Fiber Fact: Chinchilla Fiber

You can spin chinchilla fiber! Chinchillas produce a soft, 13-micron fiber that has a 1 1/2-inch staple with up to sixty hairs from one follicle. Because the fiber has a flyaway tendency, it should be handled gently to prevent it from flying around and to prevent damage.

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Lessons Learned from Tour de Fleece 2017

At the close of each Tour de Fleece, I enjoy taking a few moments to reflect upon my accomplishments, both the yarns I’ve spun as well as lessons gathered during the ride itself. My first stop is a return to my original project page, where I update any still-missing data, including final yardage counts, grist/YPP, […]

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Have you tried spinning on a kick spindle (or kick wheel)? In the Spin Off Fall 2016 issue, Carolyn Rivello introduces us to these versatile and portable wheels. They’re easier to use than you might think. When seeing a kick wheel for the first time, everyone asks, “What do you call that?” The second question […]

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Handspinner: What I Really Do

Describing yourself as a spinner can lead to confusion. To clarify, we offer our updated version of an old meme. Top row, from left: 1. Fidget Spinner, a 2017 craze popular among the under-25 set. Supposed to be soothing but presents a choking hazard. Photo: Kiyoshi Ota/Bloomberg via Getty Images. 2. Spinning, a stationary cycling […]

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I’ve had a madder matter brewing, and it is beautiful. The Welsh Llanwenog fleece I shared in my last post is now making its way through madder dyepots as I experiment with seemingly endless natural dyeing options. I love to explore and sample, so I might not get anything else done this summer! Here is […]

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We’re getting ready for the 40th anniversary celebration of Spin Off with the Fall 2017 issue. For me, this means browsing back issues in search of gems from the history of handspinning that today’s readers should see and remember. I began with the issues included in the Ultimate Spin Off 15 Year Digital Collection, and […]

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Carol Leonard has been teaching spinning for many years, and the number one question her new spinning students ask is how to choose a first spinning wheel. In the Spring 2017 issue of Spin Off, Carol helps guide spinners who are deciding what spinning wheel to buy—arguably the biggest purchase for their craft! Need advice? […]

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I Am a Spinner: David Kortier, Harp Maker

Day jobs and other activities often fill-up our days leaving precious few moments in-between to sit at the wheel and indulge in our love of fiber. The Spin Off Spring 2017 issue’s “I am a Spinner” featured a Q&A with spinner and harp maker David Kortier. To find out how a passion for building harps […]

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