Jillian Moreno is obsessed with yarn; she can’t stop writing and teaching about spinning, knitting, weaving and stitching. She explores, questions and plays with her yarn and fiber and wants to take as many people as she can along for the ride. Jillian wrote the best-selling spinning book Yarnitecture: A Knitter’s Guide to Spinning: Building Exactly the Yarn You Want and is co-author of Big Girl Knits and More Big Girl Knits. It’s said she’s the secret love child of Willy Wonka and Hildy Johnson. When she’s at home in Ann Arbor, Michigan, she can be found wantonly basking in her stash. Keep up with her fiber exploits at jillianmoreno.com.
Contributions From Jillian Moreno
Maryland Sheep and Wool Turns 50
Take a spin (get it?) around the annual gathering of shepherds, yarn makers, and fiber arts lovers that kicks off the festival season.Read More about Maryland Sheep and Wool Turns 50
Books: A Spring Fling
Feast your eyes on nine titles to instruct, delight, and fill your spring with inspiration.Read More about Books: A Spring Fling
So Good Together: Atlas + Kidsilk Haze
Two marvelous yarns that add up to gorgeous glow and ultimate squish for your favorite worsted gauge patterns.Read More about So Good Together: Atlas + Kidsilk Haze
Yarn Detective: Norwegian Wool
Don't let this bird fly. An ode to a yarn that's gloriously ready for anything you want to knit up.Read More about Yarn Detective: Norwegian Wool
Unraveling: A Review
So much more than a pandemic memoir.Read More about Unraveling: A Review
MDK Atlas: Shifting Gauge
Find your Atlas sweet spot for stockinette, lace, cables, and color work.Read More about MDK Atlas: Shifting Gauge
Books: A Holiday Shindig
Cozy up with a dozen engaging titles for knitters, for makers, and for reading aloud.Read More about Books: A Holiday Shindig
I Made It with Atlas: Fog Cutter
Just what the doctor ordered: a bright hit of citrusy color for a gloriously textured pullover by Thea Colman.Read More about I Made It with Atlas: Fog Cutter
My Icelandic Sojourn
Let's go where the knitting is happy, the cinnamon rolls are the best anywhere, and the grocery stores stock yarn.Read More about My Icelandic Sojourn
Why You Might Want to Learn to Spin
It looks like it's lots of fun. We even give you a little lesson, right here.Read More about Why You Might Want to Learn to Spin
Color Play: Q & A with Spincycle’s Rachel Price
Our resident yarnitect talking with an expert dyer and swatching up wonderful yarns.Read More about Color Play: Q & A with Spincycle’s Rachel Price
Yarn Detective: Drape and Elasticity
Learn about what gives your favorite yarns their sprawl or their spring.Read More about Yarn Detective: Drape and Elasticity
An MDK Yarn Glossary
Or, That Word Doesn't Mean What You Think It MeansRead More about An MDK Yarn Glossary
A Bookish Spring
Brew a pot of tea and browse these titles to get your hands moving and to delight your heart and head.Read More about A Bookish Spring
How Needle Material Affects Gauge
Moreno over matter. Choose the best needles for the way you knit.Read More about How Needle Material Affects Gauge
Atlas: Up Close with This New Yarn
What makes a yarn great? Our yarn expert shows us exactly what makes Atlas special.Read More about Atlas: Up Close with This New Yarn
Sing Along with Sequence Knitting
She loves to play at swatching all day.Read More about Sing Along with Sequence Knitting
Books: A Winter Shindig
Books for makers, books for winter reveries and reflection.Read More about Books: A Winter Shindig
Mixtape Cowl Recipe
Mix it up and make it your own.Read More about Mixtape Cowl Recipe
Amp up your color crush by marling gradients.Read More about Mixtape Marls
Color Curiosity: What Is Going on with those Skeins?
Down the technicolor rabbit hole we go.Read More about Color Curiosity: What Is Going on with those Skeins?
Books: A Late Summer Shindig
Heaps of inspiration for the marvelous maker's autumn to come.Read More about Books: A Late Summer Shindig
Yarn Detective: Got GOTS (Certification)?
When it comes to organic certification standards, GOTS is the Greatest of All Time.Read More about Yarn Detective: Got GOTS (Certification)?
Yarn Detective: Semi-Solid Swirl
All turned around for Neighborhood Fiber Co.'s exquisite dyeing.Read More about Yarn Detective: Semi-Solid Swirl
Books: A Spring Shindig
Recommendations for a happily busy maker's summer.Read More about Books: A Spring Shindig
Sonya Philip’s Long-Awaited Book Is Here!
Jillian Moreno reviews a brand-new thing by Sonya Philip.Read More about Sonya Philip’s Long-Awaited Book Is Here!
Yarn Detective: Léttlopi Love
In which Jillian sings the praises of a yarn that hits all the sweet spots.Read More about Yarn Detective: Léttlopi Love
Why Wool Wash?
. . . or The Wetter the Better . . . or Mostly Moist.Read More about Why Wool Wash?
Best of 2020: Jillian’s Gems
Fiber-y goodness from the mind, heart, and hands of Jillian Moreno.Read More about Best of 2020: Jillian’s Gems
Books: A Seasonal Shindig
A roundup of fiber and needlework goodness.Read More about Books: A Seasonal Shindig
Fill our hands with that doubled yarn. Ooooh ... doubled yarn.Read More about Double Vision
Race you to the playground (of novelty yarns)!Read More about Ply Playground
Mohonk: What Makes a Yarn Cozy?
Good ingredients, cleverly combined, add up to a great sweater yarn.Read More about Mohonk: What Makes a Yarn Cozy?
How to Audition a Yarn
For one thing, “audition” sounds like a lot more fun than "swatch."Read More about How to Audition a Yarn
The Switcheroo: Nua Sport and Felted Tweed
A side-by-side comparison of two great yarns for one fabulous design.Read More about The Switcheroo: Nua Sport and Felted Tweed
The Yarn Detective: Nua Sport
Why is Nua Sport so mouth-wateringly delicious? MDK's yarn detective investigates.Read More about The Yarn Detective: Nua Sport
Substituting Yarn: Look at the Design
When substituting, it's not just about the yarn.Read More about Substituting Yarn: Look at the Design
Yarn Detective: Felted Tweed
Fans of Felted Tweed, unite! Everybody loves this yarn—and for good reason.Read More about Yarn Detective: Felted Tweed
Substituting: Thinking About Yarn
It could all go horribly wrong. Let's do it!Read More about Substituting: Thinking About Yarn
Yarn Detective: Wonderful Winterburn
Véronik Avery's Hadley Pullover in Winterburn Aran—will you look at that shine?Read More about Yarn Detective: Wonderful Winterburn
Yarn Detective: Big Wool
How can a yarn be so big and yet so light?Read More about Yarn Detective: Big Wool
Superwash Part 2: How Do They Do That?
Settle in, yarn explorers, for an overview of the superwash process, plus: a tale of two merinos.Read More about Superwash Part 2: How Do They Do That?
It’s Not You, It’s the Yarn: Superwash Edition
Ever wonder why superwash yarns are...like that?Read More about It’s Not You, It’s the Yarn: Superwash Edition
Yarn Detective: Sock Yarn Versus Fingering-Weight Yarn
Danger, Will Robinson! Sock Yarn and Regular Fingering-Weight Yarn are not identical twins.Read More about Yarn Detective: Sock Yarn Versus Fingering-Weight Yarn
Yarn Detective: Twist and Knitting Style, Part 2
The yarn goddess answers two reader questions about how yarn twist and knitting style affect knitting gauge.Read More about Yarn Detective: Twist and Knitting Style, Part 2
Yarn Detective: Ballbands Are Liars
Separating signal from noise, when it comes to information on a yarn label.Read More about Yarn Detective: Ballbands Are Liars
Picking and Grinning: How Your Knitting Style Affects Gauge and Fabric
Welcome to another installment of "It's Not You, It's the Yarn."Read More about Picking and Grinning: How Your Knitting Style Affects Gauge and Fabric
Best of 2018: Things About Yarn You Didn’t Know
Riveting, we tell you! This is the most compelling writing about yarn you'll ever find. Read ’n’ learn, friends!Read More about Best of 2018: Things About Yarn You Didn’t Know
Yarn Detective: The Mysterious Phenomenon of the Gauge Shifters
The secret to knitting lighter sweaters.Read More about Yarn Detective: The Mysterious Phenomenon of the Gauge Shifters
Grist: A Secret Measurement for Substituting Yarn
Learn this simple calculation to improve your success when substituting yarns.Read More about Grist: A Secret Measurement for Substituting Yarn
The Why of Ply
This often-overlooked yarn characteristic can have a big impact on knitted fabrics.Read More about The Why of Ply
Woolen and Worsted: What Does It Mean?
Our spinner-in-residence teaches the difference between two styles of putting twist into yarn.Read More about Woolen and Worsted: What Does It Mean?
Better Know a Sheep: Breeds and Yarns
Sheep, goats and other woolly beasts might save your knitting.Read More about Better Know a Sheep: Breeds and Yarns