A World (Wide Web) of Spinning
Favorite Free Finds from the Spin-Off Website
My favorite thing about the Internet is that you can find just about anything, no matter where you live or what time it is. Geography and normal business hours mean nothing in a world where you can order shoes from a store across the country in the wee hours of the morning (and get them the next day if you're willing to pay extra!). The Internet is also a great way to keep in touch, a great way to learn new things, and—if you're a frugal person like me—a great place to find free stuff.
The Morning Surf Scarf from 3 Free Knitting Patterns: Knitting Scarf Patterns from Spin-Off
Luckily, the Spin-Off website is no exception! We've done our best to make our little corner of the Internet a place where spinners can hang out, get to know each other, swap tips, and of course, find some great free stuff. Here are some of my favorite Spin-Off Web finds:
We get a lot of questions from people who are new to spinning and looking for basic beginner information. These two brochures are a great place for spinning novices to start—they outline how to prepare fiber, the basics of twist, how a spindle works, and much more. Print them, give them to friends, or use them in classes. (Please don't sell them or include them in anything being sold—they're free and are meant to stay that way!)
This is the most popular download on our site, and for good reason. Jackie Erickson-Schweitzer's Morning Surf Scarf features an easy repeat that is simple to memorize, Carol Rhoades' Plush Pygora Scarf would be a perfect project if you're new to lace knitting, and Charlene Anderson's Spontaneous Knitting method is great for using up all the small bits of handspun in your stash.
The Say Hello! forum thread
In addition to questions from beginning spinners, we also get a lot of questions from spinners who aren't sure how to connect with others in their area. If you aren't sure if there's a guild—or even other spinners—where you live, introduce yourself on this thread and get to know your spinning neighbors!
Join the discussion in the What's the Most Adventurous Fiber You've Spun? thread.
The What's the Most Adventurous Fiber You've Spun? forum thread
This thread in our forum is a great place to go if you're looking for inspiration or need a few tips on a new and tricky fiber. From dryer lint to possum fur to human hair, nothing is off limits and experimentation is celebrated!
Handwoven's December 2008 Scarf of the Month: Felted Lace
Our sister publication Handwoven's website, Weaving Today, has their own free pattern library with many entries that would be perfect for handspun yarn. This felted lace scarf is easy, quick, and the size is adaptable to fit any wool yarn you have in your stash.
Spinning may have been around much longer than the Internet, but that doesn't mean that yarn and technology can't mix. We'll see you online!