What’s Your Spinzilla Strategy?

Spinzilla challenges us to spin as many yards as possible in one week, but beyond that, what fiber we use or what gauge we spin is up to us. Have you made a plan or created a queue of tempting fiber options to help you treadle your way to the finish line? Strategy 1: Random […]

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Spinzilla: Tips for Spinning Under Pressure

While many handspinners describe time at the wheel or with a favorite spindle as their happy place, spinning can be stressful at times. From Spinzilla to sheep to shawl, Spin in Public Day to deadlines for holiday gifts, spinning under pressure can harsh our fiber bliss. As a handspinning author and instructor, I’ve certainly had […]

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Roving Reporter and New Spin Off Adventures

After a decade of spinning-focused travels, teaching, and writing, I’m off on a new adventure as editor of Spin Off magazine. I’m bursting with fibery ideas for us to explore! Some of my earliest memories are of the sheep and lambs that lived on my family’s farm, and I’ve been building my fiber life since […]

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There’s nothing quite like finally casting on a sweater using handspun yarn. Watching yard after yard filling bobbin after bobbin, we have plenty of time to think about the knitted fabric that will keep us (or our beloveds) cozy. Over the years, I’ve developed an approach that works for me, balancing the quest for consistency […]

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Editor’s note: While Roving Reporter Kate Larson is taking a breath after her first art gallery opening, we revisit one of her favorite subjects: Norwegian mittens. I am particularly enamored with Norwegian mittens and the stories they hold. During the nineteenth-century, Norway was rapidly changing, and we can see many of those changes manifest in […]

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Spinners are a spontaneous bunch. When I pack my bags, jump on a plane, and head across the country to teach spinning workshops, I never know exactly where I might end up: tramping through sheep pastures or enjoying knitting and cocktails at a restaurant. Fiber road warrior is an interesting lifestyle! More than a dozen […]

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As a traveling spinning instructor, I spend much of my life thinking about packing spinner’s cargo. Packing for planes, trains, and automobiles can be different than packing for ferries, backpacks, and bicycles. Spinning gear can take up a lot of space, so I’m always looking for ways to lighten my load. Here are a few […]

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