Jillian’s Spinning: A Quickie – TNNA and Saranac

A quick post this week. I have been traveling and if I’m not traveling my husband has been traveling.  For three weeks we’ve been high-fiving in the doorway as one of us comes and one of us goes. things have been a little chaotic at my house.

I was at TNNA this past weekend and it was wonderful as ever. Once a got home I realized I didn’t take as many pictures as I thought I did.

Three things that jumped up and bit me hard enough for me to remember to take pictures are:

Soffsilk – spinning fiber made from silk waste. It’s so soft and fluffy and the colors are so pretty. I got a bit to play with, I should have a few yarns to show next week.

soft silk

Fyberspates Scrumptious, 45% silk/ 55% merino. All of the Fyberspates colors are unbelievable, but there is something about this yarn. I couldn’t stop touching it and dragged designers in to pet it too. Yum.

Fyberspates Scrumptious
Fyberspates Scrumptious

These beautiful little packages are Tulip Needles embroidery needles from Japan. Tulip also makes great knitting needles and crochet hooks. These needles have no neck like milliner’s needle – great for knotted stitches.

Tulip embroidery needles
Tulip embroidery needles


Saranac update. Think your ply twist doesn’t matter much? Look at this:

Saranac take two
Saranac take two

The swatch on the right is the same yarn as the left with twist taken out. The yarn is thinner, I went down a needle size to get gauge. Next week for you spinners who must know all of the technical parts of a yarn – I will bring all of the measurements and weights of the two yarns. I like this new yarn much more for this shawl.

Have a great week of spinning and knitting!


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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