What I Just Learned

You can take this as shameless promotion, or confessions of ignorance, take your choice. I just sat down with the new Fall issue of Spin·Off, and was surprised at how much I learned. Now, I’ve been publishing/editing/managing/directing Spin·Off since 1977—37 years!—and I thought there wasn’t anything new under the sun. Our struggle has always been how to tell our readers once again about how to oil their wheel or do a long draw or whatever without boring them to death, the ones who have been at it for a while. But hey.

Spacer 15x15 pixels

Just a small amount of the two miles of singles Linda Cronquist estimates she’s spun on her spindle! Photo by Joe Coca.



– Herdwicks are an anarchic breed of sheep. Watch out.

There are people among us wearing wardrobes made entirely of locally grown, fabricated, dyed, sourced fiber.

– Olive and Harry Linder’s fine Hand Spinning Cotton has been re-released after many years.

Linda Cronquist of Moscow, Idaho, reckons she has spun upwards of 2 miles of yarn on her high-whorl spindle.

– A misaligned spindle hook can make your spindle wobble, but now I know how to fix it.

You can use knitting needle point protectors to keep your tahkli from being a lethal weapon.

Spacer 15x15 pixels
  Blue dye rises! Who knew? Photo by Sara Greer.

A nicely wound Turkish spindle looks like a 3-D god’s eye.

Unwind your toilet paper from the side of the roll, not from one end. (Likewise your yarn.)

Judith MacKenzie knows more about Paisley shawls than anyone else on the planet.

I need a blending board.

Spinners are physicists, whether they know it or not. (And what is a moment-arm? Now I know.)

How to avoid SWSOs (and just what is a SWSO).

Spinning a balanced yarn can be a spiritual journey.

The blue dye particles in grape Kool-Aid float to the top.


Spacer 15x15 pixels
The breathtaking Spring Hope Shawl by Kris Jaeger (which isn’t as hard as it looks).  

Oh, there’s more. So much to learn from the projects, although I guarantee I will never crochet the elegant Spring Hope Shawl. Just lust after it.


And I guess that’s why I love the magazine business, even after almost 40 years. You think you’ve seen it all, and then suddenly there’s all this new, fresh stuff to learn and be inspired by. Always the next issue, and the next.




Editor's note: In the fall issue, we failed to name Jenkins Woodworking as the maker of the Turkish spindle on the cover and Yarn Hollow as the dyer of the fiber. We sincerely regret the error. —Anne



Post a Comment