Your Yarn in Action! Painted roving, locks, and yarn

Each time we challenge you to spin a particular type of yarn for our Your Yarns challenge in Spin-Off magazine, we save the yarns that are submitted and have appeared in the magazine. We invite individuals or organizations to make things with the yarn, then we auction the items made through eBay's giving works program and donate the amount of the winning bid to a fibery charity. This is Your Yarn in Action. If you're interested in making items for Your Yarns in Action, please contact me at

Your Yarn Scarf  

Amy Clarke Moore, editor of Spin•Off magazine, knitted this "Scarf of Many Colors" from nearly seventy yarns sent in by Spin•Off’s readers for the Fall 2004 Your Yarn department, which features painted roving, locks, and yarn.

"What a thrill to knit up a scarf that captures the diversity and skill of the Spin•Off readership," Amy said. "Sometimes it was hard to stick to my knitting because I wanted to go to my wheel and try to make a yarn like the one I was using at the moment. It was amazing to see how yarns of every shape, color, and fiber came together to create this wild and comfy scarf." To do the project, Amy used Charlene Anderson-Shea’s pattern in her article Spontaneous Knitting: Making the most of sample skeins and leftover yarns, in the Winter 2002 issue of Spin•Off.


Dear Spin-Off Readers,

The Your Yarn Scarf is a rainbow of handspun yarns made by seventy Spin-Off readers and knitted into a rich, beautiful whole by Amy Clarke Moore. I can’t imagine a better way to demonstrate the ability of the fiber arts to connect people and do good work. This is the embodiment of Weave A Real Peace’s (WARP) mission.

Thanks to everyone who bid, and particularly to the successful bidder, PJ Holtzman; the scarf raised $310 for WARP to continue its work of connecting organizations that support women and communities-in-need through the fiber arts. We are grateful for Interweave Press’s longtime and enthusiastic support. For more information about WARP, please visit or write to WARP, 3102 N. Classen Blvd., PMB 249, Oklahoma City, OK 73118.

Thanks again to everyone who made this possible.

Sarah Saulson
Board Member
Weave a Real Peace


Starting at the cast-on edge, the scarf uses yarns spun by:
1. Amy Clarke Moore, Lakewood, Colorado
2. Sandy Parkinson, Barlette, Tennessee
3. Sue Spencer, Cooperstown, Pennsylvania
4. Donna Jo Copeland, Mooresville, Indiana
5. Lori Lawson, San Juan Capistrano, California
6. Kris Peters, Spring Grove, Pennsylvania
7. Judie Overbeek, Kalispell, Montana
8. Jesselyn Foot, San Francisco, California
9. Joanna Gleason, Lyons, Colorado
10. Sivia Harding, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
11. Judy Gilchrist, Duxbury, Massachusetts
12. Marjory Day, Poplar Grove, Illinois
13. Eve Davila, Elmira, New York
14. Susan Barron, Nescopeck, Pennsylvania
15. Crystal Canning, East Burke, Vermont
16. Irene Rautanen, Cherrywood, Ontario, Canada
17. Gail Peterson, Lakeview, Oregon
18. Karen Bertino, Thornbrorough, Buckingham, United Kingdom
19. Sylvia Sachs, Arlington, Tennessee
20. Kathy Ellenbecker, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
21. Nancy Bertino, Canandaigua, New York
22. Flynx Heim, Cleona, Pennsylvania
23. Cheryl Schweitzer, San Diego, California
24. Helen Mathey-Horn, Wuerzburg, Germany
25. Veryl Ann Grace, Kea’au, Hawaii
26. Cayli Harris, Valley Center, California
27. Mary Morley, Aurora, Illinois
28. Martha Durham, Portland, Oregon
29. Patricia Moore, Red Hook, New York
30. Leslie McLaughlin, Kansas City, Missouri
31. Erika Iskowitz, Mt. Gretna, Pennsylvania
32. Betty Clarkson, Lancaster, Pennsylvania
33. Laura Silverman, Tarzana, California
34. Cheri Jackson, Helen, Georgia
35. Joane Petrini, La Jolla, California
36. Tammy Cudaback, Wahoo, Nebraska
37. Elke Amenda-Spirakis, Burnsville, North Carolina
38. Ellen Hall, Fultondale, Alabama
39. Angela Schneider, Germantown, Tennessee
40. Suzanne Jones, Stewartsville, Missouri
41. Carole Edelman, La Mesa, California
42. Brenda Nicholson, Nicholville, New York
43. Pamela Henderson, Bakersfield, Nottingham, United Kingdom
44. Andi Scott, College Station, Texas
45. Samantha Wion, Denison, Texas
46. Kris Jacobs, Lynnwood, Washington
47. Patricia Oakley, Goshen, Indiana
48. Katrina Cantu, San Diego, California
49. Denise Lai, Berkley, California
50. Beverly Usher, Howden, East Yorkshire, United Kingdom
51. Barb Moff, Canfield, Ohio
52. Nancy Wilson, Camp Verde, Arizona
53. Madeline Klein, Red Hook, New York
54. Adrian Bizila, Boston, Massachusetts
55. Jane Burton, Union Star, Missouri
56. Karen Estock McCann, Spokane, Washington
57. Casey Wion, Denison, Texas
58. Lillian Goldberg, Canton, Massachusetts
59. Kate Painter, Colfax, Washington
60. Bonnie Warwick, Red Hook, New York
61. Carol Kocis, Red Hook, New York

Yarns used in the middle (when other yarns were too short) were spun by:
62. Luise Hoffman, St. Louise, Missouri
63. Margaret Tyler, La Mesa, California
64. Kathleen Foto, Pineville, Louisiana
65. Selah Barling, Seattle, Washington
66. Karen Winfield, Colorado Springs, Colorado
67. Suzie Christensen, Commerce, Georgia
68. Michelle Ryan, Alba, Texas
69. Dale Braun, San Jan Capistrano, California
70. Ellen Talbott, El Cajon, California

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