How a knitted scarf turns into a woven one


Liz Gipson designed her scarf to be made on a rigid-heddle loom for the Spring 2004 issue of Spin-Off.

Mary Spanos's scarves were created for the Spring 2004 issue of Spin-Off by plying wool and silk.


Judie Overbeek made her scarf by combining handspun and millspun yarn. It was included in the Fall 2004 issue of Spin-Off.


Jesse Karnes used her laceweight singles for this weft-faced scarf that was included in the gallery of the Fall 2004 issue of Spin-Off.

Finding inspiration in the pages of Spin-Off

We just finished putting together Interweave Knit&Spin (look for it on newsstands the beginning of May and in the Interweave Store next week). It is a special issue for the comfortable knitter but beginning spinner and was a blast to put together. It includes a compilation of some of the best spinning info and knitting projects we found in the thirty-four years (nearly 140 issues) of Spin-Off magazine and a number of Interweave spinning books. (We also added in a few new articles to round things out and spice things up.)

While flipping through all those back issues looking for the best stuff to include, I was amazed at the wealth and breadth of information in Spin-Off, and how, after thirty-four years, there is still more to say on the subject of spinning. Flipping through all those back issues also made me appreciate so much more the new Collection CDs we have been releasing.

It is so convenient to be able to digitally search a full issue, pulling out all instances of one key word. I can picture a future when with a few key strokes we can find everything related to one subject. Also, it is so easy to print out just the information you need when you find it, rather than tagging everything and making copies later. I have found this useful for my own spinning projects. I'm the type of person who always makes personal copies of pages out of magazines and books so I don't need to carry the full volume along.

I recently had to admit that a scarf I knitted with handspun just wasn't ultimately what the yarn wanted to be. After a satisfying frogging session, I noticed the new 2004 Collection CD on my desk and decided to search it to see what new scarf projects I could find. Though I was looking for knitting patterns, I found four really inspiring plain-weave projects in this one year of issues: The Spring 2004 issue contained the lovely Scarf for the Rigid Heddle Loom by Liz Gipson and Plying Wool and Silk to Make Plain Weave Fancy by Mary Spanos; and the Fall 2004 issue included Using Handspun in Weaving by Judie Overbeek and a laceweight singles weft-faced scarf by Jesse Karnes in the gallery. All four of these designers took advantage of the properties of their handspun to get very different results.

How inspiring to find all these new ideas in one place! And it really feels nice to be headed in a whole new direction. After much thought and looking at my yarn, I have decided to use Judie Overbeek's pattern as a starting point; she cleverly mixes handspun and millspun to make her handspun go further and create a fun visual effect. I have printed out the article, and I am ready to warp my loom.

Spin on,

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