Passing Down Crazy

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I Love Lace!


Hi!  I’m still alive.  There has been a lot of knitting and spinning going on around here. However, there hasn’t been any blogging.

Today, I’m going to show you a couple of lace pieces I’ve completed.  First up is Olive Garden by Tanya Gobruseva.  It’s a free pattern on Ravelry and it was a delight to knit.  The pattern was fun, but the yarn…..heavenly!

The yarn is Grinning Gargoyle Mink Lace.  It’s 100% mink and it’s so lightweight and soft.  I purchased it in April at Yarnover and it was too heavenly to just park in my stash.  The beads were a fun addition as well.

I did change one thing in the pattern, and it wasn’t on purpose.  I knit the body of the shawl in stockinette instead of garter stitch.  I just didn’t read the pattern very carefully, but that was ok because I really don’t like garter stitch.

The next project I finished only took me six years to knit.  I started Morning Glory by Anne Hanson in 2008.

I had half of the shawl finished several years ago, but just never finished the other half.  To be really honest, it was a very hard pattern. Now that it’s finished, it was well worth it!


The yarn is Handmaiden Sea Silk, which is one of my favorite yarns of all time.  I did several extra repeats of the pattern.  It got really long, so look where it ended up.

It’s on my dining room table and I love it!!!  It’s better than folding it up and putting it in the knitwear cupboard!

And now I’m back to spinning.  I’ve been participating in the Tour de Fleece spinning event.  The goal is to spin every day of the Tour de France.  I’ve gotten a lot of spinning done!!!  There will be a post when the event is over, but I’ll give you a little glimpse.

I’ve spun everything in that bowl since July 5.  So fun!!!!

Gotta get back to the grindstone wheel!


Author: mariajhmom

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

3 thoughts on “I Love Lace!

  1. wow – great lace! I love that you made a table runner out of your shawl. It is so pretty. I can see you haven’t got cats…

  2. Wow! Beautiful! Glad you’re back! I was thinking about spinning…but then Tapestry in Handmaiden called me. Again and again. 🙂
    I think a shot of your spinning products (in a lovely bowl I think) would look great on your table runner shawl!
    Shorter version? Can we see the bowl that you’ve got your spinning sitting in, please?

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