A spinning eMag just for you

Fusing the old with the new


Our newest eMag Spin-Knit will be available in late October, 2010.

Things are popping in the Interweave offices. We've just launched two new eMags (electronic magazines) and more are on the way. The Quilting Arts eMag In Stitches was released in July, and Sockupied (about knitting socks) was launched just this Monday. These eMags are created for a digital format—to be viewed on a computer. With imbedded video clips, slide shows that allow you to zoom in to view the details at an almost microscopic level, and hyperlinks to websites, you can experience the craft in an almost voyeuristic way—transported inside the stitches. Take a look at the video clips that walk you through the eMags—the experience is nothing short of magical.

Seeing both these eMags just makes me even more eager as I await the launch of Spin-Knit—our very own spinning eMag, which is scheduled to appear in late October. Linda Ligon (Interweave's founder and Spin-Off's creative director) has been working on the project for nearly a year with spinner Anita Osterhaug (Handwoven's e-newsletter editor), and now Spin-Off's designer, Jason Reid, is making their dreams come to life right before our eyes. Since Jason's desk is in the Spin-Off office, we've been part of the spontaneous groups of people huddled around his computer, watching as the eMag becomes a reality.

Imagine traveling via video and slide shows to the Peruvian highlands to witness spinning and knitting alpaca fiber on a spindle or zooming in on a photograph of a handspun textile to see the twist direction of the yarn. Spin while listening and watching video interviews with spinners who have shaped the path of our craft and print easily downloadable versions of the knitting patterns to take with you—away from your computer.

While there will always be a place for Spin-Off and other magazines made of paper, it is really exciting to see how this electronic format can expand the horizons of handspinning—a fusion of the ancient craft of handspinning with the very cutting edge of digital technology.

In celebration of the old and the new—we've added pages to a PDF that has been available for free on our website for a long time—it is the "Cigar-box Charkha" article by the late Marilyn Rishel Sult from the Winter 1996 issue of Spin-Off with additional material by Deborah Robson.




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