Passing Down Crazy

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

One Of My Favorite Things


Handmaiden Sea Silk!

I love knitting shawls with that stuff.  I’m pretty sure it’s crack for knitters.  I usually order it from Knitty Noddy.  Evelyn has a gazillion colors of Sea Silk and her shipping is seriously fast (and free if you spend $75, which is easy to do).

Here!  Take a look.

Go ahead!  Touch it!  It’s so soft and the drape is amazing.

This is the Holden Shawlette and it’s a free pattern.  I used just a bit less than a full skein of Handmaiden Sea Silk, color Berry.  I went down to a size 5 needle to make sure I wouldn’t run out of yarn.  This was my Savannah knitting.  It seemed like the stockinette portion took forever, but once I hit the lace part, it kept my interest.  It really should have had beads, but that’s a pain on an airplane!

Thank goodness I had Miss In Charge around to jazz up my photo shoot.  The kids were just walking out the door to head to school.  Thanks, kid!!!

And now I’m back to Batik.

These two shawls aren’t the same color at all!  This one is actually true hot pink.  It’s just a really bad picture…on my unmade bed.  I started this at Christmas at my parents, and then abandoned it.   It’s worked from the outside in.  Since I paid my dues at the beginning, it’s just flying along now!  I’ll have this one done soon!

And now for a cool quilting find!  I found out that Pink Chalk Studio has quilt patterns available for purchase and instant download.  If you’re a knitter, you’re thinking that’s no big deal, because knitting patterns have been available for download forever.  The quilters are behind!!!  I already found a pattern or two that I think I must have.

In other news, the Christmas/Valentine tree is now a thing of the past.  It was fun, and I’m sure the kids will lobby for the Valentine tree again next year.

Here’s my question for the day.  How do I cook great meals for my family while I’m on a diet?  They just aren’t thrilled with chicken breasts and veggies.  Frozen pizzas aren’t cutting it either.

I’m off to dig through a couple of cookbooks to see if I can find a compromise!

Author: mariajhmom

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

6 thoughts on “One Of My Favorite Things

  1. Beautiful shawls, Maria!
    I think you’ve asked the hardest question of all on how to prepare meals while dieting. Sorry, I haven’t figured that one out yet either… Let me know when you do though 🙂

  2. Your Holden shawlette is beautiful! I happen to be making the same shawl in Noro.

  3. LOVE seeing your shawls – you always provide direct inspiration for me! Your new heading is wonderful as well. Can’t talk now … must go check out the ‘Holden’!!!!

  4. ok, so now I have to hold you accountable …. just ordered a Handmaiden SeaSilk for a shawl for my sister … she invited me to Nantucket this summer and I cannot go empty-handed!!!!!

  5. If you’re looking for healthy recipes, try The magazine is great too.

    It’s mostly about portion control, right? I eat half of whatever meat we’re having, a smaller serving of starch and more veggies. I have been roasting my veggies lately with some olive oil, garlic and parmesan cheese. Delicious!

  6. Cooking for a family while you’re on a diet? Cooking Light magazine. Almost everything I make from Cooking Light is a hit.

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