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Spin, Knit May 7, 2009

Posted by jeninmaine in Crafty, Etsy, knitting, spinning.
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I managed to wrench my shoulder a couple of nights ago. I’m not really sure what I did or how I did it – I was sitting on the floor in the guest room-cum-Michael’s office-cum-studio and turned to my left, reached beside and behind me with my left arm to pick up something fairly light, and it must have been just the wrong angle as a pain shot up my arm when I did it. Ever since then it’s been punky. I can put weight on it, I can do most things with it, but I can’t reach out and, say, pick up a gallon of milk with it, or comfortably reach behind me to hook my bra. Trying to wrestle Mim to get her diaper on this morning was just short of torture. It’s just certain angles – one of which I discovered is the force exerted in pulling a hank of yarn taut and twisting it into a skein. That sucked, I actually had to stop and take some deep breaths, the pain was so sudden and unexpected. So yeah. Fantastic.

I am every so thankful, however, that it was my left shoulder and not my right because anything involving pressing with my fingers such as opening a childproof cap would hurt a lot. Being a righty that would make just about anything painful. Fortunately as well my typing is not affected so I can still work.

Speaking of which I do have some yarn photos – here are those two skeins I finished a couple of weeks ago but took crappy pictures the first time around. These were both spun from roving I got from Frog Hair Fibers, I love her colors, especially the second one.

This is superwash Merino wool, I spun it quick and squishy so it would make a really poofy warm yarn as I’m trying to break out of my tendency to spin teensy weensy perfectionist style.



Roving: Superwash Merino color “Candy” from Frog Hair Fibers

This is superwash Blue Faced Leicester, which frankly I was worried about as the BFL I’ve spun has almost been too soft, drifting apart easily while spinning and being kind of a pain in the ass. I was glad that this stuff was still soft, but not without substance. Maybe the superwash process toughened it up a little bit? Anyway the resulting yarn has a fantastic drape, I’m tempted to keep this one for myself.

Handspun BFL

Handspun BFL

Roving: Superwash BFL colorway “Antiquity” from Frog Hair Fibers

In the “making things” department I’ve been dinking around on this Chevron Scarf for a couple of weeks, now. The stitch pattern is so easy that sometimes I start to nod off while working on it. It’s also in fingering weight yarn so it feels like it is taking forever. I think that’s further exacerbated by the fact that I only get a few minutes here and there to rattle off a couple of rows. Or I fall asleep :) Anyway I had these two random skeins of Koigu KPPPM and this was the perfect project for stashbusting them. I’m just about halfway done.

Chevron scarf WIP

Chevron scarf WIP

Chevron scarf WIP

Pattern: Chevron Scarf by Joelle Hoverson, from Last minute Knitted Gifts
Yarn: Koigu KPPPM, color P204 (red) and P426 (purple)

It obviously needs a lot of blocking so it’ll lay flat once it’s finished. My plan is to wear it as a headscarf, if I can figure out how to get it to stay on my slippery hair without sliding off. Maybe I need to invest in some bobby pins as I really want to wear scarves on my head and can’t seem to figure it out.



1. dharmarn - May 8, 2009

Those are really beautiful Jen! I’m always so excited to see what people do with the fiber they get from me. Thanks so much for posting this!

About the BFL, I know what you mean. It is a somewhat inconsistent fiber for me. Even from the same supplier, some batches are super-drifty and some are a little more kinky. I still haven’t figured out exactly why that is.

jeninmaine - May 8, 2009

Well, if you ever dye any more of that “Antiquity” colorway please look me up – I’ve gotten a handful of requests for that yarn alone! :D

Thanks as always for beautiful stuff. Those dye jobs were a joy to spin and the roving was in top-notch condition!

2. Knit Witch - May 8, 2009

Everything looks great! It’s hell gettin’ old ain’t it? I pulled a muscle in my shoulder yesterday reaching behind me to pet the dog. Sigh……..

jeninmaine - May 8, 2009

Hey now! SHOOSH, I am not old! ;)

I will say that it’s a heck of a lot better than pulling a muscle in my neck while brushing my hair – I did that in college and the people I worked with never let me forget it. They’d say, “Hey Jen, be careful brushing your teeth, ha ha ha!” Grumble.


3. spacefrogknitsandyarns - May 8, 2009

Ohhh, do you think you could share that chevron pattern with me? Please please please? I’ve been after it for ages, I’ve tried to reproduce it but I can’t quite get it right, I don’t know what increase technique she uses in the pattern.
Looks awesome!

jeninmaine - May 8, 2009

It’s funny, I actually bought the book JUST for that pattern as I had no success whatsoever in finding it for free and I didn’t want to mess around figuring it out. Now I see it all over the place! Here’s pretty much the exact same pattern – the decrease is k2tog, the increase is kf&b, and the only difference is 4, 8, 8, 8, 4. ;)


spacefrogknitsandyarns - May 14, 2009

Thank you, oh yarny Goddess! *bows*

Much much much appreciated. :-)

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