Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Good News and a Finish

Well, it's been an incredibly stressful week waiting for my scan results. 

So stressful, Holmsey got a new wardrobe and two new country friends to play with.

I took Prof Keene and Eimear (pronounced eemer) a copy of the second Holmsey Hare and Fergus book as a gift.  I do it to show the Prof that all his hard work, trying to keep me alive, is very much appreciated and that I don't waste it. Well, not much of it anyway.

Being on a new treatment this last three months is change.  And change sucks.  On top of that, if the hormone therapy hadn't worked, I would be back on a new chemo and that is two strikes from my limited treatment possibilities.

Stress, stress, stress and more stress.

There were some last minute issues with my appointment time which were even more stressful but the team at Galway sorted it out and I retained my appointment time and date.

Stress, stress, stress and more stress.

So I eventually get called in and straight away I asked the doctor to turn the screen off.  I don't need details, so nearly in tears, I told him straight away, turn it off.

"Why?" he asked.  "It's good news!"

Well, when you are on this journey, good news is a rarity so I admit I wasn't too open to getting my hopes up.

"Good news?"

"Good news!" he repeated.  "The hormone therapy is working, the cancer is still stable, there is little obvious growth in the bones, no growth in the liver, and so you are free to go home for another three months!"

Woohoo!  This means, if it continues, I should last the magic 6 month mark which means Taxol, my original chemo, will be available again when I need it, keeping me the alternative chemo in reserve.

What a weird world this is: one in which you live in 12 weekly spans.

So when times get tough, out comes the crochet!  I'm getting braver!

A little smock top for my granddaughter in a pretty moss green but you know my photo skills by now! Naff! It's much nicer in real life.

This is what is on the hook now  A pretty glitter wool which I bought from Norwich Market when I was last over there.  Hmmmm wonder what this will be.  No seriously.  I've so over the moon with the good news I can't remember which pattern I was using!

T'is gone.  Ah well, if in doubt...start another!

Happy crafting!

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

February Gifted Gorgeousnessness!

I know, the heading is wrong but the word gorgeousness wanted to come out like that and who am I to deprive a word of extra letters and syllables?

Gifted Gorgeousness is a wonderful blog event, hosted by Jo, from her wonderful blog, Serendipitous Stitching.   We get to post about all the things we are gifting to others and the hings we have been gifted in turn.

I have lots to share so let's start with things I have been gifted.

Yesterday was happy post day!

I received two really thoughtful gifts.
The first was from Justine. You can find her blog HERE.

It was her finished stitching of my design 'Witchity's Store'.  I actually used Justine's model as the cover of the chart when it was released for sale because I liked it so much.  I'm struggling with photos today so it hasn't come out as well as I'd have liked. Trust me, it is even prettier in person than it is in the photo.

I never actually managed to finish stitching it for myself so Justine's will be framed and left for my granddaughter.  Thank you so much Justine xxxxxx

The second package that came in the post was a jewellery set which was made by a school friend.  Paula makes jewellery and sells it, along with patterns of jewellery she has designed herself.

Again, my photos suck. The set (necklace, bracelet and earrings) are a beautiful bronzy gold colour and the beads shine with an amethyst colour in the light. They are stunning. 

You can find Paula's website Here!

Now, what have I been giving to others?  Lots hopefully, for to give is divine! 

Firstly, a little crochet cardigan for my granddaughter using 4-ply wool.  I was so pleased with how this turned out.

It fit her beautifully: the little bag had better not have a growth spurt just yet! That 4-ply is a wee bit slower to work with than dk.

Remember the Holmsey chart that I added to the free chart list, Bee Mine?
Well, Christine R from fb-land stitched it and turned it into a Valentine's card for her husband.  Isn't it gorgeous?

It's very special, seeing people use my designs to make memories.  Thank you for sharing your photo, Christine.

And I will leave you with another gift.  I know it's a bit late for Valentine's day but heck, real love should be celebrated every day!

You can click on the title to be taken to it or get it from the 'Free Chart' section.

I've got a busy few weeks ahead now, with CAT scans, bone chemo and results so I'm not sure when I'll be back. Wish me luck though, please. I think I'm going to need it!

Happy stitching everyone xxxxxx


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