Jillian’s Spinning: New Knittyspin Column and Rhinebeck!

The new Spring+Summer Knitty is live!

I have a new column, called Knittyspin. I’ll be writing about spinning yarn for knitting. The first column is about why I knit with handspun and all of the things I think about when I make yarn to knit with. I’ve gotten many big email hugs from spinners who’ve read it. I have to say it feels wonderful. I was nervous. I think a lot about spinning and knitting, sometimes too much. I was worried I was rehashing things all spinners knew already or just twirling in mental circles. Whew! Now I can start working on the next column.

Yarnhollow BFL - spun 7 ways
Yarnhollow BFL, colorway Chai – spun 7 ways


I have big news – I’m teaching at Rhinebeck this year!

Workshops aren’t up yet, but here’s a list of what I’ll be teaching:

  • Yarnitecture: Building Exactly the Yarn You Want
  • Color Play: Stress-free Ways to Spin with Color
  • Square Peg in a Round Hole: Using Your Handspun for Knitting Patterns Written for Commercial Yarn
  • The Difference a Ply Makes: Choosing the Right Ply for Your Knitting Project
  • Straw into Gold: Knitting with Handspun
  • I Like Big Yarn and I Cannot Lie : Spinning Big Lofty Yarn

I hope I get to meet a bunch of you in person!


My Hansen miniSpinner and I are getting to know each other. I spent a while just spinning little bits of a lot of things in a bunch of different ways. It was my version of opening all of my birthday presents all at once – fiber flying everywhere, spinning woolen, worsted, fat, skinny, thick and thin all only for a yard or two. It was a blast.

First miniSpinner spun yarn.
First miniSpinner spun yarn.

What are you spinning this week?

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4 thoughts on “Jillian’s Spinning: New Knittyspin Column and Rhinebeck!

  1. bittenbyknittin

    I am just learning to spin – and card! Spent a day at the Jay Co Fiber Fest and Spin-In last week. Meanwhile, I am working my way through some undyed BFL – am taking a dye class next month. I’m looking forward to reading your column.

  2. Anastasia

    I look forward to reading your column! I’m very new at spinning, but I really do enjoy it. I have a top whorl and a bottom whorl drop spindle and some fiber. I just need to get practicing.

  3. Penny Tschantz

    I enjoyed your Knittyspin column, Jillian. Chances are slim that I’ll be going to Rhinebeck, though. I hope you’ll consider teaching in the Southeast–say at SAFF (Southeast Animal Fiber Fair) in Asheville, NC, the last weekend of October (but you’ll probably be going to SOAR) or the Kentucky Sheep and Fiber Festival in Lexington in May.

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