Passing Down Crazy

Because Sometimes the Best Thing You Can Give Your Kid is an Addiction…To Yarn


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My Happy Place

I’m sitting in my happy place this morning, feeling a bit blue. Superblonde just left to finish her last year of college. Actually, she’ll be practice teaching there this semester and then she’ll be back here to practice teach next semester. She’s really only gone for three months.

She’s loud. She’s happy. She’s opinionated. She’s passionate. She’s lovely. I can’t wait to see where God will direct her steps. She and her little big brother and two friends just spent a week working at an orphanage in Haiti. She just wanted to stay there.

God knows.

So I’m sitting outside on this 63 degree, gorgeous, sunny morning, stitching the binding on Dreamboy’s quilt. He leaves next Friday for his freshman year of college.

Thank you God for loving my kids even more than I do. You’ve got this!

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Vacation Knitting

One of my favorite things about vacations is all the time to knit.  After all, a vacation is the time to not do all the mundane, life things that we normally have to do.  I did do some cooking on our vacation, but I don’t mind that job.

I worked on five different projects on our vacation.  One is ongoing, and I’ll try to remember to blog it soon.  I did finish a baby dress, but I really need to wet block it and get a button on it.  I worked on a top for myself and I’m on the boring stockinette body part now.  It did work great for the car rides when I didn’t want to miss the scenery.

I did knit two shawls with my handspun.  The first is the Sochi Shawl, a really neat free pattern.

I started with this fiber from JulieSpins.

I wanted it to be a gradient yarn, so I spun it end to end and navajo plied it.  It became this.

I only had 250 yards to work with, but I got a decent size wrap out of it.

The second project I did began with this fiber from Bee Mice Elf.

I ended up with this two ply yarn.

I really enjoyed spinning these and I love the finished product even more.

This is Cladonia by Kirstin Kapur of Through The Loops.  I had to eliminate some rows on the body because I ran out of yarn, but it worked just fine!

I really love the lace border.  I did a different picot bind off than what was in the pattern.  The yarn was merino and the shawl ended up really soft and light weight.  It will be fun to wear this winter.

This is going to be a crazy week.  I need to do a mountain of laundry today.  Dreamboy and Superblonde have been in Haiti, helping out at an orphanage for the last week.  They get home tonight, and Superblonde leaves for college tomorrow.  And then it’s time to start getting Dreamboy ready for college.  This summer absolutely flew by.  I can’t even believe how quickly my kids are turning into real adults!  I kinda like it.


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Just Wow!

We just spent a week in Southern Utah.  It was glorious!  My Hero’s mom and brother, as well has My Hero and I, Superblonde and Frankie, stayed in a home just east of Zion National Park.  We started our mornings on the deck, reading, drinking coffee (Uncle Mark drinks gallons of it!) and knitting.  Several of the evenings I cooked, and we ate dinner on the deck as well.  There were feeders out there so we saw squirrels, chipmunks, wild turkeys, and bluejays.  I saw a large buck stroll across the yard one day as well.

I’ll run the highlights by you.  Get ready for lots of photos.

The day we flew in, there was an air show in St. George.  My Hero has been a pilot for 30 years, and had never been to an air show.  He got to see the Blue Angels and was thrilled!

The next day, we started with Bryce National Park.

We were continually amazed by how unique each area was.  God’s creativity is showcased at it’s finest around here!

Amos 4:13

13 He who forms the mountains,
    who creates the wind,
    and who reveals his thoughts to mankind,
who turns dawn to darkness,
    and treads on the heights of the earth—
    the Lord God Almighty is his name.

Then we spent a day in Zion National Park.

The guys did a bit of hiking while the girls hung out and ate ice cream.

Then there was the trek to the North rim of the Grand Canyon.  Let me just say that we’ve been to the south rim as well, and the north rim is far better.  For one thing, it was 71 degrees.  Most tourists go to the south rim, so the north rim is much less busy and less “touristy”.  We drove a ways around and there is a lot of access to the Canyon.

On our way home that evening, we made a quick detour through Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park.  Frankie had a great time playing in the sand. He even rolled all the way down one sand dune.

The guys decided to do an additional day of hiking at Zion.  They hiked Angel’s Landing, which isn’t for the faint of heart because it’s 1,488 feet straight down!  One section has a chain to hang on to, but the rest is wide open.

That’s Frankie and My Hero heading back down the mountain.

We also did a trip to Lake Powell.  We’d planned to rent a boat for the day, but I didn’t make the reservation far enough in advance, so they didn’t have any boats available.  We did do a one hour boat tour through Antelope Canyon.  My dream vacation is to rent a houseboat there sometime!

We were pretty concerned that it was going to be REALLY hot while we were there, but it rained a lot in the evening and cooled down wonderfully!

I did get a LOT of knitting done on this trip, because we drove a lot so I had lots of time to knit while enjoying all of this amazing scenery.  We got home last night, and I unpacked and blocked shawls!

Both of these shawls were knit with handspun and I love both of them.  I promise you details and glamour shots when they’re dry.

And now to clean up all the messes we created while unpacking.


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So Sweet!

I’ve been doing some baby knitting in the last few weeks.  A very good friend is having a baby girl.  I should be mature and wait to blog it until the baby is born and it’s gifted, but I just can’t wait!!!

Yes, this is for a little girl.  Her mom isn’t wild about pink, but I’m pretty sure the pearls and lace will make their point!

This was such a fun, easy sweater to knit.  The pattern is Sunnyside and it’s a free pattern on Ravelry.  The other thing that makes this such a great pattern is that it is knit with one skein of sock yarn.  I used Blue Moon Fiber Arts Lightweight in the Sky Blue colorway.  It felt pretty soft while I was knitting it, but now that it’s blocked, it’s really soft!!!

I love the picot hem on the sleeves and the hem of the sweater itself.

And of course, every girl needs pearls!!!

And, because I’m loving Minnesota in the summer, a photo of one of my pots of flowers.


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I Love Lace!

Hi!  I’m still alive.  There has been a lot of knitting and spinning going on around here. However, there hasn’t been any blogging.

Today, I’m going to show you a couple of lace pieces I’ve completed.  First up is Olive Garden by Tanya Gobruseva.  It’s a free pattern on Ravelry and it was a delight to knit.  The pattern was fun, but the yarn…..heavenly!

The yarn is Grinning Gargoyle Mink Lace.  It’s 100% mink and it’s so lightweight and soft.  I purchased it in April at Yarnover and it was too heavenly to just park in my stash.  The beads were a fun addition as well.

I did change one thing in the pattern, and it wasn’t on purpose.  I knit the body of the shawl in stockinette instead of garter stitch.  I just didn’t read the pattern very carefully, but that was ok because I really don’t like garter stitch.

The next project I finished only took me six years to knit.  I started Morning Glory by Anne Hanson in 2008.

I had half of the shawl finished several years ago, but just never finished the other half.  To be really honest, it was a very hard pattern. Now that it’s finished, it was well worth it!

 

The yarn is Handmaiden Sea Silk, which is one of my favorite yarns of all time.  I did several extra repeats of the pattern.  It got really long, so look where it ended up.

It’s on my dining room table and I love it!!!  It’s better than folding it up and putting it in the knitwear cupboard!

And now I’m back to spinning.  I’ve been participating in the Tour de Fleece spinning event.  The goal is to spin every day of the Tour de France.  I’ve gotten a lot of spinning done!!!  There will be a post when the event is over, but I’ll give you a little glimpse.

I’ve spun everything in that bowl since July 5.  So fun!!!!

Gotta get back to the grindstone wheel!


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Wait? It’s July?

I’m not really sure where the last month went.  The last time I posted was before Dreamboys graduation.  So…here’s a quick recap.

He graduated!

And then there was the party!  It rained most of the weekend, except for the four or five hours of the party.  We waited til an hour before the party started to decide whether to put tables outside or in the basement.  The sun came out and we had a gorgeous afternoon.

Let me just tell you about the food.  We didn’t get too crazy.  Dreamboy wanted brats and broccoli raisin salad.  We threw in chips and a thai pasta salad as well.  But the highlight were these!

Chocolate cupcakes filled with peanut butter mousse and chocolate ganache frosting and white cupcakes with strawberry filling and buttercreme frosting.  If you’re local and need info, call me!!!  They were fabulous!

And a picture of the fam before the party started.  Even The Genius came home for the weekend!

I’m not sure what happened to the month of June.  I was just going to sit around and knit, make meals, and do laundry.  The sit around and knit part hasn’t happened a whole lot!

My Hero and I had comprehensive physicals that led to more tests for me, which turned out to be nothing.  That’s good, but I sure wasted lots of time figuring it out!

Kids had dentist appointments and eye appointments.

I was handed a decorating project which was supposed to be just a little carpet and paint.  Ha!!!

Ms In Charge had three weeks of drivers ed.  Now she wants to drive.  All.  The.  Time.

Frankie visited Grandpa and Grandma.  When he’s home, he mows lots of lawns.

Superblonde is working on a couple of college classes.  She really hates math!

Dreamboy is working with Dad and Uncle.

The Genius is back at work, fighting for justice.

This week, a lot of my family is around, so we’re going to just hang out and enjoy all that chaos!

And, yes.  I’m knitting.  And spinning.  But right now I’m going to go make two huge pans of chicken enchiladas for dinner tonight!

 


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Cleaning is Overrated!

We spent our weekend trying to get our house and yard ready for a graduation party next weekend.  My house is never all clean at the same time.  And it seems like there’s a pile of junk in every room that I don’t know what to do with.  Actually, the main problem is that I just don’t care if my house is perfect.

Here is how my mornings have begun since it finally decided to be summer in Minnesota.

Now that I’m at that “certain” age, I’m awake at about 6 AM.  I’ve always been a night person, and I’d love nothing more than to sleep until noon.  I’ve finally just embraced the early mornings by taking my coffee, knitting, and my sidekick and going outside.  It’s been cool enough that I’ve taken a blanket out with me a few mornings.  It’s very peaceful and a great way for a non-morning person to slowly become human!

It’s also time for this!!!

I love my cold press coffee in the summer.  Just add a little milk and some good creamer and it’s heaven in a glass over ice!

I couldn’t sit outside this morning because it was raining, so I did this instead:

I’ll try to get a glamour shot and details to you later this week.

I guess I’d better go tackle all those little piles around my house.

I’d rather knit!!!!

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