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Archive for January, 2007


Posted by jackie blue on January 31st, 2007

It was fun to have the other machine for awhile. I made a dress, 2 skirts, some curtains, a pillow top. It definitely does what it needs to do but it’s extremely basic and didn’t have the necessary things I’d need if I want to start quilting. Which I am going to try. So, my new machine.


It’s definitely not a “serious quilter” but it has everything - the walking foot, quilting guide, wide table, soon to have 1/4 foot. It’ll make buttonholes without having to learn how to do it manually. It’ll auto thread, so maybe I won’t curse as much when the thread breaks like it did OVER AND OVER on the other one (I know, it’s the tension plus my sewing speed, and I am still a beginner so could never get it quite right).

I’m excited. And scared! All the settings! All the feet! I will have to practice tonight.


Posted by jackie blue on January 30th, 2007

So last week I noticed that I had knit 3 of the cables on my Aran Pullover in the wrong direction. Oops. There goes 4 inches of that sweater, so progress is even slower than usual. I’m knitting it back up now (slow at work) and my goal is to have a new sweater by weekend, but we shall see.

I also don’t like the toe on my second Trekking sock. I started out with less stitches than the first sock by accident, and even if you’d never see any difference on my foot, the difference off it is bugging me. I’m also about 4 inches into that sock, but tempted to add that to the frog pile and start over.

All this ripping doesn’t leave much to show. I did another blanket square (up to 8 now) but how interesting is that?

In other news, the toilet was back after a few hours, so fear not. The sofa however, won’t be fixed until April. I decided not to get a new sofa after the one I considered ended up being impossible to open by one less-than-burly person, and a new one just like mine would cost twice as much, and the same amount of time, as fixing mine. So, for now I’ve devised a system of closing it that involves duct tape and brute force (and yesterday, a painfully injured finger) but at least I can sleep on my bed every night and then close it just on days where I’ll have people over and don’t want a bed taking over my apartment.

That’s really it. I don’t even have a cute animal photo today.

Special 14th Edition

Posted by jackie blue on January 25th, 2007

14. My super just took my toilet. I have no bed, I have no toilet. The fun never ends around here.

Thursday Thirteen

Posted by jackie blue on January 25th, 2007

1. I have finally come down with the plague that everyone in NY seems to have/had. Pass the Sudafed!

2. Which Walgreens wouldn’t sell me just now because I left my picture ID home.

3. I broke my sofabed frame yesterday morning and now have to either have it repaired or buy a new sofa, either of which is going to take weeks and that means sleeping on the sofa itself (really cramped, especially with dog) or on a feather bed on my floor. Just in time for a weekend guest arriving soon.

4. Said guest is going to spend a weekend quilting with me, so I just ordered a new sewing machine with all the necessary feet. Can’t wait!

5. Knitting is coming along but nothing in a changed enough state to be worth taking photos of. I’m on the second Trekking sock.

6. I’m expecting the second “new” refrigerator to arrive this week, I hope. The first “new” one that I was given 2 weeks ago is making nasty noises.

7. This Ronnybrook blueberry/pomegranate yogurt drink is pretty yummy.

8. I’ve got 10 eps left of the Six Feet Under series box to watch. Guess I’ll be doing that while suffering from plague.

9. I’m falling pretty behind on my 100 miles by April 1st goal, but I am not feeling very gym motivated today.

10. It’s really hard to think of 13 things on a slow week.

11. I blame my plague on falling behind on my winter Clementine eating. I have a box here to save me from further suffering.

12. I need to go out again to the drugstore.

13. Whew.