March 06, 2016


Happy Sunday, all! Thanks for your well wishes and hints for Tom's knee surgery. Thank you, Deborah, for sharing the reality. The surgery has been accomplished, and it is a painful ordeal, but he's beginning to see progress and can already move around more easily with his walker. Tom's knees have been bowed forever, with bone wearing on bone and with no cartilage (both hereditary and a legacy of high school football, and probably not helped by having been overweight); now that he has a new titanium knee with a polyethylene kneecap and polyethylene cartilage, that leg is straight and he's gained a couple of inches--at least on that side. He's working hard at rehab so that he can go back under the knife and get the next knee done within 2-3 months. We have had nurses, a physical therapist and an occupational therapist in and out of the house all week; so much better than the hospital--the orthopedic floor was simply bedlam around the clock.  What he has found most painful is the side effects of the morphine and Percocet and having to put on the white thigh-high compression anti-embolism stocking; I had a chance to demonstrate how women put their two thumbs inside the hose and scootch it down to the toe, then sliding the foot in and drawing the hose up gradually, smoothing as you go.  He found out the hard way that if you just stick your big man-hoof into the thing and drag it up to your thigh, you will probably detach the top of it, or stick your thumb-talon through it.  I found it hard not to laugh, although at $18 apiece, the poor shredded thing was expensive (at least they are separate and work for a left or right leg and are not sewn together at the crotch).
Does anyone remember pre-pantyhose days when you'd put on your stockings and hook them up to a garter belt and as you moved around, a fastener would suddenly pop open?

I did not get as much stitching done as I had hoped, but do we ever? I found it easier to work on small projects. I finished "Rose Motif Sampler" by JBW Designs.
I worked on the grounds on the left-hand side of the Cricket Collection's "Rest and Be Thankful."
When I finished Jane Clarkson and cut off her part of the fabric, this design was left: "Sous le Soleil de la Lune" by Reflets de Soie.  I generally buy a half yard of fabric and then turn it around if I decide I don't like the project I'm working on.  I had abandoned this because I had decided I didn't like the small houses at the bottom of the sampler. This part was pretty, so I didn't pick it out. I looked it over today and decided to finish the top third of the design, which I like very much. So I've drastically shortened the border and will work out which trees, flowers, urns and birds to keep as I go along. I'm stitching this on Lakeside 40 count, Maritime white, using a mixture of the charted AVAS and Soie Gloriana.
Here's a close-up of the cherubs.

Is everyone excited about the Nashville Show? I did not pre-order anything, especially since there are about 10 things I'm interested in stitching, because I know Patricia and Ellen will come back with a truckload of wonderful things to stitch. Happy week!


marly said...

I love the Rose Motif. Glad the surgery went well. My method for the (waist high) 40 compression is to turn it inside out, get the foot in, and gradually pull it up from the fold. But without latex gloves, it's misery. Those disposable gloves grab like glue and make it so much easier to pull up, even readjust once on.

Robin said...

Glenna, I'm glad the worst is behind you and Tom (well, not Tom yet, obviously). You have been a good nurse when you weren't stitching; you are right, we never get done what we hope to. Beautiful finish and wips. Are you headed back to work tomorrow? Make sure you leave him plenty of prunes by his bedside!

Vickie said...

The Rose Motif Sampler is lovely.

Robin in Virginia said...

Glad the surgery went well and Tom's knee is on the road to recover! Congratulations on your rose motif finish and the progress you made on your other pieces.

Anonymous said...

Hi Glenna, have been following your Blog for quite awhile and just wanted to say "hello" and that I have really enjoyed all of your stitching projects! Being able to go to "In Stitches" all the time, no wonder you have so many, lol. That use to be one of my shops when I lived in Maryland and I always enjoyed going there and always came away with much more than I intended too, lol. These are some very pretty projects that you're showing today and congratulations on your finish of the Rose Motif.


Rabbits' Guy said...

Good news on the knee.. but what an ordeal. Keep up the reports ...

Keep stitching.

Long ago I used to go to Nashville (from Seattle) to teach classes to professional folks working for State Government. In the morning they were wide awake and spoke like a normal person. After lunch they were pretty slow and developed amazing drawls.

Melissa said...

Glad to hear his knee is on the mend though I can appreciate it can't be easy. Then he has the other knee to look forward to. And you too! Good thing you have your stitching to keep you 'sane'. ;-)

Margaret said...

Good news on the knee -- definitely not an easy process. I hope the recovery goes well and the second knee surgery can be gotten over with quickly. As always, I love your stitching. The sweet finish is beautiful! And I of course have that Reflets de Soie piece in my stash. Now I will be thinking of that piece again!

brenda gervais said...

Are you a member of the Sampler World Facebook page? This morning I noted a member posting the actual chart and of your Charlotte antique reproduction. ...just a FYI

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brenda gervais said...

The post has been removed from the Sampler World group. The post is from this blogger and she has now removed the chart from that days posting.

Brigitte said...

The Rose Motif Sampler looks gorgeous. And you made nice progress on the two WIPs.

Debbye said...

Your stitching is amazing, especially considering you're able to do so much while being your husband's coach and chief 'fetcher' as he mends from surgery! I, too, hated the side effects from the morphine and Percocet but it's better than that terrible pain. I'm so glad the surgery was successful, and as I said last time, he needs to be bullish and determined to excel in physical therapy. Since he played football, he knows all about that! I'm sure he'll have an excellent outcome. Blessings on you both!

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Betsy said...

Oh, Glenna!
your work is just beautiful! How is the new knee?? I may need a new knee soon myself. maybe i will finally finish some stitching projects!! I had to laugh at what Tom said! I am the same, half finishing is how I finish many things! LOLOL

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