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: Say Hello to Fall with Silk

Did you know that Briar Rose Fibers now has silk fiber? She’s dyeing silk bricks. I have loved Chris’ sense of color for a long time – deep organic shades. I frequently call it shades of dirt, but not in a bad way – it’s rich and multi-hued with color grounded in browns. When Chris starts something new she sometimes sends me a little to play with, here’s my silk:   I dug in my stash for some Briar Rose fiber to blend it by plying with and came up with two possibilities in BFL. Just from looking at the photo which one would you choose? I bet on the darker colorway, it has more ...

Obsession Thursdays: Knitting Books

It’s Jillian and I have a knitting book obsession. I have a lot, I’ve been buying them since the late 80’s. They have moved with me 5 times, growing every time. I’ve never counted them: I don’t alphabetize them, just sort of group them by topic or whim. I almost never loan them out. Some of my books have to live in the basement, which I’m reorganizing. They keep my yarn company. Even though I get review books for Knitty, I still buy a lot of books every year. Right now I’m stuck on stitch dictionaries of all eras and all of the self published and small press knitting books ...

Spining Tuesdays: Corespinning – try this!

I can’t stop thinking about and trying different ways to corespin. I want it to be balanced and soft. I have a dream of knitting some sort of sweater out of corespun – loose and layer-y. I’ve been researching different ways to corespin. I’ve found a bunch of different methods and haven’t tried them all yet, but I wil,l and will report back. Here’s the one I tried this week and I really like the result – Coreless Corespinning. With this technique you split off a small amount of your batt – about a pinkie finger’s thickness, and spin a single while you are ...

Knitting Mondays: Winners & What’s on Our Needles

Winners of a copy each of the book  10 Secrets of the Laidback Knitters are Patricia in Florida and Lisa in Michigan. Congratulations and happy fall knitting! In this segment of What’s On Our Needles, Jillian shouts to the heavens: “I touched Techno!” Blue Sky Alpacas’ new yarn, Techno, is yummy. It’s the yarn I heard about again and again from fiber folks who went to the industry trade show, TNNA, in June. I finally touched some and then couldn’t stop touching. Techno is an alpaca/silk yarn, but not just any alpaca/silk yarn, it’s a yarn constructed of alpaca fiber blown ...

Spinning Tuesdays: Phat Fiber Fluff Box

I got a Phat Fiber Fluff Box in the mail. Did you hear me squee? Don’t know what Phat Fiber is? There is a detailed description here, but in a nutshell it is a box of samples, either fiber, yarn or a mix. Fiber artists contribute a certain number of small samples that they have dyed, carded and packaged as they are inspired by the theme of the month. Phat Fiber boxes go on sale once a month and there is a limited number of each box, so you have to click quickly. The theme for August is Bollywood! Look at the beautiful box full of fiber: 20 little fiber packages, not counting the extra goodies like buttons, ...

Book Giveaway!

I can feel fall sneaking in around the edges it must be time to start new knitting projects! Today we have a giveaway for a book to inspire you to start some new projects. We have 2 copies of 10 Secrets of the Laidback Knitters to giveaway. A wonderful collaboration between Vicki Stiefel and Lisa Souza that may just change how you think about knitting. The usual rules apply. Leave a comment to this post before midnight, eastern time, on Monday, August 22, 2011. Two comments will be chosen at random to answer a skill testing question. If they answer correctly they will each win a book. Happy Knitting!  

Spinning Tuesdays: Dyeing with Deb Menz

This past weekend I took a 3-day dye class with Deb Menz. I am still recovering. She completely cracked my brain open about dyeing color. I’ve perused her books   but I find it hard to learn solely from a book, especially about a topic that intimidates me. This class was intense, 2 full dyeing days and an entire day assembling a 33 page dye book. Here’s a quick photo essay of the class: Deb told us that she’s winding up her days as a traveling teacher. If you get the chance to take a class from her do it, it will be the most exhausting and fulfilling 3 days that you’ve ever treated yourself ...

Spinning Tuesdays: Spinning with Jacey Boggs

This past week I took a 3 days of classes with Jacey Boggs, Corespinning, Boucle and Cable and Crepe yarns.  It was a lot of new things for me, I’ve had one other class in Boucle yarns, spun along with Jacey’s DVD, poked around on You Tube, and tried to figure highly textured yarns out from books, with not a lot of success. I was prepared to work. What I wasn’t prepared for was how Jacey taught. Many spinning teachers teach in a style that I call, “Want this? Do this.”  Sort of like paint by numbers, following along exactly how the teacher spins – how they hold their hands and ...

Spinning Tuesdays: Marled Textures

I spun and knitted samples of Merino/Tencel, Silk, Merino and BFL from CJ Koho Designs all in the same colorway: Henry. I wanted to know how the difference in the texture of a fiber or fiber blend plied with a different fiber or fiber blend changes the look of the knitting – marling with texture. I took these: spun singles: I was most interested about how the Merino-Tencel and Silk would look with the Merino and BFL, because while the Merino-Tencel and Silk are shiny and Merino and BFL are matte, they are all shiny or matte in different ways. So I plied Merino-Tencel and Silk singles with BFL and Merino ...

Spinning Tuesdays: The Hot Ate My Brain

I don’t know what the weather is like where you are, but here in Michigan it’s hot. I am lucky to have air conditioning which keeps my body cool-ish, but man, oh, man, the Hot Ate My Brain. It’s hard to put coherent sentences together, much less actually think. I did spin. I like to mix textures as well as colors when I spin. Can you marl a texture? I have this lovely fiber from CJ Koho Designs: All the same colorway, but different blends. I spun them and plied the singles together in different combinations and knit swatches. I kept track, made tags, took notes. Then my brain stopped. It kind of ...