Sad times

Well not totally sad, good news first.

I finished this top and got the tutorial commissioned!

Bad news: My camera lens is broken around the 50mm mark. Apparently it thinks this is in focus…

I know why it’s doing this- I dropped it earlier in the week. I’m sad because it’s quite an old camera, digitally-speaking (Fujifilm HS10), which will make it uneconomical to repair and is absolutely definitely out of warranty. It is absolutely perfect for me, and I can’t really afford to replace it for a little while yet. All my pictures are going to need to be taken from very close up or far away for the time being as it seems to focus OK if I stand at the other side of the room or put Macro focus on. Urgh. Once the wedding is paid for and my next payment to the immigration people has been made, I am considering maybe upgrading to the HS50 (or saving a few pennies and going for the HS30). Anyone got one and can tell me what they think? I want a bridge camera and it’s essential it has a barrel zoom for my impatience level (no twiddly switchy thing), but a lithium battery and image stabilisation would be nice too if anyone has other recommendations preferably £250 or below. I used to have an SLR but it’s just not practical for me anymore.

Talking of impatience, I’ve been trying to add a bit more colour to Bowie this morning to define the face paint (I’ll reveal how when I’ve finished it completely, it is ingenious), but Hank had other ideas pre 7am which involved jumping, biting, scratching, trying to steal sharp objects, a leather sofa and mud. I ended up quilting it to itself, getting absolutely covered in monofilament and bodging up winding a whole bobbin of Bottom Line so I was in a bad mood and might have gone a little bit Hulk this morning (more swearing than tearing my clothes off thankfully)! I was really looking forward to doing some actual quilting and getting closer to a finish this quarter but it looks like it will have to be at a puppy free time. Not this weekend then.


  1. Posted June 5, 2014 at 11:23 am | Permalink

    Your entire last paragraph has me laughing at my desk. Co workers will believe I’ve finally officially lost my mind.

  2. Posted June 5, 2014 at 11:34 am | Permalink

    What??!!! Have I missed something…….”payment to immigration”???? Are you moving or do you have to pay immigration to visit and get married???? xxx

  3. Posted June 5, 2014 at 12:07 pm | Permalink

    Bummer on the camera front. Chief regularly drops cameras and lenses! I have been pretty impressed with panosonic lumix bridges. I use mine as a point and shoot these days but it was a happy stop gap before I migrated to dslr

  4. Posted June 5, 2014 at 12:35 pm | Permalink

    My very expensive Canon S100 stopped being able to auto-focus after the warranty ended. So don’t buy this model. I didn’t even drop it once. I’m pretty sure it’s a manufacturing fault. And why do you have to pay immigration to move away?

  5. Posted June 5, 2014 at 1:19 pm | Permalink

    cameras and me – we have a bad history! Well done on the tute commission. Babies are half the trouble of Hank!

  6. Posted June 5, 2014 at 1:29 pm | Permalink

    Well done on the commission! Barcelona quilt is lovely 🙂
    Sorry to hear about your camera. No help there as I only have a Panasonic Lumix which was recommended to get nice pics of seals!

    Just finished a fun (not) DSE health safety training so you made me smile! Hopefully you get some time to work on it soon

  7. Posted June 5, 2014 at 2:40 pm | Permalink

    That last paragraph was hilarious. It reminded me of trying to sew with small children (no little puppies around here) and I loved the image of Hulkness welling up in you.

    Ah, cameras. Love them, hate them. I don’t like big SLRs as I like to be able to whip a camera out of my pocket, so I totally get that. Both my husband and I bought the same used one on EBAY: a Canon Powershot A650 with an articulating screen in the back, which allows for great shots. It has a built in zoom, a macro and has those fabulous Canon lenses which take amazing photos. It’s a 12.1 megapixel. Canon stopped making these so they can only be found on Ebay, but those of us who have them swear by them. We’ve actually “grown up” with them, starting out at the 4 megapixel camera and moving on up. I took mine to the beach last year and got some sand in it and Canon wouldn’t repair it. But luckily we have a repair shop in San Diego so I mailed it there and it came back right as rain. I totally empathize with you on the repair thing!

    I’ve had Canon cameras most of my life as I love their lenses (better lens=better photo) so I’m rather biased about that brand, but I’m sure there are other good ones. Good luck!


  8. Posted June 5, 2014 at 2:48 pm | Permalink

    I don’t know where you hide all these projects! I’m sure i’ve never seen this one before…

    Your photos now look like mine!!

  9. Posted June 5, 2014 at 5:30 pm | Permalink

    I don’t know, green kinda suits you 😀

  10. Posted June 5, 2014 at 7:20 pm | Permalink

    If you’re not allergic to DSLRs as a temporary measure, I can lend you my Canon 20D and 18-55 lens

  11. Posted June 6, 2014 at 12:00 am | Permalink

    Hank still keeping you on your toes then?!

  12. Posted June 7, 2014 at 2:43 pm | Permalink

    It’s time to invest the time in teaching that puppy, down and stay. My pets won’t touch the sewing or knitting at all and I have no memory of ever teaching it for even one second. Somehow I send the clearest message that this is not for you. I saw a photo of that quilt somewhere, and I love its clean lines and suggestion of weaving. Good luck with the camera, maybe someone would do a trade? You sort of need a camera.

  13. Posted June 9, 2014 at 5:58 pm | Permalink

    I bought this camera in December last year:

    I love it fully, not just because it’s purple….

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