Are you in a rut?
Time to spin something new?
There's pleasure in letting fiber slip through your fingers in that old familiar way, creating the yarn you've been mastering for years. But the longer you spin the yarn that feels most comfortable, the more difficult you may find it to make a new kind of yarn: a new weight, a new drafting method, a new way of holding your hands. A groove can so easily turn into a rut. Think of this collection of articles from past issues of Spin-Off as not only your lifeline out of your well-worn spinning path, but as a lab notebook for the most fun set of experiments you've ever tried. Try out these techniques and see what you can spin.
We compiled articles from past issues of Spin-Off in our free eBook, A Guide to Handspun Yarn: Types of Yarn and How to Spin Them, to bring the descriptions of different types of spinning and the resulting yarns together in one place.
The articles in will teach you plenty of new skills, but the best reason for trying them out might come in a note from Rita Buchanan quoted in the article "Drafting Techniques" by Jeannine Bakriges: "To my mind, the big reason for having a repertoire of skills is so that you can handle a variety of fibers, by sampling until you arrive at a method that allows comfort and control. Unlike many spinners, I don't think how you draft makes a big difference in how the yarn turns out. Nope, it's more about if you spin that fiber into yarn, versus putting it away in the closet because you can't manage it."
We hope you try out the techniques in A Guide to Handspun Yarn: Types of Yarn and How to Spin Them and see what you can spin.