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Tuesday, September 30, 2008

This is NOT a Knitting Post

This is, I guess, a divorce post. If there is such a thing. Last night I went to a Divorce Care support group at my church. I've been going to the support group for a while, this was my 5th session and it does seem to be helping. It's mostly women, but there are a few men who show up. Last night a man came to his first meeting. He introduced himself as Bill. The subject for the meeting last night was care of your children in divorce. He has 5 children, including a set of twins. He has shared custody with his ex, but she is causing major difficulties (I won't go into detail). As he talked about where he lived, where his ex-wife lived, his ex-wife's first name, and so on, the pieces fell into place. My ex had an affair with his ex. How weird is that. See, I live in a small town southeast of Cleveland. I don't even think you could call where I live "Greater Cleveland". It takes me 50 minutes to drive to work on the eastern edge of the city of Cleveland. He lives in an outer ring suburb on the far west side of Cleveland. It has to be an hour and half, maybe more from the church we were sitting in. It doesn't follow that we would end up in the same divorce support group. Except, he knows Father Dan (our priest) and he works in the town I live in. I don't think he knows who I am. I'm pretty sure that I just said my name was Barbara (I have an uncommon last name). I think he probably knows his wife had an affair with my ex. He did say his wife was the one who "cheated". But, my husband had multiple affairs, and sometimes I knew who the person was and sometimes I didn't--I just knew the signs were all there. I don't know for sure that his ex had just the one affair with my ex. It's possible that the affair he knew about might have been with someone other than my ex. It's not like I would go up to him and say "Guess what we have in common?". Still, an awkward situation. If he knows, I mean. If he comes back next week, I'll try to avoid using my last name.

Friday, September 05, 2008

Traveling Woman

I have done some traveling this summer, first to Naples, Florida for a week in June and recently to Southern Pines, N. Carolina to attend the wedding of a good friend's son. These socks, however did not travel with me, as juggling three different color yarn skeins do not make for portable knitting! The pattern is Lucy Neatby's Traveler's Sock from the book Socks, Socks, Socks. I was in the mood for some stranded colorwork and I was able to find some colored sock yarn leftovers in the stash. The white is Regia sock yarn (4 ply, I think), the pink is Special Blauband, and the purple variagated yarn is Brown Sheep's Wildfoot in a color called "Rhapsody". It's interesting to note the differences in the three yarns as I've been working with them. The Regia yarn is a sock yarn I've used many times and like for it its smooth feel and stitch definition. The Blauband is a yarn I bought online at, I think, at Royal Yarn. It is a really nice yarn, softer than the Regia, but I don't think Royal Yarn carries it anymore. The Wildfoot is not, in my opinion, an easy yarn to knit with. It splits a lot, and is very uneven with thicker and thinner areas. I won't buy it again. I 've actually finished these socks and they are washed and drying on the sock blockers. I'll try to get a good picture this weekend of the finished socks.

Thursday, September 04, 2008

Finished items

I feel like I can't (shouldn't?) post if I don't have some knitting to show. So, I finally do have something finished to talk about. These are the Child's First Socks. I liked the pattern, but the Paton's Kroy yarn won't ever be a favorite. It's not as soft as many sock yarns, and it splits, which is annoying.

I have been doing some other knitting, but I'll save the pictures for a future post. Two more pairs of socks, and a shirt knit with Rowan Summer Tweed. I don't seem to be able to tackled large projects lately, not sure why that is. I've always knit a lot of socks, but I've always had a sweater or a larger project for home knitting, as opposed to on-the-go, waiting for who or whatever knitting.

Another finished item. My divorce was final July 2. Did I blog about this before? I don't think so. Not that there is much to say. My marriage is finished. I took my vows for life, but the man I married didn't and hadn't for a long time, and he filed for divorce. Life goes on. I'm just trying to live a day at a time and find something good in every day.

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