The Pokeberry Quilt

The Pokeberry Quilt

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Wool tote


I made this wool tote from a woolrich jumper that I bought at the thrift store for my boss, Julie, her birthday present. You can see the pockets on the front from the jumper, I added the wool applique, the sunflowers are based on a Jan Patek design and added some yarn couching to the centers and the lining is a Brannock and Patek fabric and added it to the handles also for contrast.

Thanks again for the good wishes for me and Jim, he seems to be improving as the catheter starts working again, he will have Baclofen added to the pump on Wednesday in combination with the pain medication he is already receiving from the pump. He takes Valium by mouth, several a day to control the spasms and cramps. Drowsiness is a big side effect from the Valiums so the pump is a better way to go with the Baclofen. The only problem with the pump is that is can only go so high in the spine or it effects the lungs and compromises breathing, so there is no relief in the upper extremities or neck. There was a woman who used to have a blog about living with Stiff Man syndrome, but she has stopped blogging, she also talked about the change in her personality, mental quickness, falls and fatigue. The same thing that challenges Jim every day.

6 comments:

  1. Darling bag--- You are incredibly talented, what a gift. I'm Thankful your husband is responding to treatment. Take care of yourself too....

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  2. Nancy, I hope Jim continues to improve with his new pump. This has certainly been a journey of struggle for you both.
    The bag is wonderful - your boss is very lucky to receive such a lovely gift *s*

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  3. Oh what a fabulous idea. Great way to think outside of the box. I always look on the 50 cent racks for denim. I usually find a lot of jumpers.

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  4. I love it that you are posting about his journey. I know you will touch lives in ways you may never know by being so transparent. Thanks.

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  5. Such a pretty bag...my name is Julie, but alas, I am not your boss!
    Grins! Hope your hubby is OK and improving daily...

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  6. May there be many unexpected blessings for both you and your husband. I just learned about your blog today from a fellow "woolie girl" here in Tucson. I was wondering if you could give the name of the folk art motifs book--it looks like something very useful. Give those bighorns a wink from me.

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