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 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 ...

Stitch Light Giveaway

Now that it’s getting dark earlier in the evening, I’ve been using more and more extra light to see my knitting. Also since I’ve been on the far side of 40 my eyes need a little more light in general. If anyone else needs a bit of extra knitting light, today is your giveaway day! The kind and generous folks at Stitch Light are giving away a Stitch Light to 5 lucky Knittyblog readers. Stich Light is also offering a special discount for the Knittyblog readers. Use the code KNITTY25  to get 25% off of your entire order PLUS free USPS shipping!  (1 time use per customer.)   The usual rules apply ...

Spinning Tuesdays: Dissecting Yarn with Amy King

Last Saturday I took a class with Amy King of Spunky Eclectic and Spin Control fame. The class was called Reading Your Yarn and it was about learning to dissect millspun yarns and reproduce them. I have to admit this really had never occurred to me. Sometimes I pick a yarn apart to look at plys, but never anything beyond that. We looked at prep, twist, spinning technique and ply. We all brought a yarn or two we really like to take apart and try to make. I brought Osprey by Quince & Co., because I just bought it am in deep love. It’s a springy 3-ply with more loft than any 3-ply that I’ve ever worked ...

Knitting Mondays: Killybegs Progress and Quince & Co Winner

Jaime from Virginia is our winner of the new Quince & Co. pattern book , Wool Book One. Congratulations to Jaime and than you to Quince & Co for the prize! Don”t forget over at the Quince & Co shop you can use the code: KNITTY through Wednesday September 28, 2011 to get 10% off of your total purchase. The code is good for one use per reader.   Jillian here with progress on my pretend Rhinebeck sweater [I’m pretending that I’m going]. I’m knitting Killybegs from Contemporary Irish Knits. I’m nearly to the armholes, take a peek at the lovely honeycomb:   The cable ...

Surprise Giveaway!

Thank to Roxanne at Zen Yarn Garden we have a giveaway today! 1 skein of luxurious Serenity Silk 75% Superwash Merino/15% Cashmere/10% Silk Approx. 500 yards (100 g) , prize value $34 CAD. Also, for the weekend – September 23rd to Sunday, September 25th, Knitty readers are welcome to use the discount code “KNITTY” to receive 10% off their orders at the Zen Yarn Garden shop. The usual rules apply for our giveaway: Leave a comment on this post before midnight, eastern time, on Sunday, September 25, 2011. A comment will be chosen at random to answer a skill testing question. If s/he answers correctly ...