Twelve Weeks of Recovery and ….

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.

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If only… Rebecca Woods Texas Needlepoint

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.

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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!


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Do You EQ?

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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Knit Campside Shawl

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

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.

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Memorial Day 2018 & Americana Projects

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.

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what to do, what to do…

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.

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I Am Optimistic…

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!!



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One Thing Leads to Another …

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.

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.

Happy Easter!!

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I will never run out of yarn….

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.

More later…


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