Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Sheepy shirts!

Oh, hi there... is it 2009 already? A month past my last blog entry? Two weeks past my birthday? Inauguration day already (Can I get a witness!?!)?

Wow, time flies. There are so many serious, funny and relevant things I could have blogged about, but instead: "Look, sheepy shirts! Awww!"

These two shirts, and seven more I might be able to find on the 'net, are the output of our 8 knitting guild participants stencilling their hearts out Monday night. Our goal was to create shirts we can wear at Stitches West next month to represent the Knitspiration knitting guild of Silicon Valley.

It was our first guild meeting of the new year and our very creative Amy / spinalcat gave us all instruction in how to make contact paper stencils. We stencilled the sheep design onto shirts - old shirts from home and new $2 t-shirts from Michael's. I don't think any of us except Amy had ever stencilled before, so this was a fun and easy stretch beyond knitting for us.

If you are interested in stencilling a one-off shirt, Amy has a nice tutorial on her blog about how to make your own design into a stencil. The supplies for this project cost about $2 (for a new t-shirt) plus $1.50 per paint color plus the price of an Xacto knife and some grubbing around in the recycle paper box for cardboard. You can save the $2 by using an old shirt in your collection.

Besides the shirts, there was another big payoff for me and my musical spouse-o. We cleaned up the garage so the knitters would have space to mess with paint. You do *not* know how amazing this is. It has been 4 solid years since we last parked a car in this garage.

All it took was a bunch of trash removal, some stuff dropped off at Computer Recycling, and a Goodwill run, Bill can now reach the Hammond organ stored in the garage. It might be time for an actual garage band experience here at Chez Spinnity.

Special thanks to Jasmine, Pam, Amy & Janice for helping cut out extra stencils for members who could not attend. Janice couldn't make Monday's meeting, so she came over tonight to paint her shirt -- I love how it came out and I'm sure she'll have photos soon.


Blogger Lía said...

Cute shirts ;)

January 21, 2009 7:50 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Love the shirts but am particularly ecstatic about the garage cleaning. yay!!! Mom

January 22, 2009 10:30 AM  
Blogger margit said...

Nice shirts! And what a nice clean garage! I'm SO envious!! Want to come clean mine ;)

January 22, 2009 3:39 PM  
Blogger Jasmine said...

omg, i think that's the first time anybody ever links to my blog, haha.

January 26, 2009 3:56 AM  

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