I just got done writing a thank you note. To my eye doctor. Silly? Not to me.
He listened and took me serious. I wanted to take a moment to be grateful.
A bit of background: A fellow counted cross enthusist, told our group, that she took her stitchery with her to the eye doctor. No, not to pass the time in the waiting room. She took it to show her doctor what she actually does as a hobby. She is thrilled with her new glasses. The doctor told her……I have never seen cross stitch before, those are tiny stitches. So beautiful. I can tell it makes you happy. Let’s see what we can do to help you.
As much as I respect and like our eye doctor, let’s face it, he can’t possibly know every single hobby or work every single one of us enjoys. Sure, sure the “get to know you” form asks if you work on the computer or have any hobbies. It doesn’t really have the space to explain in detail what exactly you do.
So, I put on my big girl boots and worked up my courage and took a couple of samples of my work.
The staff and doctor put my fears at ease.
They each explained they have had people bring in their guns. They needed to show exactly what they need to focus on. One patient brought in her knitting. He has one patient who asked for multiple pairs of glasses and bought in his cards. He is a poker player and wanted glasses just for that reason.
You see, I enjoy counted cross stitch. The fancy light I use just wasn’t helping as much as it did 25 years ago.
To be more exact…. I stitch for at least 1 hour and 15 minutes a day. I stitch on linen that has 30 threads to an inch. I stitch over two threads at a time.
I also do embroidery. I also quilt and sew and mend and garden. I bake and read and type on the computer.
So while I have oodles of hobbies, one in particular is extremely fine work. I needed to show him what I do, so the perfect solution could be found. He had me hold the actual fabric and stitch. During that time, he measured how far I hold it from my eyes and he made the notations.
Here we are a little over a week later. I am ONE HAPPY STITCHING GIRL!!!!
While I am told, the glasses are cute, I am thrilled to be able to see well and stitch without being frustrated or my eyes becoming tired. My hobby is a pleasure again.
I wanted to share this idea with you. I thought if you are having a dickens of a time crocheting a granny square or tying a fishing lure…..there is a solution out there.
Try and be brave (oh, believe me I know, it takes courage to show your work and explain its value) and take a sample of your work. It is mighty important to you. When you take the steps to have the courage to show what you are proud of, as if by magic the professionals want to help find the perfect solution for you.
If you need me to go with you or send some good karma your way, speak up! I will gladly hold your hand. You will be so proud of yourself for sharing and asking for a little help.
In this together friends,
Happy Stitching, Happy Knitting, Happy Shootin’, Happy Poker playing!!
PS. I must give a 5 star shout out to the “Thread Heaven” product. It is a fine product that helps condition your floss to lay down smoothly while working embroidery. (If you already know about this fine product and have been using it for years…..this begs the question…..why didn’t you tell me about it?)