Mend it, fix it, froggit

So, the coral top is done.

I’m pleased with how it came out, but the process was not without hiccups. Isn’t that always the way? You have a simple job to do, and then the blind animosity of inanimate objects gets in the way. I’ve written about this before, but effectively it’s Murphy’s law, made personal. This time, it was the overlocker (serger). I serged one of the seams, cut the thread, turned the garment over and started on the other side. Nothing. No overlocking. 45 minutes and a 20 minute perusal of the manual later, I had thread 4 back in its correct path through the bottom looper arm. I love my needle-nosed tweezers…. Anyway, I got the job done, stitched down the seam allowance with a decorative stitch, pressed it, and it looks perfectly acceptable.

As I sat editing the above photo, I glanced up and saw the stems of my lemongrass clump (now 12 feet high) waving through the window. There were strange lumps on the stems…. Was this some dreaded new tropical pest? Nope. It was an army of frogs. Apparently, ‘army’ is the collective noun for frogs, although these little chaps, at barely half an inch long, are not terribly intimidating. It’s a battalion of our little tropical tree frogs, and why they’re hanging out in the hot sun instead of in the shade is beyond me.ย Click on the image to enlarge. There’s at least a dozen of them…

43 thoughts on “Mend it, fix it, froggit

  1. jeanswenson says:

    Haha – they’re too cute! Nice job on the repair too ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

  2. nanacathy2 says:

    Hurrah for mending your top, but why do machines like to misbehave so much? Kate’s green frog army are just adorable.

    • katechiconi says:

      I couldn’t believe that just one thread being out of place made the whole overlocker just pack up. Still, I’m proud of myself for fixing it! As for the frogs: the smallest was the size of my little fingernail… ooooh, scary!

  3. Brilliant repair work and I love the pink
    Those frogs are too cute

  4. kathyreeves says:

    I hate it when that particular thread decides to sit up, it always takes the longest to fix and then it sometimes jumps right back out! Hurrah that you won that battle, though I see the reserve had come to help!๐Ÿ˜‰

  5. Dayphoto says:

    How absolutely delightful to meet your tiny frogs!

  6. Carole says:

    Your little army is so cute! I love frogs ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. anne54 says:

    Now you have your perfect pink top to wear again. Yay! And an army of frogs to protect you from any dangers….especially ones that are about an inch tall!

  8. Array says:

    I’ve discovered that repairs NEVER go to plan, there’s always something that happens to make you remember why you hate mending. I love your little frogs, they are so tiny -we haven’t had frogs since we lived in Queensland where we had lots of bright green ones, along with poor ugly cane toads.

    • katechiconi says:

      I mostly don’t hate mending, so long as the result is respectable, but I do hate it when machines go wrong when you’ve only got one seam left to go, or run out of thread 2 inches from the end… The frogs are fun, aren’t they, and a sign the garden ecosystem is healthy.

  9. Nanette says:

    Your top is so pretty, I would’ve wanted to mend itt and keep it too. Great to see all your little frogs, probably a bit of romance going on there……then more frogs to sing to you. ๐Ÿ˜ƒ It’s a good sign of a really healthy environment.

  10. tialys says:

    I have a love hate relationship with my overlocker.

    • katechiconi says:

      Mine’s like family… I like it and take it for granted most of the time until it does something really annoying and pisses me off, leaving me to clear up the mess.

      • tialys says:

        Exactly my thoughts although I have a better relationship with my new one than I had with my previous one. I really ought to spend some time with the online manual because it is capable of so much more than I use it for – which it should be as it cost beaucoup!!

      • katechiconi says:

        To be honest, so long as it carries on working and doesn’t give trouble, I’m happy to let it brood in the corner, grumbling about how it’s totally wasted and no-one appreciates it (ร  la Marvin: “brain the size of a planet…”).

  11. Lynda says:

    Love it. All of it! โค
    I don't know anyone who uses their overlock machine to its full potential, but when you need it it's invaluable.
    Ah, Marvin. Gotta love him too.

    • katechiconi says:

      My sewing machine and I understand each other and have a good relationship, but I’ve always found overlockers grumpy, grudging and eager to take advantage of any small issue to go on strike. Perhaps I should take the time to give it a chance to show off a little!

  12. “The blind animosity of inanimate objects.” Love it! And those tiny frogs. Wonderful!

    • katechiconi says:

      It’s true, though, isn’t it? That obstacle that shuffles out into your way to trip you, the pin that is always in the right place to stick painfully into your finger, the scissors that are just not in reach when you’re grovelling on the floor, the hot oven door that starts to close all by itself onto your arm as you’re pulling out the baking tray…

      • It just so happens that in my YA novels, “Maya and the Book of Everything” and “Library Lost.” inanimate objects have consciousnesses. How about that? ๐Ÿ˜‰

      • katechiconi says:

        Can’t see why not! They can be just as stubborn and pig-headed as people. I reckon they can secretly move, too, as many stubbed toes will attest.

  13. Those frogs look like little seed pods.
    Great mend there. I’m rather surprised how fickle overlockers are… working perfectly well one minute and then not playing the next. Mine also eats pins if I’m not careful.

    • katechiconi says:

      They do, don’t they, or buds for new branchings of the stem. I suppose one shouldn’t be surprised at crankiness from a machine that has 4 threads, 4 tension plates, two blades and some incredibly complicated thread paths. Pins sounds like a terminal problem, I’m not letting mine near any! I’m prepared to forgive the beast, though, on account of the lovely neat edges it produces ๐Ÿ™‚

  14. I really had to zoom in big to see those chaps. Too sweet for words!
    And don’t talk to me about overlockers – I bought a second-hand industrial overlocker a few months ago, and the ever-helpful Quenton came to service it a few days later. It worked like a bomb, until a thread snapped. Hours later, blood, sweat, tears, etc, I still couldn’t get it right. Quenton came back and this time I video-ed him doing the threading. Two days of happiness then again – snap. Despite my recording, the machine is completely beyond me. I can’t even bear to look at it. It hates me. I’m hoping Quenton is back in my area soon…

    • katechiconi says:

      The industrial jobs are fantastic โ€“ when they work. I used to be the go-to girl for re-threading the industrial overlocker at art school. Those days are long gone, but it does sound as if your tension is a tiny bit off. Threads shouldn’t snap so much. Fingers crossed that Mr Magic comes back :-/

  15. I know that tenacity! ๐Ÿ˜‰ You want the project done so much that you will sit there till dawn to fix the darn machine. I finally had to get a new one last Christmas time in the middle of gift making. Turns out my 20 year old serger no longer had parts available and it was “BROKEN” in a big way. Bought a new self threading Babylock and have been happy ever since. But you really have to follow ALL the instructions when threading it. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Glad you got the coral project finished and I wonder what’s with the tiny tree frogs in the hot sun. Way too vulnerable to predators there. I love to listen to the frogs here. Nature is just incredible. Us, not so much sometimes. ;(

  16. Kathe W. says:

    oh my goodness- what adorable and oh so tiny frogs!

  17. rutigt says:

    Nice job and cute frogs!

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