Knitting fail….or motivation?

I love Mosaic Moon yarn and decided to make my own cowl pattern with 2 skeins that I had, a worsted weight made up of pink tones. My pattern idea was to start with a shawl base using linen stitch, and then join in the round ending with a simple lace. I could see it in my head and it was going to be perfect.

Unfortunately the pattern in my head did not transfer over to the needles well. I decided against a gauge swatch (pfft! I decide to live dangerously and had used the MM yarns multiple times) and just kept trying it on as I went. It looked pretty good, a little looser on the neck than I wanted but still, it was going to work out.

Somewhere between casting off and blocking, my pretty cowl doubled in size. I have no idea what happened. Instead of a cowl that would keep my neck and lower face area warm, I have a cowl with a v-neck.

I have now put the cowl in time out. I figure I have three options:

1) hide it in a drawer and only pull it out every now and then and cry over my failure

2) cry as I unbind it and make something else, a pattern by someone else who knows what they are doing

3) stop looking at this project as a failure and as a learning experience: unbind and reknit it with my blocked gauge measurements from the first try.

I know I should do the third option but the other two are pretty tempting! I keep wondering if I have what it takes to make my own patterns, if it is a real goal or something lofty. Should I take the easier knitting road, with tons of patterns to choose from?

For now, I continue to tell myself, this project is not a failure but the first draft and it needs a little work.



The yarn room….

I have decided that this coming weekend will be extra productive and will result in a clean, organized yarn/craft room. My plan is to move the yarn room to a different location. On one hand, I am excited for the weekend to get here. However, on the other hand, I feel like this is a mountain sized task that will be hard to accomplish. So many thoughts are running through my head: where to start? How long will it take? Will the task get completed? With such a daunting task, I just want to bury my head into my knitting and Netflix!

I must think of the positives: I love organization, I want the current yarn room for another use, I can find out everything I have, and so on. I can do this! Netflix and knitting can wait!


Distractions, distractions, distractions….

When it comes to the web and technology, social media and ravelry are both wonderful and my downfall. They get my creative juices going and improve my abilities but they also result in wasted hours that could be put to better use knitting or painting.

And now, I have another blessing/weakness- my mother’s new cri-cut. I love looking at design space and Pinterest, fantasizing about what I will make next. Boy, is my last long!

I couldn’t understand what all the fuss was about when it came to the machine. All I knew was it cut materials, what did I need that for? Apparently everything, as I have made three projects in the week alone, two vinyl iron-ons (should be three but the cutter didn’t work on one attempt), and a stencil for a ceramic tile trivet. I plan on making a few projects for this work week. Whoot whoot! The only problem is material costs, there goes my extra money!

I love looking at the design space projects. I have spent way too much time drooling over projects. It is interrupting my knitting time and goals but I am having fun!


I know I have been absent from AmandaBanana Knits and Paints, I kept thinking about the blog and wanting to write but I hated the fact that I had been lazy and hadn’t written. So because I hadn’t written for weeks, I was afraid or embarrassed to get started. Then weeks became months and the embarrassment and fear or failure grew bigger. My silly fears became my downfall and I didn’t post for the last few months.

I decided that January, full of resolutions, would be the perfect time to restart AmandaBanana Knits and Paints. A new year, a new me and a second beginning for my blog. Fear will no longer stand in my way.

In the beginning of 2917, I had three knitting goals (if I remember correctly):

  1. Minimize my yarn stash and use 20 balls of yarn before buying more
  2. Make my husband a sweater
  3. Make me a cowichan sweater

So how did things go? I decided in June that I would wait on the second and third goal. I really wanted to work on minimizing stash and purchasing yarn for two sweaters would not help with that, especially when I already had yarn for multiple sweaters!

The first goal went well, I used 20 balls from stash, it took me longer than anticipated as I was on a fingering weight kick! For the year I ended up using 49 balls of yarn, way more than I purchased. Until the end of December, any purchases were used immediately. After that I focused on Christmas knitting.

Here is my full jar of yarn labels.

For 2018, I have some similar knitting resolutions:

  1. Minimize yarn stash, only participating in a one ball per month subscription of Knitted Wit yarn my local LYS is having.
  2. Having 60 balls of yarn in my jar by the end of 2018
  3. Use up scrap yarn, it is beginning to pile up!

I still plan on making my two sweaters but I really like the idea of minimizing stash and decluttering my yarn room.

Good luck to you all on your knitting resolutions!