Though given my complete inability to walk by an orange FQ lately, I'm not likely to run out of orange...
I did a quick check of what I still needed for my RSC blocks for this month, and found that I hadn't made any of my wee ships for my Rainbow Regatta.
And I held my breath while I brought out the kaleidoscope ruler and made a couple of purple 'tame' kaleidoscopes. In my enthusiasm for my more riotous blocks, I'd overlooked making any of these last month.
For once, I managed to make exactly what I wanted to make and then put the ruler away again, without ending up with a huge stack of blocks and a big chunk of time missing out of my life.
But then trouble started. My Old Faithful sewing machine, which has never given me a speck of trouble in 45 years, started acting up. It may have been resentful of my using that Young Hussy of a 1987 machine as my Main Squeeze for years, relegating Old Faithful to backup position until Young Hussy's recent feed-dog failure. Or maybe she didn't want to come out of a peaceful semi-retirement as a bag-stitching machine. (Oh, oops - I just realized I didn't write about my adventures making some Sew Together bags. I made them! They're fun! I'll make more!)
Whatever her motivation, she started skipping stitches. Just here and there at first, like a mild case of the hiccups, nothing to worry about, really, just keep going, la la la...
Then it got worse, skipping longer stretches. I stopped, took her apart, and cleaned and oiled her. (She's a 20th century machine - it's possible to take them apart and put them back together. It's a big advantage of mechanicals as opposed to electronics.) Once she was back together, I changed the needle (again) and she worked well again.
For a bit. Then the same skipping, plus the occasional choking on thread.
I went even deeper with the taking apart and cleaning and oiling.
So far, so good. But I'm holding my breath.
After all, I've got piglets cut out and ready to sew.
Can't stop now...
I'm linking with So Scrappy for ScrapHappy Saturday - come see all the rainbow fun!