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 have jumped on the bandwagon.

I’ve tried my hand at making my own. After all, Caron Cakes are simply self-striping yarn (no gradient color changes) that’s caked on a ball winder. The end. I’ve included the method I used below but I question the whether it’s worth the effort. Here’s my take on the matter and be sure to let me know what YOU think about using your own stash to create a cake!

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 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!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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!

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!