Jillian’s Spinning: The Joy of Hitting My Numbers

Purple People Eater Yarn
Purple People Eater Yarn

I spun some gorgeous purple fiber into a worsted weight yarn to knit a snugly shawl. I sampled and kept notes. I paid more than my usual attention when spinning and regularly checked my yarn. Just like I teach in my classes. Guess what? I hit all of my numbers, my yarn matches my samples almost exactly. Win!

I wish I had paid such close attention when I was knitting. I’m writing the pattern and wrote several versions on the same sheet of paper. Can you guess what happened? Math. More exactly, math mistakes. The math mistakes that happen when my eye jumps from one version’s numbers to another.

Reknit with love
Reknit with love

The kind of mistakes that make a crescent shawl into an asymmetrical shawl. I had to rip out an entire 5-hour car ride’s knitting. It’s deadline knitting and couldn’t go into time out. I had to reknit right away. Two steps forward and one step back.

But I have another step forward! I plied my yarn based on this article I wrote for Knittyspin about knitting and ply twist. Since I pick when I knit, I plied my yarn less knowing it would get a little more twist in the knitting. The knitted fabric is exactly what I want.

Twist in the knitting
Twist in the knitting

Now I need to finish knitting, I have a deadline to hit!

What are you working on?

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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

3 thoughts on “Jillian’s Spinning: The Joy of Hitting My Numbers

  1. Kelly

    I read your article that you’ve linked (from KnittySpin) and am confused. When looking at the pictures of your cabled swatches, you have two swatches side-by-side, labeled ‘cabled with Z/S yarn, picked left, thrown right’ and below that the same two swatches however my eyes tell me the labels are backward – the picked swatch is on the bottom and the thrown swatch is on the top. Doth my eye deceive me?

    1. @jillianmoreno

      The picked swatch is on the top and the thrown on the bottom. I can tell from the cast off edge at the top of the swatches – the thrown cast off dents in right above the cable.

      I did stare at the photo for a long time over my tea this morning making sure 🙂

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