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Put a Valentine Patch On It!

Time to get out that red yarn and crochet (and knit) away! I love crocheting hearts for Valentine’s Day and made this crochet heart a couple of years…

alpaca shearing

Crew Cut: Alpaca Shearing

In the Winter 2019 issue of Spin Off, we shared the story of how Interweave staffer Anne Merrow returned to the office excited about a chance meeting…

Long-Draw

Long-Draw Frustrations? Amy Tyler Is Here to Help!

Long-draw, short-draw, inchworm—there are many ways we describe how our fingers interact with fiber and twist. It takes time to understand woolen and worsted spinning, and once…

Interweave Escapes Knitting Retreat

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Long-Draw Frustrations? Amy Tyler Is Here to Help!

Long-draw, short-draw, inchworm—there are many ways we describe how our fingers interact with fiber and twist. It takes time to understand woolen and worsted spinning, and once…

Spinning Consistent Singles Yarns

Before I became a spinner, singles yarns were one of my favorite yarns to knit with. When I became a spinner, I tried to replicate these millspun…

Nothing Says Love Like Sheep’s Wool!

This Valentine’s Day (or any day) say you love someone with sheep’s wool! (Wool is the traditional gift for the 7th anniversary.) In the Fall 2018 issue…

Safety First! Dyeing Safety with Felicia Lo

Whether you spin, weave, knit, or crochet, at some point, the urge to dye fiber and yarn takes hold. In this excerpt from Dyeing to Spin and…

Her Handspun Habit: Find Time to Spin Each Day

If you’re looking to add a more consistent handspinning practice to your lifestyle but think you’ve got no time to spin for even a few minutes a…

Join Us for the Spin Off Hapalong!

Looking for a challenging spinning project you can sink your knitting needles into? Head on over to the Spin Off Hapalong thread on Ravelry, and you’ll be…

Auspicious Weaving

Happy New Year! The Chinese New Year, that is. Yesterday was the Chinese New Year’s Eve, which makes today the first day of the Year of the…

Copper Beeches: Spinning Wool for a Plush Cowl

For the Winter 2019 issue of Spin Off, Emily Straw and Joanna Johnson teamed up to bring us the Copper Beeches Cowl. Emily, who also wrote “Podcast!…

The Thinking Knitter: Teaching a Friend to Knit

You are sitting in a richly colored velveteen chair at your favorite coffee shop, enjoying a bit of knitting time. The friend you are waiting for appears,…

Judith MacKenzie: Fiber Inspiration and Delightful Detours

For me, The Intentional Spinner by Judith MacKenzie is one of those special books that is full of craft detours. I open it up to see what…

Lice and the History of Textiles

Maybe it’s because I’m the parent of a preschooler, but I think about lice a lot. Usually, of course, it’s less academic and more “Oh, no, there’s…

My Life as a Revolutionary War Reenactor Demonstrating How to Spin Yarn

Learning to spin is no longer a necessity, and many folks don’t understand the mysterious process behind making yarn. Revolutionary War reenactor Terri Drouin-Guerette shares some of…

I Am a Spinner: Stefanie Johnson, Health Inspector

In the Winter 2019 issue of Spin Off, we featured contributor and Health Inspector Stefanie Johnson in the “I Am a Spinner” department. Stefanie wrote about her…

Her Handspun Habit: My Handspinning Year in (Pre)view

Each year, as December rolls past like a freight train, I find a few moments to sit and quietly reflect on my year in handspinning. With the…

Have You Met Our Index Yet?

When you think of indexes, do you think of index fingers, or maybe the Dow Jones Industrial Index? Well, more useful information can be found in an…

Roving Reporter: Mending the Year: 3 Tips for Darning Well

I often hear people say that they spend the beginning of the new year doing what they hope to do the rest of the year, so I’ve…

Roving Reporter: John Mullarkey’s Top 4 Tips for Card Weaving Handspun Bands

Have you seen the Spring 2018 issue of Spin Off? Spinning for weaving is a hot topic, and one of my favorite spinner/weavers is John Mullarkey. John…

Learning to Spin? Avoid These 5 Mistakes

Learning to spin can be frustratingly open-ended. People will tell you there isn’t a wrong way to spin, but that means there isn’t one right way, either.…

8 Times Hollywood Got Knitting (and Spinning) Wrong

It’s always fun to find out that one of your favorite celebrities is also a devoted knitter. We’ve all seen lists that feature Audrey Hepburn, Katherine Heigl,…

Hemp and the Farm Bill

Hemp is a truly amazing plant. It grows fast, requires very little water and is easily grown without pesticides. Different parts of the plant can be used…