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

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 ...

Spinning Tuesdays: I’m Teaching Spinning In Ontario This Weekend!

The folks at Shall We Knit in Waterloo, Ontario are having a Knitty weekend this weekend. Kate talked about the whole weekend yesterday on the blog. Some folks wanted more info on the spinning classes I’m teaching, so here it is. If you’d like to sign up the page is here. It’s going to be fun!   Wrap Me Up: Corespun 4 Different Ways Ready to try core spinning or to try a different method of core spinning? Using different fibers and cores you’ll learn four different methods of core spinning. In this class you’ll learn how each method of core spinning and each type of core effects your final ...

Spinning Tuesdays: It’s That Time of Year

What are your spinning plans for the year? New techniques, spinning travels, big projects? Last year I spent a lot of time making textured and fat yarns, I learned a lot about spinning different breeds, and dabbled in color spinning.   Here’s what I’m thinking about for this year:  Spinning with intention. I want to spin with specifics in mind. I want to pick up fiber and decide what it wants to be and spin it that way. I need to push myself out of my go-to spinning comfort zone. Not all of the time, but 80% of the time. Not big and scarey, but one or two specific traits or skills practiced with ...

A Happy New Year Giveaway from Tom Bihn

Happy New Year and happy new knitting! I think there are some of you who might want a new knitting bag for their 2012 projects. The spectacularly creative folks at Tom Bihn have donated a Swift, a knitting bag that Knitty readers helped design, for our first giveaway of the year. 1 person will win a Tom Bihn Swift knitting bag in Cardinal/Hemp a prize valued at $90. The usual rules apply for our giveaway: Leave a comment on this post before midnight, eastern time, on Thursday, January 5, 2012. 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: 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?    

Giveaway! No knitting library should be without Clara Parkes

Here at Knitty, we have big love for Clara Parkes and her incredible books full of scholarship and great patterns. If you don’t have all of Clara Parkes’, books we think you should! And thanks to the folks at Potter Craft, we’re giving away 1 set of all of Clara’s books. Will you be the lucky winner? The usual rules apply for our giveaway: Leave a comment on this post before midnight, eastern time, on Sunday, December 18, 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. Prize value $90. Good luck, everyone!

Spinning Tuesdays: Another Reason to Have a Stash

Here’s another reason to have a fiber stash, for your friends who get into spinning trouble.   The other day I was knitting along happily on my father in law’s Christmas scarf, a cabled pattern knit out of a handspun, three-ply Gotland.  I’ll admit I was feeling smug because all of my gift knitting was right on schedule. Then I looked down at my ball of yarn, it looked small. I looked again. Then I squeezed it, maybe it was wound really tightly. Nope. I was going to run out of yarn. Not just run out of yarn, much worse, I used all of the Gotland I had to spin the yarn.   How bad was it? ...