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

PLY Away Registration is Saturday!

PLY Away registration starts on Saturday at 8am CST! Are you ready? Here’s a handy page that has a guide to registration, a registration cheat sheet and a downloadable schedule with class descriptions. Here’s what I’m teaching: Living Color: The Ultimate Braid Class –2 Day Class Spin and Nosh: Sheep Sampler: Down Breeds – Half Day   Yarnitecture 2 : Shop to Shawl, Spinning for a Specific Project – Full Day Class Pretty Maids All in a Row: Successive Color Plying – Half Day Class   I hope I’ll see some of you in my classes!

On the Road: The Yarn Barn in Lawrence, Kansas

  The Yarn Barn in Lawrence, Kansas is one of the biggest and best fiber shops in the country. I might be a little biased since I lived in Lawrence for more than decade and started all of my fiber fun at the Yarn Barn. I recently went back to visit and remembered to take pictures. The current location of the Yarn Barn used to be a bookstore and newsstand, it has a ton of floor space. They carry a huge array of tools, fiber and yarn for knitting, weaving and spinning, and have classes.       Need a new wheel? You can walk out with one here , no waiting. There were at least 20 wheel to try on the ...

WEBS First Spinning Summit

  WEBS, the yarn store, yes THAT yarn store, the giant holy grail of yarn shopping, had it’s first spinning retreat, Spinning Summit and I was lucky enough to teach there. WEBS has an excellent selection of both spinning and weaving tools. Here’ a peek at the Spinning Summit: The teachers were Amy King, Beth Smith, Abby Franquemont and me. We each taught three, 3-hour classes over two and half days. The whole Summit lasted from Friday night until 2pm on Sunday. I think it was a perfect amount of time. The Spinning Summit had an employee photographer, Ashley Flagg, so you can actually see pictures of ...

New Pattern Alert! Kate Atherley’s The Wild One

Holy cow this is an excellent pattern! Have you seen it yet? Knitty’s own Kate Atherley has designed a motorcycle jacket knit from Lopi and Ultra Alpaca. It’s called The Wild One. I’m just going to pause for a second and think of young Marlon Brando in his white t-shirt and motorcycle jacket. Sigh. Ok, moving on. The Wild One has a cropped length, set in sleeves and waist shaping. It’s knit in pieces, denser than Lopi usually calls for, and seamed. This gives the jacket more structure and some wind resistance. Because she’s a genius, she’s lined the bits that might touch your skin, ...

It’s Spinzilla Time, Be Inspired!

Today is the second day of Spinzilla 2107 thousands of miles of yarn have already been spun. Are you spinning? Enthusiasm and yarn mileage are high the first couple of days, but then it might dip. You may not be feel quite as excited as at the start. Look for inspiration in your other spinners. There are Ravelry groups for just about every team or just search Spinzilla in forums and look at all that yarn! Instatgram is a great place to look too search #spinzilla2017 or #spinzilla and look at all of the pretty pictures. Want some words to inspire you? Head over to the the Spinzilla Blog Tour page and check out some of ...

The Sandwich Part of My Batts

In my latest Knittyspin column I talk about the difference between heathered and tweed batts. As usual, I got comments and questions (thank you, I love that) not about heather vs tweed, but about my mention of making a sandwich with my fiber and nubbies in my tweed batt. It’s exactly how it sounds, I split my batt fiber in two, put down one half, add the nubbies, put the second half on top and send it through the carder. Here’s a visual: My fiber is yellow Corriedale from Dashing Mouse and my add-ins are  silk waste from my stash. My carder is the Strauch Finest Motorized. The silk waste will make a tweed ...

Glaswegian Giveaway!

Monday morning is always an excellent time for a giveaway!   This morning thanks to the generous folks at Berroco we’re giving away a yarn pack of Istex Plötulopi to make Amy Christoffers divine sweater Glaswegian in the  brand new Deep Fall Knitty! Plötulopi is lighter than air and knits up at a 5-ish stitches to an inch gauge. That gauge combined with an Icelandic style makes for a lickity-split-quick knitting sweater, perfect for kicking off fall knitting. Glaswegian is one of those perfect sweater that will never get put away all fall and winter because you’ll wear it nearly everyday.   ...

Organizing Spinning Tools at the Hardware Store – Retractable Key Ring

I could spend just as much time organizing my spinning tools as I do spinning. One of my favorite places to hunt for ways to organize my tools (and to look for new tools) is the hardware store. One of my favorites is the retractable key ring.     I might have a little thing about retractable key rings that goes back to my childhood viewing of One Day at a Time. I was simultaneously delighted and horrified that Schneider regularly broke into Ann Romano’s apartment, uninvited, using a pass key that he had on – his retractable key ring. It was practical, a little dangerous and very, very cool to 12 ...

A Stash of One’s Own Is Out Today!

  Clara Parkes new book of essay A Stash of One’s Own: Knitters on Loving, Living with and Letting Go of Yarn is out today! It should be a fiber world holiday. We should all get the day off to read the book, eat cake and frolic in our stashes. Go buy this book, read it and then contemplate your stash, cake is optional. This is a book of essay, but Clara isn’t the only writer examining their stashes and feelings in this book. Check out the list of authors:   As you can see with my subtle added artwork that it’s not just knitters writing in the book. I am a knitter too, but my essay is about ...

Lorna’s Laces New Fiber

  Have you heard that Lorna’s Laces has new spinning fiber?   I got a little surprise box in the mail and had to share before I’ve even spun any. I think it’s just beautiful. There is 100% BFL, 100% Alpaca, and a 70 Angora/30 Wool blend, all are top. I’ll report back after I’ve spun these beauties in the meantime let me know if you spot any in the wild!   I’m heading off to teach at Wisconsin Sheep and Wool tomorrow and it’s my first time at that show. Is there anything I shouldn’t miss on the road, any must-visit vendors or any restaurants I should try? ...