Passing Down Crazy

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

Dirty Little Secrets


So…I started a new knitting project.

It’s good.  Nice stitch definition.  I like the yarn (Elsbeth Lavold Silky Wool XL).  The pattern is easy to memorize (Daron by Berroco).

There’s one problem.  It’s too big.  I’ll show you a photo and we’ll see if you can guess what I’m going to do.

Look at the top right edge.  I bound off some stitches.  I did the same on the top left edge.  I’m going to steek it and cut off about an inch on each side.  When I put the sweater together, it won’t even show.

Do you still respect me?   I’m sorry but I’m too smart lazy to rip out several hours of knitting!  So, that’s my big secret.  I know, I’m pretty boring.

We did a quilt retreat at My Hero’s office last week.  This is what I accomplished.

I’m at the “some assembly required” point in the quilt.  Every time I thought I was ready to put the quilt together, I realized I needed more star blocks.  The quilt is Starlit Evening by Heather Peterson of Anka’s Treasures.  It’s the 6th quilt I’ve made from her Living Large 2 book.  The fabric is Strawberry Fields by Figtree Quilts for Moda.  Here’s a closer view.

Now I have to figure out what I want for border fabric.

Today was my day to do yucky stuff.  I totally cleaned the laundry room.  That felt good. Then I had to repair a woven rug.  It belongs in Frankie’s room, and lots of the threads were breaking.  I put the rug on the dining room table to make it easier to stitch.  After I finished, I looked at what was on my table and over my table and I just laughed.  It’s such a strange combination of primitive, contemporary, and elegant.

The diet coke can and the scissors just don’t go with the rug.   And look at what’s hanging over the table.

Sometimes I feel like my whole life is like this.  Some people manage to at least look like they have a “put together” life.  I just don’t!!!  Around here, what you see is what you get!

And now I’m off to a volleyball game.  Life, disorganized as it is, really is good!


Author: mariajhmom

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

3 thoughts on “Dirty Little Secrets

  1. As I often like to say…”One foot in the old world, one foot in the new.” That’s what makes life so fun! I used to think that I was perhaps born into the wrong century, given my enjoyment of the traditions and crafts of a different era. But if that had been the case, I would have missed out on so much, the internet being such an obvious example. And Diet Coke, too! So it’s all good, right? Keep up the good work! And the quilt is absolutely gorgeous!
    Barb G from Up North

  2. That quilt is just gorgeous made using Strawberry Fields! I really like both the pattern and the fabric.

  3. I don’t call it lazy, I call is courageous! Cutting into knitting is scary!

    Loving the new quilt!

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