Spinning Tuesdays: Knittyspin’s Fiber Fiesta

Recently I’ve met a few spinners who love Knittyspin and Spinning Tuesdays on the KnittyBlog, but  had never heard of or seen Knittyspin’s Fiber Fiesta.

Batts from Hands+Notions

Fiber Fiesta is our way of letting spinners know about fabulous fibers to spin. There are a lot of amazing independent dyers and fiber artists creating wonderful things to spin and may not travel to shows. Plus, not all spinners travel to shows regularly, and really, we’re just doing our part as fiber enablers.

Yarn spun from Woolgatherings fiber

Every issue a small group of spinners (4-6) spins, sets and knits a small (2oz) sample of fiber as it speaks to them, then they answer some basic questions about the fiber and their process. We usually work with 5 different fibers an issue.

Swatch knit from Spirit Trail North Ronaldsay

I started Fiber Fiesta for Knittyspin because I always wanted to know more about fiber I saw online or in magazines. In a photo you can see the colors, but you don’t know how it feels or behaves. This became increasingly frustrating for me as I had more and more disappointing on line fiber purchases, so Fiber Fiesta was born.

Yarn and swatch from Natural Obsessions fiber

Not all fibers that are submitted get a slot in Fiber Fiesta. A fiber offering has to have a positive response from most of our spinners to get in an issue, some fibers don’t even make it into our spinners hands.

Indigodragonfly fiber

If you haven’t seen Fiber Fiesta before pop over and take a look. If you love Fiber Fiesta and have suggestions to make it better let me know.

If you’re a dyer or fiber artist and want to be considered for a slot in Fiber Fiesta or if you are a spinner with a favorite dyer or fiber artist you think should be featured, you can write to me at jillianmoreno@gmail.com

Sorry, I’m not looking for new spinners for our test panel right now. I keep my spinners local because the timeline and budget doesn’t allow for shipping.


Tour De Fleece Update:

I am behind! I’ve managed to spin 4oz of the 16oz I want to get done. I need to spend some quality time with my wheel and the TV this week! How many of you are on track for your Tour goals?

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Jillian is the​ author of the best-selling spinning book Yarnitecture. She is the editor​ of Knittyspin and Developmental Editor for PLY and PLY Books. She kinda loves this spinning thing and wants everyone who spins to love it too, so she teaches and writes a lot. She knits, weaves, and stitches and tries to do as much of it as she can with handspun yarn. She's always cooking up all kinds of exciting and creative things combining fiber arts. She likes her mysteries British, her walks woodsy, and to spend as much time as she can laughing. Spy on her on her website jillianmoreno.com

5 thoughts on “Spinning Tuesdays: Knittyspin’s Fiber Fiesta

  1. Seanna Lea

    I’m not on track at all. It’s ice cream season and my annual part has to take precendence. However, I might get to spin at my party, which would be pretty cool!

  2. Adriene

    I’m just trying to keep spinnin’ – no ounce goals, just to learn to spend time each day spinning on my spindle to keep my skills up. I plan to tackle some camel down on my new tahkli as soon as I finish some alpaca/merino I got from a local farm.

    It’s very kind not to review fibre that doesn’t get a positive response. It would be terrible to submit fibre and get ripped apart my reviewers.

  3. Ashley

    I love reading your fiber fiesta. You guys definitely need to get your hands on some Bee Mice Elf and Two if by Hand. L-O-V-E-L-Y and a joy to spin. I have spun almost 13 oz of my 3.5 lbs I want to get spun up for tour de fleece. ;p

  4. Terri

    On track. I have been spinning everyday and am on my 4th 4 ounce bag of fiber. Originally I had only planned on spinning 5 bags full, but 5 is not going to get me to the end, so a little something is on its way to me.

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