Need a holiday handknit? Time for a Schmatta!

Be Very Afraid

O Ann, Dear Ann, Help Me Ann,
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This just came in the mail.
I blame it on the Japanese craft books. Damn them and their mercilessly cute zakka, their log cabins with crazy words, their spare spaces saturated with wabisabitude!
I don’t even know what a zakka is. Never mind! Must. Make. The Zakka.
I also blame Joelle, who showed me this machine and told me it was plenty good for a humble log cabinner such as moi. (Follow the link, in her ‘Links’, if you dare, to the purveyor of the Janome Jem. Turn back Dorothy!)
And if you thought the dashboard buttons were cryptic, get a load of
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…the Janome Jem dashboard.
I guess I’ll see you. Sometime. Take care. Good luck with the knitting and everything.
Love,
Kay

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36 Comments

36 Comments

  1. That machine is a beauty!! Now you just need to convert one little corner of the tour bus for sewing!

  2. Kay step away from the machine now take it real slow and you will be OK!
    The dash on my sewing machine looks a lot like that I have had it now for over 10 years and still don’t know what they all mean of course I am not a log cabinner such as your self or even at all.
    When you and Ann come to Atlanta ( ’cause I know you really really want to add that to your book tour!) You will have mastered your machine and can help me understand what I have been missing all these years.

  3. Traitor. I got something in the mail today that will bring you back to the RIGHT side. When you see it you will PLOTZ. I promise. ;-)
    Have fun. Pffh.

  4. hee hee hee! I can’t wait to see what comes out of there…

  5. The transformation begins….no turning back now!
    I’ve heard great things about Janome machines. Eagerly staying tuned!

  6. I’ve been cleaning off the diningroom table for days trying to make a spot for my machine! Cristina’s got me all excited about sewing stuff! I can’t wait to see some pics!

  7. Oh, I don’t think I can ever cross THAT bridge. Good luck Kay, but it seems a bit big for the car and soccer practice and all.

  8. I love love LOVE that machine! I’ve been a sewer a lot longer than a knitter, and rely on my Janome Jem just as much as my (much more) expensive machine. Its motor is smooth and strong and the stitch quality is great. Have fun with it!

  9. I love my Janome and knitting and quilting go very well hand in hand. I love creating your log cabin knitting pattern! How fun! Can’t wait to see what you create. Please, Please, Please come to Indy!

  10. Number 8 looks like it could wreak havoc with your heartrate. Take it easy, cowgirl. Speaking of, WILL there be actual cattle involved in your Western tour? Small ungulates?

  11. There you go again Kay, actually doing what I only think about doing!!! When I got Joelle’s newsletter that mentioned that particular sewing machine, I became obsessed. Heck, it’s bookmarked but but but but . . . I’d be crazy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Use it in good health as my Nana would say.
    xoxo

  12. OMG! We’re Sewing Machine Twins.

  13. HOLY CRAP. And then, the four horsemen of the apocalypse shall come riding in from the corners of the earth and the seas shall turn as red as blood and the name JANOME shall be marked upon each….

  14. Kay! Me too…a couple of week ago I followed disdressed over to the other side to Purl Patchwork… which by the way I’m almost mad about because now the WORLD knows about its cuteness… and I’ve still not made up my mind..

  15. I’ve got a Janome too!

  16. Hurrah! Sewing is fun and fast but requires lots of preparation. Plus you can’t carry around the machine to parks and bars (but they are portable). So in the end, it all balances out. Happy sewing to you!

  17. hihihi! i have a jem gold! it’s trusty and fantastic. i heart it!

  18. I LOVE my Janome!! In the last couple days, it has helped me make a knitting needle roll, a smaller travel needle roll, a zippered bag for chibis and such, and a gi-normous knitting bag with bamboo handles. Have fun!

  19. Wow, it seems the knitters can fall into two distinct camps on this issue. I’m firmly in the “Holy Crap, Kay” camp.

  20. OK, here’s what the buttons mean:
    The “BH” stands for the name of the next stop on your tour. The cryptic, out-of-order numbers is a seating chart. The row of numbers:
    1 – a representation of the people waiting in line to get their copy of your spectacular book signed
    2 – the people waiting in line to buy yarn
    3 – the men waiting in line for a bathroom
    4 – the women waiting in line for a bathroom
    5-8 – the double set of teeth belonging to the sewing machine, once they get in ya’… worse then a rabid badger
    9 – the view of the outside mountains fading, fading, fading (so much time with the machine…. is there still an outside world?)
    10-11 – the look on your face when a sewing mistake is made (10 – your mouth, 11 – your eyebrows)
    12 – Ahhhhhh yes, so that’s what the mountains look like, I’d almost forgotten. (The thoughts you have after the mistake and you take a much needed break and go outside again!)

  21. I was going to say ‘Now you’ll be able to steek stuff’ but then I remembered ….. Have fun. (By the way, BSK here have fine black denim on cones).

  22. Wow! I’ve taking quilting classes and it is great fun. I don’t love it as I do knitting, but it is good to know and I am a lover of the quilts and all things Amish (except their lifestyle) of course. Anyway just read your book and am inspired to do a quilt of my own! Thank you ladies…..you are wonderful representatives of our trade!
    Michelle

  23. Yaaaaay! Bring it to Kansas City and Omaha!

  24. I used to quilt, but then I had little kids. Little kids and fabric strips do not go together.
    The sewing machine is a beaut.

  25. This is hilarious! I also just got my Janome Jem, thanks to the influence of Joelle (there’s a bit of alliteration for you). In fact, I signed up for a class at Purl Patchwork.

  26. Traitor.

  27. oh. dear.
    with the arrival of that machine, has mr. kay filed for d-i-v-o-r-c-e?

  28. now you can sew “flying geese” patchwork, to match your “flying geese” knitting!

  29. My dictionary defines zakka as “miscellaneous goods; general goods; sundries.” Good luck with the new machine!!

  30. You have a Jem Gold 600 portable those are the ten stiches available – The Janome Jem comes with ten built-in stitches.
    “There are three lengths of straight stitches (1, 2, 3 short, normal, basting length) and three widths of zig zag stitches (10, 11, 12 narrow to wide). Included are four “utility” stitches: blind hem, tricot, stretch blind hem, and overcasting stitch. The buttonhole stitch is also included for use with the sliding buttonhole foot. ” from here.
    Janomes are good little machines, my serger is made by them.

  31. Janome are great machines. I know this because my friend Leighanne — a knitter and sewer — made me buy one last summer. I have used it sparingly, having a 3-year old and a baby around. And all i can do is sew a square or rectangle. But there’s something nice about completing a project so quickly. The bad part – and why I am truly a knitter — is all that ironing! YUUUUCKKKKK!

  32. Now Kay, who says you have to ditch one for the other? I have been sewing and knitting since grade school, and I practice the seasonal approach to needlework: I knit in the cooler seasons and quilt in the warmer seasons. The cotton fabrics are nice and cool to work with, and the knitting projects keep my lap warm. This method usually works out so that I finish up a quilt in the fall and start in on sweaters about the time I need to start planning any Christmas gifting.
    I do spin all year round, but that’s a whole different venture! Changing with the seasons keeps things interesting– Give it a try!

  33. Damn those crafting magazines and their beautiful patterns! They will be the downfall of us all :)

  34. oh my…this is the funniest thing I have read in a while. and I MUST have that machine!! :)
    thanks for keeping me laughing uncontrollably @ work!
    .♥.

  35. this is so funny!!!!!!
    I`m a quilter and a knitter… seasonal at that… I sew little blocks in the warm/hot months and do the quilting in the winter, the quilt on my lap keeps me warm.. I usually knit around oct. and keep going till it`s too humid to want to continue…..
    By the way, I`m in Japan and I love the zakka and the Japanese stuff.. especially the old blue and white stuff… I tried knitting some indigo dyed hemp? or cotton? mixed it with some stronger stuff to make dish towels.
    I sew everything by hand so I don`t use a machine…but I`ve seen those Janome and they look nice.

  36. Enjoy it. I have a more ridiculous Janome, and, were it legal and acceptable to my husband, I would marry her.