One Crazy Fiber Lady

The ramblings of a fiber-affected single mother of twins who makes a living as a code monkey

One Crazy Fiber Lady

Coming Clean

February 2nd, 2009 · 7 Comments

Thanks to everyone for their comments to let me know the blog update was successful. ¬† Last summer, when I updated to the 2.6 version of WordPress, I used the automated updater and it died in the middle of the process leaving my admin password invalid. ¬†Took more than a normal number of attempts with the “Forgot your password” interface to get back in again. ¬†So this time I did it manually. ¬†Easy peasy, really. ¬†Longest part is the backing up of the site “just in case”. ¬† I have a regular backup of the database, but the other stuff, only when I update. ¬†I also make a tweak to the code that sends the email notifications of comments to a post. ¬†I use gmail (as most of you know) and without a subject line change, all comments to a post get threaded together making my inbox a confusing mess. ¬†So I edit the code to format the subject line very similar to how Typepad does it where the commenter’s name is included. ¬†But unfortunately, this file is overwritten with each upgrade and I have to make the tweak again, ergo the comment ho’ing. ¬†Thank you again!

Now I need to come clean. ¬†The green yarn that followed me home from Seaport last week is 5 skeins of Cherry Tree Hill Worsted Potluck. ¬†It was calling me from the shelf as I walked past and kept drawing me back. ¬†I just couldn’t leave without it. ¬†The colors remind me alot of the yarn I’ve been using for my Adamas shawl (which reminds me, I need to finish). ¬†Not sure what I’ll make out of it yet, but I doubt it will go to waste.

By now, most of you know that I’m just a bag ho. ¬†The commuting thing and fear of being caught without something to do has me toting a decent amount of stuff with me, including that netbook (which no longer has Mac OSX on it in favor of more room for Sims 2 and its expansion packs). ¬†Problem then is size of bag. ¬†I need something big enough to stuff all the junk in. ¬†It needs to have a big enough drop on the handles to clear the coat sleeve, very important at this time of year. ¬†But then, not so deep as to throw the balance of the bag off. ¬† The Lady B had long enough straps but was too tall and put the weight too far down. ¬†No good. ¬†The cute little shoulder bag had the weight in the right spot, but the straps were just¬†long enough but not overly comfy. ¬†Messenger bags are usually suggested to me, but the lack of distance between shoulder and hip on me can be a problem. ¬†Making the strap long enough to go cross body usually means the bag is flapping on my thigh/hip and the strap usually don’t shorten enough to use as a shoulder bag. ¬†

I say usually because I finally found a bag that is working. ¬†It’s big enough to tote the netbook, knitting, book and another project without being HEAVY. ¬†The strap is Just The Right Length. ¬†What is it?

gecko_bag

This is my Gecko Messenger Bag. ¬†I heart it. ¬†What’s in it today? ¬†I’m so glad you asked:

messenger_bag

Yup, umbrella fits in on top. ¬†Neat. ¬†We’re expecting a spritz this evening. ¬†More importantly, I have this knitting project in it:

selbumod

Sorry for the crappy focus. ¬†That is the beginning of Selbu Modern. ¬†I started it at SnB on Thursday night when my brain could no longer keep track of shaping at both sides of the cardi front along with the stripe pattern on the Lilly sweater. ¬†Its moving along very nicely and the colors match my jacket. ¬†Nice to have a jacket with my favorite colors for a change. ¬†The ones in years past have been the only remaining coats in my size so I’ve had to settle for the color available. ¬†Ugh. ¬†Not this year! ¬†Anyway, love the pattern so far. ¬†The yarn is Koigu (yum) and I bought enough of it to make coordinating mitts. ¬†Am considering the Endpaper Mitts, but we shall see. ¬†

Also in the bag is this:

portable_quilting

That’s my quilting on the go. ¬†I know I blogged the start of this bad boy last spring¬†and worked on it a bit before it was tossed aside for something else. ¬†Recently, the urge to quilt surfaced again so I pulled this back out yesterday (after cutting stash fabric to make something else). ¬† ¬†

What has made this quilting thing re-emerge? ¬†There’s a bit of a story here so get comfy (and get ready to giggle). ¬†I’ll wait.

Ready?  Good.

As most of you know, I’m divorced. ¬†I was married right out of law school in ’91. ¬†In ’96 we separated. ¬†Nothing spectacular but we really shouldn’t have been together in the first place. ¬†We were finally divorced in March of ’00. ¬†After saying goodbye outside the courthouse after getting the stamp on the Judgment of Divorce, I had no more contact with him (G) nor thought about him very much again. ¬†Live and learn and move on. ¬†

I can imagine some of you are doing the math now. ¬†No, G is not the twins’ dad. ¬†I am a single mother by choice (SMC) and used an unknown donor. ¬†I didn’t conceive them until 2003, after a 3 year battle with infertility, but that’s another story.

A couple of weeks ago I received a letter in the mail. ¬†It was from G’s new ex-wife, S. ¬† ¬†I won’t go into the details, but in short, my heart went out to her and after the twins were in bed that night, I called her. ¬†We had a lovely conversation and decided to meet for lunch the following week. ¬†I have to say, we had a blast! ¬†I can’t remember the last time I had a four hour lunch, time just totally getting away from us as we compared notes. ¬†She’s totally awesome. ¬†He has good taste in wives 😉 ¬†Hi S! ¬† I’m looking forward to this weekend when we take the twins bowling! ¬†And thank you so much for the laughs last night as we reviewed his dating site profile. ¬†Big fat liar. 🙂 ¬†Apparently his girlfriend is tiring the heck out of him as he’s looking for someone new already. ¬†Doofus.

So anyway, she’s been wanting to learn to quilt (and knit) so I suggested we do it together. ¬†Now looking at all the precut kits on ebay for S, my desire to quilt again was rekindled. ¬†She’s picked an excellent pattern:

 

*from ebay auction

*from ebay auction

I was able to deconstruct it and do the maths necessary yesterday to make it for myself. ¬†I’d never bid against my twin sister from another mother 😉 ¬†(G definitely has some patterns.) ¬†I went shopping in my fabric stash having spent a year or so in a fat quarter club. ¬†I’m modifying it slightly to use yellow instead of the green. ¬†It will then match my room very nicely. ¬†I cut the first two color families yesterday and have to do the third.

So there you go.  

Craft on!

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7 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Sandi aka "S" // Feb 2, 2009 at 2:04 pm

    I guess it only fitting that I be the first to respond to this post! “S” here, the new quilting student of the famous first ex-wife! I am honored to be your student and even more honored to call you friend. I should have known we would be kindred spirits because I believe that “G” was only searching for another you when he found me! Thank goodness we are both strong, confident, resilient women!!!!!!!!
    Please volunteer me as a guest poster in the future! wink!
    “S”

  • 2 Lynne // Feb 2, 2009 at 5:07 pm

    I’m another SMC – to a 17 year old teenager now! I cannot imagine twins!

    Glad to hear at least all the ex’s are getting along famously. I guess he just keeps picking the same girl expecting different results 🙂

  • 3 JessaLu // Feb 2, 2009 at 5:54 pm

    Glad you finally found a bag – and glad you get along so well with the new ex ;o)

  • 4 --Deb // Feb 2, 2009 at 6:54 pm

    My mind is just boggling at your ex having another ex … I’m glad that he has good taste in wives (nice to meet you, Sandi!) but, sheesh!

  • 5 Jessica // Feb 4, 2009 at 11:46 am

    ::boggles::

  • 6 Lizzy B // Feb 4, 2009 at 12:51 pm

    Now, you have to post more quilt pictures so I can get my quilting mojo back! 🙂 The beret is looking fab!

    Congrats on finding your sister from another mister. It’s always a thrill to find someone like that.

    The irony is that you two will most likely remain friends for MUCH longer than either of you were ever with G! 🙂

  • 7 Daniele // Feb 4, 2009 at 3:01 pm

    I had the quilt bug BAD for about five years or so. OH – if I could just finish the quilt on the frame already. Nope…..it has to be knitting now. Good for you for being able to do two hobbies at one time!! I love it hard, and then move on…. 🙂