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.


Terri(TerriBoog) said...

Grazing Sheep is just stunning - I love both of the baskets and the border is gorgeous. Hannah is another beauty! I hope you continue to feel better everyday!

Margaret said...

Oh my goodness! Grazing Sheep is so stunning!!! Argh! I just love the colors! I know I could look this up, but does the chart tell you how many skeins you need of each color? I should just check myself. lol! I don't know how you had the patience for those strawberries. Wow!!

I hope you got out of the chair safely. :D And also that your knees get better really fast!

staci said...

Wow! Gorgeous stitching! I'm glad that you are able to make such wonderful stitching progress while you are recuperating.

Hoping you were able to get out of your chair ok {{hugs}}

Laurie in Iowa said...

The Grazing Sheep sampler is exquisite. You're making wonderful progress on Hannah too... it is a tricky sampler. I've almost stitched the complete sampler, with the exception of the over one verse.
Wishing you continued speedy recovery.

The Scarlett House said...

It's so good to see a new post from you. I've been wondering how your surgery went. I've had two knee surgeries, so I really feel for you. I hope your road to recovery is short.
Grazing Sheep is another absolutely stunning sampler. I love watching your progress on everything! Take Care.

Melissa said...

Well, as usual, Sandra your stitching is just awesome! I cringe just reading about what you've been through with your surgery, the rehab and now recovery. I hope you will get more mobile and less pain each day!

Deb said...

Sandra - Grazing Sheep is absolutely beautiful - I almost don't even have words to describe the beauty of it! My gosh! It's just gorgeous. You're making good progress on Hannah too. I think I'm going to have to give that chart another look at.

Glad that you're home and getting around a little bit. I know I owe you emails and I'll try to get to those later today or tomorrow. I've been running my tail off lately!!

Anonymous said...

Oh wow! I was just introduced to this sampler this week and was wondering what the top portion looked like. Yours is lovely!

Speedy recovery to you.


Aussie Stitcher said...

I am glad that your surgery went well. Your wips are looking great.

Siobhan said...

Beautiful stitching! I'm glad you're able to get some stitching time in between therapy. I hope you continue to get better every day!

Kathy A. said...

Glad to hear that you are recovering nicely. Reading between the lines, I gather there has been a great deal of pain involved in your recovery. Hopefully, that is lessening considerably and your recovery will go smoother now.
That basket of strawberries is absolutely stunning and over one WOW
Hannah is looking great too. Good work!

Alma Allen said...

Love the berry basket in Gazing Sheep. Your sampler is going to be just wonderful. I hope your recovery is quick. Knee replacement surgery is not an easy one to go through. Get well quick!

Ivory Spring said...


So glad you are back amongst us. Your progress on Grazing Sheep is stunning.

Red sends her love! :)

Brigitte said...

It's good to hera that everything went well with your surgery and that you are on the road of recovery.
Grazing Sheep is a great sampler. The basket with the strawberries is just exquisize, I can't imagine stitvhing so much over one. But I have to admit that it looks very special. Great progress on Hannah, too.
I wish you a speedy recovery.

Suzanne said...

I am so far behind with my blog reading sorry. I hope that you are feeling well today. Grazing sheep is so beautiful. That basket of strawberries is stunning.

You have made excellent progress on Hannah. Mine still dosen't look like I am progressing even though I am spending time stitching on her.

Dani - tkdchick said...

What beautiful samplers!

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