Every Class Needs a Baby

Teaching with a special guest. Photo by Emily W.

Saturday I taught a Colorplay class for a fantastic group of women at the Kalamazoo Fiber & Dye Studio. We had a fun time and spun a ton of dyed fiber.

We had a very special guest in class, Baby H, you can see him between the Matchless and the Lendrum. He’s the best baby and cast quite a spell on the class. He was there smiling and cooing at everyone, and showing off his rolling over skills. He nursed and took a a nap with his bum waving in the air. It was lovely to have him there.

It made me think about when spinning was a part of women’s every day, a have to, not a hobby. I like to imagine that sometimes they would gather with their babies and enjoy each other’s company (and children) for a bit while they got their work done.


I am, in fact, not singing opera in that photo, but it hilariously looks like I could be a Valkyrie. I’m sure I I was emphatically making a point about sampling!

I am busy packing for PLY Away, i hope to see some of you there!

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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