I am thoroughly a process spinner and knitter, my happiness is in figuring things out, sampling and swatching.
I only finish a few things a yearthat are wearable and those are usually accessories of some kind, hats for the kids or scarves and shawls for gifts.
For the spinning book I’m writing I wanted to design a sweater, spin it and knit it myself. I finished it yesterday and I had forgotten the joy of finishing. Not the being done part, but the act of finishing. The magic of the mattress stitch, the satisfaction of a smoothly sewn in sleeve or the giddiness of picking up the right amount of neck stitches the very first time.
But there is nothing that compares to that little swoop of glee when you bind off that very last stitch. Sure there is still the blocking that needs to be done, but that last stitch really signifies completion, the end, woot I’ve finished something! It is a unique feeling, a glow.
I’d forgotten just how good it feels. Now if you will excuse me, I have a bunch of ends to weave in.
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