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: I Bought a Fleece and Something I’m Excited About

It started in August. During Deb Menz’s class at The Spinning Loft I noticed a fleece. A Babydoll Southdown, short, fine and sproingy bouncy. Unwashed it was the color of spilled pepper. When I washed a lock or two it turned to a gorgeous taupey brown. I decided against buying it because, well, I have other fleeces just sitting and waiting for me. But this fleece has been on my mind for months! During the Dream Wheel Weekend I couldn’t stand it anymore. I bought the whole thing, almost four pounds. I washed and carded some right away. I even remembered from my spinning along with Deb Robson’s Fleece ...

Spinning Tuesdays: Dream Wheel Weekend

Julia Farwell-Clay of Takoma fame came to The Spinning Loft with Kelly (who makes those spinning wheel cup holders that are on every wheel you see) for a Dream Wheel Weekend. On Friday night Julia gave a talk with slide show that expanded on her wheel maker article in the most recent Spin Off. It was called “I’m Not Dead Yet” or Custom Wheel Makers Alive and Well in North America. It was fun and informative and just primed the pump for what happened on Saturday. We got to spin on a whole bunch of wheels by custom wheel makers. Yes, we did. I have the proof in pictures. It was an amazing experience! ...

Knitting Mondays: Gift Knitting and a Flügel Giveaway

It’s Jillian with a bit of knitting. We got a new a roof for our house this fall so I am knitting quite a few gifts for winter birthdays and various holidays. Here’s what I’ve done so far: I knit a long (80″) infinity scarf for a friend for her birthday. I used Briar Rose Charity, doubled.   This hat and I have had many words. It’s an easy pattern, a cable rib, but it took me four tries to get it right. Now it’s going to be a hard gift to giveaway. I’ve still got mittens, 3 scarves, a pair of socks and 4 more hats to knit. Go knitter go! What are you knitting for gifts ...

Spinning Tuesdays: Another Thing I Love About Fiber People

We love to trade. I used to be a weaver. I have an eight harness Might Wolf that I haven’t used for years. It’s been hanging out at friend’s house just visiting. Then another friend got bitten by the weaving bug, big time. “What would you want for your loom?” she asks. Offering just cash is boring, we decided a combo was in order. You know how a spinning wheel can get stuck in you heart? I don’t need another wheel, but wow, this wheel waves to me, blows me kisses every time I see one. So I tell her, “I’ve always wanted a Lendrum double treadle”.  Cat out of bag, ...

Spinning Tuesday: 2 Ply or 3 Ply for Cables?

I’m spinning and knitting and fair amount of my holiday gifts, all accessories because I’m not completely crazy. Right now I’m working on a scarf for my father-in-law. It will have a cable running up the center of the scarf. The same cable that will be on my mother-in-law’s mittens. They will notice and they will get misty over it. I know! Just the type of folks you want to spin and knit for. For the scarf I’m using some New Zealand gotland. It’s commercially prepped roving. I want the cable to be smooth so I spun it worsted (don’t faint). I want the cables to pop so I spun ...

Namaste Giveaway!

I’ve never known a knitter who didn’t love bags.  The lovely folks at Namaste have donated one of their fabulous Mini Messenger bags for a giveaway. If you’d like to add to your bag collection, this giveaway is for you. Prize Value $85. The usual rules apply for our giveaway: Leave a comment on this post before midnight, eastern time, on Sunday, November 6, 2011. A comment will be chosen at random to answer a skill testing question. If s/he answers correctly s/he will win our prize.

Spinning Tuesdays: Corespinning with a Spindle?

In a recent class I took  someone talked about Sarah Anderson’s method of corespinning that she calls Wrap and Roll. The basic idea is to wrap your core on a spindle, suspend it between your knees as you spin and let the extra twist put into your core yarn untwist via the spindle. It was mentioned in passing, but the idea kept knocking on my brain, so I went and looked it up on You Tube. Sure enough, I found a video, not by Sarah herself but by someone who had taken her class. I sat down and tried it. I knew it would be fiddly to get started, so I sat out in the sun and tried to just go with it. I used 2-ply ...

Spinning Tuesdays: The Core of Corespun

On my path to Corespinning Enlightenment – a balanced corespun yarn that I can knit with, I am exploring all of the ways that I’ve been taught in classes , heard about or run across in life or on the internet. To compare the core and spinning styles of corespinning, I’ll be spinning the different styles of corespinning on my Sidekick using the largest whorl that came with the wheel. I’ll be using the same fiber in each example too, BFL top from Three Waters Farm. First up corespinning on a fine 2-ply, two different ways. Here’s what I used for a core: Because spinners are a curious ...

Spinning Tuesdays: Phat Fiber Corespun

Remember this pile of fiber from my Phat Fiber Bollywood box? It’s become about 220 yards of corespun yarn Closer on the yarn: the swatch:   I am well and truly hooked on the corespun. The knitting was unexpected like a lot of knitting with handspun. I used needles at least a size or two bigger than I would with commercially spun yarn of the same size. I think handspun yarn takes deeper breaths and fills up more space. The yarn I’ve made is going to become a scarf with a bit of shaping, maybe crescent, so it hangs on a little. Over the next few weeks here on the blog, I’m going to go back ...

Spinning Tuesdays: Double Marl

For someone who doesn’t care for the look of marled yarns, I spend a lot of time playing with them. I think I like the idea that it’s an easy way to blend color. During my class with Amy King she showed us what I like to call a double marl. It’s fun, it’s easy and the results are gorgeous. I chose 2 variegated BFL/silk Abstract Fibers tops. One that I liked and one, not so much. I stripped the fiber into pinky width strips I held the two strips together as a spun my singles, creating a marled single. Then plied the singles together in a 2-ply. The effect is densely mixed up colors. My favorite ...