Friday, March 26, 2010

A Little Bit of Verse

Because of my need to be careful what I do and the need to do a lot of sitting I am flying through Grazing Sheep at the moment.

I am currently working on the verse and I still have 3 lines to go.

This is one of the most beautiful samplers that I have done. The colours in it just pop and it is the perfect piece of work for my current situation. The only problems I have at the moment is the lacy looking boarder around the verse. It is the corner bits that I am having trouble with. There is a separate chart for this boarder but I don't know if I am still slightly off with the pixies of if I am just plain thick but currently I haven't got it.

My plans are to do the boarder leaving out the corners and try figuring the out later. Hopefully the plan will all come together.

Thank you for all the well wishes for my recovery. It is going slowly. It isn't as painful as it was, although it does have it's moments. Instead of doing physio therapy, they decided that I would be better doing Hydrotherapy as I have 2 legs to worry about. One I have to bend and the other straighten. It is so much easier doing exercises in water and the strain and stresses on the legs isn't as noticeable as doing it out of the water.

I keep having problems though with one gentleman though when I am doing a certain exercise on my right leg, the one that I have to straighten. The exercise is that I have to stand with my back against the wall of the pool with a rubber ring around my ankle. This brings the leg up and supports it while I have it straight out in front of me. I have to stand there on one leg with a belt with all these lead weights in it and it is placed on my knee. I have to do this exercise for between one and two minutes. No twice this man has accidentally walked into my leg and he has nearly knocked me over. I know that he hasn't done it on purpose but he is so lucky that it is my right leg and not the left. If he had pushed the left leg the wrong way, I am sure that I would have seen stars and he would have had his lights lights punched out lol. Luckily he wasn't there last night. I had my eye out for him though.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

I'm Back

I don't know how long I will be able to sit in this chair to type this post as I have trouble at the moment of getting into the chair and out of it.

I would just like to say a big thank you for all the wishes of good luck to me during my recent operation on both of my knees. I had to have a total knee replacement on my left knee and I also had to have hardware that was in my right knee removed. All together I have been in hospital for 3 weeks. One week was in a hospital and the other 2 weeks were in a Rehabilitation Hospital where I was undertaking Physio twice a day to help me on my road to recovery. While in Rehab I spent 2 hours per day in either the Torture Chamber undertaking all sorts of exercises to strength my knees or for a hour a day in the Hydrotherapy pool. I much prefer the Hydrotherapy. Exercises are so much easier in water lol.

While in Rehab in my free hours and there were many of these I worked on Grazing Sheep. The basket with the strawberries in it was my project and they took 2 weeks to finish. The strawberries and the funny looking dog are all worked over one.

I think that they are just so stunning. I had an awful moment while in Rehab and I must have been still "off with the Pixies" when I reread the instructions and discovered that the bottom section was all over one. My immediate though was "Oh No". After many hours of thinking what I could do to on this section I decided to read the instructions again. I mustn't been with the Pixies this time as I read that the Folly and the outline of the sheep were worked over one, BUT all the green grass was worked over 2. It certainly was a "Thank You Lord" time. I don't think that I could have stood to do so much boring work over one. Anyway, today is a brighter day. Now I just have to work out the satin stitch boarder that surrounds the verse. Another thing on this sampler that isn't easy. It is ok once you get away from the corners, but the corners could be a problem. Oh well, these things are sent to try us.

This is my progress on my Stitching with Hannah on Sundays Sampler. I spent a couple of more days working on this sampler earlier in the week as technically I have missed 3 weeks work on it. Hannah is looking lovely, but she does have tricky moments.
Now comes the hard bit. Getting out of this chair. Not easy as it is on wheels lol. I tried to do this on my laptop but for some reason the photos wouldn't upload and at one stage I thought that the computer had crashed. Just what I needed. But thankfully it is working again. Looks like I have to stick to my DH's computer to update my blog.