Susan and Kate get a bad rap. The useful carousel/rotating kitchen tray was named “Lazy Susan” for the generic servant it was supposed to replace. So it is with the lazy kate, a device so helpful that every spinner should have at least one. Who was Kate, and where do we get off calling her […]

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Great Fun with Little Looms

Some of you may know of Anne Merrow, editor of Spin-Off, but you might not know she’s an avid weaver as well! Anne recently collaborated with Handwoven as the editor of a special issue, Easy Weaving with Little Looms. Here she is to tell you why she’s so passionate about weaving on smaller setups, like pin […]

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Fiber enthusiasts look forward to sheep and wool festivals every year! Some even travel across the country to attend the larger festivals. Fiber festivals have more to offer than just the vendors market. Had enough shopping? There is plenty to see and do! From the animal and handspun judging to exploring the surrounding area, here’s […]

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Why Spin Off Matters

I just turned 40. Spin Off magazine is turning 40, too; we’ll observe it officially with the Fall 2017 issue, but at this age, you should never wait to celebrate. At 40, you look back at what you’ve done so far while gearing up for what you can do in the future. The first four […]

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As a knitter and spinner, I was initially reluctant to learn to weave. Why did I need another yarn craft when so much of my time and fiber love was already spoken for? Here are the three reasons why I eventually started weaving. 1. Weaving is fast. Warping a loom can take a little time, […]

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Following Fiber to the Source by Anne Merrow

My grocery store has begun placing signs next to the produce and flowers identifying where each carrot, lemon, and lily comes from. Coffee and cheese have long been labeled that way, but now I can see whether the tomatoes come from a foreign country or the farm stand up the road. A thriving “locavore” movement […]

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Tinkuy Spinning and Weaving Conference 2017 is in November, and I’m lining up my ducks to go. This will be the third such gathering—think of it as an Andean weaving conference, though spinners and weavers from around the world will be there. If you’re itching to learn drop spindle spinning from the weavers of Santa […]

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This morning I wandered out of my office and said to Elizabeth, “We have a huge hole in our coverage! We’ve never published anything on combing milk.” She looked at me like I was crazy (a daily occurrence) and said, “Milk?” Yes, I said—the elixir that spinners use when combing wool to combat static and […]

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