With bated breath, we tie off our newly skeined handspun, carefully slide it off the niddy-noddy, and marvel at its beauty. After a little wash and time to dry, we consider our skein of handspun yarn completed. But is it really finished? That depends on who you ask, but industry insiders will tell you that […]

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Who’s Worth a Handspun Hand Knit Blanket?

Using handspun yarn in a pattern written for commercial yarn can sometimes go awry in a costly, time-consuming, if well-meaning way. Such was the case for my mom and me recently. After spending months (and a fortune) spinning for a hand-knit blanket as a wedding gift for a family friend, we found ourselves short on […]

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Knitted Shawl or Blanket: What is a Hap?

Here at Spin Off, we ponder the really big questions in the fiber world—such as, “What exactly is a hap?” Knitted shawl? Blanket? With an answer, here’s a excerpt from Deborah Held’s article “The Shetland Hap: A Handspun Garment Wrapped in History,” featured in the Fall 2018 issue of Spin Off. If you’ve looked at […]

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Putting yourself out there socially, be it in person or online, can be downright scary for many of us—including me. However, thanks to my Tour de Fleece 2018 “home base” of about 50 Team Spin Off teammates, I’m declaring this my favorite Tour to date. There is nothing wrong with spinning “rogue,” or on your […]

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5 Tips to Spin the Tour de Fleece Injury-Free

With the Tour de Fleece beginning tomorrow, July 7, and running all the way through July 29 (in conjunction with that other well-known event, the Tour de France), here are some words from the neutral zone about rider safety and avoiding injury. Physical therapy is both expensive and time-consuming, and being in pain is no […]

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Tour de Fleece 2018: 5 Reasons to Ride

Tour de Fleece 2018 is nearly upon us (July 7–July 29, 2018). Will you be spinning along? Before you say that you have a day job and therefore don’t partake in spinning competitions, stick around while I try to convince you that this is totally not a competition and instead just a whole lot of […]

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