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! 

Next week forecast: knitting with a chance of knitting!

Next week is finals week and I am lucky to have a nice, easy finals schedule. I am on the teaching side, so once finals are over, I will have to grade BUT I anticipate a fairly relaxing week. 

And what will I do with all that free time? Why, knit of course! I plan to finish my current WIP, a pair of cushy socks for me, do some knitting room clean up, and tackle a whoops project that needs fixing!

What are your knitting plans?

All in the eyes

This weekend was full of painting. Not only did I finish the bear “bird” house, I worked on an elephant wind chime, and put the final touches on another face. In this case the face was a Raiku project from last summer (eek!). In all honesty, I have no excuse for waiting so long. All I had to do was clean the piece and put the eyes on it. Very little time was needed to make it ready for the back yard but I just let it sit there. Now I can finally say it is done! The eyes really finished the piece!

Here is the before (a little blurry due to cropping):


Here is the after, the eyes make all the difference!


Also, here is the same face with a different paint job. I loved how this bersuon came out.

Mommy and Me Day

Today was a bonding day with my mother. We finished up some ceramics projects that we had to work on. My project was a bear “bird” house. It had been sitting there forever waiting for me to get it finished and now it is off my plate! 

My mother and I know have matching bird houses! The back one is the one I painted.


Yarn Bowl winner!

Good morning everyone! The hand-painted yarn bowl winner was drawn this morning and has been contacted. Thank you all for participating!

I plan on having another give away very soon. I am thinking another yarn bowl. Any other suggestions?

AmandaBananaKnits