Here we go!
This is an exciting time in the Spin-Off office. We've just sent the redesigned issue of Spin-Off to the printer and we're waiting for hard copies and to hear from all of you to see what you think of the changes we've made. One of those changes is to put the Spinner's Connection on the web in a blog format–so that it can be interactive and responsive–it will be showing up here very soon. As this is all very new to us, we'd love to hear what you think, what you want, and what you need.
If you're new to Spin-Off and have no idea what the Spinner's Connection is–let me take a moment to explain. Spin-Off is a quarterly magazine devoted to all aspects of making yarn and the things that spinners make with their handspun yarn; it is published by Interweave Press in Loveland, Colorado and distributed nationally and internationally with a readership of about 30,000 people. Spin-Off celebrates its 30th year with the Fall 2007 issue. The magazine has grown steadily over the last 30 years and in the last four years has seen remarkable growth in the spinning community. It seems that the more spinners connect, the more spinners there are to connect with!
The Spinner's Connection is a column in the magazine that focuses on the activities of spinning guilds. For nearly ten years, Peggy Coffey has been reading the newsletters from spinning guilds throughout the world and reporting on what they are doing. She has a unique ability to hone in on trends and threads and link them together in lovely prose. Peggy will continue to write her column and we'll post it here–giving you all the opportunity to respond and contribute. Amanda Berka (Spin-Off's Assistant Editor) and I will pop in occasionally with tidbits and news from Spin-Off.
Amy Clarke Moore