Passing Down Crazy

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

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Taking a Blocking Break

I’m waiting for an electrician to show up.  While I wait for the doorbell, I decided to block a couple of things.  

First off is my Camp Loopy project from The Loopy Ewe.  Who doesn’t love cashmere???  I will have to admit it was boring to knit and took forever to block.  It will be a nice accessory though.

If you look carefully at the top of the photo, you’ll see a laundry basket.  That’s the basket I mentioned in the last post.  I threw 13 projects in it.  I’ve worked on all of them in the last month.  I picked one of the projects on Sunday and took a break from quilting and sat around and knit and watched NASCAR.  It was heavenly.  What made it even better was that I was sitting outside in the shade with a nice breeze.  It was so gorgeous, with all the alfalfa blooming.  

The project I was knitting was my mystery shawl from Romi.    It was supposed to be finished the end of March but I knew I was going to run out of yarn for the border.  I’d used a skein of Socks That Rock that was a Rare Gem, which meant I couldn’t get more.  I ordered a couple of different skeins and chose one that was similar and alternated the skeins.  I don’t think it shows much at all.  Anyway, I finished it yesterday morning; again while I waited for the electrician.  

I’m really excited to see this one once it’s dry.  I like it a lot!  

Since the electrician still isn’t here, I think it’s time for a little power nap.  And then I have to get back to the quilting machine.  I added a Michael Buble’ album and a Chris Tomlin album to my listening repertoire.  I put my headphones on and quilt away.  

Since the frequency of my blogging has been severely lacking lately, I’d like to wish all of my American readers a happy July 4th!  May your holiday include time to celebrate our country and time to knit or quilt!!!

God Bless America!



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What’s Up, Monday?

Happy Monday afternoon!  The kids are still all on spring break for one more day, but none of them are home at the moment.  It’s a sure sign that they’re all growing up!

I spent some time this morning finishing the last few rows of a shawl.  I bound off, buried two tails, and threw it in the sink.  Here’s my bathroom floor.

I promise the sweater is much prettier in person!!!  More on both of them when they’re dry!

I did finish one shawl last week.  This is Ashby.  It’s a Brooklyn Tweed book from 2011.

The yarn is Madelinetosh Tosh Vintage in the colorway Tomato.  I was a little concerned that it would be too stiff, because this yarn has a lot of twist, but it softened up beautifully when I blocked it.  I did use more yarn than the pattern specified.  I noticed on Ravelry that lots of people made that comment, so I went back to the yarn shop and got one more skein.  I’m so glad I did, because I needed it, and the yarn shop is in California.

The border was knit first, and then stitches were picked up to do the center triangle.  One complaint I saw on Ravelry was that it was hard to wear.  It did end up being almost an equilateral triangle, so that may be a problem.  I haven’t worn it yet, but when I tried it on, I felt like a shawl pin would be a big help to make it comfortable!


I love the way the stitches travelled.  All in all, it was a really fun project to knit, and because I knit most of it while staying with The Genius, it has happy memories associated with it too!

Work on the Ginormous quilt is progressing, although slowly right now.  I inserted an element in it that puts me in contention for moron of the year!  I’ll have something pretty cool to show soon!

I have a tendency when I’m working on a major project to get totally one tracked.  I sewed a few sets of bridesmaids dresses a bunch of years ago, and my house would end up trashed, and my family about starved!  I’m really making it a point to make sure my family is fed, the house is picked up, and laundry is done.

I’ve also tried to make time to do a little bit of knitting and spinning.  There has been almost no spinning and very little knitting.  Two of these finishes were done before I started the quilt.

Actually, I’m going to go spin for a bit and then it’s off to the sewing room.  Dinner is planned as well!

Happy Monday, everyone.