Passing Down Crazy

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

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Another First!!!

I have my first project off the monster loom.  I posted about the big loom I purchased here.  I’ve been so busy, I haven’t taken time to do much weaving.  I started a rug in October.  It should have taken about a day, but then life got busy.

A couple of days ago, I headed for the sewing room to sew together more strips of fabric for the rug.  I’ve been weaving just a little bit each day.  Last night I decided it was time to stick to it and get it done.  I finished weaving, cut it off the loom, hemmed it, and washed and dried it.

Yep, that’s a nice mistake you see right in the middle.  Oh, well!  I think the reason I wasn’t very excited about finishing it was that I have nowhere to put it.  The warp is cream and pink and the strips of fabric I used for the weft is lavender.  I chose this fabric because I had an entire bolt of it that I’d tried and failed to sell multiple times on ebay.

Now that I know what I’m doing, I can definitely see the possibilities of rugs I’d actually use.  It ended up being over 5 feet long.  I wish I’d measured it before I threw it in the wash, so I knew what I was dealing with for shrinkage.

I really like the way the hem looks.  That probably makes me the most happy.

I had to get this project done, because I’m converting the loom to a countermarch system.  Don’t feel bad.  I don’t know what that means either.  Yet!  The Genius is going to be home in a few days, and I’m counting on her to be the brains in this operation.

And now I’m off to finish a spinning project.  The Genius needs a spinning wheel to use.  It really is the only way some of us stay sane in this crazy household!


Christmas Quilting

I finished a quilt.  Yes, you read that right.  Well, sort of.  It’s pieced, but not quilted.

I started this quilt several years ago and quickly got bored making star blocks.  I’d pack it away and every time I’d pull it out to work on it, I’d realize I didn’t have the pattern book with the quilt.  I’d search for the book, make a few more star blocks, and pack it away.

Last week, I pulled the bin out yet again, and started a google search for the pattern.  I think what finally yielded a photo was “Christmas star quilt”.  Score!!!!!  It’s a Brenda Riddle pattern from the book Comfort and Joy.  I ordered the book and finished the star blocks while I waited for the mailman.  Then I finished the quilt, and didn’t do it quite like the pattern anyway, because I was going to run out of fabric.


I think this will be one of the prettiest quilts I’ve ever made when it’s quilted which will probably be two years from now.  The fabric is Roman Holiday by Three Sisters for Moda.  Don’t even bother looking for it.  It’s long gone.  I think I saw somewhere that the fabric came out in 2006.

And….another finish, though not nearly as major.  I started a scarf last fall with some squishy soft yarn that I actually spun worsted.  It should have been a quick scarf to knit, but for whatever reason, my ball of yarn seemed to go on forever.  I pulled it out the other day and decided it had to be finished.  Frankie had a band concert the other night.

Yep, that’s him playing the tuba.

Anyway, I finished the scarf!

It’s a big squishy roll.

It’s finished and I really like it.

And….there is weaving.

Only it’s not mine.  The Genius got a loom for Christmas….a little early.  She’s never had a lesson and this is her third project.

We call her The Genius for a reason.

And now I’m off to see what else I can finish.


Giving Thanks and Other Endeavors

Thanksgiving weekend was great.  I think I’m still recovering from the amount of food prepared and consumed.  My parents were here for six days, and Dad cooked several of the nights.  He was depressed because we banned him from the kitchen on Thanksgiving Day.  Otherwise, we gave him free reign.

There were 16 of us around here a lot of the time.  We ate, watched football (yuck!), knit, made puzzles, napped, sang, and ate some more.

I’ve stepped it up to a new kind of crazy and decided to knit Christmas lights.

I purchased the pattern from kooklacreations on etsy.  I’m not sure how many I’ll make yet, because I’m not sure where I’m even going to put them.  They just loooked fun to make.  And they are!

I finally got around to stitching the binding on a beautiful Christmas quilt!

The pattern is Vintage Holiday by Camille Roskelly of Thimbleblossoms.  You can purchase the pattern here.

If you google Vintage Holiday quilt, you’ll see lots of Camille’s signature aqua and red, and a few traditional green and red quilts, but nothing like mine.  I used a Hoffman Christmas line but I’m not sure what it was called.

I fussy cut a lot of the fabrics.

I love the border fabric!!!

This chevron block may be my favorite.

My goal was to be able to decorate my railing in 30 seconds.  I think I succeeded!

I was getting frustrated last night, because I feel like I’m not finishing anything.  I have knitting, spinning, weaving, and quilting projects going and I want to work on all of them.  So instead, I wandered around my house yesterday, cleaning up messes and trying to decide what I want to work on, and not doing any of them.  So last night, the girls were cyber Monday shopping and I knit most of a cowl.  I finished it this morning.

The pattern is Rainbow Twist by Thao Nguyen and it’s a freebie!  The yarn is one skein of Malabrigo Rasta.  The whole time I was working on it, I was wondering why I was bothering to make it.  I didn’t think I’d ever wear it.  When I tried it on this morning, I loved it.  I think I’ll wear it a lot.  It’s so soft and I made it loose enough so I don’t feel like I’m choking.

And now for the model shot!

In the interest of full disclosure, yes, I did take this in my pjs.  And yes, it’s almost noon and I’m still wearing my lovely flannel pajamas.  Notice I did put red lipstick on to match!

And now it’s time to get dressed and decide which crafty endeavor I’m going to tackle this afternoon.


My Brain is Exploding!

I hinted in my last post that I had purchased another loom. It’s a monster!


It’s a Glimakra loom, made in Sweden. The instructions consist of a book of photos. Let’s just say it’s a steep learning curve. I put everything together and ordered a few missing parts. The U.S. division of the company is in Montana and they are very helpful.

I actually sit inside the loom to thread it.


Here’s what it looked like when I was done threading.


I wove on it for a while the other night, and then haven’t had time to get back to it. It looks like my calendar is clearing up after next week. I hope!

More later, after my brain recovers. At least I hope it will.


I’m Officially a Weaver!

I’ve been wanting to take a weaving class forever!  I looked back through the blog, and found a post from May of 2010 about my desire to learn to weave.  Well….last week I was finally able to take a class.  And oh, was it worth the wait!

The Weavers Guild of Minnesota has an amazing class list!  I’ve been trying forever to schedule a beginning class.  The problems was that the classes for beginners are either a Monday thru Friday class or a Friday thru Sunday class.  It just never worked to carve out that much time to be away.  So, as you saw in my last post, the timing finally worked.  And I’m totally and completely fascinated with weaving.

In the past, every time I mentioned wanting to learn to weave, my readers suggested buying a Cricket loom.  I know me.  And I know I’ll go crazy.  Go big or go home is my motto!  More on that later.  I had in my mind that I wanted a new cherry Mighty Wolf with an 8 harness.  As the class progressed, I started to rethink what I wanted.  Yes!  That’s exactly why I waited to take a class before I purchased anything.

I got home on Friday and on Saturday, I headed over to visit a high school friend.  She had a loom she wanted to sell.  It turned out it is a Mighty Wolf, although its only a 4 harness.  To make a long story short, I now have a loom… our bedroom.

In the photo it looks like cherry, but we’re trying to figure out what it is.  It’s too light to be cherry and too dark to be maple.  Whatever!  I love it.  By Saturday night, I had it warped and by Monday morning, I had my first official done-all-by-myself finished project.  I made every rookie mistake there was to make, but I figured out how to fix stuff and here it is!

Just a simple project with two colors of perle cotton.  I’m sure you’d like to see more, right?

And I did take all of your suggestions to check Craigslist, and on Sunday night I bought another loom.  It’s huge and beautiful and scary and fun!  And I spent less on both looms than I would have if I’d made my original purchase.

And now, I’m off to thread the big loom for the first time.  Wish me luck!  I’ll be back to tell you how it went.


I Want A Loom!!!

I mentioned yesterday that I was learning how to weave.  I was up in the air about whether or not I was going to like it.  I’m taking the class at the Textile Center in Minneapolis.  The Weavers Guild has a great space there.  If I lived closer, I would become a permanent fixture there.  The library is amazing.  There’s a dye studio.  It includes every kind of fiber art you can imagine.  So fun!

Sp, do I like weaving.  Yes!  I do!  And I even dressed to match my project today.  It was totally by accident though.

That doesn’t look like weaving, does it?  How about this?

I’m in love.  And now I’m going to go have dinner with Dreamboy.  After that, I’ll be perusing craigslist for a loom.  Where in the world am I going to put that?

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All Crafting! All the Time!

I’ve been a bit craft crazed lately.  Maybe that’s why when I did laundry last weekend, the piles resembled mountains!  It had been a while.

I want to knit everything, spin everything and quilt everything.  I’m even finishing some quilts.  In July of 2011, I had the brilliant idea to make all of the quilts in the Living Large 2 book.   I blogged my idea here.  So, a bit more than three years later, I think I only have one quilt in the book that I haven’t made.  I finished the largest one last week.  The pattern is called Starlit Evening and Heather blogged about it here.

I had all of the blocks made and stashed in a container.  I pulled them out and arranged everything on the floor.  To be honest, I wasn’t feeling the love.  Then I started putting it together.  By the time I was finished, I was totally in love!  And so was my sidekick.

This pattern is genius and it’s strip pieced!

The fabric line is Strawberry Fields by Fig Tree Quilts for Moda.  I’m pretty sure I bought backing for this project.  I just need to find it.  I highly recommend all the patterns in this book.  Heather is a genius!  If you’d like to purchase the pattern, you can find it here.

I’m also back to painting furniture.  I bought a sofa table for $50 on a swap and sell.  I wish I’d taken a photo of it before I killed it made it beautiful.

First I sanded it.  Then I stenciled on the top of the table and the shelf on the bottom with cream paint.  After that was dry, I went over it with a dark stain.

How cool is that?  Then I primed the rest of the table.

Although the gray primer actually looks kind of cool, that wasn’t the look I was going for.  Here’s the finished project.  Yes, the garage is a scary place!

I really really love how this turned out.  I brushed a bit of stain over the red and distressed it a bit.  Then I rubbed a couple of coats of Minwax on it.  Mission accomplished!

My idea for the project came from this post.  What a great idea!

And what am I up to this week, you ask?  I’m finally learning how to weave.  I’m pretty sure my brain is about to explode.  I had no idea how involved it is.  Ask me on Friday if I want to add weaving to my plethora of crafty endeavors!

Now I’m going to go rest my brain to get ready for another day of weaving instruction.



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