Spinning for Knitting: Planning a Project


Cost includes 6 hours of class.

With Jillian Moreno

May 16, 2:00-4:00 CDT;
May 22, 2:00-4:00 CDT;
May 23, 2:00-4:00 CDT

Are you ready to spin for a project? This class will dive into the details of planning a project to spin, in ways that work for you.

Class sessions will be recorded and remain accessible online to registered students of the class for 7 days following the event.

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Are you ready to spin for a project? This class will dive into the details of planning a project to spin, in ways that work for you.

In this class we will explore how to:
• Make intentional choices from fiber to finish for your project yarn • Evaluate a yarn
• Assess a knitting pattern for spinning
• Match (and improve) any commercial yarn a pattern suggests
• Use your default yarn as a springboard for your project yarn
• Keep consistent through a project
• Sample quickly

You will learn how to identify the parts important to you in a pattern, and discover how to translate that information into your yarn, building it up through your individual choices.

We will work on the essentials of successful project tracking and how to use measuring tools. You’ll learn about grist, and how it points to how much fiber you need for a project.

Along the way I will point out how to customize our planning suggestions for how you like to spin, because there is never just one way to spin, make a yarn, or plan a project.

Using the ideas from this class you will be able to plan and spin a project you love.

Special skills or knowledge needed to take this workshop:
Please have the ability to adjust your wheel and make a plied yarn that pleases you.
I recommend taking my class Yarnitecture or reading my book Yarnitecture before this class, but it is not necessary.

Supply List:
__A wheel in good working order
__At least three bobbins
__A lazy kate
__A niddy noddy
__Tags to mark samples
__Pen and paper to take notes
__Any measuring tools you have, WPI gauge, yarn balance, digital scale, ruler, twist angle gauge, etc
__A skein of your default yarn to measure and evaluate
__A knitting pattern that you would like to make with your handspun, and information about the commercial (or handspun) yarn that the pattern suggests. If you don’t have a pattern, it’s ok! You can bring the idea of a pattern (a sweater, socks, a cowl) and any specific elements, lace, cables, extra-soft, etc. We’ll be working through general examples in class.
__Fiber for sampling. Having 2-ish ounces of a couple of different fibers or blends you are considering for the project is helpful. You do not have to have enough of this fiber to make a project on hand.

Additional information

Skill Level

Main Technique