Unicorn cuteness

At the beginning of May, I went to a David Hoff airbrushing class. This was the second one I attended and it was just as great as the first. I think this will have to become a yearly tradition! 

During the class, I had enough time to airbrush three projects: a unicorn, sun, and thermometer (the thermometer is much cooler than it sounds). The greenware was fired and has been sitting there waiting for completion. And sat and sat for the rest of the month.

The unicorn has now been finished. In addition to the airbrushing, eyes and a fancy gold horn were added. The end result is perfect! It is adorable!

The thermometer had some over spray issues that have now been repainted. The piece is glazed and ready to be fired. I now need to finish the sun, however it had some large cracks that will need to be fixed. Hopefully the piece will still come out well and will make a good addition to my yard. If all else fails, I will glue the cracks together and hide it behind some greenery!

Happy painting!


All work and no play

Lately work has been taking all of my time. I haven’t been able to knit or paint as much as I would like. With no knitting and no painting, it makes it a little harder for me to blog since I have no projects to share.

Thankfully, while work is still keeping me busy, I think I will have some more “me time” in the next few weeks. I am almost done with my WIP sock and will be painting ceramics tomorrow. Also, as summer arrives my schedule should lighten up. I am looking forward to more play and less work. You should see more blog posts in the next few weeks!

How do you deal with work getting in the way of your hobbies?

Finished yarn bowls

Two more yarn bowls have been fired. Another one is ready to go in the kiln!

Have you signed up for the yarn bowl raffle yet? The link can be found on the main page of amandabanaknits.com. You have through May to enter and the winner will be announced June 1st! 

Good luck to all!

WIP weekend

I spent the last few days on Ravelry looking for the perfect project to start. I decided upon a shawl, using two hand painted yarns that I purchased from the Black Sheep Wool Festival in 2016 of last year. I wanted the shawl to be ready for the festival this year. Yesterday I found the project that worked perfectly for my yarn and would increase my skill set- a beautiful two color brioche pattern.

I was already to start. I wound the hanks into balls and was going to rewatch a Craftsy class to make sure I knew what I was doing. My project was set in motion!

But alas, it will have to wait until next week. We decided to go on a last minute camping trip and I would rather not start my project on the road. So instead, I am going to battle my Second Sock Syndrome and finish a WIP.

I have tried to ignore the partial sock in its project bag for the last month but it will finally be completed this weekend. Its cries for attention have finally been heard.

Hopefully for every new project finished, I will complete one WIP. I only have a few partly done projects. By the end of 2017, I would like to see them completed or taken off the needles. 

Happy knitting!

Yarn Woes….

I had a 2017 Knitting Resolution to not buy any more yarn until I used up 20 balls from my stash. I succeeded! My stash got smaller and I felt great! So why the sad article heading?

Well, after my big 20 ball success I bought four balls of yarn-the first to make a pair of self-patterned socks and the other three to make a cowl. The cowl is already causing me grief and it hasn’t even been started yet!   

The cowl was a sample at an LYS and I fell in love the second I saw it. The yarn was squishy, vibrant, and the stranded knitting was just what I needed after a month of garter stitch and stockinette! I needed to make it! 

The store sign said the pattern was a free download and I could have sworn it only took three balls of yarn. In my head that didn’t seem like enough but I sometimes I am overly cautious with yardage. The cowl was going to be my next project!

Or not…. I have hit two snags!

  1. When looking for the pattern online today I noticed it was only a free download from the LYS according to the manufacturer’s website. The LYS’s website is under construction and no free patters are offered.
  2. Three balls was not enough, five balls is needed. 

Combine both snags with the fact that the LYS is 4 hours away and I am not sure how the project will be completed. I have emailed them for the pattern but I don’t want to order only two balls of yarn online. 

I guess I am going to have to wing it and write my own pattern!

Happy knitting!

“Weaving in Ends” Wednesday!

Bleh. Today is WIE, Weaving in Ends Wednesday.

I am usually on top of weaving in ends, I hate having a lot to do at the end of a project. I want to seam it, take care of the last few loose ends, block it, and go!  And update my Ravelry notebook, too! I love finishing the project, hitting the complete button and getting to show off to everyone I know. Wham, bam, and aren’t I awesome?!

With this sweater it was different, I kept putting those darn ends off and now there are too many to do! It has been sitting in my knitting room for the last week waiting for me to finish it. I hear I calling my name and I am avoiding it!

So today is the day. I will not knit, paint, or chainmail until that sweater is complete!



Chainmail complete!

I completed my small chainmail bag last night and I could not feel more accomplished. I was a little afraid that it would there gathering dust, an unfinished project forever. It would be a mark against me that said “she doesn’t finish what she starts.” Add the two jewelry kits I ordered from Weave Got Maile and I would be an even bigger failure.

But that did not happen! I was feeling extra motivated yesterday and chain mailed the night away while watching “Girl Meets World” (it is a silly show but I can’t stop binging it on Netflix for some reason). I guess I preferred the idea of crafting instead of grading!

Now that that project is done, I am prepared to start my two jewelry kits!

Faces Are Up!

This afternoon I had the opportunity to hang my ceramic faces. Seven of the eight completed faces were placed around the front and back yard. I have one completed face that I forgot to hang (darn it!), one that is still being painted, and hopefully another one will be started this weekend!


Regarding the WIP face, I only have some touch up to do before I can begin dry brushing. I just need more time in the day to get all projects completed!


Cloud Man

Did I mention how much I love to paint faces? After knitting, this is my favorite thing to do. I love the idea of having a nicely manicured garden filled with ceramic faces. I imagine having a get together and all of my guests commenting on how gorgeous they all are and asking where we got them from, never once thinking there are too many.  Of course, I know that this is a dream as the faces are still not up in the yard AND the manicured yard needs to be weeded!

Until the day that I start hanging my ceramic faces, I will continue to paint them. One of the most recent was a cloud face and set of hands. The face and hands remind me of an ancient god blowing the wind in a certain direction and resulting in the people heading on a certain path. By far this face has been my favorite to paint.

For “Cloud Man”, as he shall now be known, I used a light blue as the base paint. I then dry brushed the hair, hands, and eyebrows to look like the beginning of angry clouds; using a mix of dark blue, gray, and white.

On a side note, this is also the first face that I added eyebrows to and I really think they finish the piece and give it more character. Between the dry brushing and the bushy brows, I think the end result is perfect.

Cloud Man

Cloud Man Finished

Never to old to craft


I love to look through the community ed courses offered by the local college. I think about what I should take, what works with my schedule, etc. In the past I have taken a stained glass window class (a project that will one day be completed), a gardening class, and a cheese making class. In addition, I even taught knitting for a few terms.

For Spring term, I wanted to try something new and exciting, I only had two requirements: it had to work with my schedule (the biggie), and my mother and I could do it together. We decided on a Saturday chainmail class where you learned the basics and would start a small bag project. I knew that people made jewelry with chainmail and thought it would be something fun to try. AND, if it worked well, it could result in some great Christmas presents for my nieces.

When we arrived at the class, we were the only ones there who were thinking of using chainmail for jewelry. The other students and teachers were more excited about the armour aspects, how it could be used for comic con adventures, and using the bag to hold dice. While we had different interests and eventual uses, the class itself was a lot of fun and this gal here, well she learned a new skill.

While I have not finished my bag yet, I did get my own sets of pliers and have started chaining away. I even went pinteresting for some future uses. In fact, I went to Weave Got Maile and ordered two jewelry kits for motivation!


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Chainmail start!