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Jillian’s Spinning: My New Website and Fiber Expo

  I have a little bit of exciting news. I’ve launched my own website Jillianmoreno.com and blog.  On my website you can see my classes, where I’m teaching and sign up for my newsletter (coming soon). My blog is a spot where I can ramble more than I do here, there will be spinning, knitting, stitching, crochet and weaving (surprise!), but I’ll also talk about my kids, what I’m reading ,eating and watching, just generally chat. The blog will be image heavy until I get my book manuscript delivered, but then I promise crafty how-tos, experiments and other fun stuff. Stop by and let me know ...

Jillian’s Gifts for Spinners

Ooooh there are a lot of great spinning things out there this year perfect for gifts! Here are the things I would buy for all of my spinning friends if my funds were unlimited:   Spinner’s Book of Yarn Design  and  Building Blocks of Spinning DVD both by Sarah Anderson     Flat Pack Bobbins by Akerworks   TravelKate and MiniKate by Thayer Syme   Sheepskin Treadle Covers by Hare and There    Fiber Jewelry by Bricolage Studios    

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 ...

Spinning Tuesdays: Color Blending Fail?

  I’ve been spinning, but not a lot. I finished a 2-ply, color blending experiment with some Yarn Hollow roving.                         After I spun the second bobbin I was sure the resulting yarn would look really crappy, too contrasty, just like I don’t like. I almost pulled the yarn off of the bobbins and gave up on it.                         I will admit I had problems spinning these rovings they were more compacted than usual and really didn’t want to draft together. ...

Fiber Expo: I May Have Shopped

This is the fourth year that there has been a Fiber Expo in my town. Now, it’s not Rhinebeck, but with 77 vendors, I was still able to make my spinning heart cheer and credit card cry. All the vendors I bought from are local to Michigan, but sell online. I’ve got a bunch of spinning to do. Here’s what I got: A BFL fleece from Cross Wind Farm. Two 8oz bumps of BFL/Cormo from Cross Wind Farm in colors to chase away the gray Michigan winter I may have gone a bit of  batt binge at this show. This one is from Hands and Notions. Her packaging is great isn’t it? Yellow and pink are two colors I ...

Spinning Tuesdays: I Have an Art Batt Problem and April’s Spinning Plan

I love art batts, both the sexy smooth and the everything but the kitchen sink kinds. As I was going through stash to make my spinning plans I discovered a bunch of Bricolage Fiber Studio batts.                       Instead of just petting them, I looked at them with the intention of spinning and knitting ideas. I know I want to corespin them. These I want to make into a shawl:                             This one and another with the same blue I want to incorporate into a mill spun yarn ...

Spinning Tuesdays: This Is What Spinning Startitis Looks Like

I’ve been thinking about my spinning goals for the year, but I have a case of a particular crafting illness. I have a bad case of Spinning Startitis. For the past week or so I’ve started a bunch of things. Here are a few of the bobbins that I’ve been working on.   A bobbin spun from Shetland roving  from Yarn Hollow, spun woolen. This will become a tight three-ply and eventually mittens.   A bobbin spun from Cheviot and Shetland rovings from Yarn Hollow, spun woolen with a double marl to see how the colors work together. This will become a 2-ply, then eventually a shawl.   A bobbin ...

Spinning Tuesdays: Beautiful Batt Spinning

I hope everyone got lovely fiber gifts for whatever Winter holiday you celebrate, and  spent a day or two relaxing in pajamas. I gifted myself a Bricolage batt Emily does the most beautiful mixed batts, lots of interesting texture and great colors. She makes gorgeous jewelry too. I might have bought myself a Poppy necklace. I core spun this batt, letting it be as textured as it wanted to be. After spinning fat and core spun yarns for most of this year, I’m thinking about what to focus on for 2012. Have you decided on any spinning resolutions for 2012?