The Hurt Skein


Dearly beloved readers, you are invited today to mourn the loss of my beloved skein.

How does a lovely skein like this get reduced to…



Well, it all started when Delaware weather started snowing.

And snowing.

And snowing.

And snowing. (Sigh)

As is my custom when I finish a spin, I take my skein with me on my outings until I finish another and replace it (don’t judge me). Apparently, this one fell into the snow and remained there for days. Meanwhile, I couldn’t find my skein in the house. I thought maybe I had left it at the school when I showed the Art Club my results of plying my singles from my spindle. Where was it?

Outside, nature was running its course. Eventually, snow that doesn’t get washed away usually becomes ice if it’s cold enough. And there was my skein. In the ice. The morning we were finally allowed back to school, I was scraping snow and ice off the car windows when beside me I could see a blue and purple-looking, wet, frozen skein of yarn. Gasp!! Outside, shivering in the cold?!! It had frozen right into the ice!

Car windows were forgotten as I worked feverishly to rescue her from that nasty, dirty ice that was holding her captive. Once I extracted the little gem, I rushed her to school and, very carefully, in nearly frozen water, I let her soak until thawed and clean. Then, I gently blotted her and let her hang to dry. She looked beautiful! Even better than before getting lost. πŸ™‚

But then…I started noticing straggly ends sticking out of her. Sniffle. After I found the eighth end, I realized with dread that she was a hurt skein. I felt her pain too. She was a spindle spin, so she spent more time with me-and it hurts just a little more than maybe if I had spun her on one of my wheels. Poor baby.

I figured I’d give her some final words to honor her for the bit of pleasure she gave me while she was here…Sniffle.Β 

In Fond Remembrance of The Hurt Skein


Jan 2014-Feb 2014

She was soft, blue and long. Always faithful, accompanying her owner even in difficult weather. She gave her all and now she is gone. She really was one of a kind.

Loved by Weekend Knitter



Well, here is the momma with her wounded babies. She even looks like she’s mourning, huh? Let’s see if the little sister she’s carrying won’t survive this winter.


  1. Q – Sadness. Even hurt the yarn is beautiful!!

    • Thank you. πŸ™‚ I’m trying to figure out what I would want to make with her now that she’s all broken up. Sigh…I’m sure there’s something I can find that I will like stopping and starting a bijillion times on, lol. But, she has to be given some kind of dignity. Nasty ice.

      • Q – I actually purchased that awful Coffee Beanz yarn which ended up having 4 separate pieces. Made a hat out of it. When the pieces are unexpected it is ANNOYING!!

        Your hurt yarn does deserve a project since it’s so pretty!

      • I have had yarn that had flaws in it where there were multiple ends that were tied together. After I started spinning, I had a skein where that happened and I could see why. Still annoying to knit with it though. It’s especially annoying when they are small lengths of yarn before a break…and there’s usually so much waste because you have to leave tails to weave into the garment when you finish. Stinks.

        Thank you! I’m sure I can find something I will like. Right now, I’m looking for a pattern for a friend for Valentines Day. I think I remember her saying she doesn’t like red though. Maybe this might be a good choice for something for her. I will have to see what I can come up with for her.

  2. I bet she lived a beautiful life.

    • Aww…what a lovely sentiment. πŸ™‚ thanks! Well, she did devote her short-lived life to educating young spinners, so I guess it was a pretty beautiful life for her. Most of my other skeins just stay home in their bins, the lazy things. πŸ˜‰

  3. You can always spit splice! It’s great for not wasting yarn. It’s sorta gross, but I love it. Those colors are too beautiful to go to waste, perhaps a hat with a textured pattern to hide the joins? It’s far too lovely to come to such a sad end.

    • Lol! That would be A LOT of spit!! But, it’s a good idea to preserve my sanity while I am knitting with it…I’ve also always wanted to try Russian joins too…Hmmm…good time to see which I like better.

      Well, now my curiosity is kicking in…that’s almost never a good thing for my sleeping habits.

  4. Aw, damn. I am so sorry … All that work and then now it’s almost wasted … 😦 The sheep are always growing more wool! Hugs to you and I hope that the weather will warm up soon enough.

  5. Awww, sad! Hope you can still get something useful out of the poor thing!

  6. So sorry! She’s beautiful though.

  7. RIP The Hurt Skein

    • Ha ha! I know I’m a little extra sometimes lol…which is why I just can’t resist this next statement: Thank you SO much for taking the time to pay your respects to The Hurt Skein. πŸ™‚

      (I’m laughing my head off at myself. I might need a nap…)

  8. at least you have gorgeous photos to remember her by 😦

    • Yes!! I take photos of all my projects, but I can’t keep them. So they live on the web in various places. In that sense, she will never die, lol. Actually, I started photographing my projects years ago now on tumblr so I could have a record of the things I did. It started as a strictly knitting journal. When I started spinning though, I wanted everybody who watched to see all my progress while I was learning. So, they got to see what worked for me and what flopped-and maybe try some things I did and do it better-or avoid something I did that bombed. So, here’s my latest lesson: Don’t drop your yarn in the snow for four days. πŸ™‚

  9. Sorry to hear about the poor skein. It is beautifully spun and a lovely color. Maybe it would do in a striped or fair isle project? Good luck Hurt Skein!

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