Upcycling in the Summer

Once upon a time, there was an old locker who sat all alone in a dirty old shed. He gathered dust and rust, and was not much to look at. He wished and he wished for changes to be made and BOOM his fairy godmother obliged.

What a difference a wash, sanding, primer, paint can make!

From the dirty shed to the laundry room! Now what to paint next?

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Squak!

These past few weeks I have been slapping paint on everything! I have made Christmas gifts, kitchen items, you name it. I am on a roll!

My most recent item is a stoneware plate that used a Magic designer line pen and Duncan underglaze paints, which was supposed to result in a water color look.

I chose a crazy chicken face, applied it to a plate, and then painted away, using blues, reds, greens, yellows, and a light brown. Then I took the designer line and lined the whole thing in black.

And of course, forgot to take a photo of the pre-glazed plate! The end result came out beautifully, except for one little thing: the reds and yellows did not show up. It is likely they magically disappeared! The yellow was used by others and it showed up on their plate. Mine? Nope. The paints must have thought it looked better without them.

Here is the end result! The whole face is missing most of the color, but I like the end look.

Quit Needling Me!

I have the perfect two balls of fingering yarn for a shawl: a deep green and a variegated light red/green mix. Together they will make the perfect accessory.

I wound the hanks into balls and then began looking for the perfect pattern. I thought the pattern would call to me and the second I saw it, I would know. Unfortunately the perfect pattern never came.

I would work on other projects, searching Pinterest and revelry in the night, still searching for that perfect pattern. Still it hid from me.

Finally, I decided I would make that shawl now! Now, now, now! I was sick of waiting. No more hide and seek! I spent a large part of yesterday looking and decided on the pattern. It called for a DK wait and was $6. It was well worth the splurge. I decided to go down to a size 6 needle to deal with the yarn difference.

The yarn and the pattern were not happy, they despised each other from the start. So, grumbling about my wonderful paid pattern, I went searching for something new. I found another pattern.

I decided to stick with the size 6 needles, even though the pattern called for size 5. I needed those for a collar for a project I need to finish today (it must be DONE today!) and I didn’t feel like looking for another pair. The yarn still could not get along with the pattern and needles.

I kept looking and looking into the evening hours, the yarn liked nothing I suggested. I was about ready to put them aside and work on something less picky.

Finally I decided to do a Cameo shawl. I made one in the past and I loved it. I didn’t necessarily want to make the same thing again but why not try it. For this, I decided on the size 5 needles as these are what I used last time. I can go searching in the yarn room for another pair for my other project. After all, I can’t be that lazy?!

Finally the yarn was happy. I found out it wasn’t the patterns it was against, but the size 6 needles. Next time, I will listen to the yarn better! (And not be so lazy when looking for needles!h

Car knitting

This week has revolved around a lot of car travel; either to and from the airport, visiting local attractions, and driving a few towns over to watch the eclipse.

During all that driving, I was a knitting machine! I finished a beautiful shawl in a couple of days. My wrists were starting to hurt from all of the knitting but I ended up with a gorgeous finished project!

I have also started my next car project! Socks! Well, actually I am knitting socks at home, in anticipation of going somewhere. Hopefully this will minimize Second Sock Syndrome! (I am also procrastinating on knitting a sweater for the fair, it needs to be done in two weeks. Eek!)

Happy knitting!

Ho ho ho!

I am feeling Christmassy this summer as I start making my holiday gifts. I am on a role! Just like Santa, I have made a list (in Excel, no less) and am checking it twice!

For the nieces and nephews on my husbands' side, I have hand painted Santa mugs. Not only are they cute and made with love, but I think they will make keepsakes for the future.

Ho ho ho! Is anyone else getting in the Christmas spirit this August?

Amanda

Fair Time!

One of my big knitting motivators is the local fair. The idea of winning a couple of bucks and a ribbon is all I need to get some knitting done! For this year, I plan on entering the following:

  1. Two shawls (one of my own design)
  2. A pair of slipper socks I made my husband
  3. A baby sweater with an owl on the front- this just needs to be seemed together
  4. An adult lace cardigan- which has not been started
  5. A hand painted santa ceramic cup- which will be done this week
  6. A rug made with yarn- still working on this as well

I may add some other items to my list as the date gets closer. I have another week or so to get my registration list in and then until the beginning of September to get everything finished.

Let’s get those fingers knitting!

Amanda

Knitting Goals

I love to give myself knitting goals to keep me motivated: knit four inches by the end of the day, a sleeve by the end of the weekend, you get the drift. My knitting goal for this week was to have my Joker & the Thief shawl completed, with ends woven in and on the blocking board by Wednesday. And I did it! The project is done and hanging on a mannequin. If it wasn't so hot, I would be wearing it every where!

Now I need to get the next project started. I have made my gauge swatch but need to start the actual knitting. The fair is coming and I need some eye catching products to enter!

Spray paint addiction!

So what have I been doing instead of knitting and painting yarn bowls? Spray painting! I think spray paint could end up becoming a highly addictive and expensive hobby.

Highly addictive? There are so many things at my house and at relatives that I can spray paint (and then own of course, as anything that the parents’ own is MINE!). So far, I have painted a table and chairs set left to me from my grandmother, a plant stand, and two plastic chairs. My end spray painting goal is to have a set of rainbow chairs. 

Why does everything need to get spray painted, my husband asks? Why not? 

The only cons to my spray painting addiction is it isn’t cheap and I have the tendency to overspray, thus resulting in buying more paint than I should. I need more room in my budget for spray paint! If it was cheaper, my entire house would be a rainbow of paint!

For the chairs, I used 1.5 cans per chair, no primer required. I think I can get the next two chairs down to one can each.  I may add a top coat leftover from a different project but haven’t decided. Here is the before and after.
For my outdoor chairs and table, I used a primer, a Rustoleum Paint and Promer, and a top coat. The cushions will be reupholstered in September.


And finally, the wrought iron plant stand. This  project needed to be cleaned with a wire brush since it was very rusty from years of use. As with the project above, I used a primer and a top coat. 

Knitting funk is over!

I have been a little silent these past few weeks. I have had a case of the knitting blues and it was hard to get motivated. A second sock? Bleh! Design my own scarf? Bleh! Watch some Craftsy to get better at 2 color brioche? Bleh! All the things I want and need to do, and I just couldn’t get those needles working!

I have been wanting to design my own projects for a while (only two so far) and I had a great idea of what to do but for some reason, the project just doesn’t hold my interest. Maybe it wasn’t such a great idea after all. It looks at me and gives me sad eyes but it hasn’t gotten any longer. 

Mix that with second sock syndrome and I just didn’t want anything to do with knitting. This even resulted in less yarn bowls being done!

So what to do? I have decided to hide both WIP’s on the top shelf and start a new project and I am past the halfway mark! Each night, I put the phone down and have gotten some knitting done!

My current project is a kit from the Black Sheep event I went to in June. It is a shawls called “The Joker and the Thief” and I think it will be gorgeous when it is completed and all of the darn ends are woven in. 

Happy Knitting!

Black Sheep Gathering 

My mother and I took a road trip to Eugene, Or to visit with family. On the last day of our trip we were able to spend an hour at the Black Sheep Gathering. I was on my element! I walked through all the booths twice, once to see what was there and once to make my purchases!

I ended up getting a cute shawl pin in the shape of a sheep, a shawl/wrap kit ( for the pattern “the joker and the thief” on ravelry), and a rug hooking kit. The rug kit was a gift from my mother. She wanted to make a rug and asked if I wanted to do it with her. When people offer to buy me any yarn or related items, I always say yes!