Passing Down Crazy

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


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!!!


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.



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!!!!!


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.



Drive by Fabric Post

Remember the table I painted black with lime green legs? I got such great, helpful advice from blog readers. (No, that wasn’t sarcasm!)

Someone posted some links to fabric, and I quickly realized I owned one of them. Like a bolt of it. The chairs will be painted black and I’m quilting the fabric with a really thin batt just to give it some durability.

We’re supposed to have a couple of warm days this week so I can finish painting the hutch (which turned out absolutely beautiful) and get the chairs painted.

Here’s the fabric. It’s either going to be fun or a serious train wreck.

Go big or go home, right?




I mailed a package last week.  I’ll help you figure out where it went!

If you guessed Texas, you’re pretty smart!  In April of 2008 (yes, almost three years ago) I made Mom a quilt.  The story is here.  And then it sat in my bin of quilt tops until last week.  I kept thinking it needed custom quilting and I couldn’t do it.  The plan was to send it to her and she was going to find someone to quilt it, but I never got around to mailing it.

Anyway, last week I found my quilting courage and just went after it.

I just did loops in the red squares and into the light part of the nine patches.  It worked great, except I couldn’t see where I was going on the red squares.  Oh well!  Nobody else can see it either.

And here’s the center.

I got a phone call from Mom today.  She didn’t know the quilt was coming.  When she saw the box was from me, she figured she’d have to find a quilter.  You have to get up really early in the morning to stay ahead of Mom!!!

The quilt will hang on the wall in the playroom at Mom’s house.  She has a really cool red wood table and chairs and they should be a great match!

So, now you know the secret from last week!


Miles and Miles of Thread

This is where I spend a lot of my day yesterday.  I started quilting this last week, and I was determined to finish it!

I haven’t quilted anything since before Christmas, so what do I start on?  A king size quilt thats 116 inches square. I finished it at about 11 PM.  Dreamboy was ready to kick me out, because the longarm is in his bedroom.  (Actually, his bed is in my longarm room.  I was there first.)  I took the quilt upstairs and laid it out to look at it.  Then I just kind of shoved it out of the way and went to bed.

Here’s where the kids found Georgie this morning.

My project for today is to get the binding on it.  The hand stitching is going to take a while.  I’m thinking I’m going to scallop the borders.

I’ve been finding some stuff while digging through my sewing room that will offer further proof that I’m crazy.  More on that later!

I need to dig through a bunch of unfinished knitting projects too.  I’ll bet I can find some things I want to finish and maybe a few to frog.

I also found out that quilting and cleaning don’t go together.  My house is a mess.  I suppose I should do something about that today as well!

Time to get moving….maybe!  I should knit just a few rows first.  My knitting has been neglected this week!