"It takes ages to finish a quilt you're not working on!"

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Hospital stitching.

I spent most of yesterday at the Austin hospital, while Ken had an angiogram. In the recovery room, family members are allowed to stay with the person they accompanied. It is one big room divided into cubicles by curtains. We had to be there by 8 am, and most of the morning is spent waiting until it is your turn to be 'done'. Ken went into surgery at 11.15 and came out at 12.30. I went off to have lunch with a friend and got back about 1 pm. I stayed until around 3 pm, but when I was told he had to stay until 6.30, I decided to go home and pick him up later. I had better things to do than hang around for another three hours with a woozy half asleep husband!
So in the four to five hours I was with Ken, I managed to get a fair bit of stitching done. I took my vintage peacock 3 piece Duchess set to work on, as it is has been on my UFO list for ages, and I keep putting it aside for something more interesting. Yesterday was a good day for simple stitching which didn't need a pattern to follow. I finished the two small doilies, but haven't finished the centrepiece yet, although now I've made a start on it, I'm determined to keep at it until it is complete.
The painted fabric scene I started at the EGV workshop is just about finished, so I'll scan that in the next day or so and post a pic here.


Miss 376 said...

Great use of time, I hope the results will be good for Ken

Catherine said...

Stitching relaxes me during those waits at the hospital. I hope you husband is well.

Lyndel said...

Hope Ken's OK. I too spend a lot of time up at the Austin with my husband, and usually have some knitting with me. Keep on at the Peacock set, it will be lovely when finished.

Linens and Royals said...

I think women are lucky, we always have our stitching or knitting to keep us sane in times of stress and waiting. Good luck to Ken.

Julia said...

I hope Ken will be Ok Gina..
Three years ago this Australia day my DH fell off the roof sustaining a brain bleed, which resulted in short term memory loss...for 3 months I sat by his bed, but I just could not stitch..
Australia day for me a reminder of a sad day..

Lyndel said...

reading these comments reminded my of a trip to the Austin a few years ago with Hubby. It was school hols and I had to take Gr.daughter along, she was about 8 or 9 and just loved French Knitting / Knitting Nancy... she was doing it while we chatted to the Doctor, who stopped, looked at her and said 'OH MY! I haven't seen a girl doing that since my little sister did it when we were kids.
Made my day. Gr.daughter is now into Cross Stitching these holidays and has written her own blog about it.