Healing Fibers Foundation

Lynne Rule of the Healing Fibers Foundation is on a mission to bring fiber arts to everyone, especially people with serious health issues. In 2014, Lynne transformed her personal challenges into the Healing Fibers Foundation located in Boulder, Colorado. Our Roving Reporter, Kate Larson, tells us more about her outreach. “Serenity in fiber” is a […]


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Yarn Leftovers: Wall Hanging

Inspired by the one empty wall in my cubicle, this yarn leftover wall hanging project is incredibly easy to make and great for personalizing any space. And it is the perfect craft to make with the younger people in your life! Help them get started on their first DIY décor project, or make one for […]


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Handspinning naturally attracts DIYers. After all, if you can make your own yarn, why not make the tools to spin it with? You might be tempted to try to make a spinning wheel at home, but wheels generally require advanced woodworking expertise to run smoothly. Start with more straightforward handspinning tools and work your way […]


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Did I Mention Sampling? Before we travel back to the beginning of my spinning-to-knit days, I’d like to show off one of my more recent finished creations: the Silversmith cardigan by Meghan Jackson. (I’m hoping this project will give me a little street cred. If I began the series with my first-ever garment, you’d never […]


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Knitting has the national stage this week—hot pink hats with cat ears have grabbed the attention of news organizations across the country, from The Washington Post to the Los Angeles Times. These hats come from the Pussyhat Project launched Thanksgiving weekend in preparation for the Women’s March on Washington, taking place on the National Mall, January […]


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This issue is all about fiber. We’re looking at it closeup this time—really closeup—by examining crimp and diameter in detail to understand why fiber does what it does. Beth Smith has written a great article about spinning wool to the crimp—it’s a pretty straightforward concept and a wonderful place to start when you’re deciding how […]


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Loving the Longwool at Interweave Yarn Fest

If you are a spinner who sticks to the fine Merino end of the wool spectrum, you might not have ventured into curly Longwools. Or maybe you tried spinning Longwool once and ended up with over-twisted, scratchy yarn. But I’ve brought along a friend to change your mind: Little Hans the Border Leicester beseeches you […]


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Singles

What are singles? Jillian Moreno defines singles as yarn that will be used as is, in its unplied state, and a single is a yarn that is plied after it is spun. Pro: No plying. Great for color effects such as gradient yarns and long striping sequences. Con: Knitted fabrics created with singles tend to […]


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Spirited Away to a Spinner’s Delight

You will watch nearly two hours for the first glimpse of fiber arts in Spirited Away, Hayao Miyazaki’s brilliant 2001 anime film. You will hardly notice the time pass, though, as the adventures of a young girl trapped in a spirit world unfold. Although Miyazaki’s films My Neighbor Totoro and Ponyo are better known, Spirited […]


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