Passing Down Crazy

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

The Wrapup


I went to bed at 11:00 last night.  We all got up at 5 AM when the smoke alarms in the entire house started screaming…for no reason.  I woke up long enough to say goodbye to the kids as they headed to school.  I finally got up at 9:00.  It’s amazing what almost 10 hours of sleep can do for a person!!!  I think in 17 days, I only went to bed before 3 AM once.

So, how do the Olympians wind down after their amazing experiences? It has to seem like a long, amazing dream to them!  I’m kind of wandering around in circles today, wondering what to do without black stockinette attached to me.  So, I pulled out the sweater one more time.  I hadn’t stitched the sleeve facings down yet, because I needed advice, which someone on Ravelry so kindly provided.  The sleeve facing was knit at the top of the sleeve and hand stitched down, covering the raw steek edges.  Look how nice that looks!

This sweater had a ton of finishing!!!  The bottom was hemmed with a shock cord inserted.

The collar was knit and then stitches were picked up along the front opening to finish those steeked edges.  Then I put in the zipper and stitched the collar down.

The zipper even says “Dale” on it. 

I pulled out my trusty steamer and gave it a shot.  If I got this sweater wet, it would take days to dry.  It’s really heavy.

So…here are the details!

The Pattern:  Vancouver 2010 from Dale of Norway #213.

The Yarn:  Dale of Norway Heilo, 16 skeins black, 2 skeins gray, 2 skeins lime green.

The Needles:  Addi Turbo size 1,2, and 3.

The Hours:  I’m guessing it took about 150 hours.

The Smile on My Hero’s face:  Priceless!

Oh, and here’s my Olympic gold medal!

Uh, yeah.  What can I say?

Dreamboy tried on the sweater yesterday.  It looked so good on him.  My hubby was having none of it.  That’s ok.  Dreamboy thought it was itchy anyway.  Hopefully I’ll get a modeled shot soon.  I know you’re sick of hearing about this sweater, but it may require one more post!!!

Here’s the art shot.

And now I think I’m going to go put Frankie’s quilt on the longarm.  He’s been waiting patiently!

Then I’m going to play with something in this pile.

I also need to grab an unfinished knitting project to throw on the couch.  I thought I was sick of knitting.  As it turns out, I’m not.

I do need another good night of sleep though.

Author: mariajhmom

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

23 thoughts on “The Wrapup

  1. I’m glad you got the sweater completed. Your finishing looks great! I still love the colors, even though lime is not a favorite.

    What’s your next knitting project?

  2. The finishing is beautiful. I am as impressed with the ‘private’ side of that sweater as I am with the ‘public’ side.

    You are inspiring me to put the sewing machine back in the cabinet and get some quilt pieceing done. The same partial quilt has been stuck on the design wall for months.
    (the design wall is the back side of a 1.00 clearance rack-Christmas themed-flannel backed plastic table cloth — push-pinned to the wall in my hallway!)

    Cheers on the sweater, again — and have fun with the fabric.

  3. Congratulations! The sweater is stunning. I really enjoyed reading your blog posts throughout the process. So impressive!

  4. I think you can post about the sweater as much as you want. If I was able to knit a sweater like that I would want to post about it for a long time. I am just starting to knit and I am amazed at all of the items you have finished and quilt also. What an inspiration!

  5. Looks flawless- but then, knowing you, it would be. He will wear it with pride. I bought a super simple OZ kit that I am looking forward to quilting.

  6. Wow!! That is beautiful! Great job

  7. You are a knitting wonder! This sweater definitely deserves another post with Your Hero wearing it.

    You take the saying “Go Big or Go Home” to a new level!

  8. You deserve gold–I can hear our national anthem now! As you hold your bouquet and kiss your medal–you completed a fine race. Well done!

  9. I’m not usually at a loss for words, but “beautiful” “lovely” “great workmanship” come to mind, and seem somewhat lacking for your sweater. I’m going to take up serious quilting one of these days, after greenhouse season and renos are finished.

  10. Oh wow! Congratulations! It’s absolutely gorgeous. Love the touch of the shock cord. Clever. Can’t wait to see it modeled!

  11. Just beautiful, Maria! I envy your ambition and devotion to this project. Your Hero will be very proud when wearing this. Bravo!

  12. just stunning Maria, I don’t know how you stuck with it!! I am in awe

    I also love that your kids can get themselves off to school, mine always did because if I got up with them I would get in their face about something and they always left angry so we decided a long time ago, they knock on the door and say good bye and I left them alone. Of course they are all grown and one has 3 of his own to get off to school ’cause he is MR. Mom I wonder how that is working for him!!!!

    Happy Quilting and Knitting!!!

  13. Great Job you Olympian! I felt your pain with you. If your house is anything like mine, it is in desperate need of attention. My daughter still laughs at my Ravelypics events. Can’t wait to see your quilt.

  14. you are the shawn white of knitting!! amazing!!

  15. Wow with those kind of late nights, you are my kinda girl! Too bad we need any sleep at all!

  16. Awesome sweater! Fabulous finishing job! Congratulations on your GOLD!

  17. I don’t even have words – this is really, really fabulous. Awesome. Amazing. Well done!

  18. It’s amazing! I am all kinds of impressed by you.

  19. Mmmm! Very impressed by the placket… by ALL the finishing. It is truly medal-worthy, congrats!

  20. Oh nooooooo! We LOVE seeing pictures of The Sweater. I am in such awe of the whole thing. Amazing.

  21. Congratulations!!! THat is absolutely stunning!! And I can’t believe you finished that in 17 days! Amazing!!!

  22. STUNNING sweater. (belated) Congrats!!!!!

  23. I hope you post a modeled photo. This sweater is a real beauty and looks like a lot of work, too! Is one sleeve in pale gray and white?

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