Thursday, 8 March 2018

Still 'Doing'... But Very Little Fabric Play

Following the onset of the hand soreness that started a few weeks back, I've given my hand stitching a good break.
Well, in particular the hexy stitching... I think the hand soreness stems from the fact that I was stitching hexy's 6 nights a week, sometimes 7... & perhaps my hand posture wasn't helping either.
I wasn't getting the soreness with any other handwork, but decided to give it all a rest & do some actual domestic stuff... something useful to more people than just me!

This 10 days or so has seen me going through the filing cabinet & tossing out LOTS of dross (mrHS is a paperwork hoarder)... Also organising my recipes that I tear from magazines or print from online... re-arranging some bookshelves... my Domestic Goddess tiara is just a wee bit more sparkly now, don't you think?!
Happily, my hand feels so much better... so I think a gentle resumption of hexy stitching is in order now... 3 or 4 nights a week instead of 6!

Wednesday, I decided to hit the sewing room for some Pfaff-ing around, lest I completely forget how to use my machine... sewed my Rainbow Scrap Challenge blocks for February... the colours of that month being purples & lavenders.
 I also stitched up a few more blocks for my second RSC project... still in the experimental category, given my struggle with full-scrappy... hopefully I will like it enough to blog it once a I have few more colours made in the coming months.
The RSC colour for March is the lighter greens... including the yellow greens & lime-y greens... darker greens will be used another time. Well I have plenty of those lighter greens so I'll be set for my block sewing for the month!
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It was so interesting to read the various Comments on my last blog post, in regards to thimbles.
For anyone who is interested to check out a great thimble, this is the one I featured.
It's a CLOVER brand, style called COIN THIMBLE... product #6014.
And as my luck turned out, I already had a spare in my sewing basket!
 I mentioned in a few of my Comment replies, that I love this style because leather thimbles fit over my acrylic nails more comfortably than metal ones, & the little metal 'coin' on it is perfect for helping to push the needle through the fabric, without wearing a hole in the leather.
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My DD-Y was down from her new town over the weekend!
She came for the Ed Sheeran concert on Saturday, but stayed with her friend who lives much closer to the airport & the concert stadium.
She did come 'home' on Sunday to see us for the day & as she needed some shopping, I was more than happy to have her all to myself & take her! Like me, she really doesn't like shopping... so it all got done quickly & without any dithering... it was just good to get those things she really needed to see/try before she bought.
I still miss her every day, however it's heartening to see her (mostly) settling in well to her new life & new town... she's making new friends... continuing with fitness & taking up softball... having some amazing day trips on the weekends to world-renowned national parks less than 90 minutes away... And of course settling into her school psychologist job. So proud of her!
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Looking forward to going to my patchwork group on Friday... we're making a Secret Project for one of our members!

17 comments:

Janice said...

Your purple blocks are coming together well. Having a great variety of fabrics works really well. I’m looking forward to the big reveal. I’m pleased your hand is feeling better. Here’s hoping you can ease back into stitching hexies. It must have been good to see DDY, if only briefly.

I am said...

Your purple blocks look fantastic,well done and glad you did so xx

Joy from Days Filled With Joy said...

Lovely purple blocks... and so nice to have a visit with DD... glad your hand is better after a break... mine does that too! xx

sunny said...

I hope your hand is getting better! Hand pain has become a way of life for me in old age! I think I need a new thumb! So nice that you had girl time with DD. And I must have missed your last post, so I'll be going to learn all about thimbles. I've only found one style that works for me, but this leather one looks interesting. Happy Almost Birthday!!

Kate said...

Your purple blocks look terrific. Good on you for resting your hand before the condition got more serious. Whilst you miss your daughter, isn't it wonderful to know how well she's doing in her new job and community - says a lot about her upbringing. :)

Fiona said...

I thought I could see a halo like glow when I look to the West!! Glad your hand is getting better - RSI is real amongst us! Lovely for you to have that time with DD - it is precious. Love the blocks... I have a jelly roll put aside to do granny squares like that...

Hugz

kiwikid said...

Your tiara must be super sparkly now!! 😆 love your purple blocks and good to hear your daughter has settled well. Hope the hand has settled down ok now.

Susan said...

Good to hear the hands are getting better - perhaps build up slowly...Love the saying at the end too....

Loving the purples...I's love to be doing this too - but so over committed.

Helen said...

Love your purple blocks also good to hear your hands are getting better, I agree hexie sewing can strain them.

Justine said...

Beautiful purple blocks! Glad to hear you had a lovely visit. I hope your hand is better soon.

Pamela said...

What gorgeous purple blocks!

Jo said...

Great to here you enjoyed your daughters visit. They are always too short. Nice that you are getting to do some sewing. Keep it slow though. Enjoy your day.

Lin said...

Your purple blocks look great and I am itching to see your new RSC project! Lovely to have your daughter home for a bit, glad you made the most of it. xx

Michelle Ridgway said...

Beautiful purple blocks. So glad rest has done your poor hand some good. Lovely visit to enjoy from DD xx

marina said...

Lovely blocks, good to give your hand a rest, you don’t want to do more permanent damage.
Thimble looks interesting, I struggle with silicon and metal thimbles so I just see till I get a few holes in my finger then rest it till it recovers lol
Great to have some time with your daughter. It’s great to see them fly from the nest but it’s hard not to miss them especially if they are far away.

Tarnyia said...

Your purples are looking so lovely... I am busy sorting my scrap boxes and finding fabrics that I can get 2 1/2 inch squares out of, purples are cut and ready, cutting blues at the moment. Also sorting creams, going for a total crappy look... this could be wonderful or tragic hahahaha
xxx

Chookyblue...... said...

the blocks look great........hope you are back to hand work now although a break is always good to re-inspire you........

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