When You Can’t Take It With You

I know we'd all rather be weaving than almost anything. But studies show that almost 9 out 0f 10 weavers also knit when they can't be at their looms. (And these studies were even slightly more scientific than the classic one about "four out of five dentists surveyed" who recommended chewing gum.) I also know that many of us spin, and knowledge about fibers and yarn construction are a huge advantage to the designing weaver. So for you weaving, knitting, spinning, fiber afficionados, here are Amy Clarke Moore and Liz Good, the folks who bring you Spin-Off to tell you about a very special new publication.

 

Think you aren’t tempted to spin? Wait until you see Interweave Knit&Spin!

 

Spin-Off editors Amy Clark Moore and Liz Good   
The Spin-Off editorial team, Amy and Liz,
in a rare
moment of good behavior.
 
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The Spin-Off editorial team is pleased to introduce Interweave Knit&Spin! This bookazine (i.e., a really big publication that contains information like a book but presents it in a magazine format) will be on newsstands and in your favorite yarn stores soon and is available now in the Spinning Daily Shop. It is designed for the comfortable knitter, but beginning spinner. We went through the thirty-four years (that’s nearly 140 issues) of Spin-Off magazine, a number of Interweave spinning books, and added in a few new articles, to make a compilation of articles and projects that offer the best information for beginning spinners.

 

  Maggie Casey demonstrates spindle spinning
  One of the most recognized beginning
spinning teachers in the United States,
Maggie Casey gets readers started
spinning on a spindle.

While the projects in this special issue focus on knitting (but, hey, what weaver couldn’t use portable projects for on-the-go crafting), we hope Interweave Knit&Spin will be an invaluable resource for all beginning spinners, no matter how they end up using the yarn. The bookazine starts at the beginning with recommendations for the books every spinner should read, and explanations of terms and the different fibers you can buy for spinning. We even go over how to wash wool if you end up buying a fleece (you’d be surprised at how easily this can happen). From there we go through most everything you need to start both spindle and wheel spinning.

Beyond these basics we also go in depth about making yarn (valuable information for any fiber artist). We look at the structure of yarn, the effects you can create by spinning it different ways. Did you know there are seven different techniques used to draft yarn? How about the direction the yarn was spun? Did you know this affects the packing of your weft? When you cross two yarns plied in the same direction, the weft yarn is held in place, if they are plied in opposite directions the weft slides, making for easier packing for denser weaves. Also many effects can be created with yarns that are over or under spun—imagine spinning your own energized yarns for collapse weave. Or overspinning some yarn already in your stash to add energy to your weaving. One thing is definitely true, spinning allows you to create any yarn for any project—all you need is a little patience and skill.

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Happy Spinning!

Lovely top and handspun yarn

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liz
A palette of handspun yarns
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spun from it
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