I’m still not doing any crafting – no needlepoint, cross stitch, quilting, knitting… you get the idea. I am still not driving … maybe soon.
I suspect that the craft stores – both local and online are wondering why sales have slumped. I refuse to buy new projects and supplies until I am back to crafty shape. Except…. I found and bought the new Halloween issue of Just Cross Stitch. Seriously, I was afraid if I waited until I was able to stitch, the 2019 issue would be out.
And just for the record, I have never, ever completed a single project from any Halloween issue. They are a must have for my library and I love to dream.
Back to work this week went well, physical therapy is also going well. If I were confident that I would be able to handle it, I would seriously be considering signing up for this class.
This is called Texas and is a handpainted canvas by Rebecca Woods. Since there is no chance of my being ready to attend any class for a while (it could be months because I expect my left shoulder to need surgery next.) I deleted the message regarding the where & when details. Sorry, I can’t tell you where this amazing piece will be taught – I believe it is a three day class held in September at a shop in Texas. This is one of those projects that gets into my head and I can’t seem to let it go. Maybe it will be offered again and I will have my chance.
heigh-ho, it’s back to work I go. I am a part time employee and will be back to work today. The restrictions are: no pushing, no pulling, no lifting, no reaching. I am allowed to type and use a touch screen with my surgery side. Finding a good work height will be a challenge, there is no flexibility with the height of the keyboards (I work standing up) – I am short and the workstations are about 4 inches higher than i can use right now – the surgeon says try a stool. If that doesn’t work, I will be one handed for awhile. It will be an adventure.
I have absolutely nothing to show for last week… I started looking through eq8 and the DoYouEq blog. Wow, the possibilities!
As I continue to be sidelined, I look for things that can be done with minimal right arm movement. This week I want to try to start learning EQ8. I have owned every version since EQ4 but failed to keep up. I have been using it at level not even remotely close to the potential it appears to have.
I have all the add on books with the most recent arriving via ups this week.
I just opened the package and immediately browsed the insert to see another book that will be released soon called Pieced Block Drawing. I must get busy and get some designing done so I am ready to justify buying the new book!
I expect the DoYouEQ website to help provide challenges and inspiration to get me back to eq designing.
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Shawls are a wonderful accessory and finding a knit pattern that is attractive and doesn’t look crazy hard has been difficult. I am hoping that this will be a winner.
This is the Campside Shawl by Alicia Plummer and you can find it at https://www.pompommag.com/campside-revisited/
I have no idea when I will get to start since my physical therapist was aghast when I suggested that I would like to get back to knitting or sewing. It has been about 5 weeks since shoulder surgery and I received permission by the doctor to stop using the sling. Sadly, I’m still not allowed to lift my arm for another 6 weeks (except while supervised at physical therapy). Needless to say, the damage / repair was significant.
This brings me to shopping to make the aftermath of shoulder surgery a little easier. Front button clothing is almost essential but oversized pullover tops also work. I found these at Target by Gilligan O’Malley…
and this by Universal Threads…
And then there is the shoe dilemma… I still can’t tie my shoes so I ordered these from DSW and hope that I don’t get in trouble for wearing them while on the recumbent bike (yep, the only exercise equipment I’m allowed to use). I have several pairs of Teva flip flops and haven’t owned this style for years.
Next up I want to stop at the New Balance shoe store to check out the workout shoes that have Velcro closures, very granny but practical.
Seeing the National Cemetery in Arizona is very moving, for Memorial Day every grave has an American flag. This memorial is a well maintained, lovely facility located in north Phoenix. I live close enough that I drive by regularly and wish that my dad, a WW2 veteran had chosen to be buried here – I know that is selfish since he is next to my mom as he wanted.
Since I am still in a sling, I can’t sew or stitch but I keep planning. These are projects that fit into the Americana theme that I have or want.
it has been just over one week since i had surgery on my right shoulder. no idea when i will be back to stitching since simply getting dressed is a major challenge. can’t wait to try to be able to function at work!
as i do very little, i plan new projects.
the new merry stockings catalog arrived and there are several items i would like to add to my resource center.
also on my shopping list are a couple of ehrman needlepoint kits.
these are days 1 & 6 of the creation series by alex beattie.
The last week was a fail when talking crafting. Not able to complete one row of the blanket — a couple of pieces were cut for an ornament but then I stopped.
It was a partial win when it comes to my shoulder. I went in for an MRI and that has enough info to send me to an ortho dr — appointment is tomorrow and I am optimistic that this will be productive. The results show a bursa problem that will hopefully be an in office injection that will be a one and done — not a sign of rips or tears to the rotator cuff or tendons.
I am working on my list of questions for the doctor and am optimistic!!
Boohoo, poor me. It seems that my shoulder problem is bigger than expected. As the medical experts try to figure out what is going on I plan to take these few days to do as much as I dare with my crafty activities.
This will be my new project – a good opportunity to see how well I am able to embroider as both righty and learning to be a lefty – a vintage Bucilla kit called Tiny Treasures.
I also plan to get at least a few rows completed on my bfbr blanket. By the time I am done I am hopeful that the transportation issues are resolved.
Since I keep restarting my projects and have such limited crafty time, I should have enough yarn to last a lifetime — or until I wear out the yarn.
My latest blanket has been restarted, again. This time I am using size 11 needles with two strands of yarn. (If I had a circular 10.5 I would have used that.) I am mostly following the pattern with a couple of changes for a slightly wider border – not sure why — but I did.
My shopping therapy continues with more yarn and Bucilla felt kits.