I’ve been quiet on here lately, I have been recovering from whiplash, which let me tell you is not fun at all. I’ve been at home for a over two weeks, not being able to do much. Under normal circumstances if I had this amount of time at home, there would be a lot of different things I would be doing. I would have been doing a lot of machine knitting and tuning of the new to me sock machine, but I was not able to lift anything more then a pound or two. I could list all of things I could have been doing, but that list was longer then I care to tell. I thought I could knit and spin to pass the time, sprinkling in Netflix and relaxing, but I came to a realization over a week ago. Knitting and spinning uses a lot of fine motor skills that require lots of muscles and nerves. It turns out that knitting for more then 30-60 minutes a day, caused the whiplash to stay static. I was not knitting or spinning for long periods in the day, but throughout the day, which I had to stop. I had to limit how much I could do either one and so every morning (or whenever I woke up) I would knit for 30 minutes in the morning and then not again the rest of the day. My hands would itch to pick up some needles or fiber, but I knew I couldn’t. I wanted to tell you all more about what was going on, but typing hurt too. So I dealt with it, it was not fun to say the least, I binge watched a lot of Netflix, YouTube, and some time on videos games (mainly console, didn’t aggravate my hands/neck/arms/back). After giving it over a week, I am able to do more now. I am able to type, the pain is pretty much gone, with only some tense muscles and slight discomforts, which I am working on now. I have been able to knit and spin a little more thankfully.
I have been able to spin a little bit, but not on the Lendrum. The Hansen has been doing a lot of the work for me, since I don’t think I can move the Lendrum either. That and I think the treadling and manipulating fiber would not be good for me. The greenwood fiber that I have been spinning has had it’s difficulties right now. I decided when I started spinning it that I would not pre-draft any of it and spin it from end to end, drafting as needed. It’s a mistake right now, since I am limited in my movements. Lets just say pulling Superwash Merino and Nylon (which is not as smooth as some, but still great to spin) isn’t easy for me right now. I am moving along though, spinning a little bit every few hours, giving myself lots of breaks in between. I am hoping that by the end of the next week or so I’ll be ready to ply. And for that I am ready for my first yarn to come off the Hansen. I did buy the Aker Kate because I liked the idea of a flat, easy to tension kate for spinning. So far I like it, but I have not plied with it yet. Some of my knitting group has the same one and they are very happy with them. So I am excited to try plying with it. I am nervous there is not enough twist in the singles, but I can remedy that if needed.
There has been some decent progress on the Snood Barcelona but it’s still a little slow for my liking. I think that I am nearing the end, the balls of yarn are starting to fall apart. That’s the kind of state that I am sure that they most knitters know about, their yarn running out and the balls of yarn looking deflated. Yarn deflation is a real thing, if you don’t believe me, knit through a ball of yarn and you’ll know what I’m talking about. I am almost done with it thankfully, I might be able to get to 12 repeats, but I will have to verify that.
The socks are going fairly well, not much progress from a week or two ago, when I turned the heel. Once this sock is done, then I need to start thinking of what to make next, same with the snood. Once they’re both done I’ll need projects to replace them, I’ll start looking through the stash and queue.