Jillian’s Spinning: The Joy of Finishing

I am thoroughly a process spinner and knitter, my happiness is in figuring things out, sampling and swatching.

magical mattress stitch
magical mattress stitch


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.

the last stitch
the last stitch

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.

Are you a process or product crafter?

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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

3 thoughts on “Jillian’s Spinning: The Joy of Finishing

  1. Candi

    Definitely process! I knit lots of things that I don’t really care if they ever get worn or not. I am excited when I make something that I LOVE and wear over and over, but not that disappointed when something doesn’t end up being the best thing ever. I enjoy easy knitting with just a simple pattern to keep me awake and sometimes the challenge of learning something new, but nothing too tedious.

  2. Karrie

    I love the process and have made a concerted effort to wear what I knit. This has helped me choose designs that suite my shape better and I’m getting better at adjusting patterns to fit. My next step is to match handspun to the right sweater & still get the right fit.

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