Passing Down Crazy

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

Contest, Cleaning, and…


It’s a contest! More on that in a minute, but first I have to show you something ugly!

Here’s a before and after of the knitting mess beside my bed. Here’s the before:


And after:

I had Department 56 houses in the shelves. They were moved to make room for all my knitting books. It’s not perfect. There are assorted knitting bags dumped behind the quilt rack, and there’s still knitting stuff in the window seat. I wasn’t going for perfection. I was going for organization. I can find my stuff now.

I cleaned up another mess, but in between I worked on this:

My Waves in the Square Shawl. In between cleaning, I’d sneak in a row or two on this. I wanted it done this weekend, but it’s not going to happen. I am on the last chart though. Here it is after Nascar this afternoon:

The other mess I had to clean up was the other side of the bed.

Some knitting gnome came in while I was sleeping and dumped yarn all over.

It’s clean. Oh, wait! There are a couple things on the footstool. I think it’s contest prizes.

Just to review: My next post is my 100th! I can’t believe I’ve had that much to yack about. Here’s the deal. Leave a comment and let me know:

1. What you like about the blog.


2. What you’d like to see or hear about in the blog.

(If you don’t like the blog, please don’t tell me. I have 5 kids that love to tell me what they don’t like. That’s enough to keep me humble, thanks!)

Here is the prize.

You will have a choice of the Arans and Celtics book, or the Tempted Sock Yarn. (If you’re from Loops, please don’t be offended. I absolutely love Tempted sock yarn. It’s just not a color I’d choose.)

You have until 10 PM on April 1 to leave a comment. I will number all the comments and one of my darling children will choose a number.

Oh, and the and… part of the title. We’re under a heavy snow warning for tomorrow. We could get 6-8 inches of snow. We haven’t had a snow day this year. I don’t really want one now.

The first project this week is to clean up the guest room.  (Mom’s coming!)  It’s not as bad as my room, but it’s time!

I’ll see you Tuesday or Wednesday with the 100th post!


Author: mariajhmom

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

30 thoughts on “Contest, Cleaning, and…

  1. I stumbled upon your blog via ravelry. Once I saw Passing Down Crazyand that you have five children (yet still have time for knitting) I was hooked. Happy 100th post!

  2. Hi… I came here from ravelry too… I’d love to have a room like yours… so pretty… even with “the mess” if you can call yarn a mess….lol

    Happy 100!!!

  3. Happy 100!

    I really enjoy your blog. You have so many beautiful projects – both knitting and quilting – and great photography. I’ve also enjoyed seeing your home – love the red floral wallpaper! As far as what I want to see… just keep it up 🙂

  4. I love the photos and the way you share just the way you are. (I also love your house and all the built ins. So wonderful!!! I am jealous!) Most of all I just like the fact that you appear to be someone Who would be wonderful to knit with and share a cup of coffee.

  5. You seem to have an abundance of built-in cabinets and drawers. What I’d give for some of those. I love your rooms and decorating, too.

  6. I love knowing that you have 5 kids – when I think of my own, you help me stay grounded and knitting! :0)

  7. Okay. Now I see why you started our WIP Confessions forum on Ravelry. What I like about your blog. You give me hope that I’ll actually be able to knit FAST and NONSTOP someday. You make me laugh out loud.
    Happiest 100!

  8. I love everything about your blog!

    You’ll have to check out my Saturday post. I actually have the last quilt I completed on there. Let’s see, that was probably summer of 2001? Don’t ask how many I have started. Knitting hit and I forgot how to sew!!

  9. Happy 100th Blog entry Maria! I love the grounding you give us as you share your life with us, both personal with the kids and all, and with the knitting and quilting. You have a sense of humor that make it a little easier to laugh at ourselves. The only thing I would suggest to improve your blog…..Post EVERY DAY!!!!! I know it’s not likely to happen but I’m going to hope. I find myself checking daily for your post to appear. Here’s to the next 100 entries! Alison

  10. Hooray for cleaning and hooray for contests too!

    What do I like about your blog? WELL….

    I like that your writing is down to earth and personable
    I like that you have frequent finished items/WIPs to show off
    I like that you’re not afraid to be goofy or silly
    I like that you always post lots of pictures
    and lastly, I like that we both read each others blogs and know what’s new in each other’s crafting lives. It’s almost like we’re………FRIENDS. hah

    There are obviously more things, but those are the big ones off the top of my head! Happy 100th post! 🙂

  11. I just love your blog because there is never a dull moment. You have 5 kids, you knit 5 gazillion projects all at the same time (and seem to be making progress on at least half of them), you quilt (and seem to be making progress on several works in progress), you jump in and start repapering your sewing room on the day after you get back from vacation while still quilting and knitting and taking care of a husband and 5 kids, and BLOGGING!!! Like I said, never a dull moment. When do you sleep??

  12. Oh, and happy #100! Congratulations!

  13. Oh hallelujah! I’m not the only one who has a mess like this happen on their side of the bedroom on occasion…lol! Gee that looks familiar…hehehehe 🙂

  14. Holy Cow… how did you make all that stuff just disappear!
    I need that magic trick in my arsenal!

    I like … your humor, your pictures, your fearless display of who you are and how messy life really is, your amazing projects, the joy!

    I’d like to see (Mermaid ! I had to say it).
    An update on how bit your WIP list is NOW.


    you in person really, but that’s not something that the blog can give me

  15. I love all the pictures– everything is so colorful and full of energy! I don’t remember how I discovered your blog; it was probably through ravelry and that beautiful Kauni damask cardigan you are making.

  16. I’ve loved reading your blog since I stumbled across it on Ravelry. I love your eye for color – evident in the photos of all of your projects. I love the exciting yarns and projects you choose. I have been totally in love with your damask kauni (ok, I admit it – I originally stuck around to watch that single project progress, but got sucked in enough by the others that I forgot to wonder what happened to it!). I also love reading about the knitting triumphs you and Lexi share with each other – your bond reminds me of how my mom and I kept in touch when I went off to school in 2002.

    (as for the second question, what I’d like to see more of? I am always eagerly awaiting kauni updates. I can’t wait to see the finished piece!)

  17. i love the fact that you’re willing to share your knitting nooks – i have a large flowered chair where i knit and it’s become the center of my knitting universe. yarn, needles, books and everything else i might need are at arm’s length.

    my parents are coming this weekend too – i’m off to clean and stash yarn where ever
    it will fit.

    thanks for your honesty.

    show us your finished projects! always love to see another knitter’s FOs.

  18. I love all your beautiful projects! I found your blog from the Rainey sisters when they posted about your Damask Kauni sweater. Happy 100!

  19. Hi-

    I stumbled across your blog somehow (I can’t remember), and I check in from time to time. What I like about your blog, and what keeps me coming back, is your list of projects! Your site is so inspiring to me and I love your color choices. Never have I thought “gee, I’d like to knit me some socks” until seeing your site.

    Congrats on your 100th post! I look forward to seeing more of your projects!

  20. What I like about your blog is YOU! I already know about the messes, the kids, the obvious knitting, the wallpaper…but reading your blog really shows just how my sister IS. She is highly successful in just about everything she tries. But if you could see her in person in a blog, you would find Maria is one of the most giving people you would ever meet. I know she would do almost anything for me – well, except babysit – oh, she has. Or clean my house – oh, she has, once. (smile) Or cook for me – Yup! and I could go on. But I know if I really needed something, she and her family would be the first to offer to help. ALWAYS!

    And, can I mention, April is birthday month? I’ll keep leaving comments so you know what day!

  21. I like reading your blog…I have 5 kids too and it is nice to see how you work in all your projects. I don’t know how you are able to clean up your house though 🙂

  22. I love that you aren’t afraid to show your messes. it makes me realize I’m not the only one with a mess in my house!
    and I love that you aren’t afraid to show us your pile of WIPS, also makes me realize I’m not the only one!

    and you don’t just talk about one subject, you mix things up.

  23. I came to your blog through the Rainey Sisters blog linking to your Damask Kauni, which I thought and still think is stunning. I like that you and your daughter(s) are blogging your knitting and quilting together. (Although your daughter doesn’t blog as often anymore, I understand my own dd started college this year as well.) I liked how you would always ask your daughter a question at the end of your blog. Perhaps someday my daughters will blog with me, as of now they are both just learning to knit, one at 19 and one at 9 years, they are doing there own thing for now, still a mom can dream.

  24. I love your blog..its on my daily roll. Your studio space…well I am envious to be honest…and absolutely LOVE the wallpaper. Thanks for sharing!

  25. I love that it isn’t only me who has far too much stash to cope with – mine has been “tidied” but under the bed and in my closet…not perfect, as you say, but at least I can find things.

    Congratulations on your milestone!!

  26. I have been lurking for a few months now, and I was trying to figure out just what keeps me coming back to your blog. I think it’s your writing style. You have a humourous way of writing that is probably how you speak and it feels very personable. I enjoy reading about your adventures with your kids and with knitting. It’s just a fun blog overall 🙂

  27. I love to visit your blog because I always leave with a smile. Your open, honest approach in your writing gives many of us inspiration in our lives. When I see how busy you are, and yet you get enourmous amounts of things done, I think that maybe there is hope for me, too. Thanks for writing–I know it is a big job, and I do appreciate it.

  28. Happy 100th post!!!

    Let’s see, what do I like about the blog… I love that you share your messes, your WIP(s), your quilting. I am amazed at all the beautiful stuff that you create! I stumbled across your blog through the Rainey Sisters blog when they linked to your Damask Kauni. And now I check it daily even though I know you don’t always post daily

    What do I want to see or hear about in the blog… More blog posts :0) I know that you’re a busy lady so you probably already blog as much as you can but I can hope for more can’t I?

    Have a great time with your mom!! Mine’s coming to visit me later in April so I’m excited for that!!

  29. Happy 100th post! Like many others I found you because of the Kauni. I absolutely love the photography and the variety (and volume) of your projects (UFO’s included) is inspiring. Your blog feels like you have thrown open the door of your life and warmly welcomed us all in like we’ve known each other forever.

  30. First of all, that is one of the best-looking messes ever. I mean, even the laundry basket is cute! Sheesh.

    You’ve got me hooked with your quilting-knitting double threat – but in addition to your skills, you crack me up!

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