Tomes or field guides, spindles or wheels, hardcopy or digital–we've got you covered

Tomes or field guides, spindles or wheels, hardcopy or digital—we've got you covered

Maggie Casey doing what she does bestexplaining how to spin in easy-to-understand terms in her Getting Started on a Drop Spindle DVD.

Pretty frequently, I'm asked for recommendations of books and videos for people who are getting started spinning. Over the years, we at Interweave have made a number of really helpful books, videos, and even events to help people get started, as well as take spinning to the next level. There are a lot of ways to get information these days—you may want to sit down with a cup of tea and a book and read it from cover to cover, look at quick videos on your phone, browse a magazine on your iPad, or put on a video while you chop vegetables for tonight's dinner. So no matter how you want to access the information, there are a lot of ways to get it.

Hands on Spinning by Lee Raven—there's a reason why this book (originally published in 1987) is still in print—it contains solid, tried-and-true information that guides spinners as they make their first yarn and takes them comfortably into the world of niddy-noddies, skeins, and wraps per inch.

Not everyone learns easily from books, however. Watching someone like Maggie Casey in her DVD Getting Started on a Drop Spindle can transform the process of learning how to spin on a spindle into a magical experience. And if you get a subscription to you can stream over a hundred of our videos on numerous crafting topics anytime of the day that you want.

Once you start getting the hang of spinning a thread, you might be ready to branch out . . . maybe learn a thing or two about all the fibers you're encountering. Deborah Robson and Carol Ekarius wrote a worthy tome called The Fleece and Fiber Sourcebook, which is immensely valuable. But then they condensed it into a very handy field guide, The Field Guide to Fleece, which offers a snap shot of 100 sheep fleeces that you can easily carry with you.

See what fibers you can spin on a tahkli and break the handcarding rules and still spin great yarn with the Winter 2011 issue of SpinKnit.

You might be ready to delve into a fully interactive spinning experience with our eMagazine, SpinKnit, where you can read articles with embedded videos and downloadable pdfs of knitting instructions, click through and zoom into photos to get a closer view of a yarn structure, and hear artisans talk about their process as if they are in the same room with you instead of half-way around the world.

Perhaps, though, you are ready to literally be in the same room as your spinning instructor and your spinning community—then join us at Spin-Off Autumn Retreat in St. Charles, Illinois, October 20-26, 2013. For decades, spinners have been gathering every autumn to learn from the world's best spinning instructors, and share the passion of the craft within a tightknit community. Our thirty-first SOAR is our last SOAR as the event is transforming into a new event that will be offered in the spring.

Happy spinning,

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