Passing Down Crazy

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

What’s A Girl To Do?


Yesterday was a confluence of kids doing things that are on the list of things not to do and a mom with PMS.  I know.  That’s probably too much info, but I don’t know how else to describe the attitudes in our house.

By evening, I had three choices.

1.  Hit the chocolate.  The only problem was that there was no chocolate in the house and it was still raining.

2.  Drink.  The only problem with that is that I’ve never been drunk in my life and I don’t intend to start now.  I also don’t need a headache.

3.  Start spinning.  So that’s what I did.

I started with 4 ounces of Blue Face Leicester from Woolgatherings, my favorite supplier of crack fiber.  (I “borrowed” this photo from her etsy site.)

I must spin really fast when I’m irritated, because I spun and plied the entire 4 ounces in an evening.  I ended up with 284 yards of 2 ply.

So here’s my thought.  If spinning yarn is treatment for PMS, my medical insurance should cover my expenses, right?

Well, it was worth a try!

Author: mariajhmom

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

7 thoughts on “What’s A Girl To Do?

  1. Image how we could overhaul the health care system if they would just pay for knitting/spinning instead of medications & therapy for stress 🙂 Beautiful yarn! Whatchya gonna make? Me? I taking the drinking route WITH knitting. As long as I’m not knitting lace, I’m OK.

  2. Most beautiful! Do you spin onto two bobbins? How did you split your yarn? OR do you spin onto one bobbin, then ply from both ends of the cake of yarn?

  3. If you ever decide to take up weaving, that’s another great way to blow off steam. I used to come home from my job (when I lived in the city) and I would start weaving and beat the heck out of the current project! Good luck with getting the insurance folks to understand…..maybe if you showed them how pretty the yarn is? :^)

  4. Oh my dear friend… your yarn is gorgeous! As I age, PMS has become a monthly event in my house. This month was somewhat productive though since I ignored the kids (for the most part… and believe me this was for their good) and knit obsessively. I finished 2 ancient unfinished cardigans.

    BTW – if you ever think of selling some of your handspun, please let me know!

  5. love, love, love it! So pretty!!

  6. Maria- Did it cure the PMS?

  7. #3 was a great choice; your yarn is beautiful! The sophisticated rainbow really appeals to me tonight. I, too, have noticed a change in the rate of singles produced depending on my mood. Funny how that is.

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