Passing Down Crazy

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


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Where Do I Start?

I haven’t posted since February.  I’m not sure where to even start!

I went to a Hill Country Weavers retreat with my mom the end of February.  One of the highlights was finally meeting Christina.  We’ve been blog friends since 2007!

After that was a trip to Florida where My Hero worked and I did lots of spinning.

Then I went back to Texas to DFW Fiber Fest with my mom and The Genius.  We took spinning classes with the fabulous Jacey Boggs.  The Genius and both learned a lot.  And, if you’re in the market for a spinning magazine, Jacey publishes Ply Magazine.  Go subscribe!  There was also a fabulous marketplace there.  Miss Babs and Western Sky Knits got most of my money.

And I got a nasty cold.  A cold that I’m still fighting four weeks later.

Between naps and fevers and a running nose, I’ve done some spinning and knitting.  Rather than describe all of it, I’m just going to do a photo dump.

As of today, I think I’m going to survive this stupid cold.  Maybe I’ll blog again before May!

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The First 2015 Finishes!

I just finished the two dumbest projects ever!!!!!  Not because they’re not really nice things, but because they took so long.

I think I quilted this quilt 10 years ago.

It’s an old Moda Christmas line that included a panel with each letter of the alphabet.  I quilted it soon after I got my longarm, which may have been about 2004.

I finished stitching the binding this morning.  Good grief!  How lame is that?  So, it’s packed away in the quilt closet, ready for Christmas of 2015.  I’m pretty sure I had it on the bed in the bus one year.  I guess I used it without the binding being stitched down.

My other dumb finish is a sweater for My Hero.

The reason it’s dumb is that I think I started it about 8 years ago.  I worked on it about a year ago, and then put it away with part of one sleeve left to complete.  That’s really dumb!  I even had the seaming done on one side before I abandoned it.  So I finished it on Saturday while hanging out at my sisters house.

It’s a really nice sweater and the neckline finishing is probably some of the best I’ve ever done.  The yarn is Debbie Bliss Cotton Denim Aran, and it’s long discontinued.  I loved knitting with it though and I love the sweater.  I may have to pick up stitches at the bottom and knit ribbed band.  It seems like it may be a little short.  I’ll have My Hero try it on and then decide.

I’m actually home alone for a while today.  I’m going to enjoy it by cleaning my kitchen.  (That was sarcasm.  I don’t really enjoy cleaning anything!)  I need some order in my life!!!  After that, I’m heading for my sewing room to do a little cleanup before it gets out of control again.  And then I may work at finishing up a couple of quilts that are nearly done.

And…I have leftover ham, so I think some wild rice soup is on the menu.

I’ll be back soon with some weaving that The Genius did, and a finish for me.

 


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Christmas Quilting

I finished a quilt.  Yes, you read that right.  Well, sort of.  It’s pieced, but not quilted.

I started this quilt several years ago and quickly got bored making star blocks.  I’d pack it away and every time I’d pull it out to work on it, I’d realize I didn’t have the pattern book with the quilt.  I’d search for the book, make a few more star blocks, and pack it away.

Last week, I pulled the bin out yet again, and started a google search for the pattern.  I think what finally yielded a photo was “Christmas star quilt”.  Score!!!!!  It’s a Brenda Riddle pattern from the book Comfort and Joy.  I ordered the book and finished the star blocks while I waited for the mailman.  Then I finished the quilt, and didn’t do it quite like the pattern anyway, because I was going to run out of fabric.

 

I think this will be one of the prettiest quilts I’ve ever made when it’s quilted which will probably be two years from now.  The fabric is Roman Holiday by Three Sisters for Moda.  Don’t even bother looking for it.  It’s long gone.  I think I saw somewhere that the fabric came out in 2006.

And….another finish, though not nearly as major.  I started a scarf last fall with some squishy soft yarn that I actually spun worsted.  It should have been a quick scarf to knit, but for whatever reason, my ball of yarn seemed to go on forever.  I pulled it out the other day and decided it had to be finished.  Frankie had a band concert the other night.

Yep, that’s him playing the tuba.

Anyway, I finished the scarf!

It’s a big squishy roll.

It’s finished and I really like it.

And….there is weaving.

Only it’s not mine.  The Genius got a loom for Christmas….a little early.  She’s never had a lesson and this is her third project.

We call her The Genius for a reason.

And now I’m off to see what else I can finish.


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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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National Coffee Day Quilting!

I really intended to get this posted yesterday, but I got sucked into the unfinished quilt vortex.  It’s a good thing Dreamboy is away at college because there are quilt tops all over his bed.  He shares his bedroom with my longarm.  I was there first though!

Anyway, this quilt made its way onto the machine.

This quilt is supposed to go on the wall of the kitchen in My Hero’s office.  I made curtains for a couple of bathrooms in his office last week and they were a colossal fail!  This is supposed to make up for the curtains.  (I’ve also come up with a plan to replace the awful curtains.)

I love the coffee bean fabric on the small border.  The fabric is an older Moda line.  I don’t remember what it is called.  The quilt should be really cute….if I ever get myself back downstairs to actually quilt it.

In other news, I’ve finished Liken, the MKAL project by Sivia Harding.  I like my Liken.  I like my Liken a lot!!!!

I don’t know why, but I can’t get a photo of this project that does it justice.  The colors are much richer than this.

This is what it looked like when it was blocking.  Blocking is magic, I tell you!

See all of those sparkly beads.  Beads are magic too!

I really enjoyed knitting this.  The yarn is handspun with fiber from Abstract Fibers.  Having a clue each week for five weeks kept me going, but yet wasn’t too overwhelming.

Before I go, I’ll share a facebook post I did last week about cleaning.  I’m sure a lot of you can relate!

Wow! My creative mind really messes with my cleaning attempts. My yarn is housed in our bedroom. There is currently yarn all over. That’s easy! Put the stuff away.

Here’s how it works. Open drawer. Full. Open another drawer. Put yarn in it. Stop. Oh, that’s pretty yarn! Take new yarn out. Put another partially finished project away. Wait!!! I forgot about that project. I wonder where the pattern is. Run to laundry room to grab sheets out of the dryer. Oh, there are my towels. Go back to my bathroom with towels. Forget sheets. Go back and get sheets. Realize there’s yarn all over the bed. Put another batch of yarn away. Spot another great, partially finished project. Knit two rows of project to make sure I remember how. Run to kitchen for a diet coke. Spot a quilt book on the kitchen counter. Page through it. Decide I need to quickly look in the sewing room to see if I have the perfect fabric for a project. Dig for a few minutes and decide I’d better get back to the messy bedroom. Spot spinning wheel in the living room. Exercise discipline and keep on walking. Look at messy bedroom. Throw everything lying on the bed on the chair. Make bed. I was going to have this done by noon. It’s 11:42. Clear a path and call it good. Knitting is way more fun.

Welcome to my brain on Diet Coke and knitting.

 


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An Adventure

I’ve been really quiet on the blog for a while.  Again.  I’ve been doing lots of fun stuff.  There are at least three blog posts floating around in my head.  I guess I’ll just start with one.

Mom and I attended The Loopy Ewe Fall Fling in Ft. Collins, Colorado last week.  (The owner of the shop, Sheri, blogged about it here.)  Mom and I met up in Denver last Wednesday and drove up to Ft. Collins.  On Wednesday night, we attended an event featuring Stephanie Pearl McPhee.  Yes, she is hilarious!

The next few days involved classes and shopping at The Loopy Ewe.   If you ever need to order yarn online and get it quickly, that’s the place to go.  Their customer service is second to none.  And yes, I did buy yarn  Duh!

The shop is filled with gorgeous yarn and quilting fabric.  This is one aisle, looking all the way back to the fabric department.  I also bought this bag.  And yes, it is true.  Just ask my kids.

 

I was able to take a class with the amazing Ann Budd.  Here is a photo of her with Stephanie.  They were arguing about kitchener stitch.  Ann won.!!!

I was blessed to be able to meet some wonderful people.  Knitters are the best!!!  Mom knew a few people there.  One of the ladies knew someone that I’ve had as a facebook friend for several years, but I’ve never met in person.  I’m so thrilled that we’re finally going to be able to meet in February.  That’s all I’m going to say about that right now.  Suffice it to say, it was a really great coincidence!!!

Since this is a knitting and quilting blog, I should show you something I’m working on, huh?  I mentioned in my last post that I’m working on a Mystery knitalong by Sivia Harding.  Here it is after clue three.  There are two more clues and I have a lot of yarn left.  I think it’s going to be a lot of knitting!

Speaking of knitting, it’s time to reload my coffee cup and get at it!

 


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Just Wow!

We just spent a week in Southern Utah.  It was glorious!  My Hero’s mom and brother, as well has My Hero and I, Superblonde and Frankie, stayed in a home just east of Zion National Park.  We started our mornings on the deck, reading, drinking coffee (Uncle Mark drinks gallons of it!) and knitting.  Several of the evenings I cooked, and we ate dinner on the deck as well.  There were feeders out there so we saw squirrels, chipmunks, wild turkeys, and bluejays.  I saw a large buck stroll across the yard one day as well.

I’ll run the highlights by you.  Get ready for lots of photos.

The day we flew in, there was an air show in St. George.  My Hero has been a pilot for 30 years, and had never been to an air show.  He got to see the Blue Angels and was thrilled!

The next day, we started with Bryce National Park.

We were continually amazed by how unique each area was.  God’s creativity is showcased at it’s finest around here!

Amos 4:13

13 He who forms the mountains,
    who creates the wind,
    and who reveals his thoughts to mankind,
who turns dawn to darkness,
    and treads on the heights of the earth—
    the Lord God Almighty is his name.

Then we spent a day in Zion National Park.

The guys did a bit of hiking while the girls hung out and ate ice cream.

Then there was the trek to the North rim of the Grand Canyon.  Let me just say that we’ve been to the south rim as well, and the north rim is far better.  For one thing, it was 71 degrees.  Most tourists go to the south rim, so the north rim is much less busy and less “touristy”.  We drove a ways around and there is a lot of access to the Canyon.

On our way home that evening, we made a quick detour through Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park.  Frankie had a great time playing in the sand. He even rolled all the way down one sand dune.

The guys decided to do an additional day of hiking at Zion.  They hiked Angel’s Landing, which isn’t for the faint of heart because it’s 1,488 feet straight down!  One section has a chain to hang on to, but the rest is wide open.

That’s Frankie and My Hero heading back down the mountain.

We also did a trip to Lake Powell.  We’d planned to rent a boat for the day, but I didn’t make the reservation far enough in advance, so they didn’t have any boats available.  We did do a one hour boat tour through Antelope Canyon.  My dream vacation is to rent a houseboat there sometime!

We were pretty concerned that it was going to be REALLY hot while we were there, but it rained a lot in the evening and cooled down wonderfully!

I did get a LOT of knitting done on this trip, because we drove a lot so I had lots of time to knit while enjoying all of this amazing scenery.  We got home last night, and I unpacked and blocked shawls!

Both of these shawls were knit with handspun and I love both of them.  I promise you details and glamour shots when they’re dry.

And now to clean up all the messes we created while unpacking.