Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Taking on Tuesday

The main event yesterday was the dreaded annual mammogram, outdone in discomfort and distaste only by the even more dreaded colonoscopy yet to come next month.  Happily this last only has to be done once every five years.  Don't get me wrong: I am delighted that modern medicine has these wonderful diagnostic tools to keep us all healthy and well.  I just wish Star Trek medicine were already a reality: you know, Bones just waving his medical tricorder in front of the appropriate body area and coming up with a diagnosis using painless and non-invasive means, with the added bonus that one remains fully clothed throughout the entire process.  But alas, this is not the 23rd century.  And given the realities of human nature, when the 23rd century finally does roll around, it may very well be a much darker time than Gene Roddenberry ever imagined.  It'll probably be more Dune than Trek.

In any case, yesterday was also marked by a stitching trifecta of sorts:

The evening's stitching on The English Band Sampler yielded this progress.  The satin stitching is nearly complete with just the darkest coral tips of four carnation petals and the four dark green sections where the petals of the carnations meet the stems needing to be worked.  I figure that will take another hour.  I had hoped to be finished with the satin stitching by Tuesday night, but alas, that was not to be.  Thursday morning will have to do since today is Wentzler Wednesday and I shall be concentrating on the Woodland Angel tonight.

I got a bit more waiting room stitching done on Primitive Needle's Thy Needle, finally adding a wee bit of color to the piece.  Not much, though, as you can see since the folks at the imaging lab were extremely efficient and apparently do not overbook their appointments.  As I have noted before, this piece is excellent for waiting room stitching since it has lots of repetition so there is no need to pull out the chart at all.  And most of the repetitive stitching is also same color stitching so there is not a lot of fussing with floss rings and such.

And, at lunchtime, I was able to do a bit more stitching on the  Victoria Sampler Mystic Smalls Stitcher's Pocket.  I was able to do the sails and masts of the lighthouse ship.  I can't quite seem to escape the omnipresent satin stitching this week.  I still have a bit more detail to complete on this motif: some flags, a few more lines about the sails, etc.  That bit of red basting below the waves represents a fold line which accounts for the different orientation of this last panel.  It is, in fact, the front of the pocket while the stitchers and the harbor scene are the back of the pocket and the hardanger panel is the front flap of the pocket.  I'll soon be able to start on the lighthouse motif to the left of the ship and then it will just be a matter of finishing the blanket stitched edging.  I look forward to having one more finish from the Class Project List under my belt.  As an inveterate list maker, I derive a lot of satisfaction from being able to cross an item off a list.

Now, I have worked on three or more different projects in a given week.  But seldom have I worked on three different projects in a single day!


Vickie said...

I have NEVER worked on three in one day! :)

Dani - tkdchick said...

Wow you made awesome progress on all thee!

Anna van Schurman said...

Three in a day; that's loca! If it's any consolation, I have my colonoscopy every two years...