Latest Addition to My Spinning Kit: Light

I've always found my headlamps at REI
I’ve always found my headlamps at REI

Am I getting older or are the rooms we take classes in getting darker? Probably a little of both. The more I teach in rooms with few (or any) windows the more I crave light.

Instead of complaining about it, I’ve decided to combat it with an addition to my spinning kit. A headlamp.

So simple and easy. We have a bunch kicking around my house. We use them for camping. We’ve had them since the kids were little, they would wear them for various games of pretend and reading in bed. They are available lots of places, outdoor stores, on-line and the camping aisle of big box stores.

I don’t leave it turned on or wear it on my head in class, I don’t want to inadvertently shine my cyclops eye into the eyes of my students. I wear it around my neck or keep it in my apron pocket, and turn it on when I want to see color or detail in the yarn being spun.


Tiny USB lights I found at Staples


My friend Greg turned me on to another type of light for spinning. If you have an e-spinner and use a battery pack,get a USB light. Plugged into your battery pack, it gives a constant beam of light and keeps your battery on, no having to turn your battery back on after pausing a spin. Genius.

Let there be light!

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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