DIY Caron Cakes?

Caron yarns had no idea their temporary-anniversary-celebration product was going to be such a hit and people are going crazy over it! We’ve recently heard that they WILL be making it a permanent product and now other companies are catching on like Premier Yarns’ Sweet Roll. I imagine we’ll see more colors and other companies jumping on the bandwagon.

But I have to hand it to Red Heart. One of their spokespeople has released a video on how to make your own version (using Red Heart yarns, of course)! Marley Bird demonstrates how to use a Russian join to create the same effect. After all, Caron Cakes are simply self-striping yarn (no gradient color changes) that’s caked on a ball winder. The end.

Of course, you can get this effect with any yarn but if you’re trying to closely recreate this cakey craze, here are some details that can help you in your pursuit!

Weight: Medium Worsted (4)
Contents: 80% Acrylic, 20% Wool
Skein Weight: 7.1 oz./ 200g
Yardage: 383 yd. / 350 m

blueberry-cheesecake-scarfMost of the cakes are equal amounts of color although some are not. Let’s use Blueberry Cheesecake for this example. I snapped a quick pic of this pattern on the label:

  • Based on this pic, the color amounts equal. (That medium blue is tonal.)
  • This Blueberry Cheesecake has 4 colors that repeat twice.
  • The label says there are approximately 383 yards. Soooo….

383 yards ÷ 4 colors =  96 <rounded up> yards of each color

Since you need to have 2 color repeats…

96 yards of each color  ÷ 2 color repeats = 48 yards of each color repeat

(If you prefer other units of measurement, that would be 44 m/.89 oz/25 g)


Now all you need is color inspiration. My favorite place for that is Design Seeds!

Have fun!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Big DIY Dry-Erase Calendars

dry erase calendar

A great way to get a quick overview of your upcoming months is an extra large dry-erase calendar! I use 2 so I can see the month ahead as well (although I wish I had 4 so I could see the whole quarter).  I was determined to use only what I already had on hand so this project cost me NOTHING!

Supplies:

  • old frames
  • scissors
  • painters tape
  • something for covering (fabric, paper, wallpaper, felt)
  • yard stick
  • Sharpie
  • spray paint (optional)

For a complete tutorial, see the video below!

Thin Blue Line Hat

Thin Blue Line Hat

The “Thin Blue Line” is an emblem used to show support of law enforcement officers. While the term has been around a long time, it’s believed to have been brought in the mainstream with the 1988 documentary of the same name.

Disclaimer: In light of the recent unrest, it’s important to remember that there are problems and corruption in every occupation in the world but that doesn’t negate the good that’s done overall. Look for the good in everything… and then support it. 

I’ve found we have lots of law enforcement connections with our Sheepishly Sharing Flock and thought this might be something that touches us all. Special thanks to @carolscreativecorner on Instagram who started me thinking about it with this post.

Download the free Thin Blue Line Hat Pattern

If you need help with the Chain Tracks Technique, the video is here:

Crochet Pokeball Hat

Pokeball Hat title

With the Pokemon Go app, there’s been a resurgence in Pokemon popularity! I knocked out 4 of these for charity in no time! There are plenty of patterns out there but my favorite basic crochet hat uses Half Double Crochet so I whipped this up on my own. (Most of the patterns out there use Double Crochet.)

You’re welcome to download this free pattern!

Click here: Pokeball Hat Pattern

 

Recycled DIY Supplies

So… What “trash” do you save for your DIY projects?! I had to start over since the move to Atlanta but here are some things I’ve been saving lately. Be sure to read the comments on the YouTube video watch page if you want even more great ideas. And/or hop on over to the Sheepishly Sharing Facebook Group to see even more suggestions!

 

Knitting Machine Tube Size Comparison!

Curious about the sizes from different circular knitting machines? Here are 4 samples and their measurements!

Knit Quick Knitting Machine Review

Michael’s (a large craft store chain here in the USA) has come out with it’s own circular knitting machine. I bought it and ran it through it’s paces. Should you buy it??

Here’s the review: