7 Reasons to Love Making Yarn

Joan is such a beautiful cover girl!

When I first started knitting, I didn't think much about how yarn came to be. I simply loved it for what it was: beautiful fiber that I could turn into things!

It wasn't until I started reading Spin-Off magazine that I really got educated on fibers and how to make them into yarn. The whole thing is just fascinating, and like knitting, there's so much to learn!

Spin-Off Editor Anne Merrow is a great teacher, and she's here to share her favorite things about making yarn with Spin-Off magazine.

My Favorite Things About Spin-Off

1. Learn new techniques.
Every issue of Spin-Off includes new how-to information on an aspect of spinning. It may be a new take on a skill you've already explored or an aspect of spinning you've never thought about before. Challenge your hands-and your brain-by experimenting with spinning methods.

2. The sheep. (And goats.)
Did you catch Joan on the cover of the winter 2015 issue (photo at left)? I love Joan, one of Kate Larson's Border Leicesters. Every issue has fiber-bearing beasts aplenty, with information just for spinners, not to mention irresistible photos.

3. To catch up on what other spinners are doing.
Around the globe (or in a nearby guild), thousands of spinners are experimenting, taking on new products, innovating, and just having a great time. Readers tell us that one of their favorite aspects of the magazine is learning about the adventures that their compatriots are undertaking.

4. The projects.
Every issue of Spin-Off includes at least three original designs for knitting, weaving, crochet, even felting and other fiber crafts. Whether you follow the directions exactly or take inspiration for your own projects, they're the perfect way to use your handspun yarn. Here are some beautiful examples of recent knitting projects:

Clockwise from top right: Pretty Practical Pot Holders by Susan Z. Douglas, from Spin-Off Spring 2014; Earflap Hat by Melanie Smith, from Spin-Off Spring 2014; Winter Twilight Mittens by Donna Kay, from Spin-Off Winter 2015; Country Summer Shawl by Sara Greer, Spin-Off Fall 2014

Andrea Mielke Schroer's article in Spin-Off  fall 2014 took a fresh look at a familiar subject—and included valuable information for beginning and advanced spinners alike.

5. To find new tools and fibers.
In addition to our Get This! Column every issue, Spin-Off is the place to read all about new products from the market's leading (and up-and-coming) companies. We were initially surprised when readers told us how valuable they find the ads every issue—but taking a look at all the delights that are available, we get pretty excited too!

6. The special issues.
Every winter we feature a Natural Fibers Issue, which focuses on all kinds of plant and animal fibers. Besides the articles and patterns, this issue features a Natural Fiber Directory that lists producers by fiber type and location. Other issues include equipment issues with wheel roundups and other themed issues such as travel, plying, myths and facts, and spinning luxuries.

7. A surprise awaits you in your mailbox every three months!
Whatever the new issue brings, you can look forward to it coming straight to your home or mailbox (or your digital device) like clockwork.

Subscribe to Spin-Off today so you don't miss any of the great stuff coming up!

P.S. Are you a Spin-Off subscriber? Leave a comment and share one (or more!) of your favorite things.

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