Moment of Zen: Creating yarn with texture and color makes my soul sing. Yarn spun by Denise Renee Grace. Purchase these products in our shop!
I hit the jackpot in Christmas 1997 or 1998: my mother gave me a lace flyer for my spinning wheel, and my fiber dealer friends sent me a few ounces of superfine merino top—the perfect fiber for spinning laceweight yarn! And I had the perfect pattern in mind, too: back in the day, Spin Off […]
Some spinners are afraid to spin cotton. They’ve heard it’s too difficult. Fear not! Joan Ruane loves to teach how to spin cotton on a tahkli spindle. Over several decades, she has perfected her own techniques for spinning cotton and cultivated a passion for teaching other spinners to master the art. It all starts with […]
Warmth When it comes to keeping warm, visions of cashmere or qiviut may dance in our heads, but there’s more to warmth than fiber types. Preparation, drafting technique, and the use of the yarn all play a role in making a yarn a good insulator. Tell us about how you create yarn that traps heat. […]
Some cashmere landed on my desk recently—I do love my work! To make the loftiest, finest handspun yarn, a supported spindle can’t be beat, so it’s time to pull out a Tibetan spindle or a tahkli and practice spinning supported. To get started, I flipped to Heather Zoppetti’s article “Spinning Supported.” Here is some of […]
Has the urban grind got you down? City-dwelling spinners often connect with nature only when playing with unwashed fleece. For many of us, the animals that provide our fiber are an endless source of fascination. We are enchanted not only by the creatures themselves but also by the people who raise them. We envision romantic […]
By my second lesson, I had been spinning for a little over a week. The wheel and I had become close friends as we traveled to and from work together, the wheel buckled safely into my passenger seat. Now that I was more familiar with the spinning wheel, it was time to focus on controlling […]
We have all experienced an overflowing yarn stash, often complete with many incomplete skeins that we don’t know what to do with. Donate them? Throw them away? Blasphemy! Don’t do it. There are a ton of ways to use a little bit of yarn to spruce up a number of items. Check out this Yarn […]
Moment of Zen: Community makes the fiber world go round. Illustration by Ann Swanson. Purchase these products in our shop!
When experienced spinners undertake a large project, they generally spend some time planning the yarn. They might even (gasp) try to match a commercial yarn or spin for a desired knitting pattern! As a beginner, I took a more haphazard approach, as we’ve seen from my first vest, first socks, and second vest. I just […]