Author: @jillianmoreno

Spinning Tuesday: Making your fiber go farther by marling on purpose

I’m still thinking about marling, but now I’m marling for a purpose. More often than not I buy my fiber in 4oz increments, especially when I don’t know what I’ll make with it. Then comes the time when I pull it out to spin a 2-ply with it, and I want more yardage than 4 oz can get me. What’s a spinner to do? This spinner stretches fiber by marling on purpose. When I have fiber that has  colors I love, I marl with a natural color, it makes a variation on the colorway. When I have I fiber whose color combo no longer makes me sing, I marl with a second color or colorway to create a new ...

Monday Knitting: What’s on our needles, plus a winner!

Winner winner chicken dinner! [snicker] Who was the lucky winner of Friday’s huge contest? Lynne, who wrote, “I just gave my friend the book titled The Drowning Tree by Carol Goodman. This book was a well written mystery, involving greek mythology, classic literature and art. My friend loved it! (I did too, of course.) Would highly recommend.” Congrats to Lynne, and thanks again to everyone who participated last week! Amy‘s just finished Annette, and is really happy with it. It was a long slog that started on a whim last August, when — somehow — she cast on the wrong size, two ...

Spinning Tuesday: Knitting Marls & Our Mitten Winner

The winner of the Shelburne Mittens kit is comment number 1125, Lisa S! Thank you to the lovely folks at Rowan Yarn and Westminster Fibers for donating this prize.   Now for some spinning. As requested, the marled yarns knit into swatches. First the blue and white: Like the yarn, the fatter the original yarn the marl in the knitted fabric is more pronounced. In the finest sample it looks like flecks.   How about the blue and green yarn: I wish I had spun larger samples of these, but I do like how the colors blend even more when the yarn is knit. There is striping and pooling, but it’s interesting to ...

Spinning Tuesday: What I’ve noticed about marling

Barber pole, peppermint stick, marl are all used to describe a type of yarn that has two high-contrast singles plied together. It’s a type of yarn I really don’t care for. Though I have recently made marled yarns with less contrast that I’ve really liked. I’ve also noticed the weight of the yarn makes a difference in the marling. So I’ve been experimenting, want to see? I started with high contrast blue and white Romney, spun and plied to three different weights: bulky, worsted and DK/fingering. Here’s what I see, as the yarn gets thinner and the twists per inch number gets higher, ...

What’s on our needles, a winner and a new giveaway!

It seems our needles are laden with socks at Knitty. Here’s what we’re knitting right now: Jillian is knitting 2 socks on 2 circular needles in Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sport: On Kate’s needles: two pairs of socks for spring.   There’s the Knit Picks’ “Time Traveller” colorway – a limited edition from last fall inspired by our favorite Time Traveller, The Doctor . And a pair of socks in just about the loudest yarn imaginable: Filatura di Crosa Maxime Print in a “citrus circus insanity” (or something). Kate’s working them both at the same time on dpns, using the War & ...

Spinning Tuesday: Annis is Finished!

Don’t faint, but I’ve finished something else. My handspun Annis: I started spinning for this January 1 and have the shawl blocked and finished February 1. I still can’t believe that I worked on a project from start to finish, until it was done. No sidetracks (well, not many), no timeouts. I spun yarn that was almost DK, so the shawl is larger than the original, but that’s what I wanted. The spectacular thing about spinning your own yarn is that you can make exactly what you want, by blending color and fibers, and by the way you spin your yarn. I wanted my version of Annis to be a littler ...

Knitting Monday: What’s On Our Needles and a Giveaway!

It’s Jillian and I’m on a finishing kick. I finally finished my Monkey socks. My first pair of sock knit two at a time on two circular needles. I love the technique, a little fiddly at first, but then smooth sailing. I’m really hoping it will help me knit more socks because I have a chronic case of single sock syndrome. I’m going to try a pair of toe up socks next. I would love pattern recommendations for a first time toe up sock knitter. I used Dream in Color Smooshy in Chinatown Apple. The sock blockers up there are from Signature Needle Arts. Yes, the magical needle people. We have a ...

Spinning: Annis and Nupp Knitting

I’m not quite done knitting Annis, but it’s still gorgeous, even unblocked: I almost didn’t choose Annis to knit because it has nupps. I have issues with nupps; I love how they look and hate to knit them and this patterns has 7-stitch nupps. So I went trolling the wonderful world of the web and found an amazing technique by Myra Wood. She calls it Easy Peasy Nupp, In fact,it’s so easy it saved this pattern for me, and tranformed my thinking about knitting nupps. No lie! Brilliant isn’t it? I like it because it’s easy, but also because you can choose the size of nupp you want. ...

Spinning: The Woolen and the Worsted

This past Saturday my spinning group took a field trip to The Spinning Loft. One of our group of our group is in the market for a new wheel, so we piled 6 spinning women into an SUV big enough to hold 4 Schacht Matchlesses in the way back. We may have sung the Partridge Family theme. While our wheel shopping spin sister tried wheels the rest of us shopped and spun. I feel deeply in love with this Yarn Hollow roving, 50% Cormo/50% Alpaca. My question to the room was – how would you spin it, woolen or worsted? The room answered, annoyingly, with another question, “What will you make with it?”. I have ...

Spinning: A Winner Plus a Little Something That Makes Me Smile

Our winner of a $30 Gift Certificate to any store at The Fiber Cooperative is comment number 29 – Betsy M. Hooray! Happy spinning Betsy! Some days all I need is just a little something to make me smile. I love color and I try to infuse as much as I can into every nook and cranny of my day. Take spinning leaders, for example. I use leftover sock yarn as my spinning leaders. It works wonderfully and it’s all kinds of colorful. The bobbins above are strung with Koigu, aren’t they fun? Just what I need on a gray winter day.