduces waste; excellent natural fiber benefit!

1. Fast delivery!
2. They accept both PayPal and credit card.
3. You receive a 20% discount on your first order!
4. Free shipping over $150 USD in Europe and North America!
5. Get an adorable Hobium bag free with orders over $50!
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Camel Stitch Brim Beanie

camel stitch brim beanieThis simple hat is one of my most requested tutorials and I think I may know why!

  1. It offers extra warmth for the ears.
  2. It lends itself well to variation.
  3. It’s a great scrap buster!

The Video Tutorial provides guided pattern reading with the tutorial and the skills taught include foolproof, top-down hat sizing! LEFT HANDED Video Tutorial is also available!

Download the free pattern Camel Stitch Brim Beanie Pattern!

Click this link if you’re looking for a larger Hat Sizing Chart for your crochet bag!

camel stitch brim variations

 

Help for Sister Margaret Mary 2018

 

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As a long time Sheepishly Sharing community member, Sister Margaret Mary reached out to us to ask for our assistance. Sister runs a top-notch music program for her school located in a lower income area of Kentucky. We all know that The Arts are seriously underfunded in most every school so educators need to be creative to achieve funding to 1) keep the program alive and 2) keep improving it. Sister takes that mission to heart and one of her fundraisers is a booth at her school’s fall festival. She’s allowed to keep the proceeds from her sales for her music program.

 

Sister1In the past, she and her students made the inventory but Sister is currently battling health problems that prevent her from producing an adequate number of items! (And it’s worth mentioning that Sister Margaret Mary is vision impaired but can crochet much better and faster than I can when her pain allows! She has even developed an adaptive crochet technique that she teaches in this video!)

 

How We Can Help

Could you spend some crafting time making Christmas-themed items for Sister’s craft table?! ANY type of craft is welcome! Search Pinterest for “Christmas Crafts” to send your imagination soaring! Unfortunately, non-Christmas themed items don’t seem to sell at her booth so let’s focus on holiday items only!

Deadline: October 5, 2018

Mail to: Sister Margaret Mary, SJW
music@sjawalton.com
St. Joseph Academy
48 Needmore St.
Walton, KY 41094
859-485-6444
St. Joseph Academy is a 501(c)(3) institution.
Tax ID #61-1155444

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UPDATE: Thank You Note from Sister Margaret Mary

“I would like to thank my “guardian craft angels” for their donations. I was so impressed with everything I received to help support the music program at St. Joseph Academy. All of the items were works of art made with perfection and a lot of TLC! What really touched me the most was all the letters and notes of support! I just wasn’t receiving hand-made items alone… I was receiving treasures from the heart from each person! What a tremendous blessing! I love you all! There is a special bond between us… sharing God’s gifts with others!

I have another special request. I am in need of fun fur and eye lash yarn in large amounts (bigger skeins). My crochet and craft club members are excited about making teddy bears on the Addi Express knitting machines. Julie Greenfield is the designer of the teddy bear patterns. Her tutorials can be found on YouTube. I purchased a couple of six-packs of eyelash yarn from Amazon. Oh my goodness… I did not realize how little yarn is in one small little skein… Since the skeins of yarn are on 50gm (approx. an oz), it will take six skeins of fun fur or eyelash yarn without any mess ups!  If people would like to donate, I need six skeins of a color.  All 12 kids want to make a teddy bear.  I have no stash of this type of yarn.
I am attaching my first sample teddy bear using Red heart Super Saver. I am currently making another teddy bear with eyelash yarn.”

 

Double Ribbed Hat | Addi Express | Melissa Sutcliffe Pattern!

Double Thick Ribbed Addi Hat

Melissa Sutcliffe came  up with a unique method for ribbing a double-layered hat and asked me to do a video tutorial for her. I LOVE the practically of the extra warmth plus a snug ribbing so I was happy to do it! I would definitely consider this hat to be at the Intermediate Level because ribbing on the machine can be a bit tricky, however… I demonstrate how to do it in this video and will always encourage you to try! (If you mess up, it’s only yarn and can be used again!)

Download the written pattern here: Melissa’s Hat Pattern

Here’s a refresher on casting on and off and how to change colors.

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Melissa’s hats with crochet bind off.

If you want to replicate the neatly finished edge of Melissa’s hats, here’s a tutorial for a crochet version of a 3-needle bind off.

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Simple gathered bind off.

Review: Prym Maxi & Generic Knitting Machines

I love circular machine knitting and because the Addi Express machines are so expensive, I’m always on the lookout for possible substitutions! In this video, I compare the Prym Maxi with a Generic, no-name machine (which pleasantly surprised me, btw!)

Be sure to check out links to all products discussed in this video.*

And I have a whole page on this blog dedicated to learning more about circular knitting machines! You can also find links to reviews of other machines here.

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Beginner Tips for Circular Knitting Machines

Beginner Tips for Circular Knitting Machines!

Myth: Circular knitting machines require no skill.
Truth: There’s a learning curve. Master it, then creativity abounds!

Beginner Tips for Circular Knitting Machines

When I read poor reviews of circular knitting machines that I know work well, I feel so sad for the people who spent their money expecting a perfect out-of-the-box experience! Just like any craft, circular machine knitting has a certain skill set to be learned.

In this video tutorial, I share demonstrate some basic tips and tricks to help beginners find fast success!

Tip #1: Affix machine to work surface.
Tip #2: Start with light weight yarn.
Tip #3: Read and Research.
Tip #4: Try out different yarn.
Tip #5: Add weights.
Tip #6: Go slow; watch, catch, fix mistakes.
Tip #7: Patience. Give it 10-15 rows.
Tip #8: Beware of knots.