Passing Down Crazy

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Am I The Only One?


I have a bit of a problem.  Well, maybe lots of problems, but one in particular is bugging me.  I have too many fiber related things that I love to do.

I love knitting, cross stitch, quilting, spinning, and weaving.  If someone asked me to give up one of these things, I don’t know what I’d choose.  And because I love them all, I feel like I’m not getting anything done.

I did take a project off the loom the other day.  It was something I started just for practice before I went to Vavstuga to weave The Blanket.  The practice piece looks pretty awful.  The selvages are bad!  Maybe after I hem it and give it a bath, I’ll show it.  Maybe.

Yesterday, I realized I have a bunch of knit blankets in process.  And I have two more planned.  So I pulled out one that I started in 2012!

I love this blanket!  It’s called Norma and it’s a free pattern on Knitty.  Mom and I made a trek to Madtosh Crafts in Ft. Worth in June of 2012.  I purchased 8 skeins of Madelinetosh DK Twist in the Cousteau colorway.  I started the blanket as soon as I got home, and now it’s just sitting.  Last night I started skein 4 of 8.  I’m thinking I’m going to try monogamous knitting for a while and get this thing done!

I also started a new cross stitch project on January 1st.  (I should do a post on the cross stitch I completed in 2015.)

This is a large cross stitch of an American flag.  The stripes are formed by the name of every state in the order that they were added to the US.

I also have quilt #1 for the boys bunk room almost ready to assemble.

On the weaving front, I’m getting all the wool wound so I can weave 4 nice heavy wool blankets.  I purchased the yarn this summer at Vavstuga and I want them done.

On the spinning front…..I got nothin’!  I have a couple of things I need to finish, but I haven’t touched the wheel in weeks.

Maybe I should designate one day of the week for each of my favorite endeavors.

Who needs to clean, cook, and do laundry anyway?  As Miss In Charge loves to tell me, she hates “adulting”.

Please tell me I’m not the only one that has this problem.  How do you balance all the things you love to do?

Author: mariajhmom

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

9 thoughts on “Am I The Only One?

  1. You are not alone in your passion for fiber arts! I would love nothing more than to quit my FT job to practice my obsession more.

  2. You’re not alone! I have this problem too. One of my goals in January is to practice some project monogamy until I finish my ridiculously large pile of WIPs.

    Also, that blanket is gorgeous! I hope you finish it. 🙂

  3. I have to learn to knit – all over again. Can you teach knitting while you’re doing all the other things you do? =) I probably should be able to “get it back” relatively quickly – except for correcting mistakes! Ugh.

  4. I laughed when I read your post! I love to quilt, crochet, knit, sew clothing, spin, bead, paint, wood carve and do leather work as well as tat, cross stitch and punch needle work. I bounce from one project to another depending on my mood! Lately it seems like most of my free time is consumed with quilting and sewing and I look forward to retirement when I can happily bounce around all day from project to project! May the creative spirit in each of us flourish!

  5. No, you are not the only one! I was just thinking the exact same thing after joining yet another EPP quilt-a-long (my third in a year!). While I don’t do as many types of fiber arts you do (I do quilting, cross stitch, punch needle, embroidery and want to try some knitting), I struggle to find time to do all of these things and also feel like I don’t get anything done! I don’t know the answer, other than retirement which isn’t for another 14 years!

  6. Yep – that is me. Right now, I’m obsessed with quilting again for some reason, but I know I’ll soon be knitting/spinning/weaving again. I seem to concentrate on one thing and let the others drop by the wayside (although I almost always have a knitting project going since it is so portable). When I am obsessed in one area – I could care less about the others (right now fabric is much more interesting to me than yarn or fiber) BUT, I know from history that it will change up soon….

  7. I don’t balance it. I like to stitch, knit and quilt (I read a fair bit too) and there is always one I’m most focused on and one getting little of my attention. Work gets in the way too. I say just go with whatever is calling you and don’t feel guilty. Our interests are to make us happy not guilty.

    I’d love to see a post on your 2015 cross stitch projects!

  8. I love everything you make! What’s the name of the cross stitch pattern you’re making of the flag? It looks really awesome!

  9. I was wondering what the cross stitch pattern is?

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