Passing Down Crazy

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

Brought To You In Living Color Part 2


Last week I showed you some fabric and yarn that I dyed.

I didn’t show you the really cool stuff yet!

Let me back up.  In June, Heather Peterson of Anka’s Treasures, did a post on Quilt Market.  She included this photo of Sue Spargo’s booth.

See that quilt on the right?  Yeah!  I did too.  I drooled all over Sue Spargo’s website!  I stared longingly at the kit.  I finally broke down and ordered the book  called Contemporary Folk, which includes this pattern, called Silk Road.  I played with dyeing wool.  I stared longingly at the kit some more.  I ordered 5 yards of 100% wool on ebay and practiced.

Guess what?  I did it!!!  I dyed all the wool, velvet, and silk for this project.

It took me two days to dye all the colors I needed, but I’m thrilled with the results.  Look at that velvet!

Believe it or not, this velvet started out pale pink.  It was the only light color I could find that was rayon.  I’d love to buy more and make a shirt out of it!

I think this is going to be a January project for me.  This pile is hanging out in my sewing room.  Every so often, I wander in there and pet it!

Last night, all the dyeing stuff was packed away in the basement.  It’s too cold to be outside dyeing stuff.  And that’s ok, because I need to start using some of the fabric and yarn I’ve been dyeing.

But first, I need to clean up the pile of clothes on the edge of my bathtub.

Oh…I almost forgot.  I didn’t tell you the end of the sewer saga.  We dug a huge hole in our front yard, cut the pipe, and got it unplugged.  I’m not giving you any detail, because it was just too disgusting for words.  Let’s just say I realized it was going to get ugly when the plumbers newest hire put on waders and rubber boots.

A toilet is a wonderful thing…especially after it hasn’t worked for 4 days!


Author: mariajhmom

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

6 thoughts on “Brought To You In Living Color Part 2

  1. OH those colors!! This is going to be a doozy of a quilt!
    Also- love you how enchanted me with all those vibrant colors, and then slip in the ‘sewer’ and ‘hip waders’!!!! Ewwwww.
    We had a similar (though less intense) problem at our last house, involving a ‘clean out’ on the septic tank. Apparently not all that is deemed ‘flushable’ by the manufacturer, is, in fact, ‘flushable’.

  2. that’s awesome! almost enough to make me want to quilt again….almost.

  3. You are amazing. All that beautiful wool and velvet. Can’t wait to see pictures of your project as it happens.

  4. What beautiful colors! Can’t wait to see the finished project. So glad your sewer problems are over. Been there. Happy quilting!

  5. Maria, you never cease to amaze me with your ability to multi-task. I have a question: where did you buy the velvet? Is it triple velvet or triple plush or whatever they call the really rich-looking fabric?

  6. Beautiful job on the dying. This is going to be one lovely quilt.

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