Jillian’s Spinning: My Saranac Shawl Yarn and a Weekend Spinning Only Color

This week I sampled yarn for Kirsten Kapur’s beautiful Saranac Shawl.

Saranac shawl
Saranac shawl

First I spun all three fibers and plied them on themselves, 2-ply. The fiber is all from my stash dyed by Woolgatherings.


All three colors plied on themselves.
All three colors plied on themselves. Colors (L to R) 1, 2 and 3.

Then I combined colors while drafting and made a 2-ply.

First colors 1 and 2:

color 1+2 yarn
Colors 1 and 2

Then colors 1 and 3:

Colors 1 and 3
Colors 1 and 3

Colors 2 and 3:

Colors 2 and 3
Colors 2 and 3

And, of course, all three colors draft together:

All 3 colors
All 3 colors

I don’t much like any of the colors by themselves for this project. Of all of the combined colorways, I think I like colors 2 and 3 together. Well, what do you think? Do any of these yarns speak to you? Next week I’ll be knitting swatches and picking the colors for the shawl.


Happy Camper Fiber Retreat - all color
Happy Camper Fiber Retreat – September 19-21



Does all of this color-talk and sample get your spinning motor running? This is exactly what we’re going to do at this year’s Happy Camper Fiber Retreat – all color, all weekend!

Dyeing, carding and spinning color. Combining colors and creating your own colors. Three days in the Michigan woods with Beth Smith, Rita Petteys and me. There will be shopping, silliness and prizes. And spinning, lots of spinning. Won’t you come play?

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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

4 thoughts on “Jillian’s Spinning: My Saranac Shawl Yarn and a Weekend Spinning Only Color

  1. Word Lily

    I like 1 and 3 and 2 and 3. But 2 and 3 is maybe more homogenous, since 2 doesn’t have intense colors that are absent from 3? And homogenous is likely good for lace.

  2. Kate

    I like 1 by itself and 2 and 3 together. I love seeing experiments like these – it can be so surprising how colors look together.

  3. Karrie

    I like & 3 meaning either 1or 2 mixed with number three. I think the blue& green make the other colours sing. All three together isn’t bad but you loose a bit of the “pop”.

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