Many spinners collect fleeces faster than they can wash, process, and spin them. Packing these raw lovelies into a box and mailing them to a woolen mill is often a welcome answer. The mills can take our raw fibers and expertly wash, prepare, and return them ready for spinning. You might also be a spinner […]

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My fall fiber travels have taken me to some wonderful new landscapes. After leaving the Yarn+Yoga retreat, I headed south to New Mexico. Traveling is a fount of spinner’s inspiration, but capturing our inspirations is often tricky. How can a mesa be transformed into a hank of handspun? My favorite tool is my spinner’s notebook, […]

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Kate Larson’s Tips for How to Spin Cabled Yarn

The foundation of any pair of hard-wearing socks begins with the yarn. Socks require a yarn that combines elasticity and durability. Cabled yarns knit into socks that feel comfortable, retain their shape, provide excellent stitch definition, and last for several seasons. In the Spin Off Summer 2017 issue, Kate Larson shares her tips for how […]

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Is spinning right ever wrong? Most millspun and handspun yarns I encounter are spun right (Z) and plied left (S). While this is the most common, there are some interesting reasons to reverse directions. Two-end knitting, also called twined knitting or tvåändsstickning, typically calls for Z-plied yarns and makes a great project for the knitter […]

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Predrafting sparks intense controversy. Some spinners swear by predrafting spinning fiber, or gently pulling fibers a short distance forward out of a combed top or roving prior to spinning. Spinners such as Maggie Casey use the technique as needed; others scoff and scold at the very thought. Whether you normally predraft or not, some fibers […]

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I’ve returned from a wonderful weekend at the Wisconsin Sheep & Wool Festival. During a quick pass through the market, I caught up with Emily Wohlscheid, the talented artist behind Bricolage Studios. I’ve been stalking her web shop looking at textured spinning batts and Plant Packs. To my good fortune, I picked out a batt […]

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