Author: @jillianmoreno

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

What Will You Spin Next?

In the US the big Thanksgiving weekend is coming up. Some people look forward to the food or the shopping. But my people, spinners, look forward to uninterrupted days of spinning, knitting or fiber prep. This is also the weekend that, before the crazy of the December holidays, I like to reflect on what I want to spin next in 2017. This weekend I will wear only stretchy pants, there will be football (Go Blue!) too much food and a ferocious amount of fiber. I have plans to card for color, spin for a few accessories, knit swatches in dark movie theaters (Dr. Strange and Moana) and generally wallow in fiber. I really ...

Wovember: A Celebration of Wool

Every year in November after North America is all done with sheep and wool festivals, I look forward to Wovember.  Frankly, it’s helping get me through this November by letting my mind and heart rest on something wonderful, beautiful and useful. Started by Felcity Ford and Kate Davies in 2011 because of their love for wool and in response to their frustration over the  mislabeling and misinformation about wool and wool products in mainstream goods.  Wovember is a month long love song to wool. Wovember is a celebration of  and education about all things wool, sheep, sheep breeds, the many uses of wool and lots ...

A Little Calm for Your Day

I don’t know about you, but this US election has me frazzled. I won’t be able to focus on anything today until the results are in. I will do a little spinning, a little knitting, a lot of making of many kinds while I wait for everyone to vote and those votes to be counted. Here is an amazing short film by Andrea Animates for HansenCrafts to add a little calm to your day.  

Have You Seen Spin+Knit 2017?

Have you seen the latest special issue magazine from Spin-Off? Spin+Knit 2017 could keep spinners busy well into the winter knitting things from their handspun.There is a good balance of articles and projects in this issue – 10 articles and 20 projects for accessories. I always wonder (and count) how many projects are reprints and how many are new. I don’t mind reprinted projects, many times it lets me see a projects in new light. I don’t want to buy a ‘new’  magazie or book that’s all reprints, unless it lets me know up front, by calling itself a ‘greatest hits’ or ...

Teaching Almost Done for the Year and New Interweave Spinning Batts Kit

This year has been a whirlwind of teaching. I have met so many wonderful spinners and seen lots of beautiful places. I always get a little sad when my last teaching gig of the year comes up. Early next month Beth and I will both be teaching for The Northeast Handspinners at The Gathering, which means extra silliness since Beth and I are traveling together. My classes are full, but there are still openings in other classes, even the classes I would love to take with Cal Patch, superstar pattern drafting, crochet and embroidery teacher.       Interweave has just released the How To Spin Batts Kit that I ...

Spinzilla 2016 Spins 5 Million Yards and a Rhinebeck Quickie

Spinzilla Spinners spun 5,507,622 yards of yarn this year! The top spinner, Monica Bittner of Team Louet North America spun 50,378. Her team, Louet North America took the top team prize with 296,849 yards. Just reading that makes my hands feel crampy! Top 5 teams for 2016 1. Team Louet North America 296,849 2. Team Knot Another Hat 231,738 3. Team Edgewood Garden Studio 158,459 4. Team Hand Spinning News UK 151,647 5. Team Hilltop Cloud 146,299 On Thursday Amy is doing a big Rhinebeck recap, but I wanted to say thank you. Thank you to everyone who bought my book, I sold out! And thank you to everyone who told me kind ...

More Fun – A Rhinebeck Knitty Meet Up, A Yarnitecture Giveaway

    There is a Rhinebeck Knitty Meet Up, the first one ever! On Saturday at 2pm, on the hill between the sheep dog demos and the petting zoo. Here’s a Rhinebeck map. Amy promises to have new Knitty buttons to share.         Kirsten Kapur who designed the glorious Maya Cardigan in my book is doing a giveaway for a copy Yarnitecture. Hop on over there and enter!         I won’t be at the Knitty meet up, but I will be nearby I’ll be signing copies of my book, Yarnitecture, from 1-5 on Saturday and from 10-2 on Sunday in barn B. On Sunday at 1:30 ...

A Pre-Rhinebeck Trunk Show and Spinning Class in North Adams, Massachusetts

If you are anywhere near North Adams Massachusetts on October 13th or 14th come and join me at Maker’s Mill! On Thursday night from 5-7 I’ll be talking about Yarnitecture for Knitters: A Yarn Petting Zoo and Trunk Show. Knitters can learn all about how yarn is made and how things like fiber choice and ply affect their knitting. I’ll bring a lot of samples and all of the projects from my book Yarnitecture: A Knitters Guide to Spinning:Building Exactly the Yarn You Want. This event is free. On Friday afternoon from noon to 3pm, I’ll be teaching my popular spinning class Cheaper By the Dozen: 12 ...

Yarnitecture Book Signing and Trunk Show at Rhinebeck

Is one of the things on your Rhinebeck shopping list a signed copy of Yarnitecture? I will be signing copies of Yarnitecture at the Merritt Bookstore booth in Building B Saturday 12-5 and Sunday 10-2 I will have all of the projects and some of the swatches to touch and feel at the booth. Come by, get a book signed, say hi and show me what fibery goodies you’ve found at the show!

Countdowns

Today I’m feeling all of the fiber countdowns. Not in a panic-y deadline way, but either in excitement or the mindset of “better remember it”. Here are the spinning and knitting (and other) countdowns I’m thinking about: Spinzilla –12 days. Even though I’m not spinning this year, I am caught up in the excitement. I can wait to see what everyone spins. Rhinebeck – 25 days. So excited about this one. I’m signing my book (Saturday 1-5 and Sunday 10-2 in the author corral) and just roaming. There will be a Knitty meet up, but we haven’t set the time yet. The US ...