Saturday, March 4, 2017

I'm back!?

I hope that I am back blogging for a while, but I'm not so sure.  My laptop has spent a good amount of time in the shop and is still not back to normal, so there is no guarantee that I will be able to be back blogging consistently. That being said, I need to quickly give you some crafting updates.

I have made great strides stitching Baker Beach. I finally finished the 7th page out of 10. I have also gotten a really good start on the 8th page.
Unfortunately, all that wonderful stitching is on somewhat of a hold right now, because I aggravated a trigger finger problem in my right hand. My palm is now swollen and sore. I have a doctor's appointment scheduled for next week to get a shot of cortisone in my palm. That is definitely not something I am looking forward to. You may recall that I had this happen last year too. I have a feeling that I will eventually need surgery to fix this problem once and for all. (I had the surgery on my left hand when I was a teen many moons ago) That will have to wait until summer if it is necessary.

I have also been knitting my shawl.
It is almost done. 
This is probably another reason why my hand is hurting.
Isn't it pretty?

I am now doing a whole lot of reading....no computer, no crafting, so that leaves books. I have recently read The Silent Sister, by Diane Chamberlain and Orphan Train, by Christina Baker Kline. Although both of these books are a little dark in their story line, I really liked them. They are two totally different types of books, but both contain a sad family story with secrets. They were on my list to read for quite some time and I am glad that I finally read them. I would highly recommend them. They each have short chapters that keep your interest. I am now reading The Runaway Quilt by Jennifer Chiaverini. This is the fourth book of the Elm Street Quilt series. I am enjoying this easy read series immensely.  

I will be joining Kathy for some Slow Sunday Stitching this week. I am hoping to put a few stitches in on Baker Beach. I will also hopefully be joining the Stitchery Link Party on Monday at Super Mom - No Cape. Pop on over to these sites to see what other bloggers are stitching. 

I hope I can regularly keep in touch. 

Thanks for stopping by!

27 comments:

Mii Stitch said...

What a sweet colour wool for your knitting!!
Great stitching update too.

Julierose said...

Just beautiful stitchery work--amazing..and that scarf is lovely--I like the graduating colors..sorry about your finger--I have a similar problem with my left thumb which knitting aggravates--(actually holding anything with thumb and forefinger does!!) so I have to work a little at a time which drives me crazy--I used to knit ALL DAY..and so it goes--hope yours gets better really soon hugs, Julierose

butterfly said...

Your stitching is growing and looking great.
And your knitting is looking beautiful I love the colour changes in the wool.
Sorry about your hand hope it is better soon.

Needled Mom said...

Great strides in Baker Beach!!! It looks fabulous. It is no wonder that you have the hand issues with all that tedious stitching you have been doing.

The Cozy Quilter said...

Happy to see you back but sorry to hear you are having hand problems. You are making good use of your time while resting your hand. I don't seem to have much time for reading books. Baker beach is looking fabulous! The shawl is very pretty too. Take care! Gail

Kathy S. said...

Both projects are coming along nicely. I'm not a good reader right now. I stick to short things like magazines. I always have something to sew in my to-go bag and a quilt magazine instead of a book these days.

Linda M said...

Amazing stitching and the shawl is gorgeous.

Kaelyn Angelfoot said...

The shawl is absolutely gorgeous. I love it! I also have hand/wrist problems that like to flair up when I crochet or cross stitch. I use an essential oil called Deep Relief from Young Living to help with the swelling and the pain.

Carole @ From My Carolina Home said...

Oh, I hope the injection helps, no fun at all to have that done. Your cross stitch is looking wonderful! I've read the entire Elm Creek Quilts series and enjoyed it a lot, though I like the present day stories more than the historical ones. If you enjoy mysteries, try Monica Ferris Needlecraft series. Oh, and if you haven't read Marie Bostwick's Cobbled Court Quilting series, it is wonderful!

Kate said...

Your shawl is exquisite - I love it!!

Quilter Kathy said...

Your shawl is gorgeous!
Sorry to hear you are having computer trouble and hand pain... that's a double whammy for sure!

Monica said...

Woo hoo! The second tower of the Golden Gate is in sight! What a gigantic project that is. It's looking really good. And that shawl is beautiful. But pace yourself! I hope the shot will do the job. Good luck!

Suzanne said...

The Baker Beach piece is looking great! Thank you for the books suggestions too.

Robin said...

The cross stitch is so wonderful. You've really put a lot of work into it. The shawl is really lovely. The stitch you've chosen is lacy and sweet and the ombre yarn choice makes it look terrific.

Renee said...

Baker Beach is looking AMAZING! You have made so much progress! And the shawl is gorgeous. I do hope your laptop issues are fully resolved for you soon. And, I really hope your hand is feeling better soon.

Aunt 'Reen said...

You've made fabulous progress on Bakers Beach and your knit shawl is beautiful! Sorry to hear about your hand, I hope you recover quickly!

Deb @ Frugal Little Bungalow said...

oh Bakers Beach has come along nicely and that shawl is so soft and lovely. I hope that the shot eases the pain and that you can avoid surgery down the line.

I get things seized up in my hands sometimes and have a few carpal tunnel and sports braces that go on when that happens and I do the same thing...stop sewing and READ! :)

And I have learned to be careful...if I am using the hand to trim bushes, then give it a break and no applique, etc. Learned the hard way of course! :)

diamondc said...

Hi Cathie: Love the fact you are so close to finishing Baker Beach I bet it feels good to be so close.
I am loving that shawl, such a beautiful color and stitch.

Blessings
Catherine

karen said...

I'm sad that after all this time your computer isn't totally fixed. That's a bit disappointing. Lovely knitting and cross stitch :)

Debbie Huber said...

Wow, are you one talented lady! I have been admiring your Golden Gate Bridge cross stitch as it has evolved. So pretty.

Cheryl said...

Your shawl is beautiful. Really inspiring. I love the lace stitch. The grey/white shows it off so well. Sorry that your hand is causing you problems. Something no crafter wants. Thank goodness for books!

Debbie said...

your shawl is so pretty, i really like the colors!! it's nice you are back to blogging, so you can share pictures of your creations!!!

i read the post below, i have never been able to complete a post on my iPad, for many different reasons!!!

StitchinByTheLake said...

Cathi I'm sorry you're having problems with that finger - the same thing had happened to my friend who is 85 now. She just had surgery a month ago and is doing well. She doesn't stitch but she knits and she plays the organ for her chapel and both are critical to her. That shawl is stunning! blessings, marlene

Deb said...

Baker Beach is coming along nicely, and the shawl is stunning, I love the colorway you chose.

Jill said...

Baker Beach is coming along nicely. A nice project to work on as there is no snow there. The knitted shawl has pretty delicate stitches. One would never know you had a trigger finger.

SuperMomNoCape said...

Your Baker's Beach is progressing nicely.

And I love that shawl! The yarn you're using looks so soft.

Thanks so much for linking up to last week's Stitchery Link Party and the link back. Aloha hugs!

Meari said...

That shawl looks so soft and comfty. Nice progress on your stitching, too.