Last year, my friend Kim’s husband asked what she wanted for their wedding anniversary. A spinner and all-around fiber lover, Kim responded, “A sheep.” Kim was mostly kidding; both knew that the county wouldn’t allow them to adopt a sheep in their smallish backyard. Besides, with four children and full-time jobs, they didn’t have time. […]

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This week I finished my handspun socks, which I knitted for Spin Off’s Second Annual Spin and Knitalong. Although these were not my first handspun socks, this is the first pair I get to keep for myself. As usual, I learned a thing or three from knitting with my own handspun—a fractally-divided, traditional 3-ply, suspended-spindle-spun […]

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High Meadows School is a small primary school north of Atlanta that promotes kindness to animals as a way of teaching general good stewardship to others. The school’s Earth Day 2016 celebration was intended to be a day about the children (and, of course, sustaining the earth). It turned out to be a joyous day […]

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As a happily self-proclaimed real-life spinster, the month of February provides me with yet another opportunity to count my blessings—especially on the subject of love. Love shown by friends (and family) is “true” love, and I would not be the spinster I am today were it not for the affection and generosity of so many […]

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A few weeks back, I wrote about my three favorite ways of winding my singles off the shafts of my spindles, improving the yarn’s quality and making it easier to handle for plying. As promised, I’m back to discuss the how-to portion of the plying process, or what I do after winding off. (The following […]

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When it comes to spinning techniques, it’s no secret that spinners often disagree. Discussing a hotly debated topic such as whether to predraft your fiber will prompt some handspinners to take sides. Do you usually ply your yarn? In the Spin Off Spring 2018 issue, contributor Deborah Held stands up for singles yarn. I’m here […]

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