Saturday, 27 April 2013

Ankles and Marriage!

Things are finally starting to happen regarding my ankle!  I was at the physiotherapist on Friday, and he had me walking without the boot (with one crutch).  He has told me to keep practicing over the week, with a view to losing the boot next week.  I'm so happy with that news!  It actually feels like I'm getting better now, after 2 months of nothing happening and keep getting knock-backs.  I'm going back to work on the 7th May - more than 9 weeks after I broke my ankle!  I won't be able to drive then, so will have to have a lift to work and back, but at least I'll be back in a routine...

I was supposed to be going down to Nuneaton this weekend, spending a day with some fellow stitchers from the Needlecraft Haven Yuku forum.  However, due to my inability to drive, and lack of funds (due to being off work...), I had to make the decision not to go.  I've really missed the opportunity - there aren't any stitchers around here (or at least none that I know of!), so I go to the meet-ups to chat to like-minded people and get enthused by their stitching/stash.  I therefore spent today stitching on a project that I started the other day (Yes, I started yet another piece!) - Lizzie Kate's "A Good Marriage":

This was the progress made on the first day of stitching...

...and this is how it looks now, after stitching all day today on it.

I'm stitching this on a piece of lavender 28ct linen, using Crescent Colours, GAST, and DMC threads, and I'm loving stitching it!

Anyway, I'm hoping to arrange a meet-up at Nimble Thimble (Oswestry) again this year, so will be able to see all my stitching friends then...

Happy Stitching!

Wednesday, 24 April 2013

No Pictures...

But I have been doing a lot of knitting this week...I'm just finishing off the sleeves, and then it's the collar and bands to do on my long-length cardigan.

I've been making progress on my recovery, too!  I can now potter about the house without crutches (but with the boot on), so can get my own drinks and food - I hate having to rely on people for anything, so it's good to finally have some independence again!  Next: either lose the boot or the crutches altogether...and go back to work (after the May Bank Holiday)...

Happy Stitching!

Monday, 15 April 2013

Tree of Stitches and some knitting!

It has been an odd, but busy and enjoyable week...

My friend, Vicky, moved down to Rye (South East coast of England) a few years ago, but still comes up here to see her friends and her two sons occasionally.  She came to stay at my home for a few days last week, and it was really good to see her and catch up on some gossip!  I'm going to stay with her in July, when it's the annual Hastings Pirate Day - much fun to be had with lots of other people dressing up as Pirates (and lots of alcohol consumption)!

I have been away for the weekend in Bedfordshire for the GirlGuiding Trainers Conference.  I am so glad I went, and that I had a lot of help from two friends...I would have really struggled to do things without them...and the whole experience made me realise how I would not have coped if I had gone back to work with the crutches/boot!!!

As for stitching, I had a couple of days with no stitching while my friend was here, and over the weekend, but I have worked on Abi Gurden's "Tree of Stitches":

I am using a variety of threads, in shades of blue, for this: Caron Threads, DMC Light Effects, DMC cotton, and Weeks Dye Works cotton.

I also picked up my knitting this morning.  I had finished the back of the Long Jacket that I had chosen, so started the right front side:

I'm a bit hit-and-miss with knitting...I get easily bored with it (especially when it's just knit a row, purl a row...), so it takes a while to actually complete anything, and I HATE the making up part, even though that is the final thing to do!!!

Happy Stitching!

Wednesday, 3 April 2013

Midweek Progress

I'm making good progress with my current pieces.  ByGone Stitches' "One Nation" is a BAP, being stitched on a metre length of linen with Crescent Colours threads:

Before stitching this week...

...and as of today.

I'm definitely not going to finish this one in a week!!!  I'm also doing a blackwork piece as a model stitch, so trying to work on both every day, but some days I'll just work on one and then work on the other on the next day...

I've now got an appointment to see the Physiotherapist about my ankle.  Hopefully this means that I'm going to be back on my feet soon...and I can't wait!  You can only sit in a chair for so long without going stir crazy - even with the stitching...

Happy Stitching!