Sewing Snowmen and snowflakes has been an all day project which obviously isn’t finished yet. The digitizing isn’t perfect . It’s a learning process. Even so, it is so very much better than if I had just done a machine zigzag around each of these pieces. It took a lot of time to cut around the fabrics before I could continue to sew. I need to get my Scan n Cut learned to make this faster. Now that I’ve taken a photo of this with the sashing, I think I may have to change that. It has the same aqua/turquoise, but just doesn’t seem right. I will decide later.
It will not get finished as I have other embroidery that must be done tomorrow. A neighbor is turning 90 in April and needs a lap quilt for in her wheel chair. So that is a priority tomorrow.
DH has been having some issues with balance and shuffling. Today we went to the neurologist for a review. He says the only thing he can see that indicates Parkinson’s is the shuffle and is sending DH to the physical therapist to work with him on that. He also said that DH should be reminded frequently to stand up straight and take long strides. His brain will be retrained in that way. DH had a brain scan and the doctor remarked that the brain “looks beautiful”. Apparently if it is Parkinson’s, DH is very fortunate that he is getting it at this age instead of younger as it advances more slowly.
Since Christmas I have not had a dependable phone, even though the Apple people have tried to repair it, and replaced it once. We went to the store and I now have a new IPhone 7. So hopefully all my phone woes are over.
The rest of the afternoon, I played with the digitizing program and hopefully tomorrow will be able to do some more stitch outs.
I knitted 2 inches of ribbing for these unknown socks and then decided the yarn is too heavy for the pattern I chose, so will look on Ravelry to find a different pattern. There are plenty of socks patterns that use a size 2 needle. See the shadows, even the weather person didn’t forecast sun for today, so it was a big, happy surprise.
Today was productive, but so much was background work, like cutting and washing the batting and backing for the next quilt to be quilted, choosing fabrics for a quilt for my neighbors 90th birthday next month, and cutting the blocks which will be embroidered.
I did a bit more practice on the digitizing and this is the result stitched out. All these things are done in the background and there isn’t much to take a photo of until things come together. Then there are the normal living things, like getting up, dressed and walking the 10,000 steps. meals. I try to get half the steps done before lunch. It seems if I fail that, the steps don’t get done.
I started reading the time management book last night and one thing I picked up was to not only make a list – which I do, but to put times beside each item so you know how long it really takes as so often we under guess. That was interesting. I found that a 2.5″ sock cuff (cast on 3 times) took me 3 hours with a 10 minute break each hour for walking. Some things took longer than anticipated and some took less. Some things didn’t get done, which is okay. I also only allowed 30 minutes of computer reading time until late afternoon. I realize when I don’t really want to do something, I’m very entertained by reading email instead.
Tonight, I will put together a list for tomorrow, which will include grocery shopping. I am hoping 90 minutes will be okay for that. And I need to chose a design for the quilt that is now mounted on the machine and threads for the neighbors quilt.
Once again, I am reminded of how frustrating and difficult learning a new skill is. I don’t wonder why children get tired and balk . I’m ready to throw up my hands and scream. Their whole early life seems to be learning new skills. I think I understand and have the concept learned, and then, I mess up. It is very frustrating and exhausting. And if I keep at it without taking a break, I start making all types of stupid mistakes. So tonight I have only my first attempts at digitizing applique to show you. I was going to do the owl quilt in the conventional way and got “smart” and decided it would look nicer if the applique was embroidered on. Yes, it does look much nicer, but the learning will make the quilt take me longer.
So tomorrow, I will try to get a quilt on the quilting machine for a change of pace. Then I will go back to work on the digitizing. If I intersperse it with other work and keep practicing, I’ll learn. Never too old, right?