Knitting a Net

Bare Naked Wools roadtrip

So much is going on in the world right now and I’m really feeling it. Plus, my oldest just left for college,  5 hours away. I’m feeling a little lost and a little sad. So I’m knitting, just swatches.

BNW Better Breakfast worsted

I have a project coming up that needs swatches and I have gorgeous Bare Naked Wools yarns to use. So I used them for more than just my project-to-be.


On the drive to college I hand wound all of my yarns. One the way home I knit swatches. Spinning, knitting and fiber don’t always work for me when I’m agitated and emotional, but this time it was perfect. It was both mindful and mindless.

The yarns were all smooth and spun from interesting blends and the swatches were straight stockinette. This time a little merino/alpaca blend is just what I needed to knit a little net for my heart.


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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

7 thoughts on “Knitting a Net

  1. Mizia Camargo Ribeiro

    Thinking from your oldest catch eyes… so adventurous things to do… a new world, new friends…. those such beautiful things we wished for us a long time ago.
    His baggage is full of your love and everything will goes well! Best wishes, dear! God bless you both!

  2. Anne Marie

    I’m in the SAME boat! My oldest gone. Feeling lost. I CO a sweater and knit on the drive to and fro, but now I can’t seem to pick it up and work on it.

  3. Gina in the SF Bay Area

    Although it was over 10 years ago, I remember that college drop-off trip as if it were just yesterday. So many mixed feelings on the departure of my only child – so sad to see him go, so proud he made it to college and onto its soccer team, and me so free to do many things I had put off. There were bumps along the way, but he is happily working and living on his own. The knitting of many hats, mittens, and blankets helped me along the way and provided solid proof of my continued love and support.

  4. Caroline aka FiberTribe

    wow. my heart to your heart. I remember her modeling your beautiful multicolored knits with Knitty was only a grasshopper. The day are long but the years are short.

  5. Ellen

    Just moved my youngest into college this week and it is really hard. Coming home to an empty house is the worst. My husband and I are both really feeling it. It doesn’t help that our oldest moved clear across the country in June. I am finding that knitting is helping, and it’s nice to know that others are in the same boat.

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