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Knit One, Spin Another and Physical Therapy!

It has been a busy week. Physical therapy for thumb one day and for neck and shoulder the next, rinse and repeat!

I managed to almost finish my BSJ! I can't sew it up yet, because I'm unable to hold a needle with my splint on, and I'm not allowed to do anything but my exercises with it off. I have to get some buttons anyway, and we don't know the gender of the wearer yet. I think I will do something with the neck edge, too. The yarn is Shine Sport in Grass, Green Apple and High Dive. You may remember--if you've been following the BSJ KAL--I started my BSJ the night before Thanksgiving and got up to row 80, when I ran out of the Grass, after just a few days of work. I had to wait for a new KP order. Well, the day before yesterday it arrived, perhaps by dog sled, as the entire Park City area was covered in new snow.

This is just the yarn, all for baby stuff. The rest of my order is going to help Santa with his gifts for the knitters in my family. In the meantime, I've been...spinning! Here's what I've been able to do with my Golding Tsunami drop spindle, which I am loving big time! It's like the Eveready bunny. It just keeps going, and going...sort of like me!

The fiber is Ashford's Merino/Silk Sliver (80% New Zealand Merino, 20% Silk) in Mulberry, which I bought when I got my first drop spindle over a year ago. More recently, I purchased some similar fiber at Three Wishes in West Jordan, just southwest of Salt Lake City. It was on sale, and one of my favorite colors, so I bought two 4-oz balls of roving. Here's my 2-ply, 18 WPI:

Of course, it looks yummier in hanks. Here it is in by spinning basket, right next to the hank of yarn I made from Greenwood Fiberworks' Enchanted:

Sometime soon, I'm going to wash all the yarn I have spun recently and when it's dry, I'm going to put it in a big pile and take a photo. I have special plans for all the yarn I have been working on. I'll talk about that another time. In the meantime, spin, spin, spin! Makes me dizzy to think about it.I also have more baby things to knit, so I will be busy.
I have to keep the splint on for one more week before I can knit for short periods of time without it. Exercises, heating pad (first on neck, then on hand, then on neck...) and something called a "Contrast Bath." Sounds like something you would do when dyeing yarn, doesn't it? It means I put my hand in hot water for three minutes, then in cold water for two, then hot water for three, cold water for two, hot water for three. It helps bring down the swelling. When people see my splint (earlier, my cast), they ask, "Carpal tunnel?" Nothing so romantic. Just plain old osteoarthritis. My surgeon and my physical therapist have come to the conclusion that knitting makes great physical therapy! I've been careful, though. It would be easy to overdo it. The neck...well nothing so easy. It's mostly osteoarthritis, too, but surgery isn't indicated. I would be OK if I could have every joint in my body replaced. I hear they're growing cartilage in the lab...

Party time--Many of you stopped in at my cast-off party. This one was far more successful than my first one. This time I've had 492 comments as of now. It was so much fun, and thanks to all of you who came and stayed...and stayed, LOL! I even had people checking out my attic, because I had mentioned using some of my stash for insulation up there (pays for itself in energy savings). Feel free to stop in at my blog from last week, "Cast Off, Party On!!"

What's on my needles? (Aside from BSJ): Same old, same old!
What's on my iPod? Same old, same old!
What's on my wheel? More Greenwood Fiberworks' Enchanted.

OMG! Life is good! Knitting, spinning and a grandchild on the way! --P

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Comment by parisribbons on December 13, 2009 at 9:21pm
Your little sweater is too cute and those buttons couldn't be more perfect.
Where did you get them? And all that sumptuous yarn you spun! You are
truly amazing. I've got to stop comparing myself to everyone else. I feel
like such a slug. I just keep getting slower. I sure hope this new fibro
remedy works for me. I'm praying a lot these days. -- Judith
Comment by Peggy Stuart on December 11, 2009 at 7:10am
I should have looked at JoAnn. I tried Michael's, but they didn't have anything I wanted to use. Well, I supported my NSLYS!
Comment by PurlGirl on December 11, 2009 at 4:28am
Oh, I love the buttons, they are perfect. They had those at my JoAnn store and it was hard not to buy them just for the heck of it. Love the spun yarn, too, you are so talented!
Comment by PickleSue on December 10, 2009 at 6:53pm
Your spun confections are gorgeous! I'm really trying hard not to take that up. My dad volunteered to make me a wheel, even, if I'd find him some plans. I may have to take him up on that whether I spin or not!!

And the BSJ looks great! I have to admit, I thought you were nuts planning on turquoise with those greens, but they are wonderful together! I have been proven to be too closed minded before!
Comment by Carol Meissner on December 10, 2009 at 5:02pm
Hi Peggy, I love the lines of your BSJ. Everything looks so clean and neat. And the button choices are great. I think you are one terrific woman. The things you are able to accomplish amazes me . Hugs.
Comment by Susan the Blue Lake Knitter on December 10, 2009 at 2:53pm
Peggy, I LOVE the buttons. I had thought of sheep buttons for mine until I spotted the planes, trains and automobiles... perfect for a little boy. Of course, sheep are perfect for boys or girls. Great find! --S
Comment by Bonnie on December 10, 2009 at 2:42pm
Great BSJ -- I have the yarn and pattern, just waiting for the right time to do it. Looks like fun and your colors are great!
Comment by Peggy Stuart on December 10, 2009 at 2:37pm
I found buttons! Not what I planned on (frogs or turtles), but something just as meaningful to knitters!

The color was perfect, and they're so cute!

Comment by Phyllis D. Wright on December 10, 2009 at 1:03pm
Peggy, great job on the BSJ and the spinning is to die for. I am trying hard not to pick up another hobby but went to the website for Enchanted so I will have to put on my list of things to learn. Thanks for the pics and website.
Comment by Susan the Blue Lake Knitter on December 10, 2009 at 8:50am
You did great on the BSJ considering you were handicapped by running out of yarn... obviously your thumb was not a handicap. Love all of your spun yarn... --S

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