Spring+Summer Knittyspin : Color and Combs

Loading combs for blending
Loading combs for blending

The Spring + Summer issue of Knitty is live and that means a new Knittyspin column. This issue I explore how to load combs with fiber. More specifically, and so much closer to my heart, how to load  commercially prepped fiber on combs for blending color.

Each way results in a different effect to the finished yarn. The number of combing passes contributes to how much the fibers are blended too.

Curious and ready to comb? Click on over and see the difference for your self.


Yes, that is the whole fleece!


It seems like spring would never come! But now it’s here and there are fleeces to be had everywhere.

Are you fleece shopping this year or are you topped up on fleece?

I bought a tiny (1 lb) Shetland lamb fleece that I’m excited to wash and prep. I’m deciding between hand carding and drum carding.

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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