Passing Down Crazy

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

Advancing and Retreating


Hey, it’s Maria.

First of all, there was advancing.

My Damask Kauni is advancing. I need to do some math, but I think I’m almost to the shoulders. My plan is to get the steeks done so I can take it on vacation over Thanksgiving. There was a suggestion from the Rainey sisters (I think Sally) that I should knit from the cuff up until it fits the armhole. However, I think my finishing skills are lacking. If I pick up the stitches from the armhole and knit down, the finishing will look better.

Now on to retreating. Our three day quilting, knitting, scrapbooking retreat was heaven!!! There was lots of working, laughing, eating, and very little sleep. I got a ton done, and very little of it involved knitting. I got the handles on my Medallion Travel Bag.

That would be my daughters skinny arm!!!

I got the button for my Mr. Greenjeans.

It was made for me by Karen. I gave her a sample of the yarn about a month ago and this is what she did. I also got a matching pendant to put on an omega chain. I think it’s perfect!

I bordered two quilts.

This pattern is Sweet Dreams, designed by Heather Peterson of Anka’s Treasures.

This one is Bento Box. The fabric is The Poetry Collection by April Cornell for Moda fabrics. I love anything Moda!

I also completed a Christmas Nativity Quilt.

I did the embroidery on my Bernina. The embroidery is from Designs by JuJu. They stitched out beautifully. Here is baby Jesus.

And then there’s the little lamb.

But best of all, I got to hang out with my little sister (and my mom) for several days.

She had a milestone birthday a couple of weeks ago, so we got to celebrate. I didn’t ask her permission to post this photo. It’s easier to ask for forgiveness than it is to ask for permission!! I’ve always loved the quote, “I smile because you’re my sister. I laugh because there’s nothing you can do about it.” Hi Shan!!!

I came home Saturday night to a fairly neat house. All the kids were alive. In fact, they looked pretty good. Honey was happy, as was the puppy. Thanks, Honey!!!

Hey Lexi, are you still alive?


Author: mariajhmom

I'm a wife, mom, quilter, knitter, and spinner. I blog at

8 thoughts on “Advancing and Retreating

  1. Fab button. Custom-designed buttons, how cool is that?

  2. WOW – I want a retreat like that!! I have some quilts to border and back that just aren’t getting done here at home!
    (I keep going to the top and looking at that folded Damask Kauni over and over – unbelievably beautiful!)

  3. I am in love with your Damask Kauni. I have a question, do you use two skeins of the Kauni starting with different color sequence?

  4. I absolutely Love that button! What a fantastic time you must have had! And, you got so much done!

  5. Maria-
    I’ve been lurking for a while-sorry- anyway. I always enjoy your posts. You are amazing- I have so many things I want to do but just don’t seem to get them finished. I love to quilt too and just returned from Houston for the Int’l Quilt Show- of course with some
    new projects!! i have no excuse- my boys (3) are out of the house most of the year. 1 is working and lives here, 1 in law school and 1 a sophomore at Purdue. I really need to utilize my day better!

  6. Okay you need to come down here before the weekend and help Tasha find buttons for her Central Park Hoodie.

    And, shit that Kauni is gorgeous. And yes, I did say shit. It is GORGEOUS!! I want to do that sweater!

  7. I’m in awe of your productivity.

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