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In Which I am Injured

So remember when I talked about spinning for Hiro? Well, then I got really busy and the project was put aside for a little bit.  Then the photography for my book was scheduled and things were needed for the shoot before I even got there and I sent them my Jacob Sweater. I have no good photos of the sweater so here’s an embarrassing one.

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I didn’t leave that closure on it because it didn’t look how I wanted it to so the sweater still has no closure but I’ve worn it for a year anyway.

I’m getting to the point, I promise.

Since my warm sweater was sent away and I don’t have another warm sweater to wear as outerwear, and because it may be cold at Rhinebeck, I decided that I needed to speed up the Hiro process. I had all the white spun plus one of the 3 colors I needed.

I learned how to do a provisional cast on, finally. I asked the Twitter and Julia Farwell-Clay herself came to my rescue because I couldn’t find my Cast-On, Bind Off book. Julia is the designer of Hiro.

So at this point it is September 1st. I have a little over 6 weeks to get the thing knit and finished along with washing all the wool for my classes.  There are still spots open in all of them, by the way…

I haven’t been knitting much.

My knitting muscles are a little weak.

Here’s what I did on the first night.

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Not bad, right? My right arm was a little sore but I just thought it was like sore muscles after a workout and it would feel better in a couple of days.

In the mean time I continued to knit.

Here’s where I was on September 9th – a week later.

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I wasn’t knitting very many rows each day. maybe only 10 or so. My arm wasn’t getting better.

Then I did my book photoshoot where I demonstrated fiber prep. The goal was to not show how much my arm was hurting.

I have now not knit since September 9th. I have done some hand carding and wool washing and a tiny bit of combing.

I have massaged and stretched and braced the arm. It still hurts like crazy. But how do you stop using your right arm?!

Today I am finally going to the doctor about it. I need a new sweater for crying out loud!

I’ll get back to you with what she tells me.

I think the moral of the story is to stop knitting if it is starting to hurt.  Who would have thought I could have gotten such an injury from knitting?

3 Responses so far.

  1. Janet says:

    Ugh! I feel your pain! I went to a spinning demo last summer and spent maybe two hours turning the crank on a drum carder. That’s it: a couple hours, broken up frequently by spinning, chatting, spinning, carding, chatting, etc. Even so, my right elbow hurt for EIGHT MONTHS. At least. Maybe more like 10. Elbows are way more important than the amount of time we usually spend thinking of them would lead you to believe. It was a huge PITA, though it did give me a legitimate excuse for not unloading the dishwasher…

  2. Becky says:

    I got a spinning injury doing the same thing. I hadn’t spun in a while and just dove into spinning for the Tour de Fleece. I ended up straining a ligament in my knee and it took 8 months to go away. So, yeah, I feel your pain.

  3. Oh man, that sucks so much. I will just keep thinking good thoughts for you because I know how awful it is to have something like that. 🙁

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