Passing Down Crazy

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


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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.


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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!