Revive Your Fiber Stash

Your fiber stash—do you love it or fear it? When you find some neglected batt, long-forgotten roving, or half a bobbin of mystery singles, are you excited and grateful to see your forgotten treasure—or does it feel more like an obligation nagging you to spin it already? I’m selecting treasures from my fiber stash to […]

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Knits Gifts 2018: Woodland Hap Shawl

Depending whom you follow on Facebook or Instagram, you may have started seeing women standing in green fields, overlooking the ocean, wrapped in large knitted squares. I’ve been longing to have one of my own, and in the 2018 issue of Interweave Knits Gifts I’ve found mine: Rebecca Blair’s Woodland Hap Shawl. Rebecca Blair’s hap is […]

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Spin Off Loves Spinning Tools (Old and New)

I still feel a little guilty about buying a second spinning wheel. I know to some spinners that sounds decadent, and for others it’s an absolutely amateur-level spinning-wheel collection. The right spinning tools make the job more pleasant, even if the job is just to enjoy your spinning. Some people love to say that you […]

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5 Ways a Busy Spinner Can Rock Spinzilla

Last week, I signed up for my sixth Spinzilla (on Team Spin Off, of course!). The next day, I signed up for a 3-day conference during Spinzilla week—taking place on the other side of the country. While some spinners are gathering in groups or binge-watching TV, I’ll be sitting in seminars and flying (economy class). […]

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Taking the Fear out of Yarn Substitution

Some of us are more comfortable with yarn substitution than others. On one hand, there are knitters who can look at a design and imagine it in a different color, gauge, and yarn, then knit something that looks great. On the other hand, I know some knitters who won’t knit a design if they don’t […]

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Inspired by an article about the Shetland hap in the upcoming Spin Off Fall 2018, I’ve been thinking about spinning for lace, Shetland shawls, and Margaret Stove. Margaret’s knitting and design are known around the world—after all, she received the Queen’s Service Medal and designed official gifts for 2 royal babies. But handspinners can proudly […]

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In the second week in July, I’ve barely recovered from the holidays. The socks I promised my Dad are finally finished (only 18 months late), and all I want is to spin for the Tour de Fleece and think only of myself. But this is the perfect time to start spinning, knitting, or weaving your […]

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