A warm welcome to Anne Merrow

Anne Merrow started her career at Interweave in 2005 as a book editor. She has worn many hats including editing spinning books, creating spinning eMags, and producing spinning workshop videos. We are excited to welcome her to the Spin-Off team as our new editor.

Anne Merrow is the new editor of Spin-Off

Anne Merrow enjoys spinning at every opportunity. Photo by Jim George.

Spinners are a welcoming bunch.

Even before I began spinning, a volunteer at a fiber festival pressed a CD spindle into my hand and encouraged me to keep trying even when the yarn broke. (It seemed interesting, but I wasn't looking for another fiber pursuit—knitting was plenty, thanks.) I bought a little fiber for a friend, watched the Llama Limbo, and didn't manage to hear Alden Amos's presentation. (If I had only known what fun I was missing!)

But when I began as an editor in Interweave's books department as a brand-new transplant from the East Coast, it was Amy Clarke Moore whose welcome ultimately proved most meaningful. Amy had just won a beginning spinning class with Maggie Casey in the holiday charity auction, and she kindly offered it to the brand-new girl. "I'd always love to take a class from Maggie, but if you're interested, you take it!" she said.

I had no idea how meaningful Amy's gift would prove. The spinners I met welcomed me more and more deeply into the fold, whether it was at fiber festivals or shops or later as an editor of spinning books and eMags and videos. Maggie's Start Spinning, Judith Mackenzie's The Intentional Spinner, the emags SpinKnit and Colorways, Sara Lamb's Spinning Silk video, and other projects not only shaped my career, they transformed my life. (Sentimental, perhaps. True, absolutely.)

This week marks my beginning as the editor of Spin-Off and all the joys that entails. I'm grateful to Amy not only for welcoming me to the wonderful realm of spinners but also for the rich and diverse magazine that she cultivated. The Spring 2014 issue of Spin-Off is full of colorful delights, from blending studies to natural dyeing—not to mention some of the loveliest yarns to come out of a dyepot. Since those first reluctant encounters with the spinning world, I've developed an impressive fiber stash, and I can't wait to try the experiments in Jacque Hart's article about the possibilities of plying.

As I assume this new responsibility—to lead a magazine with almost four decades of history and a vibrant community—I look forward to meeting even more delightful and passionate handspinners. Thank you for welcoming me into your ranks.

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