Nov 18, 2016

Santa progress

Hello people.  How has your week been?  Ours included sis and bro for Nona's risotto dinner that once again confirmed the fact that we should have purchased a gas stove.  This smooth top with heat settings to 10, boils on number 2 and Low is more like number 5.  So naturally the rice stuck and burned including the saffron.  The next day, Mark once again had to rush over to Carole's because Chris would not wake.  He is type1 with a pump, and so many times has his glucose drop like a rock.  This time, he was catatonic but the paramedics came in time to revive and raise his number.  He's been checked into the hospital to observe these sudden changes and they are baffled.  If we had an endocrinologist locally, it would help, but they come and go.  A nurse (the only one around here) that was trained in his pump settings does all she can, but most times the changes are incorrect which caused this last crash.  Carole can't climb stairs (Chris has his rooms on the second story) so she just calls Mark when she feels there is a problem, and this time, he would have died if we weren't home to take the call.  The paramedics would have been there sooner and sometimes, I could just smack her.  She always blames Chris for this.  He really can't live alone with this condition and it happens at least 3 times a month, sometimes critical, always during sleep. There is a separate sensor (that requires hours to charge) that will alert the patient to a high/low reading, but it is not loud enough to wake him and usually he is already entering a stupor from the rapid drop.  Hard to feel vibration or hear the alarm when it is muffled by a mattress and bedding.  His glucose registered 27 this time.  His last hospital stay it was 720, because of the pump malfunctioning.  He recovers within hours but this is so scary for all of us. 

Santa is coming along nicely.  I tried two things to help with the thread issue.  First, I started using the beeswax and thread heaven which made it much smoother and it went through the linen much better.  Secondly, I went back to my sewing method. 
 
When I separate the floss into two strands, I also take another two out and turn them upside down to thread for the next run.  I would do the first half cross until the thread ended, then do the return for the final cross with the upside down thread.  This way, the shading that I ended with, is the same that I am starting with to return.  The shading I began with on the first cross, will be the shading I end with on the return.  So it seems that the shading will align itself, and here's the result.  The pants were done one full stitch at a time, the coat is being stitching with the sewing method and I think the shading is good.  Using 3364 for the green and I love it with this red.
 

He's looking pretty good but I am wondering if I can continue with another Santa.  Getting tired of the red and the next one is a little rotund, lots more red. 
 
My Black Heart pattern came in along with more small pieces of linen, some 35 count.  The Dolphin is nice and dark, love it.  I have several Tin Roof now and they are pretty consistent except for one that is greenish (but very nice) from a different order.  I try to add a new color when I order and this time it was Tiger's Eye, a really nice pumpkin.
 
 
It will be warm and sunny today, the last one before the cold hits.  I'll be outside as much as possible, washing windows and blowing leaves.
 
Hope you have a great weekend.
 
Thanks for visiting.
 
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15 comments:

Cricket-bug Corner said...

That blood sugar stuff really is scary! Carol is lucky to have you to help her. Love the way your Santa is looking.

Heritage Hall said...

Glad to hear you were on top of Chris' predicament...
Really risky living alone. Just love this Santa and
the colors you have selected. You have a great ability
to meld your colors for the whole effect.
A blessed Thanksgiving to you and yours, Marly.

Primitive Stars said...

Oh that's scary about the bloodsugar, my mother has to watch. Love the Santa Marly,Blessings Francine.

Jacqueline said...

Loving your Santa.

Anonymous said...

Marly, Santa looks great. With your nephew? Chris, it would be great to get to a endocrinologists. I am a baby nurse and we sometimes have babies with intractable low blood sugar and we have orders to draw a whole lot of labs if their sugars hit certain point, glucagon, cortisol etc. Adrenal fatigue can cause some of his symptoms. Cortisol levels fluctuate depending on time of day. Good Luck, scary situation. Enjoy your blog very much.

Barb said...

How very scary about your nephew! I am so glad you were able to help him. I think the color of the Santa's coat is just right. You can up with such an interesting way to solve the problem of shading! I just might try it myself. I also like the look of the dyed threads but having to cross the entire stitch can be slow. Thanks for sharing.

C. M. Designs said...

So glad that you were home and Mark could go to Chris' rescue. I have talked to my son about seeing an endocrinologist. What would Carole, Chris and your kitties do without you ?
I love your Santa. I've finishing up my Gingerbread patterns. Did the patriotic PS Santa for a friend as a gift.
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving. I don't like the news of real cold weather coming. The 70s are nice.
Thinking of you.
Charlotte in Va.

susan hemann said...

I love your Santa, where could i purchase the pattern?

kelley said...

love this Santa...he's just wonderful...so sorry about your nephew and Carol not calling 911 first! I see an endocrinologist and she's okay, like you said, there are few around...my favorite is a few towns over and too far with all my mom time...

Mary said...

Scary about your nephew, just what everyone needs more stress. You take such care when stitching, I try. I am presently stitching on 32 count and I am going crazy, it is linen I will not choose this again. My comfort is 28 but for some reason it just didn't look right and went to 32. Still I have to soldier on one piece at a time...I must keep going until the end . Your stitching is always wonderful.

Carol said...

So scary about your nephew, Marly--what would have happened if you and Mark didn't live nearby? They are so lucky to have you in the vicinity!

Great idea about the shading solution--will have to try that. I just hate it when you can see stripes of different colors.

Yep, I think winter is here--what a difference 24 hours makes. That's okay--just been holing up in here baking and catching up with my blogging friends all day. Very cozy!

Margaret said...

So so scary about your nephew! I'm glad it all ended well, but OMG. Love your Santa so far.

Theresa said...

Definitely scary about your nephew. So glad that all ended well. Love the Santa and I think the shading is perfect. I always use thread heaven and I love it. I use it on metallic thread too. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours and to all here.

Rugs and Pugs said...

Such a scary thing going on with your nephew. Hopefully they can figure out how to help him.
LOVE your Santa.
Hugs :)
Lauren

Karen Martinsen said...

Oh my goodness Marly - Chris sure has had a go of it hasn't he. Sending healing prayers.
Love your Santa - oh how I wish my eyes were good enough to do this again.
HAPPY THANKSGIVING
Karen

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