Passing Down Crazy

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

Back To Reality


We had a great ski trip to Big Sky, Montana.  After the day of 15-20 inches of snow, the skiiers had a fabulous week!  I was head cook.  My sister was head dish washer, along with the kids.  One niece was head green smoothie maker.  The two dads supervised all of the skiing and snowboarding, and the kids kept the hot tub occupied.

Before we left yesterday, I threatened sweetly asked the kids for a family photo.

I still have this picture in my head of five little people.  This photo is almost shocking to me.  They’re turning into amazing human beings.  Loud and opinionated, but amazing.

There was some knitting on the trip, between playing chef.  I finished Brickless.

This fiber

Was spun into this yarn (In April 2011):

And was wound into this ball:

And became Brickless by Martina Behm:

This is a wrap that is so very easy to knit.  It was also very enjoyable because of all the color changes.  When I looked at the skein of yarn, I thought it would be bright and obnoxious.  Now that it’s finished, I really like it!  I’m pretty sure it will be a spring staple with my jean jacket.

I also had an opportunity to visit another small yarn shop, right at the ski resort in Big Sky.  It’s called CR.eations 2.  I think the shop was 12 x 12.  It’s probably the smallest shop I’d ever been in, but it was extremely neat, and packed with gorgeous yarn!!!  I’ve already started one project with yarn purchased from Christine.  I bought yarn for three projects, and could have easily gotten yarn for three more.  She and I had a lot of fun!  She also has an etsy shop!

My reality today is pretty great.  It’s silent in my house!!!  My only goal today is to unpack my suitcase and make dinner.  I shouldn’t be tired after a vacation, but I am.  

I’m off to see what is hidden in the freezer.  I really don’t want to go to the grocery store today.



Author: mariajhmom

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

8 thoughts on “Back To Reality

  1. That yarn is AMAZING!!! Makes me want to learn to spin!!

  2. I feel as though I have watched those little people grow to be young adults through your blog. You and your hero have so much to be proud of.
    I got to spend a few days with my brother and his 2 college age kids over Spring Break and was filled with such pride and nostalgia ….. They are so fun when small, but the pride in seeing their young adulthood and decision making .. Brings me to tears ….

    Nice knitting …. Even nicer family!!!


  3. Your Brickless is inspiring. I love to spin and I love to knit, but I don’t really knit with my handspun. Instead, I tend to hoard it all. I am working on some handpainted roving in shades of blue and purple right now, and I really, really, really intend to use it to weave a scarf. (I know I have mentioned this in the comments before, but you should look into a little rigid heddle loom, like a Cricket or Knitter’s Loom—it is SO gratifying to weave fabric with your handspun. )

  4. I just love that family photo! Such a gorgeous, happy family. Good job mom!

    And the scarf is gorgeous

  5. Sounds like you had a great vacation! Great family time. Love that yarn….and the shawl is beautiful!

  6. That girl in the pink with the uggs is a babe!

  7. I love the scarf/shawlette. Love love love!!! It’s the scarf where the rainbow fell. And there’s nothing wrong with that. Congrats on spinning and knitting a work of art.

  8. Your shawlette is wonderful. Like Brenda who commented above, I haven’t knit with my handspun as much as I would like. You have inspired me to try a fun project like yours. It is really gorgeous. Great spinning and knitting.

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