Passing Down Crazy

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



Hey, it’s Maria.

I’ll bet you thought I stayed in Mexico, huh? Actually (here we go again) I was buried in laundry. I think I did 15 loads yesterday. I even had sand in the washing machine!!!

So, I’ll bet you want to know how far I got on my 2.64 miles of yarn? Actually, I was an abysmal failure. Here’s the rundown.

My Mrs. Greenjeans. It has to be Mrs. because of the lace.

I started the first sleeve yesterday while kid 4 was at piano lessons. My tension is a little bit scary, because I knit most of the top Continental, and I’m a thrower. I decided I had 4 hours on an airplane, so I was going to learn to knit Continental. I did it and it is pretty fast. However, I decided after two days that knitting wasn’t fun any more. So, I’m back to throwing and guess what? I’m still getting things done.

Here’s a closeup of the lace. It’s not blocked yet so everything is rolling a bit.

So, there’s 2880 feet of yarn.

I also made a pair of fingerless gloves, using Fetching from Knitty. I used less than one skein of Misti Alpaca worsted. And yes, the ginormous diamond is fake. I’m a huge fan of QVC’s Diamonique jewelry.

So there’s another 300 feet.

I started a sock using the Cedar Creek Cabin pattern and Socks the Rock Hollyday.

That’s about 350 feet.

My Woolgirl sock club this month was yarn by Spunky Eclectic in Irish Dreams. I didn’t love the pattern so I started this sock (a whole inch!) using Sandra Park’s pattern called Charade.

Now there’s a mileage jumper. Maybe about 30 feet!

I also started my Baby Boomerang socks to match my first Mr Greenjeans. Actually, I started them twice and frogged both times. I’m having a hard time with the gauge. They’re ending up too small, and I didn’t have any sock books along to peruse. I love that word….peruse. So can I count that in my mileage? Nah!

After doing the math, I found out that I knit .67 miles of yarn. That’s still a lot. Oh, well. There’s always Christmas vacation!

Before I go, I have to show you 18 reasons why we celebrate Thanksgiving.

That’s a ton of kids. We spent 10 days together and there was virtually no fighting. (The parents behaved too!) The kids swam in the pool and in the ocean. They played in the sand. They read tons of books. They watched Gilmore Girls and Ratatouile when it rained. They played Uno. They ate Papa’s pancakes. But most of all, we made memories. We are so blessed. Thanks Mom and Dad for an awesome trip.

Hey Lexi, only two more weeks!!!


Author: mariajhmom

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

7 thoughts on “Finally…

  1. All so wonderful. I’m glad you had a great time and I always have sand in the washing machine but we never go anywhere.

  2. Your Mrs looks fantastic! Any your gloves are fetching!!

  3. What fun! I’m glad you had such a great time.

    I like the way your new Greenjeans is coming along.

  4. Knitting the continental way makes me feel as if I’m running for a bus; I always end up slowing back down to a stroll again. And talking about QVC, that looks like OPI’s Very Merry Cherry on your nails đŸ™‚

  5. Sounds like you had a wonderful Thanksgiving. No fights? Really? well, that is a thanksgiving miracle right there. :^)
    Looks to me like you still got a ton of knitting done… but not so much that you will need to seek medical intervention. :^)

    I’m loving your Mrs. GreenJeans!

  6. Found you looking at Kauni sweaters. A knitter friend of mine is also doing hers in the damask pattern too – great choice. Yours looks absolutely beautiful!

    I’m working Mr. Greenjeans right now and I’m very uncertain about the cabled bottom. The cables make the yarn pull back from the front in a flyaway style that I’m not sure will be flattering on me. Looked around blogland and Ravelry and that seems to be the norm. I’m 10″+ into the cabling so I hate to frog, but I’m looking at yours and loving the effect of the lace you did on your Mrs. With the lace, is yours falling straight down or pulling back? Please help because I really want to wear this over Christmas, but I’m willing to rip for the greater good.

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