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: Alpaca and Jacob

This week’s spins in the great Must Spin spinathon are Alpaca and Jacob.   First up Huacaya Alpaca: The Alpaca fiber I have is more dusty than dirty, and since Alpacas have no lanolin I opted for a quick warm soak in SOAK wash, and it worked fine. The clean fiber had a fair amount of vm, but it’s so silky that I was sure it would all fall out when I combed it. I was right. It was almost magic and I wish vm would fall out of wool that way! I have never processed Alpaca before and have never spun from anything but commercially processed top. I spun straight from the comb, worsted, with just a little ...

Spinning Tuesdays: A Winner, Kid Mohair and Churro

Our winner of the spectacular spinning gift basket is : Rachael from Rochester. Congratulations Rachael, happy spinning and learning about different fibers. A big Thank You to Storey Publishing, Interweave and The Spinning Loft for supplying our prizes.   On to our spinning! First this week I spun Kid Mohair Wow this was fun to work with! Silky and sexy – it’s most of what makes up Rowan’s famous Kid Silk Haze after all. I didn’t both to wash the fiber, it had a little vm, but no real dirt and it wasn’t sticky. I combed the fiber and made two samples, one thin and one thick spinning ...

Knitting Mondays: What’s On Our Needles

I am crazy about Laura Nelkin’s new pattern Ribband, the first pattern in a collection of knitted jewelry pieces called Adorn.   It uses a few yards fingering or laceweight yarn and seed beads. The result is a long loop (about 34″) that can be worn as a bracelet, like Laura’s shown above, or a necklace. I made one over a few days and loved it. The knitting was straightforward and I nearly lost my mind and wallet going shopping in a bead store. I used Collinette Jitterbug (colorway: Copperbeach) as my yarn and dark teal beads. When I make the next one, I think I’ll make it a little longer. ...

Spinning Tuesdays: Southdown, a Break for Color and a Giveaway

Today’s Must Spin is a double. Southdown is on both Deb Robson’s list of animal fibers to spin and on her rare and endangered wools list. Southdown was another springy down fiber. This fleece was dirty, but I learned my lesson from my last down type fiber and didn’t over wash. I was in a hurry to spin this one [soft! springy! must spin!] and I learned a different lesson this week. When prepping elastic fibers, they don’t like to be rushed. I carded the fiber on my drumcarder and I did it quickly. The result was a whole lot of nepps in my batt. I wish I had flicked instead of carding, or had ...

Giveaway! Denise Interchangable Needles

For those of us knitters and spinners not partaking in Maryland Sheep and Wool this weekend, I present a giveaway! Denise Interchangeable Needles Pink Breast Cancer Research needles set in Della Q case Includes 12 needle pairs from US5/3.75mm to US19/15mm; 6 cords (5″, 9″, 12″, 14″, 16″ and 19″) (13, 23, 30, 36, 41 and 48 cm); 4 end buttons; and 2 extenders. Even more than is in a Denise knitting kit. All in a specially adapted della Q Que-i case of luxurious poly/silk, with needle pockets labeled in US and metric sizes. 1 person will win this prize. by Denise Interchangeable ...

Spinning Tuesdays: Mohair and Tunis

This week I’ve spun adult Mohair and American Tunis from Deb Robson’s list of Must Spins. Mohair: Mohair is everywhere, blended into lots of commercial yarns for a little shine and a little fuzzy halo. I’ve never worked with adult mohair by itself before. The locks took 3 washings with Power Scour before they were clean and shiny. I combed the locks and boy are they tough! I never really understood how a spinner could bend or break combs before and now I do. I overloaded my combs on my first go round and ended up taking almost half off, rather than tug and fight with it. Once I used a smaller ...

Royal Wedding Winners

Congratulations to Carolyn and Jen winners of the  Fyberspates Royal Wedding shawl kit! You can order your own kit here. As a special bonus offer for Knitty readers, anyone that buys Royal Wedding lace yarn gets a 15% discount voucher for their next Fyberspates purchase. The yarn retails for £25 per 100g hank, and the pattern for £3.

Spinning Tuesdays: Merino and Clun Forest

This week’s entries in my spin along with Deb Robson’s lists are Merino and Clun Forest. I know that Merino isn’t next on the spinning list, but I’m waiting for some Southdown (yay!) so I skipped ahead. Merino has a reputation among spinners. They either  love it or don’t. I will admit to loving it, and also admit that Merino is the Diva of fibers, touchy and can be difficult to work with, but it completely worth it. My merino was gooey and sticky, with little to no VM. It took 3 good soaks with Power Scour to get it spinnably clean. Even in it’s prewashed state it was soft and ...

Indigo Moon Winner

Our winner of 1 skein of Indigo Moon Ultimate Sock Yarn is Pilaar. Congratulations and happy knitting to you!   If you didn’t win, but still want Indigo Moon yarn. Don’t forget  Trish Moon has given us a special discount to share with you: 10% off through April 30, 2011, if you mention KnittyBlog when you place your order.

Spinning Tuesdays: Cotswold and Black Welsh Mountain

I’ve decided how to spin Deb Robson’s Must Spin Lists. I’m tackling it in order – one fiber from the Animal Fiber list and one breed from the Rare and Endangered list. Neat and tidy, no? First up Cotswold: I tend to shy away from longwools because they’re long fibers which means the dreaded (for me) worsted spinning. I barely washed the fiber in Power Scour and was pleased at how easily it cleaned, and how happy those locks were after a bath, bouncy and shiny. I combed the fiber and yes, spun it worsted. I spun it a little thick-ish (14 WPI). It was fairly easy to spin worsted, though I ...