Spinning Tuesdays

Spinning in the Spring and Summer: The First Wave of Fiber Festivals

  I get itchy this time of year because I know festival season is going to start soon. Animals, fiber,  spinning, and friends all together usually at a fairground, I love it. In my mind the season opens with Maryland Sheep and Wool in May and it closes with the Southeast Animal Fiber Fair in October. Here’s a list of some of the US festivals from May-August. May May 5-6 Maryland Sheep and Wool, West Friendship, Maryland. May 11-13 Shepherd’s Harvest, Lake Elmo, Minnesota May 12-13 New Hampshire Sheep and Wool, Deerfield New, Hampshire May 19-20 Kentucky Sheep and Fiber Festival, Lexington, Kentucky ...

This Spinner Talks Knitting on Mason-Dixon Knitting

    I have a new post up at Mason-Dixon Knitting about  how ply in commercial yarn affects knitting. I’ve been having a great time over the past few posts talking to knitters about how yarns are constructed and what it means to our knitting. Everyone seems happy to learn new things and to find out that some knitting snafus are caused by yarn fiber, draft and ply, not by our ability to knit.   I demonstrated fun with ply in some great yarns :   Single-ply (singles): Mrs. Crosby, Satchel (100% Superwash Merino), Color: Spun Gold. 2-ply: Sincere Sheep, Cormo Fingering (100% Cormo), Color: Vit ...

A New Spinning Book: 51 Yarns by Jacey Boggs Faulkner! Psst, there’s a giveaway….

There aren’t that many spinning books that get published each year and I feel that each one should be celebrated! The newest book to join the spinning fold is 51 Yarns to Spin Before You Cast Off by Jacey Boggs Faulkner, Queen of PLY Magazine, PLY Away and the new PLY Books program. I work with Jacey on books, so I’m not writing a review, just doing a little show and tell of our new book. This book outlines 51 yarns every spinner should spin before they are done. Done with spinning, done with fiber, or that bigger done. There are breeds, drafts and particular plies to explore, with tips and how-tos to get ...

Community Love: Abundant Earth Fiber

In the time between Madrona and Stitches West the wonderful and creative people at Abundant Earth Fiber had their entire inventory stolen from their trailer. You can read the story here.   This is a devastating loss to Lydia and her team. I first learned about Abundant Earth from Ken of Homestead Hobbyist at Madrona a year ago, she makes some of his most unique yarns in her mill. She also makes yarns for YOTH and other discerning companies and people. She makes yarn and processes fiber into roving and batts from locally sourced wool. She also has a really cool way to easily dye yarn and fiber.     I ...

Inspiration: Handspun Knitty Projects from First Fall 2017

I want to knit a lot more with my handspun this year so I went in search of inspiration. I took a peek at First Fall Knitty, 2017 to see if any spinning knitters had made projects from handspun, and I found some beautiful projects.      Miss Bunt’s Mostly Bosco, an all handspun version of Bosco spun from Southercross Fibre’s Veternari. The colors and all over striping make a vibrarnt sweater. I’d like to wear this in the middle of a grey winter!         Missbrownspeck’s Slow Fade, from Kate’s Slow Fade. It’s still a WIP, but it’s so pretty in ...

Jump into 2018 with #wemakeyarn

Mary Ann of Three Waters Farm and Knitting Sarah devised a fun way to jumpstart your spinning for 2018 – the #wemakeyarn daily photo challenge! All you do is post a photo to social media every day using the prompts on the list. If you miss a day, you can always double (or triple) up. There are no real rules other than letting it inspire your spinning and creativity.  I know I need a little push at the beginning of the year, so I’ll be participating on Instagram (I’m @jillianmoreno).  Are you in?

Choosing Yarns for a Woven Wrap

No, I didn’t handspin any of these yarns. I dug into my stash and came up with yarns that are in the color wheelhouse of the recipient. Yes, this is a gift. I am not, as you might be thinking, starting hilariously late. The person this is for will be celebrating holiday fun after the new year. She loves wraps, shawls and scarves and wears them constantly. I’m going to weave her a wrap on my Cricket rigid heddle loom that is 10-12 inches wide and 60-70 inches long plus fringe. I haven’t done the math yet. Because for me the most important part is picking the yarns. This will be a openly woven wrap, ...

New Knittyspin: Cal Patch’s Crochet Crusader Cowl

A new issue of Knitty means new spinning fun! Have you seen Cal Patch’s Crochet Crusader Cowl? Handspun from Into the Whirled 40/40/20 Superwash Merino/Merino/Silk and crocheted onto a sweatshirt, it’s the perfect curl up on the couch quick project. The yarn is a chubby 9 WPI and used 240 yards, you probably have a skein close to that in your stash basket next to the couch. You can make a sweatshirt like Cal did, upcycle one from your closet or a thrift store or put the cowl on a sweater. It makes something snuggly even more special.     My Knittyspin column this issue is about spiral plied ...

Gifts for Spinners: Tools

This will be my last gift post for the season, my favorite things – spinning tools! Here are a few tools I recommend that have enriched my spinning life this year.     I use my Louet cotton handcards a lot, not just to card rolags, but I test-blend colors before I start with my drum carder. My Hipstrings control cards and gauge hang on whichever wheel I’m using. I use my WPI control cards every time I spin and my Twist Angle Gauge almost every time.         Weaving is creeping into more and more spinners’ lives. Not ready to commit to a floor loom (yet)? A Schacht ...

Gifts for Spinners: Knitting and Other Craft Books

I know a lot of you are shopping for gifts for spinning friends, making gift lists for others to shop for you, or maybe you’re like me – I buy myself a little something to help soothe the stress of all of the holiday crazy. I want to mention a few books that are handspun friendly that aren’t spinning books. These books have patterns that work well with handspun, they enhance your handspun, or they get that other yarns exists beyond big mill produced yarns. Here are some of my favorites from this year.   Mason Dixon Knitting Field Guides These tiny books have patterns that are perfect for ...