Passing Down Crazy

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

Making Big Mistakes Faster


When I was at knitting camp, someone made the comment that experienced knitters just make big mistakes faster.  That’s certainly true in the case of my Advent Scarf.  Here are the first 3 1/2 days worth.

Let me just say I love it.  It’s the only reason I haven’t quit.  The pattern is very well written.  It’s not the patterns fault.   I shouldn’t knit when I’m sleep deprived.  And it’s my own fault that I’m sleep deprived.  I breezed through day one, and I’ve messed up every day since.  Right now I have a mistake to fix on day 4.  If I would just go to bed before 2 AM just one night, it would help.

So, this is what happened last night about 9 PM.  And no, I didn’t go to bed early after this!

I woke up to the kids laughing at Georgie and I.  She is such a people dog.  And she’s nice and warm.  Which is a good thing, because this is my back yard this morning.  (Don’t you just love my back yard photos every few months!  Ha!)

We got about 7 inches of snow last night and there was no wind.  I love it and think it’s just gorgeous.  (Sorry A Betty!)

I feel like I have severe ADD in my crafting right now.  I’m not finishing anything and it’s making me a little crazy.  I’ve spent a lot of time on the Advent Scarf, redoing what I already did.  I’m still working on the pink blob.  More about that when I ever get it finished.  And I’m doing some spinning.  I finished this the other day.  (Oh, I guess I finished something.)

It started out as this.

It’s a merino silk blend from Wonderland Dyeworks on etsy.  Lets just say I’m getting really spoiled by the wool silk blends.  I ended up with 544 yards.  Maybe I’m going to have to start knitting with some of my handspuns one of these days.  Maybe after Christmas.

Right now I’m spinning some Corriedale from Blue Moon Fiber Arts.  I purchased it at the knitting retreat last month.  The color is “I Mad Heart You” and I bought both fiber and yarn in the colorway.  Love it!

We have a pretty quiet weekend.  I hope to finish something…..anything!  I may start wrapping gifts as they show up, because my kids are nosy!!!!  Superblonde requested Paula Deen’s Chicken Pot Pie for dinner tonight.  Tomorrow, it’s church and that’s about it.

Oh, My Hero says hi!  (Not sure why his mouth was wide open.  He actually was saying “hi” to me!)


Author: mariajhmom

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

8 thoughts on “Making Big Mistakes Faster

  1. What a beautiful scarf! Your house looks like ours. My Hero was also talking to me as he shoveled us out. The snow plow went by during the night and left 4 1/2 foot berms across the driveway. But…we’re leaving tomorrow morning for a week on Maui. Yippee! It’s our Christmas/Anniversary/Birthday gifts to each other and oh my-after 36 inches of snow in the past 9 days, I’m ready for sundresses and ocean breezes! Happy Holidays and Merry CHRISTmas!

  2. YOu comment about making mistakes faster reminds me how I feel about studying languages. The more I know, the faster I can make mistakes. The scarf looks beautiful!

  3. Thank you for mentioning the Advent Scarf before, I saw it and immediately started. Yours looks lovely.

  4. The scarf is so pretty! Now I sort of wish…NO! No, I can’t do it!! I can’t believe how much snow you got already. It is pretty, especially if it sticks around for Christmas. Even in Maine, we are not promised a white Christmas. Your handspun is awesome. I am particularly drooling over this last one…all my favorite colors. Aren’t you itching to knit some up??

  5. Your spinning is going so well!! Love your handpun and looking forward to seeing the new fiber spun up. At least when you have a picture taken of you sleeping, it’s a pretty good one, we won’t talk about what my family does 😉

  6. So glad you are “messing up” on your Advent scarf too — even if it is only that you were sleepy! I spent six hours doing (rather, trying to do) the nupps for section 2 — finally came up with something that may look okay once it is blocked. Only to discover more of the little ***s today! I am determined to conquer them!

  7. Snow scene looks peaceful, as do you and Georgie, your handspun is gorgeous and inspiring me to sit at my wheel to practice, and the photo of the Advent Scarf has finally sucked me in to attempt its crazy quest. Thanks a lot.

  8. Oh, so that’s how you get so much done–you don’t sleep! The yarn you spun is gorgeous, just like everything you make 🙂 I hope you have a restful weekend.

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