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Picture of StarrySky
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I've got a medical test coming up next week. I'll be awake & probably sitting still for 3 hours. I'm already thinking of how to pass the time. Sure wish I had a quilt finished & ready to bind, but that's not going to happen between now & then. I have the Clover yo-yo maker, but I don't really need yo-yo's for any project right now. I've never ventured into Hexie Land. Is that too repetitive, and what can you do with the ones you make in a few hours?

I don't know what else to take along. My X-stitching days are probably behind me, I don't knit or crochet, and my needle tatting is really rusty. Think they'll mind if I wheeled my machine in with me? Ha.

I bought a new quilt magazine today. Maybe I should just read some old ones, too. But that always makes me wish I had brought something along to do with my hands...

Ideas? What do you do while passing time when away from your machine?
 
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English Paper Piecing is so easy and portable I take it with me everywhere. You don't have to stick to Hexies you can do Dresden plates in 3 hour you could make several plates. If you don't have time to order the papers from Paper Pieces you can find patterns on the Web and cut out of any light weight cardboard you have around the house


Kayla

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i kinda doubt your cross stitching days are behind you.. lol.. but.. if you don't think you can do that.. there's always red-work.. it's not as precise and you can get something off the internet.. trace it on muslin and probably get something if it's not huge... pretty much done in 3 hours.. which you can then use in a pillow.. or in a wall-hanging.. mug-rug.. all kinds of things.. good luck with your test and with finding something to keep you busy.. even if you do decide on a "project".. you should prob bring a book to read as well.. you'll prob get tired/bored with what ever you bring to do..


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I'm not big on hand quilting but it's fun to do big stitching on placemats and mugrugs. You could do birthing method and novelty fabrics. You could get several gifts made passing the time. Christmas stockings and ornaments are fast and easy. Green fabric yoyos with a couple of beads give you quick wreaths for ornaments, broaches, or tack on gift card.
 
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Take a notebook and pen to write down ideas (they seem to show up at the oddest times!)...who knows...maybe the floor in the room is actually pretty and would be great to sketch for a quilt! T's and P's for the test. Hope you get an A!!!!


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For only three hours I'd read a book. Requires just one thing - the book - and offers diversion..........


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I'm with Bozie, I take my kindle everywhere.
 
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Still not sure what I'm going to do. I'm in the middle of a book so boring that I use it to fall asleep! I think I need to ditch it.

Redwork...hmmmm...I might even have some patterns I printed around here. That's a possibility!

I don't know how "social" they'll have me -- in a space to myself or where other people will be around. I don't think I've ever seen a TV in that office, or if there is one, it's probably playing some useless taped health info, the way my dentist runs one long infomercial about the services he renders. Yuck
 
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Good luck with your test, Starry. Where I have my appointments I'm stuck watching the military channel! Treat yourself to a new quilty novel, or a beachy read. I don't like to take my needlework to a hospital because I think it's germy.

Do you have a Kindle fire or I phone? If so, the game CUBISTRY is a great time waster!

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How about some applique? Sunbonnet Sue has large pieces and you could use one block in a sampler quilt.

I take my Kindle with me everywhere and play Suduko and Mah Jhong solitaire. Annon's right. It's a great time waster!
 
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Sashiko is perfect for me.
 
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Last time I had to wait that long for a test, I took along a tote filled with my scraps with a couple of plastic bags and sorted them while I was waiting. I didn't get to sort for very long; another lady asked if I was a quilter. And you know how that goes.

Another time I took along a project that needed unsewing. Had a small zip lock with me for the taken out threads and made like a frog while I waited.

If you have a stack of magazines you've been meaning to go through to see if you need to keep the whole thing, take those with you and do a little organizing.

Got patterns laying around that you'd like to organize in a binder; great time to do that, too.

Pay bills, sort your mail, balance your checkbook, read flyers you've been keeping...things you never seem to find the time for at home. Got catalogs to look through? How 'bout recipes that need organizing?

Good luck with the test.
 
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In the two hour prep before a PET scan I start off reading in a comfortable overstuffed leather chair. With the comfy chair and the subdued lights I am off to dreamland before an hour has passed. They will probably have a bunch of magazines to look at if you don't want to bring anything. They do encourage you to be relaxed and still.
 
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I don't have any great ideas, but did want to write that I hope all goes well for you and the test!
Susan
 
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I too want to wish you good luck with your tests. I was going to suggest applique also.

When my Dad was very ill and hospitalized, I knitted dishcloths. Some were pretty sorry looking due to tension. It didn't matter on those. Just the knit only that you increase stitches at the beginning of rows to 40+ stitches, then start decreasing stictes at beginning of each row. Start out knit 4 and end with knit 4. There is a yarn over after second stitch with a knit two together. Guess I have made that clear as mud. Use the cotton yarn and about a size 10 needle.


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Thanks for the suggestions & the good wishes. The test is in the doc's office, but I have to be there the whole time -- can't phone it in! LOL! I'm not counting on their office having any good magazines. Why do docs offices always have ancient magazines or else golf ones or medical ones? Boring!

Totally back to square one here after a day with no power. Have to clean & restock 2 fridges and do laundry and vacuum. Then maybe I can think about getting my activity bag together for next week.

ALWAYS something! Roll Eyes
 
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Sounds like you are going into this with a good attitude T&Ps that everything turns out ok


Kayla

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I just want a diagnosis, to answer 10+ years of symptoms that are getting more bizarre & scary. I was the one who suggested this test & was surprised at how little resistance I was met with from the doctor, and how fast he scheduled it. So maybe we're onto something?
 
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Suggestion: take magazines to leave in the doctor's office. When Mom died I took the magazines she had subscribed up to her doctor every couple of months. Better than me tossing them.
 
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I did that at one doc's office...went back a few days later & the magazines were gone...Confused

I don't know if they had walked to the back rooms or were removed by someone. I thought it rather odd, so I haven't tried it since.
 
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