Jillian’s Spinning: Yarn Vision and What’s Your Spinzilla Team?
What is a Yarn Vision?
When you sit at your wheel to create yarn do you know what you want to spin?
If you are spinning for something other than just the spin of it, do you know how to get there? Can you see the finished yarn in your mind’s eye, feel it running through your hands as you knit? Can you see the finished project beautifully created from your yarn?
Do you ever take more than a second to think about the yarn you want to make, to use? Even before you sample, before you buy or shop your stash for fiber?
Taking time to really describe the yarn you want to use can be the difference in loving your final yarn and project.
When I express all of the details of a future yarn I call it a Yarn Vision. I do it when I am spinning for a specific project, I do it when I want to learn something new and I do it to stretch my creativity in spinning.
I started doing it because I would spend most of my time just spinning aimlessly and even when I had a project or yarn in mind I would sit at my wheel and hope for the best. Needless to say I was disappointed most of the time!
So now I dream part of the time and plan a bit of the time to make a Yarn Vison and I spin with clearer ideas and intent. I find spin more because my time is better balanced between dreaming and spinning. I also find I spin with more creativity because my best creative moments come from veering from a path (what if I do it the way everyone says you can’t?) or combining paths that I’ve never put together before.
My planning usually consists of asking myself questions. I love questions, I love lists and I’m a visual person, so my Yarn Vision frequently looks like an explosion of fiber, paper, tags, markers and photos.
Briar Rose lofty merino 2-ply
For a project I ask myself:
What is the project?
How do I want it to look and feel?
How does it have to hold up, how much friction will it get?
Does it have to be machine washable?
Type of fiber?
Amount of drape?
Smooth, shiny or wooly fuzzy?
Is it for someone?
Do they have favorite colors, fiber allergies?
Do I have all of the measurements I need?
What yardage do I need?
How much fiber will I need?
How much for sampling?
Is there a deadline?
For stretching my creativity spinning I base my yarn on something non-fibery.
An inspiration – book, movie, person
Cjkoho BFL, singles as cables
For learning spinning I pick a skill or challenge, like:
Spin longwool woolen
Spin and knit something to wear with less than 2oz of fiber
Spin 8 oz of fiber worsted
Read a chapter in a spinning book and spin as lessons
Make a color I don’t like work with a color I love
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