The riders of the Tour de France are making their way to Düsseldorf, Germany, waiting for their time trials to start in two weeks. Preparing for the start of the Tour de Fleece, I’ve been standing at my bobbin winder, turning the crank as I empty spinning bobbins until my arm feels ready to give […]

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5 Tips to Keep Spinning Cool This Summer

Fall and winter seem like the perfect time for spinning, but those of us who like to spin year-round might need to adapt when the temperature gets above 85°. Here are a few tips to keep spinning cool when the weather gets steamy (even without air conditioning). 1. Take your spinning on the go! A […]

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Father’s Day Is for Cloth

My father recently reminded me of a story from my childhood. I had taken some new handsewn thing to elementary school, and a classmate admired it. “Why don’t you have your dad make one for you?” I asked. I don’t know how my parents heard this story, because I didn’t think anything of it. To […]

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Just 15 days remain until July 1, 2017. What happens then? It’s Canada Day for our Canadian friends, and this year International Cherry Pit Spitting Day falls on July 1. But for spinners and cycling fans, it’s the first day of an exhilarating, challenging, and gorgeous three-week event: the Tour de Fleece. Or France, for […]

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Eight Books Every Spinner Should Own

Learning about spinning from a book may seem old-fashioned in this era, but books—like spinning—offer something new every time you sit down. We asked some of Interweave’s spinners for their current favorites and found, to our delight, that the selections span the decades. Here’s an opinionated list of the best spinning books available today (according […]

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I ran into Love of Knitting editor (and cat lover) Deb Gerish today. “I promised to write a post about how to keep pet hair out of your spinning,” I said. “Any advice?” I can’t remember when I last heard someone laugh so hard. Most spinners who love cats find that the question is how […]

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I was shocked when my friend Phreadde Davis (known by some spinners as “Johnny Cottonseed”) first told me that she grows colored cotton in her yard. Currently a New Mexico resident, she surprised me even more when she said she grew cotton at her former home in New Jersey! Cotton on a Large and Small […]

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Spin Off Summer 2017: Challenge Accepted!

As we put the finishing touches on the Summer 2016 issue of Spin Off, I wished we’d planned better for the upcoming summer and fall spinning challenges. What if we devoted an issue to getting ready for and participating in ambitious handspinning endeavors? The Summer 2017 issue of Spin Off magazine does just that: offers […]

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You’ve scouted the area, reviewed the vendor list, entered a skein in the handspun competition, looked over the schedule of events, and made plans to meet up with your fiber crew. The anticipation is building—it’s time to pack your bags! Here are the must-have items to bring with you to sheep and wool festivals—don’t leave […]

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