Passing Down Crazy

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


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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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All Crafting! All the Time!

I’ve been a bit craft crazed lately.  Maybe that’s why when I did laundry last weekend, the piles resembled mountains!  It had been a while.

I want to knit everything, spin everything and quilt everything.  I’m even finishing some quilts.  In July of 2011, I had the brilliant idea to make all of the quilts in the Living Large 2 book.   I blogged my idea here.  So, a bit more than three years later, I think I only have one quilt in the book that I haven’t made.  I finished the largest one last week.  The pattern is called Starlit Evening and Heather blogged about it here.

I had all of the blocks made and stashed in a container.  I pulled them out and arranged everything on the floor.  To be honest, I wasn’t feeling the love.  Then I started putting it together.  By the time I was finished, I was totally in love!  And so was my sidekick.

This pattern is genius and it’s strip pieced!

The fabric line is Strawberry Fields by Fig Tree Quilts for Moda.  I’m pretty sure I bought backing for this project.  I just need to find it.  I highly recommend all the patterns in this book.  Heather is a genius!  If you’d like to purchase the pattern, you can find it here.

I’m also back to painting furniture.  I bought a sofa table for $50 on a swap and sell.  I wish I’d taken a photo of it before I killed it made it beautiful.

First I sanded it.  Then I stenciled on the top of the table and the shelf on the bottom with cream paint.  After that was dry, I went over it with a dark stain.

How cool is that?  Then I primed the rest of the table.

Although the gray primer actually looks kind of cool, that wasn’t the look I was going for.  Here’s the finished project.  Yes, the garage is a scary place!

I really really love how this turned out.  I brushed a bit of stain over the red and distressed it a bit.  Then I rubbed a couple of coats of Minwax on it.  Mission accomplished!

My idea for the project came from this post.  What a great idea!

And what am I up to this week, you ask?  I’m finally learning how to weave.  I’m pretty sure my brain is about to explode.  I had no idea how involved it is.  Ask me on Friday if I want to add weaving to my plethora of crafty endeavors!

Now I’m going to go rest my brain to get ready for another day of weaving instruction.

 


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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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Wednesday’s Wanderings

Where have I been since April 3 when I did my last blog post?  I’m not really sure.  All that I know is that in one week we had a band concert, annual meeting, choir concert, and a fundraiser dinner at our school that my sister and I were in charge of.

Then last week, we spent five days at my parents house for Easter.  That was fun and relaxing.  The weather was nice so we spent some time sitting on their patio.  Of course there was knitting involved!  I had a birthday while we were there, so Mom took me birthday shopping and out for lunch.

We got home at 1 AM yesterday, and by 9 AM, my sister and I were heading out to pick out stuff for her kitchen remodel.

I have big plans for today that include unpacking my suitcase and picking out desserts for Dreamboy’s graduation party.  And I have to bind this off:

I’ll give you all the details when it gets it glamour shots!  I’ve put off the bindoff because it’s not just a basic bindoff.  It’s a modified picot bindoff and I actually have to rub brain cells together to do it.  I started last night and quickly realized I was way too tired to make a go of it.

I do have one finish to show off.  I finally, after 17 years, have a new taupe and white quilt on my bed.

Now if I’d just clean up all the yarn and stuff that’s dumped all over my room…….