Amy, Kate and I attended The National Needlework Association convention in Cleveland, Ohio a few weeks ago. This is the wholesale show where knitting shops go to buy for the fall season. I’m always on the lookout for spinning things. This year there seemed to be a little less spinning than in the past, but the show was smaller overall.
Ashford was there too. I saw lots of demos of their newer e-spinner. I’ve tried it and it’s very, very, good. If you are in the market for an e-spinner, be sure to give this one a try before you make your decision.
A company new to me, Fiber Sprite, was there, They have fiber and the most adorable (and useful) yarn control cards that have a twist angle gauge on them too. Attention dyers and other skein lovers, they are working on an electric skein winder that breaks down and stores in a very small footprint.
The folks that bring me my core teaching fiber, DM Fibers, were there with new colors of two of my favorites, Corriedale and Merino/silk.
It always makes me so happy to stand in the Frabjous Fibers booth and marvel at all of their fiber in person. Sigh, I tried not to drool. If you’re taking a class with me in the next year, you’ll be spinning some of their new colors. I’m also adding different fibers and blends to my teaching mix.
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