Passing Down Crazy

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

Welcome to Paradise!


Hey, it’s Maria.

It’s knitting heaven.  I don’t know if I mentioned it in my last blog post, but there are 28 of us hanging out in Mexico.  There are 10 adults and 18 kids.  I’m knitting my way through my 2.64 miles of yarn.  I haven’t gotten very far, but I’m knitting.  First of all, I’ve been working on another Mr. Greenjeans!

Again, I’m using Fiesta Boomerang, only this time I’m using the Clematis colorway.  Instead of the cables on the bottom half, I chose a lace pattern.  My model is my cute little 8 year old. Gorgeous flowers too, huh.  Since I’m from Minnesota, I’ll bet you figured out that this isn’t our back yard. 

The pattern is called Totem Pole and it’s from one of Barbara Walkers books.  I changed the pattern though.  Aren’t I helpful?  I actually did a swatch and after much math, decided I needed to increase 24 stitches.  It’s working out perfectly.  I still haven’t decided how to bind it off without it rolling.  Maybe a picot hem?  I’m open to suggestions.

I’ve also almost finished one sock.  It’s Socks that Rock in the Hollyday colorway.  The pattern is Cedar Creek Socks by Kaci Hays.  It’s available at Blue Moon Fiber Arts.  Sorry, no links today.  I don’t know how long my internet access will last.

The sock is modeled my my cute little 9 year old niece.  She now has her first modeling contract! 

I’m not loving the way this yarn stripes.  It started out with the green and red on one side and the pinkish red and yellow on the other side.  It looked like Merry Christmas fighting with Pink Lemonade.  I was using size one needles, so I switched to size 2 needles. At least I got it to stripe.   Pretty scientific of me, huh? 

I also completed one fingerless glove while sitting in the sun today.  It’s Fetching.  The pattern is from  I’ll post photos soon. 

We’ve had some sun and a fair amount of rain.  One day this week we had 9 kids playing Uno in our (echoing cement) condo.  They had a blast.  I reminded myself that what I wanted to do on vacation was knit.  So knit I did.  I’m middle aged and getting a savage tan isn’t at the top of my priority list any more. 

Here’s wishing all you Americans a Happy Thanksgiving.  I know I have much to be thankful for.  For anyone in any other country, have a great Thursday.  We’re going out for Mexican food. 

Hey Lexi, are you ever going to wake up?


Author: mariajhmom

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

5 thoughts on “Welcome to Paradise!

  1. Hey Maria!
    Tell your mom we had to come home from my MILs house early because it’s SNOWING here in the DFW area! SNOW!!!! In TEXAS!!???!!!!!

    Sounds like ya’ll are having a muy bueno fiesta there! LOL
    The Mrs. Greenjeans is looking really nice. :^) You do a great job!

    Happy Thanksgiving!

  2. hey what are you doing posting??? thought you’d be passed uot in a chair.
    did you recieve the e-mail I sent? Bruces came back undeliverable.
    dont hut yourself with all that knitting you’ll end up with a permenant injury. Pace yourself.
    Hope you had a wonderful thanksgiving and dont feel as fat as I.
    Love and indigestion,

  3. Your lace variation is really lovely! Don’t forget to just veg out on vacation. (although knitting is lovely.)

  4. Think I’ve seen some of you on Web cam- along with pink, green and blue inner tubes. Guys playing catch, somebody ! in a scarf coverup, and the cute little model. We didn’t get snow in MN. FANTASTIC.

  5. We are home and going for a nap. It was a great week. No knitting for me but the shopping was sure fun.

    We made sure Lex was at the gate; with her and Kels both kinda rolling their eyes at me. “Mom, we know where to go.”

    It was great seeing you both!

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