Passing Down Crazy

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


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Progress!

Well, I think I have a third of the ginormous quilt finished.  Except that I already have a few more ideas of things to add to it.

I tend to fret about every stage of this quilt before I get going on it.  I started laying flowers out today and hated it.  I didn’t have any stems cut, so I just kept at it one piece at a time.  A couple of the flowers I made didn’t make the cut.  They may go on the other half or I’ll just skip them.  Eventually I got it to where I wanted it.

Here’s a closer shot of just the flowers.  I had the whole thing laid out on the tile floor in the kitchen.  I used an iron right on the floor to tack everything down.  Then I took the whole thing to my sewing room and ironed it really well.  Everything is iron on applique.  It will all get nailed down when I quilt it on the longarm.  That thought makes me fret…a lot.  That’s a lot of thread changes.

This flower is my very favorite.

I think this little lady is pretty cute too.

I haven’t done much else this week besides work on the quilt and do a mountain of laundry.  I think tonight, I may just knit.  Of course, I’ll be fretting about the other part of the quilt.  I have some pretty ambitious ideas!

This project is really stretching me.  I’m doing some things I never thought I could do, and I’m enjoying it.  A couple of times, I’ve been tempted  to have a bad attitude, but I’m not going to let that happen.  This quilt is going in the new kids wing at our church.  While I know that this quilt isn’t going to affect the kids, the building and the people that volunteer there certainly will.  There are lots of kids that show up there on Sunday and Wednesday that just need someone to love them and to tell them that they’re not an accident.  So, I’m going to do my small part to make that happen!

NowI’m going to go eat!  I’ve had a bunch of salmon smoking all afternoon.  I snitched a little piece earlier and its really good!!!

Yum!!!

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I’m An Egg Head

Along with the outdoor fireplace, was the addition of a Big Green Egg.

I was a little concerned about it being an ugly green blob, stuck in a fireplace, but I think we pulled it offl.  We fired The Egg up at midnight last night for its inaugural run.  I put a big pork roast in it.  I got up at 3 AM and again at 6 AM to make sure the temperature stayed at 275 degrees.  I wouldn’t have needed to check at all.  Once we got the dampers adjusted, it just stayed put!  This morning I figured out, thanks to my brother, also an Egg Head, that I didn’t have the right kind of roast to leave on for a gazillion hours.  So I took it off and got very lucky.  It was perfect!  So we now have dinner for tonight.

After the roast came off, it was time to smoke some salmon!

That will be on for a few more hours.

Here’s where we were yesterday!

There was lots of knitting.  (Be patient!  I’ll show you in a minute!)  Actually, I knit.  My Hero closed the pool.  That always makes us a bit sad because that means the white stuff will be here before we know it!

Frankie spent his evening right here!

He roasted hotdogs and visited me.  I’m not sure what the dog thought she smelled.  She was probably looking for hotdogs!

What was I knitting?

It’s the Plucky Curacao Cowl and it’s a free pattern!  Check out Thea’s blog.  She’s got some great stuff!  The yarn is Blue Moon Fiber Arts Luscious Single Silk.  The colorway is Spinel.  It was a fun knit, and hopefully cured my startitis for a while, because I need to finish some WIPs.

I’m off to check on my salmon, although I don’t think it’s going anywhere.  Then I think I need a power nap to make up for babysitting The Egg all night.  Then, I get to go help Superblonde beg for a cell phone replacement, even though her contract isn’t up.  (Wish us luck on that one!!!)  After that, Ms In Charge has a volleyball game.

And finally….we get to eat that smoked pork roast with some monster baked potatoes!