Passing Down Crazy

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


Giving Thanks and Other Endeavors

Thanksgiving weekend was great.  I think I’m still recovering from the amount of food prepared and consumed.  My parents were here for six days, and Dad cooked several of the nights.  He was depressed because we banned him from the kitchen on Thanksgiving Day.  Otherwise, we gave him free reign.

There were 16 of us around here a lot of the time.  We ate, watched football (yuck!), knit, made puzzles, napped, sang, and ate some more.

I’ve stepped it up to a new kind of crazy and decided to knit Christmas lights.

I purchased the pattern from kooklacreations on etsy.  I’m not sure how many I’ll make yet, because I’m not sure where I’m even going to put them.  They just loooked fun to make.  And they are!

I finally got around to stitching the binding on a beautiful Christmas quilt!

The pattern is Vintage Holiday by Camille Roskelly of Thimbleblossoms.  You can purchase the pattern here.

If you google Vintage Holiday quilt, you’ll see lots of Camille’s signature aqua and red, and a few traditional green and red quilts, but nothing like mine.  I used a Hoffman Christmas line but I’m not sure what it was called.

I fussy cut a lot of the fabrics.

I love the border fabric!!!

This chevron block may be my favorite.

My goal was to be able to decorate my railing in 30 seconds.  I think I succeeded!

I was getting frustrated last night, because I feel like I’m not finishing anything.  I have knitting, spinning, weaving, and quilting projects going and I want to work on all of them.  So instead, I wandered around my house yesterday, cleaning up messes and trying to decide what I want to work on, and not doing any of them.  So last night, the girls were cyber Monday shopping and I knit most of a cowl.  I finished it this morning.

The pattern is Rainbow Twist by Thao Nguyen and it’s a freebie!  The yarn is one skein of Malabrigo Rasta.  The whole time I was working on it, I was wondering why I was bothering to make it.  I didn’t think I’d ever wear it.  When I tried it on this morning, I loved it.  I think I’ll wear it a lot.  It’s so soft and I made it loose enough so I don’t feel like I’m choking.

And now for the model shot!

In the interest of full disclosure, yes, I did take this in my pjs.  And yes, it’s almost noon and I’m still wearing my lovely flannel pajamas.  Notice I did put red lipstick on to match!

And now it’s time to get dressed and decide which crafty endeavor I’m going to tackle this afternoon.


Happy New Year…Two Weeks Ago!

Wow!  I don’t even know where to start.  My last post was December 11th.  A lot has happened since then.  Here’s a quick synopsis.

On December 14th, Superblonde came home from college.  The Genius flew in on December 18th and we celebrated Christmas with My Hero’s family.  A very fun day was had by all!!!

The next 10 days were filled with food, laughing, staying up late, and celebrating with my sisters family.  It was a very relaxing break for all of us.  We travel almost every year for Christmas, but because we just spend Thanksgiving with my family, we opted to stay home.

Dreamboy used his newly knit stocking for the first time!

Stockings are a big deal with our family.  No matter where we travel, our stockings go with us.  Four of us have beautifully cross stitched stockings, but the younger kids have old hand me downs from my siblings.  I just ran out of cross stitch mojo after having too many kids!  So this fall, I cranked out a knit stocking.  The pattern is called HoHoHo.  And who doesn’t love a free pattern.  I hit my trusty stash of Cascade 220 to knit this.  I like it for the most part.  For some reason, the foot looks a little long to me, but Dreamboy is happy with it.  And yes, for those of you who are even the slightest bit observant, he’s a hunter.  Hence the reindeer on the stocking.

I think one of my favorite days of our entire vacation was spent with Superblonde and The Genius, hanging out in my bedroom knitting.  There was lots of laughing!!!  The girls then decided to go through two drawers of old pictures.  Great memories!  The other kids would come in and make fun of us knitting and then leave again.  I’m really enjoying the kids growing up and turning into decent human beings!!!

I completed another project.  I think it was before Christmas, but I’m not really sure!!!  In November I spun this yarn:

The fiber was from the Blue Moon Fiber Arts Rockin’ Whorl club.  One strand is BFL and the other is merino and silk.  I decided to knit Lichen with it.

It was a really fun knit, and I love the colors.

Well, that’s just a quick overview of the last month.  I’ll be back soon with another finished project.  It only took me six years to knit!!!