Passing Down Crazy

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


Back To Reality

We had a great ski trip to Big Sky, Montana.  After the day of 15-20 inches of snow, the skiiers had a fabulous week!  I was head cook.  My sister was head dish washer, along with the kids.  One niece was head green smoothie maker.  The two dads supervised all of the skiing and snowboarding, and the kids kept the hot tub occupied.

Before we left yesterday, I threatened sweetly asked the kids for a family photo.

I still have this picture in my head of five little people.  This photo is almost shocking to me.  They’re turning into amazing human beings.  Loud and opinionated, but amazing.

There was some knitting on the trip, between playing chef.  I finished Brickless.

This fiber

Was spun into this yarn (In April 2011):

And was wound into this ball:

And became Brickless by Martina Behm:

This is a wrap that is so very easy to knit.  It was also very enjoyable because of all the color changes.  When I looked at the skein of yarn, I thought it would be bright and obnoxious.  Now that it’s finished, I really like it!  I’m pretty sure it will be a spring staple with my jean jacket.

I also had an opportunity to visit another small yarn shop, right at the ski resort in Big Sky.  It’s called CR.eations 2.  I think the shop was 12 x 12.  It’s probably the smallest shop I’d ever been in, but it was extremely neat, and packed with gorgeous yarn!!!  I’ve already started one project with yarn purchased from Christine.  I bought yarn for three projects, and could have easily gotten yarn for three more.  She and I had a lot of fun!  She also has an etsy shop!

My reality today is pretty great.  It’s silent in my house!!!  My only goal today is to unpack my suitcase and make dinner.  I shouldn’t be tired after a vacation, but I am.  

I’m off to see what is hidden in the freezer.  I really don’t want to go to the grocery store today.


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Spinning On Vacation

What???  You don’t take a spinning wheel on vacation?  How very strange.  More on that in a minute.

My Hero and I are in Florida.  He’s being educated, and I’m goofing off.  Does that mean he’s smarter than I, or was I already smarter, and therefore don’t need more education?  Anyway…

Superblonde spend the weekend with us.  She and I goofed off while My Hero was in school, and then we’d go out for dinner at night.  On Saturday, we had some serious fun.

It’s really easy to go to Epcot with just one kid.  It was a fabulous day.  Except for dinner.  We had reservations to eat at China.  We were surrounded by screaming, hysterical toddlers…and their parents.  It was 8 PM and they were tired.  Both the parents and the toddlers.  It was almost impossible to have a conversation.  Fortunately, the food was decent.

We decided that rather than carry around jackets all day, we’d just get new sweatshirts at the end of the day.  And no, we didn’t get matching ones.

When she was a little girl, Superblonde sounded like Minnie Mouse and when she got excited, we called her Minnie Mouse on Helium.  So this sweatshirt is very appropriate.

Superblonde headed back to school today.  I took her to the airport this morning at 5 AM.  Yes, I went back to bed!!!  I did finish spinning this when I woke up.

It’s not quite that bright in real life.  It’s going to look like the sunset when I ply it this afternoon.

Here is some spinning I did on Thursday night when we got here.  I had some black wool with little bits of red in it.  The tag was gone, so I don’t know what it was.  Suffice it to say, it was kind of yucky, with felted bits in it.  I then plied it with some leftover merino silk from the yarn in this post.

I actually really like it now.  I have 180 yards.  It might make a nice hat, except that I never wear hats.

My Hero is done with school at the end of the day, and then we have a couple of days to actually hang out.  We can actually have a conversation without a teenager around.  I’m looking forward to it.  After almost 28 years, I still really like the guy.

And now, this ice cold Minnesotan needs to head outside to soak up some Florida sunshine.



The Irony Of Spinning

I really do love spinning yarn.  It’s quiet and methodical.  It’s relaxing, but doesn’t leave you with a headache like margaritas would.  I love watching colors twist and blend.  It gives me time to think.  My kids friends think it’s cool.

But it creates more yarn, while allowing for less knitting.

Quite a while ago, I started spinning some fiber called Millefiore by All Spun Up.  It’s probably the most gorgeous fiber I’ve ever seen.

I think I had 24 ounces of it.  I spun half of it into three ply and I don’t love it.  It’s spun too tightly.  My plan is to run it through the wheel to take a bit of ply out of it.  But that’s for another day.

I decided to spin 12 ounces of it as a two ply.  It seemed to take forever.  Unlike the way I knit, with 50 projects going all the time, I’m a monogamous spinner.  Almost.  I did a bunch of stuff in between working on this, but I only ever have two spinning projects going at a time.

After the Olympics, I got groceries, did laundry, and decided to finish up this spinning project.

I ended up with 1060 yards.  I haven’t played with it yet, but I suspect it’s light fingering.  It hasn’t talked to me to tell me what it wants to be, but it’s going to soon!  I hope.

After that, I decided it was time to clean up bobbins.  Any leftovers I have, I navajo ply onto one bobbin.  It’s kinda like a scrap quilt, only it’s yarn.  Here’s what I ended up with.

Can I tell you how much I love this mishmash of color???  It’s 360 yards.  I’ve got a couple more skeins somewhere that I’ve done with leftovers.  I started a scarf, but now I’m rethinking this.  I’m wondering if it should be the start of a blanket.

I’ve got a few more fun spinning projects lined up.  I’m hoping they won’t take as long as the last one.  I’m planning to spin some worsted weight and that will go much more quickly.

And the yarn multiplies…..

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It’s That Time of Year Again!

Seriously! I haven’t blogged since August 26. How lame is that? I’ve been working at getting my creative juices flowing again. I might have finally succeeded.

It’s the time of year where I take the bus and hang out at our spot with no people!!! I’m so over Junior High attitude! We now have our fifth kid in the midst of it. So….I sent the kids to school and I ran away. Don’t worry. My Hero is in charge. I came out yesterday, and now the family is here with me

I did do a photo shoot of my project for August Camp Loopy.


It’s Miss Dashwood by Paulina Popiolek. The yarn is Blue Sky Alpaca Silk. I think it will get a lot of use. I love both the pattern and the yarn.


I took my spinning wheel along and I’m spinning some merino silk from Abstract Fiber. It’s appropriately called Bonfire.


I’m also doing some swatching with Plucky Knitter Primo Worsted. I must love the color because it matches my nail polish.


I’ll let you know how that turns out.

And now it’s time for some spinning. Later there will be stargazing!!! This is my little slice of heaven!