Greetings from Nashville

Hey kittens. Long time, no meow. I thought of you last night, though. But let’s start back a bit, shall we?

I’ll give you the short version: I’ve moved from Dallas to Nashville. Me and Peppermint have a little house on a busy street in a bad neighborhood. But the floors are pine and the windows are large and there’s a covered porch that looks out on the busy street.

peppermint

I’m sitting on that sofa right now. The one in the picture. Peppermint is draped across the back of the sofa, like an overgrown cat. She’s got her chin on my shoulder. We like our new house.

Living alone, not so much. At least not today.

Mr. Bug stayed in the giant house in Dallas. Lucy the hound stayed with him. Our divorce will be final sometime next month.

It’s like they all say, kitty cats. Divorce is hard. Our marriage was short, there aren’t any lawyers involved and we’ve spent time really talking through what went wrong to get understanding. Still, the loss of a future. The loss of security. The loss of a good friend, someone to talk to at the end of the day. All hard.

And now I’m in Tennessee. My office is based in Nashville and I got a new boss last May who really, really wanted me to be based in Nashville too. I never really warmed up to Dallas, so I shopped neighborhoods and rented a house that I hadn’t even seen the inside of, except for peeking through the windows. My landlord was willing to take a chance on me, even with sketchy credit history and no recent rental references. 

I rented a truck, hired movers online. Made a spreadsheet listing out all the furniture in the Texas house. Agonized over what dishes to take, what to leave. Agonized over hurting the man I married in the little backyard wedding. Buried my feelings.

Jumped into a new relationship with an unavailable man way too soon. Got my heart-broken again.

So basically, I’ve been living out my own little country song.

But my friends keep telling me to just get through each day. Distract myself, do things. Take care of myself. In my semi-lucid moments, that’s a nice thought. I’ve been basically involved with someone for the last 10 years. I was a single girl in my 20′s, and here I am, turning 40 in a few months. I have to learn to be single again.

I’m also thinking of learning to play the banjo.

So why was I thinking about you guys last night? I went out to listen to some mournful, steel-guitar old-school country and some funky blues downtown. It’s cold here, so I actually got to wear my silk and toile dress - made from upholstery weight fabric and lined in silk and polyester, this dress is definitely a winter dress. And what a fun dress! A full circle skirt, a fitted bodice… really, is there any better style? I need 10 more.

And with that, all of a sudden, I’ve got the urge to sew. I haven’t even drug out my sewing machine in months, and since I moved to Texas is April of 2011 I haven’t sewn a stitch of clothing. What do you say, is sewing a bevy of beautiful dresses an appropriate way to work through the pain of a marriage ending, followed by a painful breakup?

So! What’s new out there? Where are the good patterns, what should I do first? And if any of ya’ll are native (or transplanted) Nashvillians with some sewing shop advice, drop me a line chicas!!

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74 Comments
  • Tanit-Isis
    January 9, 2014

    Wow, I can’t believe I missed this! OK, I can, my blog-reading over the holidays was non-existent.

    I’m so sorry you’ve gone through such a rough spell, Patty! That sucks. I hope you’re being kind to yourself and learning to love living alone (I confess, it’s something I fantasize about from time to time..)

    Not sure if you’re back to stay, but I admit my fingers are crossed. I sure have missed you! I’m not exactly the prolific writer I used to be, but hey, you do what you can.

    Good luck with your new start—you can do this, and do it marvelously.
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  • Donna
    January 8, 2014

    Glad to have you back – your voice was definitely missed out here in the blogosphere! I’m so sorry to hear about the pain you’ve gone through. My sister went through a similar situation this year (okay, last year now) and now she’s happier than she’s been in years. There are moments when it’s still hard (the holidays, for ex) but she’s really taking an interest in her life and in herself in ways that she hasn’t done for probably a decade. So, all of that was just to say that you’re fabulous and brave and things are going to be okay. :)
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  • sarajane
    January 6, 2014

    Oh my! I am soooo glad you are back, but sooo sorry about your heartaches. Sending you a virtual hug.

  • Apryl
    January 5, 2014

    Party I am so sorry to hear of your divorce and move. I am not in Nashville but just down the road in murfreesboro. If you need some retail therapy of the fabric sort I strongly suggest textile fabric. And they are currently having a rare sale. If you need a shopping/ sewing buddy let me know!

  • Pat
    January 3, 2014

    Like so many others, I was excited to see you are back blogging, and dismayed to read your news. My sympathy. Best wishes to you as you sort yourself out and find out what the future holds for you.

  • Jess
    January 3, 2014

    Thinking of you, and glad to see you’re back. Here’s hoping Nashville and 2014 treat you well.

  • crystalpleats
    January 3, 2014

    So glad to see a post pop up from you. I look forward to seeing beautiful garments again. I am sorry to hear about your divorce. While you were gone I copied one of your Kwik Sew maxi’s cuz I loved it so much!
    http://crystalpleats.wordpress.com/2013/05/19/kwiksew3856/
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  • gMarie
    December 30, 2013

    I was so excited to see new posts and then I read it. Oh Patty I’m so sorry – sending hugs your way. I’m sure Little Miss Peppermint is clingy because she misses Lucy! My Abby just turned 14 on Dec 1. I’m sure she’s gonna live to be 20 at least!

    Hope you are able to start sewing and find yourself as you heal. g

    • Patty The Snug Bug
      January 1, 2014

      Hey you! Hugs received! I was worried about separating the hounds. Pepper seems OK – she’s always been more of a clingy shadow-dog than Lucy was, but it HAS gotten more pronounced since we moved. Plus she started barking ALL the time – what a loud mouth!
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  • J
    December 30, 2013

    Welcome back. You sound like you’ve been through the ringer lately. I’m in a somewhat similar position–turning 40 in practically moments and divorced. And it’s a bit of a shock to be single after so many years of not. What you’ll embrace soon is that you are far far cooler now that you ever were before. Age brings polish and self-confidence. And peace. Honestly, I’ve been divorced now for about two years, and, after my liquoring and whoring phase was over (fun phase while it lasts), I’ve come to really enjoy being with myself. So much so in fact that it will be the exceptional man that ever drags me away from my own love affair. Truly. Spend some time on your own. Lick your wounds, and start inventing your life the way you want it to be–without regard to who else or what else wants you to be another way. It’s liberating.

    • Patty The Snug Bug
      January 1, 2014

      I like your advice. A lot. When Mr. Bug and I decided to split, I was actually super looking forward to single life – to do exactly what you say! I would tease the Forester Man about how he ruined my grand plans for the great single life. Sigh. :-) Happy early 40!
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  • oonaballoona
    December 30, 2013

    well, slap me in the face please, i suddenly had all these updates from you in my reader, and jumped on the golden d’or one first. i can be SUCH. an ass.

    sending you many hugs and hoping your closet is filled with those dresses!

    • Patty The Snug Bug
      January 1, 2014

      Oh. My. Goodness. I cannot BELIEVE you were in Dallas all that time and we never got to meet! Well. Obviously, you need to come to Nashville and/or I need to come to New York! :-) Caught up on your blog today – made me laugh out loud. Thanks for that! Wish I could wright like you!
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  • Pam
    December 29, 2013

    Oh Patty….it’s so exciting to hear you are remembering were all still here! Divorce is such a drag…but the broken heart part — yowza girl…that’s a rough one. My suggestion (though you didn’t quite ask) is to sufficiently grieve this one…otherwise the unshed tears can creep into the future. And as you mend your soul, we’ll all be alongside rooting…with each stich we’ll be here watching, reading, believing in you. And with the crowd of us that still follow you, it sounds like quite a few of us have been down this path as well…trust in the good. Cry while you can, sew as you go, stay connected while it all happens…you’ll come out of this more grounded, happier and stronger than ever! AND CAN I JUST TELL YOU HOW PLEASED I AM THAT YOU WROTE TODAY??? (& if you find yourself in the LA area…shoot me a note and we can hit downtown!!!!)

    YAY Patty!

    • Patty The Snug Bug
      January 1, 2014

      Thank you! The Divorce stuff is all about me recognizing my part in what made it not work. It sucks, but it’s also really good to figure this stuff out. The broken heart – it’s just awful. ‘Specially cuz it’s a right people, wrong time situation. Not a falling out of love situation :-( I’m learning some hard lessons, here. But everyone is so awesome and supportive, it’s so helpful! Love everyone!
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  • Cathi
    December 29, 2013

    Happy to see you back Patty. I hope 2014 is a happy year full of sewing, blogging, and healing for you.

  • Katie
    December 29, 2013

    I was happy to see a post from you, and heartbroken for you when I read it. I went thru a tough depression where I didn’t want to sew anything, and it was pulling teeth to sit down and make the things I had promised my daughter. But now I have a newer better machine and a better job and the depression has eased and I want to sew again too!

    Also you should come up to Louisville, I know this darling little quilt shop (The Quilting Bee) That you would just love!

  • Stevie
    December 29, 2013

    Patty I was so excited to see you on my Blogroll today! I’m so sorry to hear of your divorce, I hope sewing can help you heal a little. I loved reading your blog from the beginning and I hope that your new home in Nashville will bring you and peppermint joy. xxxx
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  • pixie
    December 29, 2013

    yeah, commensters are the best aren’t they. come back, blog and laugh with us. the sisterhood is with ya. and your sewing machine is keen to play I bet. sounds like you’ve been strong and brave. keep at it. it gets better I promise.

    • Patty The Snug Bug
      December 29, 2013

      :-) Dragging myself back. I’ll be the mopey blogger for a while… the one you drag out for the night, but ends up in the bathroom crying….
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      • LaUra
        December 30, 2013

        Take you anyway we can get you Patty! XOXOX

  • Tami
    December 29, 2013

    Oh Patty, sending you hugs. Tears came as I read this. Yes, sew. It is very healing.

  • Rebecca
    December 29, 2013

    I’ll add my voice to the chorus of folks who are delighted to see you back in our readers . . . and aching with you for your loss and pain. I have been through the divorce part, and just 3 days ago the turning 40 part, and while it’s tough, I wouldn’t trade all the growth and learning of the past decade (since my divorce) for anything. I’m not in Nashville, but if you ever have a reason to come to the SF Bay Area, I’d be more than happy to meet up! You were an inspiration to me when I first started sewing garments in earnest, and I’m tickled pink that we might get to hear from you more now. Of course, if you’re not up for blogging, that’s ok too. We’re here, and we care, either way. xox

    • Patty The Snug Bug
      December 29, 2013

      Yay! I’d love to see SF – never been there, only Long Beach (hated) and San Diego (loved!!) I haver friends there who own a firehouse (seriously, A list programmer boys in their early 40′s. Let’s talk about disposable income!!)

      You comment made me all teary – I sort of forgot about how much the blogging, commenting and getting things out of each other’s blogs means!

      And I’ll be blogging, I think – just the off-topic, introspective blogger that can be so annoying!!
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  • louise
    December 29, 2013

    So pleased to see you on my reading list, welcome back. Sorry about all that’s happened, hope 2014 is a better year for you.

    • Patty The Snug Bug
      December 29, 2013

      Thank you!!! I’m curious… how are folks doing reading lists with the demise of google reader, and I thought the follow function was also disabled through… although I can’t remember exactly what I read about that!
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  • Stacie Davis
    December 29, 2013

    Patty, I’m so sorry to hear about everything. I’m glad to hear from you and am confident you’re going to be OK.
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  • Aileen
    December 29, 2013

    Hi Patty – so glad to see your name in my email this morning and yet I hurt for your troubles.
    40′s will be great. As a fairly new 51, 40′s were super.
    Sending you freezing cold hugs from up north to become cooling breezes in Nashville.
    Your posts are so wonderful and bring such delight to people that you’ve not met.
    Hope each day is better. Hugs, Aileen

    • Patty The Snug Bug
      December 29, 2013

      oh your comment got me all teary, too (actually, they all did) I keep hearing the 40′s are great. And now that’ve accepted the inevitable and secured the formula for the exact shade of red that looks natural on me… I’m ready :-)
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  • Ola
    December 29, 2013

    Hi Patty, I’m sorry to hear about your divorce. I have really missed reading your posts :) . When I started reading your blog way back when, I was in the middle of finishing my dissertation which was a grinding unpleasant experience, but your posts were always a little reprieve for me during my weeks of work. As the elders say, this too shall pass, and your interest in sewing again means you are on the mend. I look forward to your posts and more hound pictures.

    • Patty The Snug Bug
      December 29, 2013

      Thank you so much! What was your dissertation on?? There will DEF be more hound pics. Peppermint is a clingy dog, it’s pretty ridiculous!
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  • Corinne
    December 29, 2013

    When I turned on my computer this morning I was so pleased to see you in my blogroll. I checked back at your site a couple months ago and remembered how great your posts were. And ironically, yesterday (and I mean just yesterday) I was chatting with a cousin, a non-sewer, about blogs, favorites, those no longer posting etc. and I mentioned you. Your Hounds reminded me of your colorful posts…and your sewing too! Our conversations always turn to dogs and she is a dog lover. My Basset Hound lived 18 1/2 years and I still miss her everyday. I now have two Labs who are the center of my life who I inherited from my dear Son who passed away at the young age of 33. Two years ago. Another unbearable loss. However, I must tell you Dearest that sewing, knitting, needle arts of any kind and those who share the passion, not to mention blogging has saved me. The mind needs a place to go. While the mechanics of the loss are still ever present, one needs to find a way to set aside that pain, when possible, and find ways to move on. Easier said than done, but any loss will evolve.

    All that said, Welcome Back!!! I look forward to your posts, your re-immersion into the world of the needle. It will be OK, you will be OK and we will be glad to share it with you. A Girl and her Dog. It is good.
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    • Patty The Snug Bug
      December 29, 2013

      Isn’t that strange? You must have known I was gettin gready to blog again! And holy cow… an 18 year old basset hound! That’s amazing!! Of course, I plan for Peppermint to live about 50 years :-)

      So sorry about your son, that is so young. I’ve been reminding myself the last few days that as awful as my heartache, most of it is around a short, but intense love. Nobody died, there were no tragedies, other than my peace of mind. My mother has lost three husbands… so much different. Thanks so much for your comments, so helpful.
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  • Stephanie
    December 29, 2013

    Hi Patty! I’m glad you are back and sorry to hear about your divorce. Unfortunately, I have no advice for you but I think sewing sounds good. It really takes your mind of things and gets you into the zone, if you know what I mean. Start with something easy. A simple jersey top or dress? a batwing top? so many options!
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    • Patty The Snug Bug
      December 29, 2013

      :-) My thoughts exactly…. I also knit a lot, but that leaves my mind free to wander, because I tend to knit more simple things. Sewing is so much more engaging for the mind!
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  • Frau Tipmatic
    December 29, 2013

    I thought about you the last days. Just wondered what had happened to you. I wish you all the best and yes, I am sure, that sewing is the best therapy for broken hearts. You have a goal, which.can be achieved only by yourself and if you have reached it, you have a lovely dress that makes you feel good. Stitch on! :-)

  • Mish
    December 29, 2013

    I wrote you on your fanpage on Facebook. I’m so sorry about your divorce. I was about to divorce. We both decided if we were going to keep it going we needed a fresh start. So Nashville is where we are headed.
    I know the pain. I can’t imagine how you are feeling but you must be feeling a tad bit better since you are blogging. Think of reinventing yourself. Now is the time.

    Really, would love to meet up when I get settled in. I own a small yogawear company (right now everything is on hold, including my website). Maybe we could collaborate on some designs. Maybe we could form a little sew group. Or maybe just swap ideas and skype.

    I’m a loner too so no worries about friendship pressure.

    You have my email but here is the new one mwyogacouture@gmail.com

    Be good to yourself and go take some yoga classes in the New Year. Will be good for your head.

    • Patty The Snug Bug
      December 29, 2013

      Hey lady! I’m so excited!! Def let me know when you get here!! That’s sort of the ancillary part of the move and such – I have found myself in a new city, not knowing anyone outside of work!! I miss my Minneapolis buddies! I’ll email.
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  • mrsmole
    December 29, 2013

    Being 40, single again is so transforming and you can get to know who really lives inside of you and treat her to some new sassy clothes…now town, new clothes, new life. Nature fills a vacancy and before you know it you will find new friends and folks who want you to be happy and healthy and maybe even come over and walk Peppermint around the block. Twenty four years ago, when I was 40, I left an abusive marriage and never looked back or yearned to replay one minute of the past. Your new identity starts now…the sky is the limit!!!
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    • Patty The Snug Bug
      December 29, 2013

      So nicely put. Really, when I’m not cryinig and letting my thoughts wander down lonely little paths, i AM excited about finding myself now. Yay!
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  • Carmen Bouchard
    December 29, 2013

    Hello! Seeing you on my reader this morning was like seeing a long lost friend dropping by my house. Hello!
    I am very sorry about your loss, heartbrakes are losses and you have to mourn them and it takes time. But if you get on the sewing bandwagon with us, we’ll tell you how well you sew and how we love what you make and how beautiful you are and that we, the “united seamstresses of the world” love you, and that should make you feel all the much better and restore some of that self-esteem you need to feel better.
    I’m in France, come and visit!
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    • Patty The Snug Bug
      December 29, 2013

      Yay! And seeing your lovely little icon… it’s nice to be back! I would LOVE to come to France… Perhaps if I score some more overseas business travel I can take some personal time. Although I also would like to go to Brussels, I have dear friends posted there with our foreign service. Hmmmmmm…..
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  • Suzy
    December 29, 2013

    So sorry to hear of your divorce, sending you virtual best wishes and hugs.

    I can second the Tiramisu dress, just check the front bodice length and the midriff height (I had to add to the bodice length and make the midriff shorter). I’ve made it a couple of times now;
    http://suzybeesews.blogspot.com.au/2013/02/cake-0144-tiramisu-dress.html?m=1

    My favourite dress is actually a macaron dress with a knit yoke that I copied from you!! I’m so glad you are sewing and blogging again, we are very similar size/shape and I’ve used your blog posts as inspiration ever since I started sewing!

    • Patty The Snug Bug
      December 29, 2013

      Hey! I saw yours on the googles when I was snooping! I was THINKING that the height of the midriff pieces seems a bit wider on some, not on others. I know for me, my natural waist/ smallest part is right at my underbust, so too high of a midriff piece won’t work on me!
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  • Jessica
    December 28, 2013

    How lovely to see you on the blog roll again! I had just found you when you “retired.” I send good wishes for the new phase of your life…perhaps there will be some awesome outfits that will both inspire & reflect the new you! Best, J

    • Patty The Snug Bug
      December 28, 2013

      Oooo…. ‘retired’!! Sigh…. I remember checking and checking and checking for the selfish seamstress!!! I HATE when bloggers retire!!
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  • Laura
    December 28, 2013

    I think Lady Katza from http://peanutbuttermacrame.blogspot.com/ is in Nashville, or somewhere nearby. She should know where the good shops are- and I know there are some. I think Textile Fabrics is the the store I visited when I was there several years ago.
    I’m sorry to hear of your troubles. Sewing is always comforting to me, so I hope it will be for you as well. ((hugs))

    • Patty The Snug Bug
      December 28, 2013

      Good thought! I think Ms. Katza is in Hotlanta… that’s sort of close, from what I understand!!
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      • Laura
        December 28, 2013

        You are probably right. Maybe she was talking about driving to meet up in Nashville. Now that I think about it, Lauren from http://lladybird.com/ is in Nashville. She probably knows where the really good shops would be!
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        • ladykatza
          December 31, 2013

          Hey, speak of the devil… That’s me. Not Patti, she’s saint like.

          Patti, you were my first sewing blogger crush because hey, curvy redheads unite!! Yup, I’m in hotlanta and I was planning on driving up to Nashville sometime in the future wanting to meet up with folk. I still want to do that!

          Please please PLEASE understand you have a whole community of people here to cheer you on, bolster you, and you can totally cry on our shoulder if you want.
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          • Patty The Snug Bug
            January 1, 2014

            Hey you! Likewise!! Curvy redheads! TOTALLY come up to Nashville and I was thinking of coming down to Atlanta… sometime. Just to see it!

            I’m totally going to be doing some shoulder crying. Likely some borderline embarrasing oversharing, as well. But it helps me to write about it, and it helps me when I hear OTHER people’s stories, so maybe I can help out the next broken hearted sewist.

            Plus. I am hoping to build a revenge army. Armed with knitting needles and pins, we will march on Virginia and punish the Forester for his breaking of my heart… right?
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  • Robin
    December 28, 2013

    Patty, I’m only 2 years in, but so far I think 40s is the best decade yet – less caring about what other people think, and a better understanding of who you are. Could you sew the Hawthorne dress by Collette? I find I wait for you to sew something first and then I tackle it. Cake Patterns look fun too. I’ve tried the leggings and they worked out great.

    Be kind to yourself, and know that I’m rooting for you.

    • Patty The Snug Bug
      December 28, 2013

      Oh – the Hawthorne IS cute… but all those buttons! I like the blouse version as well…. but the Tiramisu dress from Cake looks PERFECT!! A bit of a sleeve so i can wear without a cardi in the office? It IS hottern than bejeebus here in Nashville… well, not right now. What did you make the leggings from? What kind of fabric?
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      • Heather
        December 28, 2013

        Ooo I made the Tiramisu! It’s such a gorgeous and easy to wear dress, I just adore it! Sooo comfortable! Here, I dug up the link to my blog post on it.
        http://sewingonpins.blogspot.ca/2013/09/finished-project-tiramisu-finally.html

        • Patty The Snug Bug
          December 28, 2013

          Lovely! I love the topstitching – I’m a topstitching fool… and there are POCKETS?? OK. I think this should be my first project. I DO love knit dresses. I have one very similar i bought retail, and it really is a nice silhouette for me. What I’m excited about is the surplice bustline with the sized pattern pieces. Doing bust adjustments on a surplice neckline is my bugaboo. And I like the midriff piece – the dress reminds me of the donna karan mock wrap dress from Vogue patterns that I made a few of! Thanks for sharing…
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      • Robin
        December 29, 2013

        Hi Patty, som kind of ITY knit. Is that right? The shiny, slippery kind, that makes your legs colder than if you were wearing nothing. But the print is fantastic. It’s a all shades of grey with big, overblown monarch butterfly wings on it. It had 2 way stretch.

  • Heather
    December 28, 2013

    Oh Patty, I’m so sorry to hear about all the rough spots. I’m sending you big warm hugs from the Yukon (my new transplated home), and I hope you settle in and mend your poor heart in Nashville. I don’t have much advice on the sewing front (although I’m so pleased to hear that you’ve been bitten by the sewing bug again – you’re such an inspiration) as I’ve been knitting more than sewing lately, but I’ve found some great knitting projects if you’re interested! And of course, I’m looking forward to see what you come up with.

    • Heather
      December 28, 2013

      Forgot to mention, but sewing really helped me get through a hard break up a few years ago. Guy broke my heart, and the only thing that really seemed to stem the tears at the time was sewing. It just took so much of my attention and concentration, and I didn’t have time to think about anything else for a while. It was peaceful, and something I desperately needed at the time. I hope it helps you too. *hugs*
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      • Patty The Snug Bug
        December 28, 2013

        Ohhhhhh…. I’m still in the burst into tears at the drop of a hat phase. So here I am, bawling again. Thanks for the hugs! Got ‘em!

        I’ve been trying to knit this ridonkulous cowl on #4 DPN with a lace weight cashmere for the last few weeks. It’s a simple pattern, just 4 different stitch patterns to make a sort of lacey, mock cable thing… but one of the repeats is P2, K3, P2, K4, and I keep losing my place and ripping it back. It’s cashmere. I want it PERFECT!!
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        • Heather
          December 28, 2013

          Last time I had to do a stitch repeat as easily-messed-up as that one, I used a bajillion stitch markers to separate out the repeats. Annoying, but it reminded me that there was a change in the stitches.

  • Lynn
    December 28, 2013

    Oh no. I am so sorry. I wondered what happened to you when the posts stopped flowing. I am getting over heartbreak yet again so I understand. I wish there was something more I could say that would be helpful. Do take care of yourself. The pain will pass.

    • Patty The Snug Bug
      December 28, 2013

      That’s what people say… the pain will pass. With the ill-advised man and the broken heart, well. I’ve never really experienced this before. I didn’t know heartache was an actual physical thing. Sigh.
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  • Karen in VA
    December 28, 2013

    So sorry to hear about your divorce…Yes, they are tough…Be good to yourself.

  • natalie
    December 28, 2013

    Sorry to hear about the divorce, I wish you all the best in your new life! Sounds like things are looking up for you and the urge to sew sounds positive!

    • Patty The Snug Bug
      December 28, 2013

      And I just got rid of most of my fabric stash last week – had to make room in the guest room for my mom…. I kept my favorites, but let go of this red and white jersey that I’m already missing..
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  • Conni
    December 28, 2013

    I have missed your posts. I’m really sorry about your divorce. I wish you all the best, healing takes time.

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