Beth Smith

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.



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.



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.



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?

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