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Her Handspun Habit: Did You Finish Your Handspun Hap?

On April 15, you might have remembered to file your taxes, but did you finish your handspun hap? Spin Off magazine just wrapped up its annual spinalong/knitalong…

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Ravelings: Knitting a World Away

How did you learn to knit? I was a new mom living in Israel when I first learned. I had taught myself to crochet a couple months…

Nostepinne

Try a Nøstepinne!

Oh, how I love to wind yarn! Sometimes I wind center-pull balls with no tool beyond my own thumb, but sometimes a beautiful nøstepinne (affiliate link) is…

Simple Looms

Spin & Explore: How to Weave with Simple Looms

Think you can’t learn how to weave because you don’t own a loom? Chunky yarn tapestries and DIY looms might seem like a Pinterest-era phenomenon, but humans…

Interweave Escapes Knitting Retreat

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Spin & Explore: How to Weave with Simple Looms

Think you can’t learn how to weave because you don’t own a loom? Chunky yarn tapestries and DIY looms might seem like a Pinterest-era phenomenon, but humans…

Pattern of the Week: Sigríður Pullover

The hard thing about The Art of Circular Yokes is, there are so many beautiful projects, it is difficult to choose which to feature for a Pattern…

Supported Spindle Spinning Tips!

Some cashmere landed on my desk recently—I do love my work! To make the loftiest, finest handspun yarn, a supported spindle can’t be beat, so it’s time…

Spinning Fleece & Waulking the Waulk with Norman Kennedy

It’s safe to say that spinners (like any craftspeople) are opinionated folk. We claim to honor tradition in our craft, but if your spinning traditions are different…

Drop Spindle Spinning: Ultimate Guide to Drop Spindles

Drop spindle spinning is a great way to make yarn. Two experts on spinning with a drop spindle, Maggie Casey and Abby Franquemont, have created great resources…

American-Grown Alpaca: Creating Sustainable Luxury with Lynn Edens

Lynn Edens, owner of Imperial Yarn and Little Creek Farm, has transformed a passion for spinning alpaca fiber into a thriving business and is on a mission…

Her Handspun Habit: What Is Your Handspun Yarn Telling You?

We all know that a skein of handspun yarn is made up of more than just fiber. Other elements count, too: the preparation, the color, the tools…

Spinning Rainbows

Who doesn’t have a pile of beautiful braided tops in their stash? I get entranced by them at fiber shows and online; I fill my arms and…

Have Spindle, Will Travel: How a Drop Spindle Is the Perfect Traveling Companion

A drop spindle is the perfect traveling companion. As I write this, I’m getting ready to travel to Tinkuy, an international gathering of weavers in Peru. My…

Vicuña: Fiber of Incan Royalty

Vicuña are rare, wild camelids that look a bit like a smaller, leaner version of their cousin the alpaca. Vicuña also happen to have some of the…

Arbor Day: Celebrating Trees in Stitches

“To preserve beauty on the earth, beauty herself beseeches us to plant trees, and renew dead landscapes with the shadow and light of plant life flitting through…

Shepherd to Spinner: My Local Wool

Spinners often ask author and spinning teacher Ashley Martineau (affiliate link) where they can obtain fleeces. She knew there had to be a way to connect shepherds…

Spin Off Magazine Call for Submissions Spring 2020: The Botanical Issue

Here at Spin Off magazine, we love all the fibers, and hope you do, too! In the Spring 2020 Botanical Issue, we want to explore the balance…

Three Spinners on Washing Wool

Confession time: personally, I hate washing wool. I loved my first spinning class (with Maggie Casey!), and I loved spinning handcarded rolags, but the part about washing…

LYS Day: Love Your Local Yarn Store

This is a very special spring, as we are about to experience LYS Day, sponsored by our companions in craft, the good folks at The National Needlearts…

Don’t Hate, Appreciate: 5 Reasons to Use Hemp Yarn

Before we begin: No, I’m not asking you to knit with marijuana! While they are both Cannabis sativa plants, hemp only contains trace amounts of THC and…

Her Handspun Habit: 3 Reasons to Choose Supported Spindles

When I want the richest experience from a rare or unusual fiber blend, I spin it using my spindles. How I decide whether to spin supported or…

Three Steps Wind to a Better Yarn Ball

To knit with handspun, you usually have to wind a ball of yarn. Winding my handspun from a skein into a yarn ball is one of my…

Visible Mending: 7 Tricks to Know Before You Sew

Patch it, mend it, or darn it—visible mending is hot! Transforming a worn piece of clothing with vibrant stitch work offers a great way to show off…

8 Ways to Spin Naturally Colored Alpaca Fiber

Because there are so many variations of alpaca and llama patterns and colors, indigenous peoples in South America have dozens of complex ways to describe them. North…