Tuesday, 19 February 2008


Yesterday I got a phone from the sewing-machine repairman. The electronic is broken and it will cost about 230 Euro (nearly 350 $) to repair it! GREAT, great, great. Do you see how much fabric or yarn that is?! Apparently it does not happen that often (well that´s nice to hear!) and of course after 5 years my machine is not under warrenty anymore. Zut,zut, zut! (french cursing)

Anyway, on the brighter front I finished my pair of Jaywalker socks with the wonderful wool from Handgefaerbt.com. It is mentioned on few blogs that these socks are not elastic compare to ribbing and I can only agree! Still I like the pattern.

Last week some books arrived from Amazon:

The Virginia Quilt book is very nice, full of wonderful quilts (some with 23 stitches per inch quilting!) and interesting stories. I find only that some of the pictures are a bit small but then if each quilt had been one page, it would have been an very thick book!
I have seen so many inspirational knits from the Fitted Knits on blogs that I had to have that book too and indeed there are two or three projects that I intend to make.
I was lucky too to get the Interweave Knits on Ebay as I wanted to make the
Icarus shawl.
After the above-mentioned call I was so frustrated that I had to do some retail therapy and the Icarus shawl was just the right thing to calm me down. I bought some nice merino lace wool for very little (under 4 Euro, under 6$ for 150 g) and I started straight away. It is the first time that I am knitting lace and fortunately the beginning is easy.

A good exercice to calm down was iron-folding the prairie points for my Delectable mountains too! That´s boring and it takes very long. I hope I have enough now. As soon as my Bernina is back ( even better than new I hope) I will sew them to the border.

I wish you a serene time without bad surprises!


Bea said...

I´m so sorry about your sewing machine! I hope she will sew much better than ever before when she arrives back.
Do you know the book "Patchwork Socken"??? I´ve seen a lot of socks that I love - I CAN`T knitt sock´s you know! If I knitt socks, I always knitt one and forget the second :-))) ... for years!!!
But patchwork socks ... perhaps ... one day!?!?

gwensmom said...

Ooooh that is terrible! But it looks like you are putting your non-sewing time good use. Here's to a happy healty homecoming for your machine.

Carol said...

Oh my! The jaywalkers are absolutely brilliant. The colour you've chosen is perfect. Love love love them!

Gail said...

I so admire those socks, I need to take some knitting lessons so I can try them too. Sorry that your machine is broken, what a bummer!

Andrea said...

What a pain in the bum about your sewing machine. That's a lot of fabric but at least it will be sewing a treat when you get it back.

Libby said...

Oh my - that surely is not fun news to receive. Hopefully the repair can be done quickly to help take a little of the sting away.

Ila said...

I've tagged you to share 7 random things about yourself. You are so kind to share your charming quilts, enquiring minds want to know!


PS, I love the socks!

Quilty said...

I'm sorry to read about your sewing machine. But I can see your talents beside sewing now. The socks are beautiful.

I want to let you know I gave to you a blogger award. I really enjoy your blog.

katelnorth said...

Sorry to hear about your machine, Gwen - what a pain! Nice socks, though.

Lea said...

Oh, Gee... So Sorry to hear about your dear sewing machine.
But look at you, You aren't waste your time.*S*
Your knitting socks is adorable!

Quiltgirlie said...

I am sorry about your broken sewing maschine and the high bill to repair it.
Today I gave you a blogger award for your blog because i love to visit it.
LG, Britta

Dawn said...

Oh so sorry to hear about your machine. I had a new machine once that in the 8 months I owned it I only had it for about 1.5 months - the rest of the time it was in the shop getting fixed! Needless to say I got rid of it and demanded my $ back! Hope you figure something out! I'd be soo sad without my machine.

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Deb said...

So sorry about your machine. hope it comes home soon. Love the socks!

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Christine said...

Ooooh. Prairie points - a favourite of mine. Can't wait to see them on the quilt.