Passing Down Crazy

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

I’m A Knitting Fool


Yesterday morning I got up early.  (Couldn’t sleep.  Hope it’s not a 40-something thing!)  I picked up around here and then decided to work on Batik for a little while.  By 1 PM, it was blocking!  I’d forgotten how quickly a shawl goes when you start from the outside!

So, what do you do when you can’t do a photo shoot outside?  Hang a shawl from the lights in the kitchen.

I love the combination of cables and lace in this project.

The pattern is Batik.  It’s sold out right now on her etsy site.  Just convo her if you want it.  I knit the largest size.  It’s knit from the bottom, so I had to cast on a gazillion stitches.  (I don’t remember how many, actually!)  I started it at my mom’s at Christmas and it wasn’t a good time to work on it.  I should have been in a padded room with no sound!  There are some errors in the decreases, and I wish I would have fixed them.  Actually, I know where they are and I can’t even see them on the photo.

The yarn is Madelinetosh Sock and the colorway is Light of Love.  I used one skein and only about half of the second.  I love the squishiness of this yarn!!!

All in all, I’m happy with this.

Of course, finishing one project must be rewarded with starting another.  Right?

My mom had been raving about Sundara yarns.  For a long time I rebelled at spending that much money on yarn.  (Usually Mom is the voice of reason on yarn prices!!!)  I finally caved and purchased this from a ravelry sale.

Oh. My. Goodness. Oh. My. Soul.

The color is even deeper and richer than the photo and it feels heavenly.  It’s Aran Silky Merino.  The colorway is Cobalt Over Mediterranean.  The pattern is Conifer Shawl.  I’m going to make it bigger to make sure I use as much of this gorgeous yarn as possible.

I do have a little gripe here.  I purchased the pattern on Interweave knits as a download.  There are mistakes in the pattern with corrected charts.  Why weren’t the corrected charts placed in the pdf that I downloaded?  I had to go back to the website and print corrected charts.

Rant over!  I have gorgeous yarn to knit.

But first I have to go pick up a kid that has a bad cold and is supposed to go sledding this afternoon.  Can you say snotsicle?

I should figure out something for dinner too.  I made a great meal last night.  Why do they have to eat every day?

If you’re looking for a little humor, just go to Urban Outfitters and pick up a little book called Great Pickup Lines.   I checked their website and it’s not on there.  (I know.  I’m such a good example!)  We laughed ourselves silly the other night.  Actually, My Hero hurt his back, so he was laying (or is it lying?) on the floor groaning and laughing.  He’s fine now!

Did the sun come out, or did you just smile?

Can I do my laundry on your abs?


Author: mariajhmom

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

6 thoughts on “I’m A Knitting Fool

  1. Did you know that cobalt is the color I have for a sweater? I did Traveling Woman out of the ruby port color of Sundara. Love it!
    Your batik is beautiful.

  2. I agree!!! Why do they have to eat everyday?????!!!!??????
    Beautiful shawls.
    Maybe some abs in the laundry room wouldn’t be such a bad thing! ;o)

  3. I love the shawl!! I checked Raverly, and was able to purchase the pattern there. Cables and lace. Doesn’t get much better than that.

  4. Your Batik is devastatingly gorgeous! Sigh. I feel a bout of startitis coming on…

  5. At some point in time I will have to take you out of my ‘favorites’ because you inspire me to the point of distraction!!!!!! Have always wanted a Sundara anything, now it becomes obsession. THANKS Maria! Your work is truly stupendously gorgeous.

  6. Thanks to your great pictures I too ordered the Batik pattern. Yarn and needles waiting to get started! Startitious is soooo contagious!

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