Spinning Tuesdays: My Madrona Haul and What I’m Going to Do with It

I didn’t damage my wallet too badly at the Madrona marketplace and I tried to be mindful about what I bought.

My delight was finding vendors that I’d never known about and seeing vendors in person that I’ve only shopped on line.


My first stop was The Artful Ewe. Before you look, know that they don’t sell their batts on line.

I bought three gorgeous batts

Artful Ewe luxury fiber batt


This batt has baby alpaca, silk, cashmere, merino and BFL. After I bought it, I carried this batt around telling people to touch it. I’m thinking a fine-ish worsted spun to make something that touches my skin, a cowl or scarf or something.






Artful Ewe mixed wool batt - light blue


The light and dark blue batts have a mixture of wools and mohair.







Artful Ewe mixed wool batt - dark blue


I want to use them together for a shawl.







Dark blue yak roving


I found yak roving at the Artful Ewe too. I bought some for Amy because it’s on her list of ‘can spins’.






Jenkins Turkish Delight


I had one thing on my shopping list – a Jenkins Turkish Delight spindle. I fell in love with this one – it’s Oregon Myrtle and weighs 17gms. I bought it from Carolina Homespun.





Next I shopped at a favorite fiber dyer that I’ve never seen in person, Woolgatherings.

Woolgatherings mixed BFL


I love Kate’s color sense and frankly I resisted buying one of everything in her booth. Instead I bought two braids of the same colorway, because I love the intense light blue and orange together.

I have no idea what I’ll do with these. Maybe I have something that will go with it in my stash and will turn it into a vest or cardigan.








I bought a little yarn too, some Goth Socks and some Brooklyn Tweed Loft. I thought I was done. Except Saturday I was taking a last pass through the market and some fiber caught me. I petted, yet managed to walk away.

But then I dreamed about it, so I had to go back. One last dash to the marketplace right before I got on my shuttle to the airport.

Huckleberry Knits


Two braids, one polwarth and one BFL from Huckleberry Knits. I love the colors and the fiber is crazy-well prepared. I want to draft them together, woolen and chubby.






That’s it. I actually spent less than my budget, go figure.

I can’t wait to dig in and start spinning.








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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

8 thoughts on “Spinning Tuesdays: My Madrona Haul and What I’m Going to Do with It

  1. Meg

    Yum, yum and more yum. I can’t wait to see what the Wool Gatherings gets to be. That’s my kind of retail therapy!!!

  2. Leila Wice

    Gorgeous, gorgeous. Thanks for the loving and informative descriptions. One thought– remember to flip the shaft when you use your Turkish, so the arms of the whorl curve downward. Looking forward to hearing more as the fiber transforma. Enjoy!

  3. Cindy Holben

    I’m lucky enough to live 30 minutes from the Artful Ewe. Heide does beautiful work. You are lucky to score some Goth Socks- they sell out almost instantly.

  4. Renee Cook

    Oh my word!! I just checked out Woolgatherings offerings on Etsy because I loved the fiber you purchased and I hoped to find some for me. How did you ever manage to stay within your budget?! The colorways are among the most beautiful I’ve ever seen. I didn’t see your colorway in the store, but I found many others that will do nicely!

  5. Monica

    Love it all! I am fortunate to know Scarlet of Huckleberry Knits…her prep on EVERYTHING is amazing! Can not wait to see what you work up. 🙂

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