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Help a New Spinner Learn How to Spin Wool

Occasionally, I take a bump of fiber and a spindle to a knitting group or on a knitting retreat, and a curious knitter who spies me across the room comes over and asks to learn how to spin wool. Has this happened to you? Always the willing teacher, I hand her my spindle and fiber […]

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Roving Reporter and New Spin Off Adventures

After a decade of spinning-focused travels, teaching, and writing, I’m off on a new adventure as editor of Spin Off magazine. I’m bursting with fibery ideas for us to explore! Some of my earliest memories are of the sheep and lambs that lived on my family’s farm, and I’ve been building my fiber life since […]

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Fiber festivals are always wonderful fun—I’ve yet to visit a fiber festival and think to myself, “Well that was a waste of my time!” No matter what’s on the schedule—or in the vendor area—I always manage to have a delightful time (and leave with an armful of yarn and other goodies). There is one fiber […]

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3 Tips for Using Handspun Art Yarns as a Warp

Creative handspinner Esther Rodgers often gets asked how highly textured art yarns should be used to showcase their best qualities. One of her favorite ways is weaving. In the Spring 2018 issue of Spin Off, Esther shared her tips for using art yarns as a warp. Don’t think you can? Think again! Art yarns have […]

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Knitted Shawl or Blanket: What is a Hap?

Here at Spin Off, we ponder the really big questions in the fiber world—such as, “What exactly is a hap?” Knitted shawl? Blanket? With an answer, here’s a excerpt from Deborah Held’s article “The Shetland Hap: A Handspun Garment Wrapped in History,” featured in the Fall 2018 issue of Spin Off. If you’ve looked at […]

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