T-shirt Quilt Preview

I’ve been working on a t-shirt quilt quite hard for the last two weeks. The top is pieced together and pinned to the batting and backing. (With approximately 400 pins!) The quilt is 104″ by 104″ and the largest quilt I’ve ever attempted. I’ll write a full post when I’m finished, but here’s a preview picture. It fills up the entire living room and my husband couldn’t even get high enough to get the whole quilt in the picture.

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Obsessed with Bombshell Shorts

None of my recent projects have featured cables, and I didn’t realize how much I missed them until I cast on Bombshell Shorts!  I’ve been obsessed with these cables this week and basically neglecting my other projects.  I also really like how the shorts are fitting thus far.  Please ignore my spandex-clad booty.

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KALs, KALs, KALs

I’ve knitted a ton this week and have nothing finished to show for it.  Here is a progress picture of all three of my current knit-a-long (KAL) projects.

  • Socks with Sarah is still going steady.  I’ve knit at least one row on the sock everyday that I’ve knitted since January 15.  (I think there have only been two days that I haven’t knitted.)  I don’t have much to show for it.  Sock knitting has tons of tiny stitches and it hasn’t been my main focus.
  • Multiplicity is tons of fun!  Learning to double knit was enjoyable, and I love the two sided fabric.
  • Of all knitting techniques, I think cables are still my favorites.  Bombshell Shorts lets me cable to my heart’s content.

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Chalkboard Signs Work-in-Progress

This wedding season, chalkboard signs are all the rage.  However, they are quite expensive.  I decided to make my own.  I bought some 2’x4′ pieces of chalkboard for $10.25 per piece at Home Depot last weekend.  My almost father-in-law cut them for me on his table  saw.  I’ve been working at lettering them this week.  The larger signs will have frames around them eventually, but they are turning out too cute not to share!

 

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Materials:

Instructions:

  • Use PowerPoint to design your sign.  PowerPoint has tons of great fonts already.  There are a lot more available at dafont.com.  Erin has some great font suggestions on her blog, How to Nest for Less.  It’s easy to scale the signs to an appropriate size using the program.
  • Print your design and tape it to the board using masking tape.
  • Slide the tracing paper between the design and the chalkboard.
  • Trace the design using a normal ball point pen.  You don’t have to be super exact with the tracing.  I like the design to have some imperfections so it looks like it was handmade rather than printed.
  • Remove the tracing paper and design.  You should see your design faintly in white transferred to the chalkboard.  Using your chalk or paint marker, trace over the design again.

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Difficulty:  Easy

Time Required:  30 minutes

Overall Experience:  Excellent

Nachtfalter Summer Knit-a-Long Week 6 Progress

Well… I should have had the sweater finished by today, but we were all graciously given another week.  I’ve knit 5/16 of the back lace repeats in the last two days.  Hopefully I can finish by next Sunday!  I love how it is turning out.

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Nachtfalter Front

Nachtfalter Summer Knit-a-Long–Finished Front

I have been furiously finishing my dissertation this week, which resulted in no knitting from Sunday through Thursday.  I finally finished the front of my summer sweater this morning, almost two weeks late.  I’m really pleased with the way that it looks.  I wanted to post a quick picture of it pinned to my form.  Now I need to address those wedding invitations.  I picked up my wedding dress this morning.  Exciting!  Only 85 days until I walk down the aisle!

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