Wednesday, 27 June 2012


Begins with one little stitch as My Big Toe Designs says and if it wasn't for my stitching ( and a bit of knitting) over the last few weeks I think I'd have been tearing my hair out. It's been a week since my last blog post as I just haven't felt like posting so here's a few finishes.

My Big Toe Designs Happiness

32 count Kiwi Illusions Silver Birch 


Started 6th June 2012

Finished 17th June 2012

I loved stitching this one and am, hopefully, going to mount it into the top on the DMC box I bought with my birthday money the year before last.

I finished my June ornament for the Christmas All Year Round SAL. We had a free choice this month so this is the one I chose.

Plum Street Samplers Yuletide

32 count cobblestone linen


Started 12th June 2012

Finished 21st June 2012

This one doesn't look quite right as bits of are stitched upside down but it will be a pouch for a Just Nan Sheep Winder once I get around to making it up.

Just Nan Christmas Sheep

28 count Polstitches Sky High evenweave


Started 9th June 2012

Finished 24th June 2012

Final finish is my SAL with Barb.

Shepherd's Bush Elizabethan pincushion ( kit)

Started 4th June 2012

Finished 25th June 2012

I have had two other finishes and two starts but I can't show those as they are exchange pieces or gifts.

So the only WIP I can show is my SAL with Mouse of LHN A Stitcher's Heart. Loving how this looks.

I have some charts for sale at the moment if you would like to have a look. These are all ones that I have stitched in the past few weeks other than a couple that were already on the page and those I have reduced a little.

This is my progress on the Crest of a Wave Baktus. I'm halfway there so started the decreasing now.

Personal stuff now so if you want to stop reading please do :) After 10 months without a period I started last Wednesday. To say I was not a happy bunny is a huge understatement! I cried :( I know that is silly as it's not the end of the world and there are people in this world going through horrible things but I just didn't need it and I had settled to the fact that I was going to have no more. Two more months and I'd have been classed as being done with it.

Yesterday I had my post surgery appointment at the hospital. I didn't see the consultant who had done my surgery but I did see one of the doctors I had seen whilst I was in hospital so at least it was a familiar face. I told him about still feeling uncomfortable and how worried I was. However he did say it was still early days yet and it takes time for things to settle. He examined me and said that everything looked as it should, no signs of infection or stitches having come apart but I have another appointment for 3 months time. It did put my mind at ease a little but at the back of my mind I am still wondering if I'll ever feel any different. I know I must think positive! I forgot to ask what I can and can't do now so just going to build myself steadily with some light housework and no lifting still.

I do apologise for still not being back to visiting and commenting on your blogs properly. I have been commenting on a few but I really need to get back to visiting all the ones I usually do. I miss seeing what you are all stitching.

Thank you for all your lovely comments and for continuing to visit me :)

With much love



Nicola said...

Lovely finishes Sally, especially the My Big Toe design.

Vickie said...

Hi Sally! I was just thinking of you yesterday. I am sorry to hear you don't feel even better. I will pray for you. I love Happiness and the Christmas Sheep are just adorable. :)

Christina said...

Wow, so many finishes Sally, you've been very busy. I'm so pleased you are managing to get so much done (stitching wise!) while you recuperate. Yuletide is my favourite finish, although the Just Nan Sheep is looking really cute! I look forward to seeing how you finish it.

Shirlee said...

I'm glad your appointment went well! Healing takes time. You are right ... you need to think positively. I am thinking positively for you as well : ) Your stitchings are wonderful (I've sent you an email) & your baktus is looking great! Believe it or not I have a good start on my shawl after what turned out to be my third go at it ... lol! I will post a photo today on my blog : )

Margaret said...

What beautiful finishes! Lovely WIP as well. And the knitting is gorgeous. Sorry about your period -- what a bummer that you haven't stopped after all. Glad your doctor appointment was reassuring. I hope things improve for you and start feeling like the surgery did the trick for you. Hang in there.

butterfly said...

Hi Sally love all your stitching , they all look wonderful.
Don't worry it's good to talk and always stay Positive, hugs.

Ma Teakettle said...

Hugs, Sally...I know it's been a long road, but healing does take time...and patience while it is ocurring is a virtue :) It took me 6 months to feel like myself again, after mine, and I know at this point in reading my comment you are saying "Why are you telling me this, Ma!" need to give yourself time to heal both physically and emotionally from the whole trauma of the it all...Hugs and kisses kiddo, as you only get once chance to heal properly.
Your stitching is gorgeous, as always, and since I have "Yuletide" in my stash, you have given me the push to stitch it up. :)
Your finishes are just beautiful.
Hang in there and know that it will all be ok...very soon you will be able to do more and more up and about without that overwhelming fatigue, and each day will bring feelings of success. :)
As for the period...this could just be your bodies odd way of dealing with the stress, and gramma menopause is just around the corner...and she is a beautiful thing, you'll adore it...again, patience, my dear.

Mrs. GraceWorks said...

Hi Sally!

Your stitching is beautiful!! You've gotten so much accomplished while you've been recovering. Good for you! The Just Nan sheep one is just too cute!!!

I'm sorry things are still uncomfortable physically. It's hard to deal with even small irritations when we are physically drained. I'll pray for patience for you!

Keep getting better! : )


Ranae said...

Beautiful stitching!
My period did the same exact thing, but just that one time,
so you might be lucky like me, lol
Take care!!!!

gracie said...

Wonderful stitching....I am keeping you in my thoughts...hoping you will soon feel much better.

Carol said...

I think we all are very thankful for the strength that we draw from our stitching, Sally. You have certainly been through a lot this past year and I hope you will start feeling better very soon... hang in there and know we're all pulling for you!

Lovely stitching as always--especially love the heart WIP!

Chocolates4Breakfast (TerriBoog) said...

Wonderful finishes, Sally and I love your stitching WIP and your knitting WIP, too!

I hope you feel better and better everyday and that the doctor's reassurance that things are looking good, and as are they should be, helps you relax.

Clare - Aimetu said...

I love your happiness piece :-)

Hugs for you, take it easy and keep smiling, everything will work out in time x x x

Mouse said...

oooooo you have been busy with your needle :)
glad to hear all is well even if taking a long time .. I think at this stage you may pick a cuppa up
and sorry to hear about the other problem .... its a pita being a woman sometimes eh ??? love mouse xxxx

Barb said...

Nice finishes and wips. I love the Happiness begins one.

Lesleyanne said...

Beautiful finishes Sally. My favourite is Yuletide and Big Toe. I was thinking of you yesterday. I am glad you are finding solace in your stitching. Take your recovery slowly and you will soon feel better. Hugs xx

jane said...

Lovely stitching Sally. I hope that the doctor set your mind at rest and that things will start to improve a little each day. (((hugs)))

Julie said...

The sheep winder pocket is superb. Perhaps you could send some stitching mojo this way, it seems to have gone on hols!
Hope this week is better for you. X

BrendaS said...

Beautiful stitching Sally. I hope you are feeling better. Healing takes a while -- hang in there! We're all pulling for you:)

Veronica said...

Hang in there, Sally. At least it looks like it's healing well. Positive thoughts does help. Sending tons your way :)

Beautiful finishes and WiPs. That Just Nan sheepies are too cute.


Christine said...

Great finishes Sally, I love the PSS ornament. I have to ask, what excactly IS at baktus? It looks like a shawl, is that right?
Glad the doctor thinks things are going according to plan and I hope you start to feel an improvement soon.
Sorry about your return visitor. I'm getting periods AND hot flushes these days which strikes me as grossly unfair!

Lois said...

Sally your stitching is lovely! I'm glad you're feeling like doing that and the knitting. I had the same thing happen to me with my periods so I know how disappointed you are. I just couldn't believe it when it happened as I was sure I was done with them!!! Glad that you'd a good report at the hospital and it's good that you'll be seen again in 3 months, nice to have that reassurance. Look after yourself!

Juls said...

Lovely stitching Sally!!!!!!
It took me a good 6 months to "feel" like myself after my surgery. Surgery is an assault and it takes time and remember everyone heals at a different pace!!!!!!!

Chris said...

Hey Sally!
Beautiful stitching. I love your June ornament. The knitting is lovely too.
Keeping you in my thoughts as you continue to heal.

Susan said...

{{{hugs}}} Sally for the health/personal issues.

Your finishes are lovely, and I love the Christmas Sheep Just Nan piece - I can't wait to see your finish on that one!

Michelle said...

Oh Sally lovely finishes xx

Bernadett said...

Beautiful creations.:)

Jackie said...

I always enjoy seeing what you're working on - you make such wonderful selections with pattern, fabric and fibers. The yarn you're knitting with it gorgeous too, really suits the project!

You must be greatly relieved to hear your doctor say your recovery is on track. Give yourself permission to heal slowly and well. Hugs!

Jo who can't think of a clever nickname said...

There's some great stitching going on here!
I love all these smalls.

And as everyone has said, take your time to get well properly.
It took me months (years?) to get over the birth of my last baby but I got there in the end, your body will heal if you let it.

Catherine said...

Sending healing thoughts and many hugs! Don't push yourself.
As always, your projects a lovely. Isn't it wonderful that we have our stitching to get lost in? Love that scarf ~ the style and the color!

Penny said...

It is easy to get down when you aren't feeling well. I hope things turn the corner for you soon. You have some lovely finishes! And I love the color of the yarn you are knitting with!
Will keep you in my thoughts and prayers. Sending hugs your way. :)

Kay said...

Beautiful work, as usual. I especially like the plum street sampler christmas ornament. Praying for you and sending happy thoughts.

Angela said...

Lovely finishes Sally.

Little Rabbit Miniatures said...

beautiful projects, lovely stitching!

Brigitte said...

Sally, your stitching is as fantastic as usual. Whenever I come to your blog I know that I will see beautiful things. Congrats on the lovely finishes and on the progress on your WIPs.
Your recovery seems to go steady and I hope that you will feel better and better and can do more and more with the time.

Myra said...

Lovely finishes Sally. I am glad to hear your recovery is coming along well if a bit slower than you would like.

Anne said...

Lovely stitching Sally. I can't wait to see what you make with the PPS's Yuletide. It's a design I could easily stitch again. Your scarf is coming along beautifully too. I'm always in awe of those who can follow a pattern and not drop stitches (like me!)

So sorry to hear you are feeling blue Sally. It is very hard to feel yourself post-operation because you can't do the things you could normally do before. Have faith and take the time to heal. There will be many ups and downs but I hope there will be more ups for you. Sending hugs and prayers for you.

valerie said...

Lovely stitching Sally! I especially love your Yuletide finish! I'm sorry you're still under the weather but keep your chin up. Things will get better soon!

Anonymous said...

Beautiful stitching and I hope you feel better soon.

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Dani - tkdchick said...

Sally I'm sorry to hear you're still finding your recovery difficult.

I am glad to hear you're finding solace in your stitching. Your projects are all fantastic!

Vickie said...

Hi Sally! TAG! You are it! Come and see!