Saturday, November 03, 2007

Searing Shoulder Pain and Clarity

My left shoulder is in unbelievable pain. Like an 8. Yeah, I used to not know what those pain numbers meant, then I had bunion surgery. I have been to the 10, and I know I'm not there yet. It's not a constant pain. It's worse when I breathe in and when I swallow hard. I have no loss of range of motion. On Monday, if I make it that long, I'll go see the former Phillies doc I work with. He's an orthopaedic surgeon, and he knows shoulders.

I didn't realize the poll would cause so much angst. A project is finished when you take the last stitch. If it has buttons and beads on the pattern, they must be added. And we're only counting, let's say, embroidery. So yes to punch needle, Theresa Layman French knot pieces, needlepoint, but no to knitting, quilting, sewing, and crochet. Just because I don't want to have to count the knitting, quilting, and sewing projects that are in the basement. As for the finished but unfinished projects--the ones that you have to make into pillows, ornaments, wall hangings, or framed pictures, we'll talk about them next week.

Of course, I am ashamed to say, I have to add the Mirabilia Christmas Fairy and the Theresa Layman mermaid to my count below. I don't, however, have to change my vote!

I went to Joann's today to pick up fabric for the Great Stocking Finishing project. Pictured here. The plaid goes with Elisabeth's stocking. The floral goes with Jillian's. Both are miniwale corduroy. I'm a little worried about the plaid, I prefer working with all over patterns. You know, because I suck at sewing...

10 comments:

Barbara said...

Ouch - I hope your shoulder turns out to be okay and that you can make it till Monday.

Mindi said...

I sure hope the pain in your shoulder goes away, and you can figure out what's wrong.

The fabrics you picked out for the stickings are very nice. I know I'd never attempt the plaid, I'd never get seams to line up right.

Kathryn said...

Sorry about your shoulder.

For the plaid -- cut it on a 45 degree angle. Nothing to "line up" and since plaids are often cut on the bias it will look just fine.

Nic said...

I hope your shoulder is feeling better - do you have a heat pad or something to rest it against?

I like the fabrics you've chosen for the stocking backings :o)

Red said...

Shoulder pain...Ugh! I tore my rotator cuff...I know your pain.

Paisley said...

Oooh... I love your fabrics! Makes me wish I sewed!

Hope your shoulder feels better soon!

Aussie Stitcher said...

I hope that you get relief from you shoulder soon. I love your wraped donut necklace. LOL at swearing at your jewellery class, it takes me some time to feel comfortable in certain situations to be able to let the 'real me' loose.

Anna van Schurman said...

Kathryn, good advice on the plaid. Thanks!

Jenna said...

You do not suck at sewing, remember? :) Nice fabrics you chose for the stockings, though. I hope that you go to see the doctor today to get your shoulder feeling much better soon!

Michelle said...

The fabrics are great. I hope your should is better by now. I'll keep reading and see if it is. I had to vote in the 7-10 category. I can't believe I have that many started. Ugh.