Jillian’s Spinning: My Worst Spinning Habit

A basket full
A basket full of questions

We all have one, a spinning habit that we wish we didn’t have. Something that is deeply ingrained or in my case a stupid arrogance. Every time I realize I’ve done it again, I want to kick myself. I shake my head and say never again. But I always find myself in the same confused boat. My worst spinning habit? I don’t label my skeins or samples!

I am so sure I’ll remember, because I’ll get right back to this project or experiment. Yeah, right. The photo up there is a big basket full of skeins, swatches and experimental yards of yarn. I have no idea how, what, why, where or when about these yarns. And I bet they are at the most important, for something very specific or at the least important, things that would save me extra spinning recreating the yarn for an article or class.

I am getting a little better, but it is still my worst most maddening spinning habit.


What’s your worst spinning habit?


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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

9 thoughts on “Jillian’s Spinning: My Worst Spinning Habit

  1. Terri Greenlee

    May I publish this post in our Fiber To Finish Guild newsletter? We were discussing 3×5 sample cards at our meeting last week, and this illustrates so well Why We Do It. If so, let me know what attribution you would like me to add.

    P.S. I too am guilty of not labeling my samples even though I know better.

  2. Sara in Brooklyn

    That’s my worst habit in *every single category*! I seed or propagate without adequate labels (thinking I’ll know what an abbreviated scribble means, months down the road); I take confusing notes on a batch of wine (my favorite is writing down the date, but not what I did); let’s not even talk about the knitting notes.

    I don’t spin (yet?), but it’s pretty clear where to look for my personal kryptonite, when the time comes.

    I read that it’s better to make ‘resolutions’ within a time period, rather than doing so in the prior period for the next one. So…. maybe 2015 still offers some hope for us?

  3. Kelly H.

    I don’t wash my yarn after it’s plied and off the wheel and otherwise done. I write up my labels right away, and even apply them, but washing? Nope.

  4. Katherine

    I had day one of a beginner spinning class this previous Sunday and I’ve already fallen into the trap of not labelling things. With knitting I can hazard a guess as to what’s happening yarn and pattern wise, not so with spinning. I think I should invest in some tape and index cards sooner rather than later.

  5. Rachelle - Warming Crafts

    Getting distracted by the pretty colours in 100g lots; I know I need larger amounts but it keeps happening!
    I do put my labels on and I also make sure that I update Ravelry at the same time with photos so that I don’t forget what it is even if I should lose the label

  6. SuthernGirl

    Not keeping track of material costs and quantities so that if I decide to sell it I can cover my expenses…..

  7. emme

    I can’t even see the word worst with out thinking worsted, and i was reading this thinking, why is worsted spinning such a bad habit?!

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