Passing Down Crazy

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

Who’s Who

Hi!  I’m a 50 something wife of one and mom of five kids, one bichon frise named Georgie, and a goldendoodle named Arnold. I have two addictions; knitting and quilting. Actually , three.  I’ve been spinning for three years now.   Oh, and maybe a fourth.  I’ve recently begun painting old furniture.  And now there’s a fifth!  I took up weaving as well. It’s way too much fun!  I have tons of fabric and yarn, and I’m working on roving.  Who knows what you might need at midnight when you’re starting a project? I don’t know if it’s my age, or the fact that we have five children, but I don’t have a brain any more. My children all tell me (with the utmost respect) that I’m crazy. What they don’t know is that I’m passing it on to them!

My goals in life are to love my husband (of 30 years), turn my children into decent human beings, and to celebrate the life that God has so graciously given me.  I’m blessed to have an amazing family and a faithful God.

I hope that when you read this blog that you’ll laugh, be inspired, and leave feeling better than when you first stopped in. You’ll also feel better because you know there is one person in the world that is crazier than you (and has more WIPs).

L to R: Frankie, The Genius, Dreamboy, Superblonde, My Hero, Mrs Crazy, Ms In Charge, and Georgie.

My Hero and I have been married for literally half of my life.  He’s a great guy and is way nicer than I am.  He always does the right thing.  Hence, the nickname “My Hero”.

I don’t think I need to explain my nickname.  I’d much rather knit, quilt, spin or weave than do about anything.  I don’t like housework, and even sleep is over rated, although now that I’ve hit fifty, I do need sleep.

The Genius is our college daughter – college graduate, and now grad school daughter!   She’s a genius only when she feels like it.  When she find things she’s passionate about, The Genius kicks it in high gear.  If she’s not interested, why bother?  She’s a fabulous knitter, spinner, and weaver.

Our second daughter, Superblonde, is 22. She’s only 5’3” 5’4″ tall (she insists she grew), but she’s the loudest kid in our family.  Usually it’s happy noise. She graduated from college last year and is teaching 2nd grade.

Our first son, at age 21, is nicknamed Dreamboy because he’s always dependable.  If you ask him to do something, it’s done.  He’s pretty laid back and is always nice to his mom.  And he wears size 12 shoes!  He’s recently informed me I’m the best cook he knows.  I’m thinking he’s just trying to make sure he’s fed. He’s currently in his second year of college.

Ms In Charge is 17 going on 25.  She could run the world, given half the chance.   She has a great brain and the ability to push every button her siblings (and her parents) have!  And she’s now at least 2 inches taller than I am.

And then there’s Frankie.  He got the nickname in the pool with his grandpa one summer.  Why?  We have no idea.  It just stuck.  Frankie is 15.  He loves cars and can tell a Maserati from a Ferrari.  (Not that there are many of them in rural Minnesota!)  He’s usually happy.  He has perfected the art of pesting his siblings.  He’s also become the class clown, which doesn’t bode well for his grades.

So, there you have it.  The Crazy family.  Life is Good!

24 thoughts on “Who’s Who

  1. I really like your blog. I think it is sweet that you get along so well and both love knitting. Lexi, I hope you have so much fun and learning in college!

  2. Wow, I love your shared blog idea. My mom and I spent all of college with emails and photos to keep in touch (Texas to Massachusetts!). We’re on to blogs now…I could see us doing this sort of thing if I’d gone away to school just a few years later than I did. You can find our non-shared blogs at and

  3. Great job on the MS 3. I love it! Mine is plain vanilla …. and still a WIP. Love that colorway. I’m going to have to try the CTH laceweight sometime.

  4. You won! Check out Moda picked you for get free layer cakes!

  5. Hi. Just ran into you on Ravelry. I am a quilter/knitter too and checked out your ourdoor Christmas flag. What fabric are you using for this, it’s beautiful. Thanks.

  6. I would love to see your baby gift knitting. I am anticipating another grandaughter any day and looking for more ideas besides what I have already knit. I enjoy your blog and family involvements – can’t find a more important priority in life. Thanks, Ginny

  7. Hi Maria, this is the only way how I can reach you, please take a look at my blog, I need something from you


  8. Hi Maria,
    Do you have your swell quilt pattern for sale? Is there anything I can bribe you with from Australia?


  9. Hi,

    I came to your blog via Moda Bake shop :). I really enjoyed reading about your hobbies! I have not tried quilting yet, but I guess I still have time – just have to pick a little bit more courage 🙂

    Greetings from LT

  10. Hi! I just saw your placemats and napkins on Moda Bake Shop. How cute!! Just the thing for this summer.

  11. I love Ms. Incharge

  12. I just came across your blog. I love it! You are a very funny lady, and yes, I do feel a whole lot better after visiting than before I came in. I’m from northern MN. Great to read from a neighbor. Keep up the great work. God bless!

  13. Just came across your blog. I believe we could be soul sista’s…it’s the whole crazy thing 🙂 I dabble in piecing quilts, and recently wool projects. Plan to follow your blog.

  14. I love your blog! Very funny stuff. I, too, am crazy; trying to pass it on, but they keep resisting at every turn! Keep writing!

  15. I’m curious to know who drew the characteur (sp?) It’s great!

  16. I am not 5’3!!!

  17. It was a whole inch!!! I will prove it when I get home gosh dangit. And no I didn’t receive an email but that is because I did not check the little box that says, “Notify me of follow up comments via email.” That might help!

  18. Just found your blog and will be a faithful reader, one mom of five to another….I’m a little further down the path than you, with my four daughters being 24, 28, 31, and 33. The Crown Prince is 17. 🙂 I’ve also become Grandma of Four, with grandsons ages 10 and 3; and granddaughters ages two and one. It’s a wonderful life, for sure! Thank you for sharing a little bit of yours!

  19. I have never known anyone who is so talented and who gets so much done. You are amazing. Thank you so much for sharing with us. I am a quilter with a loom sitting in my storage room. You inspire me to get it out and not be afraid to do both!

  20. I really miss reading your blog. My blog is dormant also and wish I had more time to write but your blog was always so fantastic! I felt inspired to finish that knitted sweater or hurry through my quilt so I could quilt it and, because I also come from a large family of seven children, I loved hearing about your family! Thank you for sharing your art with us and hope that someday you’ll have time to start writing again! Vanessa in Pink, Oklahoma

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