Jillian’s Spinning: A Quickie – TNNA and Saranac

A quick post this week. I have been traveling and if I’m not traveling my husband has been traveling.  For three weeks we’ve been high-fiving in the doorway as one of us comes and one of us goes. things have been a little chaotic at my house.

I was at TNNA this past weekend and it was wonderful as ever. Once a got home I realized I didn’t take as many pictures as I thought I did.

Three things that jumped up and bit me hard enough for me to remember to take pictures are:

Soffsilk – spinning fiber made from silk waste. It’s so soft and fluffy and the colors are so pretty. I got a bit to play with, I should have a few yarns to show next week.

soft silk


Fyberspates Scrumptious, 45% silk/ 55% merino. All of the Fyberspates colors are unbelievable, but there is something about this yarn. I couldn’t stop touching it and dragged designers in to pet it too. Yum.

Fyberspates Scrumptious

Fyberspates Scrumptious

These beautiful little packages are Tulip Needles embroidery needles from Japan. Tulip also makes great knitting needles and crochet hooks. These needles have no neck like milliner’s needle – great for knotted stitches.

Tulip embroidery needles

Tulip embroidery needles


Saranac update. Think your ply twist doesn’t matter much? Look at this:

Saranac take two

Saranac take two

The swatch on the right is the same yarn as the left with twist taken out. The yarn is thinner, I went down a needle size to get gauge. Next week for you spinners who must know all of the technical parts of a yarn – I will bring all of the measurements and weights of the two yarns. I like this new yarn much more for this shawl.

Have a great week of spinning and knitting!


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