So, yesterday I was sewing away, working on a slipper bottom, easing the bias tape around a curve, leaving no puckers or wrinkles at all, very proud of myself, when I realized that I'd run out of bobbin thread a good 8" back. After I said a few bad words, I got to thinking: Why doesn't someone invent a sewing machine that uses whole spools as bobbins? I would buy it in a flash. And I'd buy whatever specially designed/sized spools it needed for the bobbins, no matter what they cost. Inventors out there: have at it! I don't even want any royalties (the way people who offer to tell me their life stories so I can write the book, expect me to give them 50% of the money... HAH! Like there's any money in writing...), I just want bobbins that hold more thread. And maybe a beeper when they run out, so I don't waste time poking holes in the fabric for no good reason.
I finished making 5 sets of slippers and zipper bags for The Grands, and I'd like to sew a set for myself next, though I have to wait for more bias tape and Jiffy Grip to arrive for the slippers. At least I can show you those projects when I get around to them. I really like the zipper bag pattern, and have made a couple of tweaks to the assembly process (not on purpose- I realized I was doing it differently after I'd made a few).
In the meantime, I started a pair of socks just for mindless knitting.
Many years ago, I bought a full bag of Fortissima Socka Colori yarns, all of them exactly like the Opal Mexiko line (which is what I used for my first pair) just with a different name (seriously- they're exactly the same. I've never figured out how two brands could be so identical without one suing the other). I finally decided that the missing sock isn't going to show up, so I'd best knit myself another pair while I still had some of the Socka yarn left (it's out of production too). I would go with just a single sock to match, but the first one has a few construction techniques that I no longer use, except under duress: a flap and gusset heel, and a wedge toe.
So a whole new pair it is. And maybe that will prompt the Sock Gnomes to bring back the missing one.