Passing Down Crazy

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


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Loose Ends

I’m tying up some loose ends around here.  Here are some of them.

1.  I started this sweater for My Hero years ago.  I don’t even know how many years ago.  It must have been before 2007, because that’s when Ravelry started.  It’s a gorgeous sweater, and it needs to be finished.  When I pulled it out, the back was finished, and the front was almost there.  After studying the Vogue Knitting Magazine that was included, I came to the conclusion that I combined three patterns.  What that actually meant was that I had no idea what I was doing.  So I’m winging it.

The yarn is Debbie Bliss Cotton Denim Aran, which is long discontinued.  I can’t even tell you how much I love the way the neck is finished.  Sometimes winging it is the very best way to go!

2.  Quilting the quilt that’s been on my longarm since sometime early winter.  I really want the Christmas quilt off my bed, and I want a new one on it.

I just got some new Pandora ideas from my brother, so I’m headed downstairs to finish it!

3.  I hung a clock in my dining room that has been leaning against the wall for a month.  This one is a fail!!!  It’s too low when it’s hung on the existing picture hook and I don’t like the clock.  Any bets on how long it will hang there like that?

4.  Finish piecing the quilt from our retreat last week.  I’m not sure I’m going to love this quilt, but I’m going to finish it before I decide.

5.  I cleaned up the chair in my bedroom that was piled high, yet again, with yarn and other miscellaneous junk.  My sidekick was thrilled after I finished.  Actually, she was sitting there because she couldn’t get onto my bed, where I was sitting.  (She’s sitting on a finished cardigan that I haven’t blogged.)

And then, in the midst of being disciplined about finishing, this started yelling at me.

It’s Plucky Singles in the Miss Manners colorway.  I don’t like single ply yarn, and I don’t think I’d ever wear it, but I want to knit it. Will somebody please buy this from me and save me from myself???    Sold!!!!!

So what precipitated the Great Finishing Race of 2014?  Well, the Olympics start in 6 days.  I’ve set knitting goals.  I have 16 days to accomplish those goals.  I’ll post more about my goals next week.  Anyway, if you’d like to participate in the craziness of knitting (or finishing) a cardigan during the Olympics, join me here!  You need to become a member of Ravelry, if you’re not already.  We have very few rules, and it’s a great way to get motivated.

Gotta go!  That quilt isn’t going to get quilted sitting here, blogging away!!!


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Drum Roll, Please!!!!!

After three and a half months, the Kid’s World Quilt is complete and is hanging on the wall in its new home.

First of all, the back story.  I got a call from our pastor in March asking if I’d be interested in making a quilt for a wall in the new kids addition at our church.  I immediately said yes.  Originally it was going to hang over a stairway.  After some discussion between the powers that be that decorated, it was decided it would hang on a two story wall at the front of the building.

On March 26th, I headed to Grubers and bought fabric.  The next day, I started the quilt.

First the grass, and then the sky.  The next step was the sun.  By the end of April, the tree was added.  In May, I started making birds and animals.    In June, there were flowers and bugs added.  On June 29, the larger of the two quilt pieces was on the quilt machine.  It came off the machine at 2 AM on July 4th.  The second piece came off the longarm on July 9th.  We had a binding party the next week.

On July 17th, the quilts were hung.  The two pieces together are 12 feet wide and 14 feet 3 inches tall.  That’s a two story wall they’re hanging on.

 

This little red guy may be one of my favorites.  There were circles in the fabric, so I just quilted around them.

 

Thank you, Mickey Depre, for letting me “borrow” the idea for the ant!

My favorite funky flowers.  They look a little bit like modern hollyhocks.

The idea for the little girl came from Carol’s flickr account.  (Check out her blog for some seriously fun stuff!)  Then I had to draw the little boy.  Have I mentioned that I can’t draw!

Who doesn’t love a puppy???

By the last day, I was seriously sick of machine quilting.  If you’ve followed my blog for a while, you know that I have a hate-hate relationship with my longarm quilting machine.  The very last thing I quilted were the rays of the sun.

Well, waddayaknow!!!!!  There are feathers on those sun rays.  I actually did it.

This project has stretched me far beyond what I thought I could ever do.  Transferring an idea from my head to fabric was a long, sometimes scary project.  I’m beyond thrilled with the results.  While this quilt won’t change a little child, the whole kids building and the people who work there will.  There are so many people there that will love on those little kids.  They’ll be Jesus with skin on.

And that’s why I made a ginormous quilt.

 


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It’s Party Time!!!

Not that kind!  The binding kind of party.

Both pieces of the ginormous quilt are quilted.  (If you’d like the back story on the quilt, read this post.)  I pulled it off the machine and trimmed it about 30 minutes ago!

I used 21 colors of thread.  I can’t even begin to guess how many thread and bobbin changes I did!

I didn’t keep track of my hours at all, and maybe that’s a good thing.  And the only thing that kept me on task with the quilting was these headphones.

I listened to Michael Buble’ Radio and Gateway Worship Radio on Pandora.  How’s that for a weird combo?  I’ve found out that music keeps me much more focused.  And I don’t need to listen to The Bickersons (my kids) when they start!!!

And now I’m headed over to My Hero’s office to lay the quilts out.  I’m thinking it would be a good idea if they were the same length when they’re hung.  I know that one of them is wider on the top than the bottom.  I’ll do some measuring and figure out what I need to trim.

Tomorrow is the binding party.  Anyone want to come and help???  I need to get this done, because by Friday evening, all five kids will be home.  The Genius hasn’t been home in 16 months.  I’m ready to hang out with them and knit and grill and be a pool rat!

And…I have stuff to blog!  There are four knit things hanging on the back of my couch.  Don’t be too impressed.  I finished two of them in May.  I think I have some spinning that I never blogged either.  I will also take lots of photos next week when the quilt is hung.

I Cannot Wait!!!!!


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Late Again!

Another holiday, another unfinished quilt. The July 4th one is quilted, minus the binding! Does that count?

We’re heading out today to spend Christmas with The Genius. She has that little thing called a job, so since she can’t come home, we’re descending on her. We’re thankful we can spend Christmas together and that she has a vocation that she loves. And it will be warm!!!

My plan is to have a family photo to post before Christmas. Any bets???

Here’s a photo of my sad, neglected Christmas quilt. I’ll aim to make it a New Years quilt.

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