One Crazy Fiber Lady

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Always Moving

April 12th, 2009 · 5 Comments

If you’ve been around here long enough, you’ve probably discovered that I’m never idle.¬† I just can’t sit still and do nothing, which explains all the hobbies.¬† Well, I’ve added another one!


I’ve been eying this one for a while now.¬† A long while.¬† Way back at either my first or second NYSW, I saw someone demonstrating the using of a marudai and was fascinated.¬† Last year I bought one of those cheap foam discs to try it one.¬† Liked it but didn’t like the slowness in the foam disc, moving one strand at a time.¬† It was limiting.¬† So when a local fiber friend posted on a mailing list that she was selling one of her kumihimo set for less than I could buy a new one, I jumped.¬† Yesterday I drove out to her house and picked it up.

Love it!¬† Now I need to figure out a use for all those braids 😉

I’ve been off since Wednesday afternoon and have managed to keep myself busy.¬† I whipped out a tiered skirt for Kat in pink quilting fabrics that she picked out.¬† She was able to wear it for the family gathering at the Seder on Thursday.¬† And then she wore it again Friday.¬† And again Saturday.¬† I have no photos as the thing now needs a wash 😉

However, I did manage to finish Alex’s dinosaur quilt.


As with Kat’s, I did in the ditch quilting and machine applied the binding.¬† While my new binding foot arrived, it was too small for the wide binding that I picked up at Joann’s.¬† Sigh.¬† Oh well, maybe the next one will have a binding that doesn’t look like ass.

Another finished sewing object is this:


It is an Alexander Henry fabric, that I lined with the coordinating fabric:


I found this tutorial and made a home for my beloved MacBook.¬† It fits perfectly and I’m quite happy with it.¬† I have more of the fabric and a few plans 😉

I finally finished the Tulip Cardigan for my niece.  I spent a few hours on Thursday finishing the second sleeve and weaving in all those stupid ends.


While I love how it came out, I seriously hated the yarn.¬† Sublime Cashmerino Baby.¬† It was awful to work with.¬† I also thing if i were to make this pattern again (and I probably will since I bought some 220 in similar colors to knit it for Kat), I’m going to modify so that the button bands aren’t picked up at the end but knit along at the same time.

It isn’t all about finishing at Chez CFL.¬† Oh no.¬† It is time to start something new!¬† I watched Amy knitting this sweater and decided I had to have one too!¬† I had taken advantage of Web’s recent sale on Cascade and stashed up recently.


I cast on a few minutes ago.  The base color is reading purple by the camera.  Which is not how my eyes see it.  In my oddly lit bedroom, I see brown.  But then you look at the closeup at Webs and it is a rainbow of colors.  It is color 4006: Galaxy.


Galaxy indeed.¬† It is a galaxy of colors!¬† I kept Kat busy for a while this morning with the ball winder 😉

Since Dad has the kids off at the duck pond, I’m off to play with something.

Craft on!

Tags: EZ Patterns · Gifts · Kids · Quilting · Sewing

More Stitches

April 7th, 2009 · 8 Comments

I finally got the pictures out of the dSLR so I can do a real post. ¬†Friday night I settled down with the Featherweight to work on a quilt for the boy. ¬†I bought two packs of 5″ charms in Dinosaur Uproar by Moda after finding this tutorial on the ‘net.

By the time I went to bed, I had finished all the 9-patch blocks, cut them and had laid out where the new littler blocks would live.  I did some rudimentary measurements and determined the top was going to be far smaller than I hoped for.  

Saturday I hit Joann’s with a 20% off coupon, a few of the blocks, and the twins. ¬†With Alex’s final approval, I picked a fabric for a border to make the topper a decent size, and backing. ¬†After shopping, I did some more sewing. ¬†


It’s approx 44″ x 60″. ¬†And a closer look at the fabrics:


I did in the ditch quilting on it as well and just need to attaching the binding. ¬†The binding presser foot that I bought on eBay arrived yesterday (here’s a great review of one) so maybe this binding won’t look like ass (as Kim says).

Maybe spring really is coming.  Sunday was warm and sunny, allowing the monkeys to get outside.  Sand season has officially started!


Craft on!

Tags: Quilting


April 2nd, 2009 · 7 Comments

I have completed my first quilt on the featherweight.  


The binding is a bit rough, the points aren’t perfect. ¬†I may be a super knitter but I’m a relative newbie to this quilting business. ¬†This is actually only my third one. ¬†It is the first that I machine quilted though I’m not sure if doing in the ditch quilting on a machine really counts as “quilting”. ¬†But there it is. ¬†

The quilt inspector had her review of it:


I guess the top of her head is better than her drippy eyes 😉 ¬†She’s a weird cat anyway.

Best yet, the quilt recipient is the happiest of all that it is done. ¬†She’s been toting it around with her, even took it to school yesterday to show it off.


She’s into folding things these days. ¬†Comes in handy when I do laundry 😉

Oh yeah, I still spin…


Craft on!

Tags: Quilting · Spinning

Hodge Podge

March 26th, 2009 · 3 Comments

This is going to be one of those a little of this, a little of that posts. ¬†My head hurts due to the impending rain storm and I’m having a little trouble concentrating. ¬†Which isn’t a good thing as I have a massive amount to do at work and a code freeze at the end of April. ¬†Sigh. ¬†I’m hoping the excedrin and pseudofed I took will kick in soon and let me get some work done. ¬†Until then…

Here’s some random stuff.


I finished assembling the blocks for Kat’s quilt topper last night. ¬†I’ve been sewing for the last two nights. ¬†Tues night I was a bit tired and kind of futzed things ups in assembling the rows of 4 blocks. ¬†Instead of right sides together, I did on row with wrong sites. ¬†Didn’t notice it until I naturally finished all the blocks on the row. ¬†To compound the problem, while ripping out the defective seams, I pulled one of the good ones from the middle of the block. ¬†Fortunately I managed to not screw up any further and made decent progress. ¬†Last night I finished the rest. ¬†


I still have to add the sashing but that shouldn’t be too much trouble 😉 ¬†Hopefully this weekend I’ll make it up to Joann’s and pick up some batting and backing fabric. ¬†I’ll probably machine quilt it on the Featherweight with some simple in the ditch quilting. ¬†Someday I’d like to get a free arm thingy but right now I don’t have the room for it. ¬†I’ve ordered a bunch of charm packs online so I have future quilts planned. ¬†I need to get some boy patterns and make one for Xander. ¬†I found that the kit I picked up for him was all floral patterns. ¬† I need to surf a bit 😉

Location, Location, Location

I know I posted a view to the south of my office building. ¬†The view to the West isn’t much better, though it can be interesting. Directly across the street from us is a NYU dorm building. ¬†Depending on the modesty of the students and whether they’ve figured out how to work the shades in their room, the view from our conference rooms can be distracting during a meeting 🙂 ¬†

Its the Northern and Eastern views from the office that are on the money. ¬†I know I was taken by them when I first showed up for my interview. ¬†Here’s due east:


South Street Seaport & East River

South Street Seaport & East River

and this is the northern view:


Brooklyn Bridge

Brooklyn Bridge

This would explain why i was a little freaked out watching I Am Legend.  I was much relieved when I got into the office the next morning and saw the bridge still intact!  Sadly, my cubicle is on the western side of the floor and while I can see through a window, I see dorm space.


Been a while since I posted a pet picture. ¬†I’m still amazed oh-s0-many years after becoming a cat person, as to how very flexible they are and how comfy they can get.


Getting comfy

Getting comfy

Finally, there’s this great list: ¬†10 Business Lessons Learned from BSG. ¬†You might not have ever watched the show, or even like scifi (though scifi at its best is just a commentary on our current situations in a spaceship wrapper and BSG is that in spades!), but I think this list is spot on. ¬†Your thoughts?

Okay, headache is taming so I’m off to write some code. ¬†Tonight is SnB. ¬†Yay!

Craft on!

Tags: Quilting · Sewing

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?


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


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


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:


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!

Tags: Adult · Family · Quilting

Little Stitches

June 10th, 2008 · 8 Comments

Judging from all the comments I got, my boy is a perfectly normal energetic boy who will keep me on my toes for years to come. I try to let him be, and think of ways to expend the energy. The backyard with the swingset and various other bits and bobs is pretty good for that, as well as the park around the corner. Now that the pool is open, the liner fixed, and the water filling, we should have another avenue for tiring him out, at least for the summer.

Orkney Pi

Sorry to have disappeared. It was a combination of a new video game and getting sick that has kept me away for so long. Fortunately, I had a pretty productive two days in bed though. Thursday I made some serious progress on my Orkney Pi. I’m actually a bit further along than this picture shows. I took this shot on Wednesday while on the ferry to the office. I have probably another 12 or so rounds completed beyond this point. I’m seriously considering cutting this off at the end of this section. I’m pretty sure I killed the other pi shawls at this state too, but I’ll have to check. As it is, each round has 640 stitches. Right now, this is the easy knitting project as there are no socks on the needles at the present. Amazing I know.


In Thursday’s mail was the yarn I ordered as another candidate for Wedding Ring Shawl. I found it on fleegle‘s blog as she was vetting possibilities for Princess. This is Yarn Place’s Angel in color 217 – Dusty Rose. MMMMMMMMM. I swatched it on Friday and fell in love. What a joy it is to work with. It is STRETCHY! Gotta love that about merino. It makes those little tiny stitches actually workable. No problems doing a k2tog where one of them is a yarn over! I have a new favorite laceweight yarn. Even before blocking my swatch (which I seem to have lost yesterday during my commute), I knew it was the right yarn. I cast on as soon as the swatch was dry and I got tired of fondling it.


Using some perle 8 cotton that I now have on hand thanks to the bobbin lace hobby addition, I cast on the multitude of stitches that make up the center square. Sorry for the lousy color in the next three pictures. I took them in the car this morning while I was waiting for the train.

Here you can see the progress I’ve made so far.

I’m absolutely loving it. Yes, Unst is on hold for the foreseeable future as THIS is the project that I really wanted to work on. So after nearly a year of swatching yarns, I finally am working on it and enjoying every minute.

Jewel Box Quilt

I’ve also resurrected another long dead to me hobby: quilting. I ordered this kit a while ago from a seller on eBay. It has been sitting and quietly calling to me from my bookshelf, hoping to insinuate itself in the hobby queue. Wednesday evening, my monthly Craft Book of the Month Club arrived and it was a quilting handbook with serious amount of text devoted to hand piecing/quilting. I seriously considered hand piecing even though my two previous forays into quilting had me using the machine to piece and then hand quilt. But, I wasn’t ready to commit to that quite yet. So Thursday while knitting and watching the tube, I loaded up a Simply Quilts episode from the DVR at random. What was it about? Hand piecing. I’d call that a sign and broke out my supplies and started hand piecing. Amazingly enough, I can sew straighter by hand than by machine. Sick. With no socks on the needles, the piecing has become my pocket book project. Those pink triangles get sewn to white triangles along the hypotenuse to form a square. If i counted right, there are 40 of these squares to put together. Before I knew it, I had 10 of em done. I managed to do three while waiting for the kids’ graduation on Saturday (that will be another post as I don’t have pictures quite yet). Good purse project.

hot hot hot

Finally, I took this picture on the way home from the train last night. It was about 6:40 pm. While summer is my favorite season by far, I could pass on thermometer readings like this one, especially in JUNE and when accompanied by 64% humidity. UGH. The heat wave is supposed to end today. My fingers are crossed.

Craft on (and stay cool!)

Tags: Lace · Quilting · Wedding Ring Shawl