Fun Pom Pom Scarf

ted baker scarfWhile Christmas shopping online, I ran across this Ted Baker “Tizzy” Pom Pom scarf for $125 at Bloomingdales. It’s no longer available but you can purchase it from the designer’s site for the same price if that floats your boat.

pom pom scarf

Naturally, this prompted the “I Can Make That”

mindset so, knowing I couldn’t get the nice materials Ted used, I went with a more silly option with endless theme or color choices. Since it’s close to Christmas, I was thinking about Santa and thus, we have this version!

This was a simple, fun and fast project and I can see it being a great indoor project for kids to tackle. It took about 2+ skeins of Herrschener’s Worsted 8 yarn. (It was hard to tell because I used scraps along with one brand new skein.)

Here ‘s the tutorial:

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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!

(CLICK HERE for the LEFT HAND version.)

RIGHT HAND version:

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

Viewers’ Favorite Kitchener Stitch Assistance!

In a recent Sheepishly Sharing video, I mentioned that the Kitchener stitch was challenging for me. But, true-to-form, my subscribers are the most helpful bunch and shared some of their favorite tricks and videos that helped them master this beast! Here’s all that good info right here on one page!


pipersmom shared:
Hi Margaret, this is a link to a youtube video for the kitchener stitch that gave me that light bulb moment. Since I’ve watched it I’ve not had a problem remembering how to do it, I never have to look up the steps. The only change I’ve made is that for the toe of socks I fond it unnecessary to do the set up stitches.  Memorize the Kitchener Stitch


Victoria Murphy shared:
I discovered a video by Susan B. Anderson, YouTube. She has a way of helping you focus on the kitchener stitch. I repeat her mantra while doing it and it helps. Kitchener Stitch to Finish a Sock


Christina Schuricht shared:
…i wanted to share a link to a Kitchener stitch video that helped me a great deal.. maybe it could help someone else like it did me… it’s from knittinghelp.com Kitchener Stitch Seaming on Stockinette


Connie Alman shared:
Thought I would share this for you on the kitchener stitch- I buy yarn from www.lolodidit.com and on the back of her yarn labels she has a short step by step of the kitchener stitch it is now so easy for me.

SET UP:
1. Front purl, on
2. Back knit, on

Kitchener:
1. Front knit, off
2. Front purl, on
3. Back purl, off
4. Back knit, on

I find this just amazing, so easy to understand. Hope you like it.


Erin (GimmeYarn418) demonstrates her method and agrees with pipersmom above re: the set up… not necessary on socks.


Maren R shared:
I wanted to share my favored way of making the Kitchener stitch. This link shows you how to knit the Kitchener stitch instead of sewing 🙂 How to knit (not sew!) Kitchener stitch aka grafting


Instamat1c shared…
Hi Margaret. I found this video that I thought was helpful for those of us that struggle with/dislike doing the Kitchener stitch and figured I would share it: Russian Grafting – How to join live stitches with a crochet hook.

DIY Scented Pinecones!

I love natural scents in my home so it made scents sense to make some of these!

Supplies:

  • Pine cones from your backyard (or someone else’s backyard but don’t trespass!)
  • Foil
  • Baking Pan
  • Oven
  • Essential oil of your own choosing (I used Cinnamon Bark)
  • Something to display them in!

Here’s how:

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!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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!

How To Soften Acrylic Yarn

Since I’m mostly a Charity Crafter and acrylic is preferred, I talk a lot about washing before donating to soften the inexpensive acrylics. Basically, I just treat it like laundry but I get questions all the time about the specifics of my method. So here’s a video to address those questions!