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

Spinning Tuesdays: The Original Fractal Spinning, Spinning Tornadoes.

A few Knittyspin readers have pointed out  that I forgot to include an attribution to the original source on fractal spinning in Alex Tinsley’s article, Fractal Spinning in our Winter 2011B issue. The original article and first use of the term fractal spinning occurred in the Summer 2007 issue of Spin Off , The Fractal Stripe by Janel Laidman. Not only is Janel the mother of Fractal Spinning, but she can make any painted roving or top bend to her will. You can buy a digital download of all of the 2007 and 2008 issues of Spin Off here. It was an oversight, I apologize to Janel for not catching it and give great ...

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. ...

Velvet Morning Contest!

Oh yes, it’s time for everyone’s favorite type of giveaway at Knitty, a yarn pack for a sweater! This issue we have a yarn pack for the beautiful Velvet Morning cardigan Tanis from Tanis Fiber Arts has generously donated a yarn pack for one lucky reader. Prize value: $171-304 CAD. The usual rules apply for our giveaway: Leave a comment on this post before midnight, eastern time, on Monday, March 5, 2012. 1 comment will be chosen at random to answer a skill testing question. If he/she answers correctly, they will win our prize!  Good luck, everyone!

Spinning Tuesdays: My Madrona Haul and What I’m Going to Do with It

I didn’t damage my wallet too badly at the Madrona marketplace and I tried to be mindful about what I bought. My delight was finding vendors that I’d never known about and seeing vendors in person that I’ve only shopped on line.   My first stop was The Artful Ewe. Before you look, know that they don’t sell their batts on line. I bought three gorgeous batts   This batt has baby alpaca, silk, cashmere, merino and BFL. After I bought it, I carried this batt around telling people to touch it. I’m thinking a fine-ish worsted spun to make something that touches my skin, a cowl or ...

Spinning Tuesdays: Quick Madrona Recap

I just got back from the  Madrona Fiber Arts Retreat. I went with Sasha of the SpinDoctor podcast. It was just what I needed. When you are lucky enough to work in a field that you love there are still some times when it becomes more work than love. Madrona reminded me how much I love knitting and spinning. Here’s a quick little tour through my classes. I’ll show my shopping haul next week.     My first class was Photographing Your Fiber with Franklin I was so engrossed in this class that I forgot to take a picture of Franklin teaching. Franklin gives his all when he teaches, then entire class ...

Spinning Tuesdays: Packing for Madrona or a Sidekick in a Suitcase

Tomorrow I leave for Madrona, the high holy fiber arts retreat/playtime. I’ve saved money for two years to be able to go and I am quite excited, like the days before your birthday when you are 6, excited. I’ll be there late Wednesday and I leave mid-day Sunday. So far I have packed 5 knitting projects and 2 spinning projects. I thin I’m a little light.   Here are the classes I’m taking: Photographing your Fiber with Franklin EPS System with Amy Detjen Handcarding with Carol Rhoades Recycled Yarn with Judith McKenzie I have left Friday completely open, no classes – nothing, just ...

Spinning Tuesdays: Adventures In Spinning Worsted

One of my spinning goals for this year is to make friends with worsted style spinning. The only way for me to do that is to spin a lot of worsted yarn this year, to make myself spin that way, like waking up with an alarm.   I spun 4 ounces of Spunky Eclectic, South African Fine in the Peace on Earth colorway. Both bobbins have 2 ounces of fiber on them. Why is one so much fuller? Did I cheat and spin the fluffy fiber woolen? No, I did not cheat, really, I have the hand cramp to prove it. Both bobbins were spun worsted, no twist between my hands and smoothing, smoothing, smoothing. I do like the smoothing part of ...

Knitting Mondays: Cooperative Press Giveaway!

It’s the middle of winter and I don’t know about you, but I need some knitting inspiration.   How about a package of 6 knitting books from some of the most creative knitting minds? Any one of these books will make your fingers itch to knit. The folks at Cooperative Press have donated 6 of their most recent knitting books that 1 lucky knitter will win.   The usual rules apply for our giveaway: Leave a comment on this post before midnight, eastern time, on Friday, February 10, 2012.   1 comment will be chosen at random to answer a skill testing question. If he/she answers correctly, they will ...

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: Getting Started on Spinning Goals

I’m getting right on my 2012 spinning goals by choosing fiber – that’s the best part isn’t it? I’ve chosen this to start making friends with worsted spinning. A club fiber from Spunky Eclectic, South African Fine in the colorway Peace on Earth. I’m going for a 2 ply, DK or a little fatter.   For sweater knitting I have this Southern Cross Fibre Falkland, colorway Dirt. I’m going to spin a woolen 2-ply, with probably a little extra ply twist. I’ve even started sample spinning It’s looking a little too contrasty for me, but I’m going to spin more, a ...