Pattern Hack | New Look 6843 | Skirt Pattern Sewing Shortcuts

6843_env_front_1This is my go-to pattern for skirts and while still on the market today, it’s been around for AGES! I mentioned it (and how I’ve modified it) in one of my regular videos and people wanted to hear more so this video provides all the details!

Overview:

  1. Favorite notions.
  2. Eliminate the waistband.
  3. Double fabric for easy lining.
  4. Demonstrate my method for inserting the zipper.
  5. Machine finish/hem.

Vlog Along Giveaway!

Post a 1-2 minute video clip of yourself showing us your yarn stash, your craft room, demonstrating a technique or anything else craft related and I’ll share it on my channel and enter you in the giveaway! It’s easy! Just post it social media with the hashtag #sheepishlysharing!

Instagram, Twitter, Sheepishly Sharing Facebook Group, our Ravelry Group or YouTube!

Rules:

👉 Must be 18 or over or have a parent/guardian’s permission
👉 G Rated
👉 2 minutes max
👉 Introduce yourself
👉 Share your stuff
👉 Post to Instagram, Twitter, on our Facebook group or Ravelry Group with the hashtag #sheepishlysharing Absolutely no emails. (YouTube is a great option but drop me an PM when it’s live since hashtags aren’t as easy to search.)

Here are the details on the giveaway goodies!

JetSteam Portable Steamer

I was sent a steamer to review and I’m happy to say I really liked it! (And I can’t say that about all little steamers like this… ask me how I know!) If you’re interested, you can get it on Amazon: http://amzn.to/2ocG0iQ

Brilliant Viewer Tips for Knit and Crochet!

For the CrochetCrate Giveaway, I asked that people give me something I can Sheepishly Share in the comment section of the giveaway video. (Tips, questions, stories… doesn’t matter!)  What a collection of brilliance we received so I’ll be sharing them in my videos!

In the first one, you can learn things like:

  • addressing pom pom problems
  • crochet hook technical info
  • bobby pins and hair clips can be useful
  • tips for organized project planning
  • free version of “Yarnit” type products
  • dyeing yarn with Easter Egg dye
  • felting tips
  • bag construction tips
  • resizing patterns without math
  • jogless stripes
  • inexpensive project bags
  • what to do with yarn scraps
  • AND MORE!

In the second one you’ll find tips on:

  • traveling with supplies
  • storing supplies and open skeins
  • mixing yarn crafts
  • making neck warmers
  • pattern organization
  • saving yarn for repairs
  • adding fragrance
  • knitting cast on tips
  • proper task lighting
  • best yarn for stitch definition
  • surprising benefits of wool
  • more great uses for yarn scraps

CrochetCrate Giveaway!

Click here to watch the video to see all the crochet goodness and enter to win this March CrochetCrate sent to us from KnitCrate! This version is completely SOLD OUT so here’s your last chance to get it! (Knitcrate is a subscription box service filled with yarnie goodess!)

* INSTRUCTIONS FOR ENTERING: Leave a comment on the YouTube Comment Section (not on this blog post) that’s something interesting I can share! Got a question for me? Or maybe a favorite tip? Have you used this yarn before? Do tell!

*Must be 18 or older to enter or have the permission of a parent or legal guardian. This giveaway IS open internationally.

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Go here: http://mbsy.co/knitcrate/matolander and enter our code SHEEP20 when checking out! (20% off your first box!)

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Crochet Tutorial: Better Late Than Never Beanie

One of my “go-to” hats for donations AND it’s great for using up left-over yarn! I got permission from the designer, Kathy North, to do a video tutorial and here it is!

Here’s a quick link to the original written pattern.

Convertible balaclava beanie

Balaclava: Addi Express Tutorial

A requested tutorial for a balaclava done on a circular knitting machine!

Convertible balaclava beanie

Wear it 2 ways!

(This is not for a rank beginner!) Skills needed:

~ Basic Circular Knitting Machine Skills (casting on/off, color changes)
~ Hand knitting OR Crochet skills

Essentially, it’s a long tube (like a reversible hat). One end is closed like a hat, the other end is finished with a stretch bind off. Waste yarn is inserted in the middle of the tube to allow for the face opening. Simple concept!