Passing Down Crazy

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


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A Huge Check in the Finished Box!

I finished a king size quilt!

I started it in January of 2013 and had all the blocks pieced and part of it sewn together a month later.

Then it sat until earlier this week.

I put the center together, put on one border, pieced the second border, and then added the third at 2 AM!

It is the strangest combination of colors, but I love it!

The only thing I did differently from the kit was to make all the borders a bit wider.  It’s now 116 inches square and will cover up a big fat mattress on a king size bed.

There are little threads all over it.  This fabric frayed a lot!

This photo was taken last night, crumpled on the floor of my very messy sewing room.

And one more for good measure, and to show you the weird color combos.

The quilt is Amish With a Twist 2 by Nancy Rink.

Now I just need to figure out how I’m going to quilt it.


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Friday Finish

I finished something!!!!!  And it was a lot of fun.  I ordered a kit for the Gravity quilt by Jaybird Quilts a long time ago and put it away, thinking it looked hard.  A couple of weeks ago, I was doing my usual early morning scan of Instagram, and saw a beautiful Gravity quilt.  By afternoon, I was cutting and sewing.

I was so wrong about it being hard!!!  It went together so quickly and easily!  I sewed the last seam this afternoon and put it on the floor.  I walked away to start another load of laundry and this is what I saw when I came back.

 

Arnold approves!

Here it is on display, hanging over a sliding glass door.

I love all the colors in it!

I’m actually sending it to Melissa Kelly of Sew Shabby Quilting to quilt it.  I’m capable of quilting most of my quilts, but I want this one to be special, because it’s going somewhere important.  You’ll see it in all its glory in a few months.

I’m going to throw some chili in the crock pot (because nobody is ever home at the same time), take a nap, and then I’m headed back downstairs to work on this:

May your weekend be filled with very little cleaning and lots of creative time!!!


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Finishing and Starting

Remember the blanket KAL I talked about in my last post?  Go ahead, go back and read it right here!

Well…I finished the first block.

Trust me when I tell you it’s so much prettier in person.  It’s just not that blotchy.  I’m using Blue Moon Fiber Arts Targhee.  I’m so impressed with this yarn.  It’s a little scratchy when I’m knitting it, but it softens up and blocks beautifully.  It seems like it’s going to wear like iron.  I really need to knit a sweater for My Hero with it.  And it’s about the same price as using Cascade 220.  Don’t get me wrong.  Cascade 220 is great yarn, but I love hand dyed yarn.

If you haven’t decided to join the KAL, you can join any time.  There isn’t a starting and ending date.  The ravelry thread can be found here.

In other news, I finished a quilt top.  Again, I don’t love the photo of it, but I’m too lazy to dig out my big camera.

This is Thimbleblossoms Night Sky.  I started it this summer and just now got back to it.  I’m loving the Essex Linen by Kaufman that I’m mixing in.  The red reads a bit pink on the photo, but trust me, it’s not.  I’ll certainly be using more of it in the future.

My other big finish yesterday was cleaning out our closet.  There were clothes everywhere, and I can’t even blame My Hero, because they were all mine.

So…laundry is started and I’m heading off to my sewing room to do a quick clean up.  And then I get to play with this!

I actually have two bundles of Brenda Riddle fabrics to play with.  I’m starting a monster project!  It deserves its own blog post, so you’ll just have to wait til next week to hear about it.

Happy Friday everyone!  May your weekend be filled with lots of creative endeavors!


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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!

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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???