I have a bunch of things on the bobbins and on my needles, but I can’t show you any of it yet. So let’s talk about one of my favorite topics, learning new stuff.
As you may have surmised I am a big starter, not so good at finishing. Once I figure out the gist of what I want out of a project I’m more or less done. Sure, I limp to the finish line with a project, though not as many as I’d like, but I don’t get a rush out of finishing things.
Part of what I love the most about a new project is that learning phase, something entirely new or just a twist on something I already know. I read a lot of books and take as many classes as I can. My favorite way to learn lately is online. How can you beat taking a class during a 2 am bout of insomnia in your jammies? Or while the rest of the family is watching football on Thanksgiving?
Interweave has the most spinning classes. All are on DVD and most can be downloaded to your computer instantly. The costs range from $14.95 to $31.95 and they have a crazy amount of famous spinning teachers. Bonus, they have already started their Black Friday sale. Here are three that I’ve watched and really liked:
Building Blocks of Spinning with Sarah Anderson is a great overview video, it’s like spinning along with her book, A Spinner’s Book of Yarn.
Handspinning Rare Wools with Deb Robson (who else?) is a jaunt through 38 different breeds of sheep. A little history, a little prep, a little spinning, I could listen to Deb talk about sheep breeds all day.
Craftsy has heard spinners and added a few classes and hopefully will be adding more! Their videos are the highest quality and they are fantastic to work for. Jacey explains it wonderfully in a post on the PLY Blog. They are really fair to their talent money-wise and treat you like a superstar when you’re filming. I hope I get to make more videos with them! Before I was a teacher for them I watched their classes a lot and I still do. They make it easy to learn. Excellent production quality and the ability to ask questions are just two reasons why I keep watching and learning from them.
YouTube is my go to spot when I need a quick reminder about a technique or want to learn something very specific. There are a ton of spinning videos, I searched ‘spinning fiber’ and got back 35,000 hits. Some videos are better than others, it’s to each spinner to decide who and what works for them. When I’m working on my art yarn, I really like Jazzturtle’s videos, quick and straight forward.
If you are in the US I hope you have a wonderful and restful Thanksgiving with extra spinning time!
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