Thursday, February 20, 2014

Shanties--details and borders

I went out early this morning to shovel following about 6 inches of light fluffy snow that fell through the night and then walked to the coffee shop to meet friends. I came home and did a bit more shoveling. Then I had time for a bit of stitching before lunch.
I brought up the women's figure skating on my I Pad after lunch and went back into my sewing room. The free skates were so beautiful. I think everyone expected the Korean skater to win gold, especially after her skate. It was really breath taking. However, they marked her low allowing the Russian skater who they seemed to have over marked to win gold. Oh well, that is figure skating. It was lovely to watch anyway and there was certainly joy in the Russian arena.
I managed to keep my eyes on my sewing enough to get more details added to my Shanties and to add the border.
Now the big decision is what kind of batting I should add. I've opted to do most of the stitching with a couple of layers of stiff interfacing. With the batting added, I will add some outlines and a few simple details, enough to anchor the top to the back. I don't plan to add anymore to the sky or ice as I want to keep it flat.
I really wanted to watch the last few performances of the figure skating so I sat down with my knitting-- a men's sweater that I had just cast on. It's been years since I've tried a sweater. I wanted to try something with wool in it for my husband.
You probably haven't noticed but increasingly, I've had trouble to keep up my sewing and blogging pace, feeling extremely tired of late. I got word yesterday that I have mild sleep apnea which didn't please me. I have enough ailments to contend with. Anyway we kept thinking the fatigue was related to my Addison's and hypothyroidism but it turns out not to be. I've been reading up on it a bit and although the C PAP machine was recommended by the doctor who read the test, I will wait for an opinion from my ENT specialist who has seen me for years and done a few nasal polyp operations on me.
Also there is the issue of my weight which my doctor has told me not to fight against because of my health issues but I  really must do something. A loss of 20-30lbs might help so I will redouble my efforts. I've always been a faithful exerciser but now I really need to restrict the calories and particularly watch the desserts. I love those too much!


Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

I just love that piece Holly....the border couldn't be a better match. I find as I get older; I see my doctor a lot more than I ever did!! And this snow!!!! We go another 5 inches last night. What is up with this???? lol

Liz in Ypsilanti said...

I made a sweater from that pattern for my husband. It's well written and forgiving of less experienced knitters. I hope you like it, too.