Passing Down Crazy

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

I Have an Idea!!!


Given my love of half finished blankets, I thought I’d start another one.  But I’m looking for more people to knit this one with me!!!

So who wants to to a KAL (knit along)???

This is the project!


This is Norah’s Vintage Afghan, designed by the queen of cables, Norah Gaughan.  It’s a free pattern and you can find it here.

There are twenty squares in the pattern, but you could do 9, 12, or 15, or 16 of them if you’d prefer.  According to my calculations, each square takes about 200 yards of worsted weight yarn.  So if you plan to do all 20 squares, you’ll need about 4,000 yards of yarn.

The next question is, what yarn to choose?  The pattern suggests Berroco Comfort or Vintage.  However, you could use I Love This Yarn from Hobby Lobby or Pound of Love from Lion Brand and have a lot of hours of enjoyment for not a lot of money.

You could also use Madelinetosh Tosh Vintage and have a spectacular project.  You’d also spend a lot more.

So, what did I choose?  I ordered Blue Moon Fiber Arts Targhee from Eat Sleep Knit.  It was similar in price to Cascade 220, but it’s hand dyed so the color variation is gorgeous.  Here are my colors.  I chose seven colors instead of just five.

So, here’s the plan.  Go pick out some yarn.  The possibilities are endless. Or here’s a novel idea.  Go raid your stash!  Somebody, please try this with Noro Kureyon or Silk Garden.  Wind your yarn if you need to.  Print out your free pattern, find some needles, and a cable needle, if you use one.  I also think a cute project bag is a must.  You even have my permission to buy a new one if you’d like!

I’m not going to set a schedule for completing each block, because who needs more have to’s?  As a general guideline, if you did one block every two weeks, and do all 20 blocks, you’ll be done in November.  That leaves plenty of time to put the blanket together before Christmas.

I just started a thread on Ravelry as well.  Let’s meet over there to discuss yarn choices and any other questions you may have.

Also, I’m quiltmomoffive on Instagram.  If you’re an Instagrammer, just use #norahsvintageafghan.

So, who’s with me???

Author: mariajhmom

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

9 thoughts on “I Have an Idea!!!

  1. You’re killing me! Why haven’t I learned to knit yet! That blanket is BEAUTIFUL. Looking forward to seeing yours finished, and hoping you have a link up party so I can drool over everyone else’s creations, too.

  2. this was the last thing i put in my favorites on ravelry. i’m very tempted. i’ll check my stash to see if i can make it work.

  3. I am so glad you are blogging again. You are so talented, and I enjoy seeing all your projects – finished or not!

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  5. I’m with you. Just purchased my yarn and definitely know I will have questions and need some help. I started block 13 but think I made a mistake and will be ripping it out! Trying to find pictures of each of the finished blocks.

  6. Dang it, Maria! You know how much I love 1/2 finished blankets! I would need to raid my stash. I may have a bunch of Traveller (DK) from Sanguine Gryphon, Verdant Gryphon, and Cephalopod Yarns or Madelinetosh DK.

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  8. I’m still part-way through a knitted blanket here in wet and windy England. Not sure I can give in to temptation just at this stage or I’ll never get either finished! Hope it goes well

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