November 6th, 2007


The one where I'm a complete ditz

Last Thursday I managed to score 16 or so vintage sewing patterns on Freecycle. Included in the bunch were 5 smocking and smocked dress patterns. Those I really, really wanted. There were some other patterns that were really interesting and some that I just wasn't interested in. At the same time, I was preparing a 'travelling box' of sewing supplies. I had taken what I wanted out of it, and added a bunch of sewing stuff to go to the new owner.

On Friday I met Adele (a fantastic lady) at Starbucks to give her the sewing box. We had a great conversation about fertility issues and birth plans and on and on for an hour or so. It was really great to have someone to talk to who completely understood where I was coming from. Anyways, on Saturday evening I went to show my mother the cute patterns I had received, and wouldn't you know, the only patterns I could find were the ones I didn't want. All of the smocking and child's clothing patterns went in the box, and I saved the ones I didn't want!

Luckily I have no shame, so I emailed Adele and asked her if, and only if, she didn't want the patterns if I could grab them back from her. Luckily, she wasn't planning on doing any smocking for a while, so it looks like I have another Starbucks date this week!


Hubby and I have started speculating on when I will actually deliver. I've always had the feeling I will go early (no reason, not based on anything) and I decided on the weekend that the 24th is my date. I should mention that my mother was at least 2 weeks late with each of us and my sis was induced after 2 weeks, so it's not like I'm going on family history here.

Hubby decided this morning that the 11th of December is our date (our actual due date is December 7th). I guess he just has a feeling too.

I guess if he's right I manage to get a bit more accomplished, I've had someone book a crop on the 30th and the knitwits want to do Christmas on the 1st.


Never, ever say nice things about the machines, in front of the machines!

I was quite happily working away tonight sewing like a mad woman. It was fairly repetitive so my mind started wandering and I started thinking about how well the little sewing machine is doing. I bought it ages ago at Price Club. It's nothing fancy, but a great starter machine, and it's been working like a trouper lately.

Well wouldn't you know it, not 2 minutes after I started down that path I ran out of bobbin thread (no this isn't the issue). I re-threaded, popped the bobbin back in, and now it won't catch the bobbin thread. No, I didn't have the bobbin in backwards, but just in case I did I put it in the other way, and to make doubly sure it wasn't an issue with the thread I was using I tried another bobbin with no luck. I even went so far as to clean the machine and still no joy. The needle is in correctly, and the tension is good (it was working 10 seconds before this). Of course I don't have a manual for the machine and it's not like I really paid attention to what was going on down there when it was working!

Arg! There go my best laid plans.

ETA: Apparently, unlike my computers, my sewing machine responds to shaken fists and muttered curses! I have now managed to complete the projects I was working on, stitches turning out beautifully.