Passing Down Crazy

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

Ready, Set….Pause


I thought I was ready to start Ravelympics this morning.  Only I wasn’t.  I only have one of five skeins of yarn wound.  I didn’t copy my pattern.  (When knitting lace, I always make a copy of my pattern and cross off the rows as I knit them.)  And if anyone had tested my blood for banned substances, they would have found far too much caffeine and junk food in my system.

Anyway, after about four hours of wasted competition time, I’m back in medal contention.  Here’s what I’m going to knit in 17 days.  Shut up and quit laughing!!!!!  That’s rude!

It’s the Flirty Ruffles Shawl from Fiddlesticks Knitting.  I have about 2,000 yards of 2 ply 100% Cashmere yarn from Sarah’s Yarns.  It’s heavenly!!!  Oh, and I’m using size 5 needles.  The reason I’m using size 5 needles, is because I have them in both 24 and 36 inch lengths.  No, I didn’t swatch.  It’s lace.  I guessed.

I just completed chart 1.  You are about to see what is probably the most boring picture I’ve ever posted on this blog!

See!  I warned you.  But there is proof that I did something on day one of the Olympics.  We have a wedding to attend tonight so I don’t know how much further I’ll get.  But there will be Nascar knitting tomorrow, after church.

I read on Ravelry that one person knit the shawl in one week, and the ruffle in one week, so there’s hope.

There’s only one problem.   I’m not very driven.  I don’t have a competitive bone in my body.  And I’m thinking I want to get some quilt tops on my machine next week.  College girl leaves for school on Sunday and I get my quilt room back.  I couldn’t see the floor all summer.

I also need to study next week.  If I’m going to be smarter than a 4th grader, I’d better start studying.  Homeschooling starts in two weeks, and Honey and I are gone for one of them!

I’m off to knit a little longer before I have to get ready to go to the wedding.  I need to cram my body into some painful foundational garments and put makeup on for the first time this week.  And I think I’ll take a couple of Advil for good measure.


Author: mariajhmom

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

10 thoughts on “Ready, Set….Pause

  1. What a lovely pattern!! The yarn you picked is gorgeous too!

  2. So, did you wear one of your beautiful shawls to the wedding?

  3. I love the shawl pattern, and I’m sure you’ll get it done in 17 days. Sleep is totally overrated, anyway!
    Good luck!

  4. Well, you go anyway. I just checked the standings and there are finishers already colecting their medals. I’m in the scarf stroke and made some headway this evening.

  5. That is going to be a beautiful shawl – good luck!

  6. The shawl pattern is beautiful and so is the beginnings of your new shawl. Your work always looks so nice.


  7. Ooh, very ambitious project. Good luck!

  8. I’ve just started reading and have to admire you with your house full of kids, at least a dog, a hubby (not in priority order) with your knitting and quilting. Your knitting is wonderful and I love looking at your projects.


  9. I’m two for six myself in the kids department. Congratulations on that success, first of all. Your knitting and obvious successful life is an amazement. I check your blog every day just to see what else you’ve accomplished. Life appears to have been kind to you in Minnesota.

    After seeing your laundry room, I am wondering if you could find a place for an additional washer and dryer. You need it!

    Congrats on your one-year anniversary.

  10. Congratulations on the one year mark. I check in everyday to see what you are up to. Your blog posts are a big highlight in my days. Keep up the good work!

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