What Happens In My Backyard When It’s Warm

katherine, amy, carla

As the weather gets warmer spinners head to my back yard like wild birds. Check out this photo from this Spring. This was the inaugural spinning in the backyard day. Carla (she of the orange pants) came over to spin. Then neighbor Katherine (she of the green, dyed by her own hand fluff) looked out her window, ceased whatever she was doing in her house and came to spin. Then Amy (she being the Knitty Goddess) after driving five hours from her house to mine came to spin (she stayed longer than the afternoon). The warmer it gets the longer the spinners stay and the more spinners come. There is always fiber trading, opinions and laughing. There may be dinner, or dyeing, or a nap in the hammock. It’s different every time. It doesn’t happen every week, but often enough for it to feel like a bit of summer camp for the grown ups.

The bags, boxes and pillows are all from Ikea (I know you want to know).

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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

6 thoughts on “What Happens In My Backyard When It’s Warm

  1. velmalikevelvet

    oh MAN, I wish I had that kinda spin scene here! wunnerful, wunnerful. (although, then I’d have to put on pants, I suppose.)

    happy spring spinning!!

  2. Frances

    I am inspired….what a grand idea! The picture and words reminds me of carefree summer days when friends would just ‘pop by’.
    We’ll have to wait a little longer (perhaps by July?) for the weather to feel truly warm here in Seattle. But I’m inviting my pals over to spin on the patio. Thanks Jillian!

  3. Deborah

    When I lived in TX, I met with a group of spinners once a week. They still meet once a week, but I moved and miss it terribly! It’s so much fun to spin and chat (and eat) with others.

  4. Amber P

    The first thing I noticed was the box from Ikea LOL I have the matching magazine holders on my shelf =)

    That looks like such a brilliant time. I need to get myself a wheel.

  5. Chris

    This looks like it was so much fun! Where do you live? If I had such an event here in Iowa we’d be eaten alive by mosquitoes in about 2 minutes flat!

  6. Michelle Murdock

    I love it….great friends sharing what they love, with friends they love…what a perfect day!! Thanks for sharing Jillian! I really need to get to Ikea…I love the bags, boxes & pillows!!!

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