Spinning Tuesays: Planning for Handspun Knitting (with a teenager imposed deadline)

I thoroughly sorted through my huge pile of handspun limiting myself to things I am excited about knitting with right now.

One basketful, thankyouverymuch.

Then I got the knitting spinner’s paralysis, “If I use it, it will be gone.” “What if I make the wrong thing with it?” etc, etc.

Then my daughter came to my recuse yesterday. The teen proclaims, ” I want several slouchy hats for this fall.” Then reaches into my basket of precious handspun and says, “I like these”, choosing 3 singles yarns.

Spunky Eclectic BFL, my own dyed BFL, CJKoho BFL

When any teenager asks you to knit, you know the window of opportunity is short. I quickly flipped through my stitch dictionaries and have a swatching plan. School starts on September 4 and she’d, “really, really, really, I love you mommy” like them by then.

On my mark, get set, go!


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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

17 thoughts on “Spinning Tuesays: Planning for Handspun Knitting (with a teenager imposed deadline)

  1. Lael

    What a good mother you are to use hand spun for your teenager’s hats. The yarns are beautiful. I can see why she picked them but she probably doesn’t appreciate the work that went into them.

  2. Seanna Lea

    I love it when someone both appreciates the effort that goes into something and expresses a desire for a knitted item.

    I’ve gotten the second half of the equation before, though usually with a lack of appreciation first. Don’t ask. It still irks me.

  3. Monica

    Too funny. I guess that is how you make things happen when your age ends in “teen”. I cannot wait to see the finished objects! Good luck with the deadline.

  4. Aimee

    It’s the same as when my brother/husband/dad, any man in my family really, asks for something. I wish it would happen more often.

  5. Michele Mountain

    Having your teenage daughter ask you to knit something for her is one of the best feelings in the world (my daughter asked me for a sweater just last week. Squee!) I’m sure yours will love her new hats!

  6. Marg

    It’s so hard to be a knitter with a family that rarely wants you to knit for them! I know what you mean that if they ask for something, you gotta jump on that right away – especially teens. She doesn’t know how lucky she is 🙂

  7. Caroline

    How awesome that she not only asks you to knit for her but also picks her favorite yarns. Makes it so much easier than second-guessing somebody’s color choices. And she’ll love those hats for sure. I hope you’ll share before she goes off with them…

  8. Niki

    Lucky you! A teenager who communicates is a treasure, however fleeting. I’m sure she’ll love the hats, and probably come back with a request from her friends for you to make more. The yarn is beautiful, and perfect for hat projects. Looking forward to seeing the finished works.

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