Spinning Techniques, Articles, Projects, & More

There’s no better time than the busy holiday season to begin a daily supported spindle spinning practice. I discovered this myself just two weeks ago, when I joined an online spinalong group dedicated to support spindles,. The theme of this spinalong, which lasted through the month of November, was gratitude. I make no secret about […]

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Blended Breeds: How New Sheep Breeds Are Born

If you love wool, you’ve probably read about sheep breeds that were developed by crossing other purebred sheep. These are sometimes called composite breeds, and a classic example is the Corriedale with its Lincoln and Merino ancestors. Now that the Corriedale breed has been with us for about a century, how is it different from […]

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Pros & Cons of Being Raised by a Maker

You might remember a while back I shared my thoughts on raising a maker. In today’s digital-first world, raising kids who enjoy making as much as they enjoy playing on Snapchat is a rather daunting feat. Admittedly, my daughter Lauren hasn’t fully embraced yarn over social media, but we’re getting there. When Lauren and I […]

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When the online shopping revolution got rolling 20 years ago, people like me feared that local artisans would be swallowed up by online retail giants. We may never go back to the pre-Amazon days, but internet shopping has made buying from local businesses more sepcial—especially when it comes to finding natural fibers for spinning. Thanks […]

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Free Resources for Carding and Combing Fiber

Carding removes tangles in wool fibers but does not fully align the fibers so they are all going in exactly the same direction. It is a process of brushing clean fibers over opposing sets of short wire teeth to open, straighten, and separate the fibers into a uniform mass. Spin woolen yarns from carded rolags […]

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In November 2017, hundreds of weavers gathered in Peru for the third Tinkuy. I count myself a spinner first, knitter second, and weaver third, so among hard-core weavers I might have been the odd woman out. But most of the weavers I met take drop spindle spinning for granted, the way that many of us […]

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What Do You Serve With a Nice Alpaca Blend?

The holidays are here, and no matter what traditions you observe, it’s likely that at some point you will have people coming over to eat, drink, make merry, and –oh yes—knit. Sip-n-knit gatherings have become increasingly popular as we look for more ways to create community and connect with other knitters offline. At Interweave, we […]

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