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Hemp and the Farm Bill

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…

Drumcarding. Photos by Kate Larson

Drumcarder Maintenance: 8 Tips to Keep Your Drumcarder Like New

So you just bought your first drumcarder . . . What next? Drumcarders are an investment, generally ranking second only to spinning wheels in cost. It pays…

handspun hap

The Happy Handspun Hap

They tell me that one quick way to set a Shetlander’s teeth on edge is to talk about hap shawls. It’s why I wince at a chai…

Spin Off Fall 2019 Magazine
Color Blending for Spinners Online Workshop

SPINNING TRENDS

The Happy Handspun Hap

They tell me that one quick way to set a Shetlander’s teeth on edge is to talk about hap shawls. It’s why I wince at a chai…

Make Cables Pop: Spin the Best Yarn for Knitting Cables

What is the best yarn for knitting cables? In an excerpt from Melanie Smith’s Spin Off Winter 2017 article, “Spin for Cables: How to Make the Perfect…

4 Knitting Patterns Perfect for Your Handspun Yarn

The new year inspires many of us to plan and cast-on fresh projects. We page through magazines and search online for the perfect knitting patterns to showcase…

The Vegetable Lamb of Tartary

When I first began work on the January/February 2019 issue of Handwoven on yarn blends, I couldn’t help but think about the vegetable lamb of Tartary. I…

Spin Off Call for Submissions Winter 2020: Into the Wild!

Do untamed fibers and yarns call to you? Do you have a passion for musk ox? Have you immersed yourself in the world of wild silks? Are…

Her Handspun Habit: End of Year Fiber Stash Care

One of the ways I make myself feel better about the utter chaos that exists in parts of my life is to take excellent care of my…

Cloud Prep? Peek Into the Carding Mill

The Winter 2019 Grassroots issue of Spin Off includes two articles on a less-common fiber preparation called cloud. This fluffy, no-rules prep can be created by hand…

The Oldest Fabric in North America

Anytime I learn about a new—or, at least, new-to-me—discovery of ancient fabric, I get excited. Because fabric deteriorates so easily, it doesn’t stand the test of time…

What Your Favorite Handspinning Media of 2018 Says About You

Looking over the most popular handspinning purchases of 2018, we think we can identify a few traits about the spinners who love Interweave books, magazines, and videos.…

Knit or Crochet a Handspun Hap

Have you heard about the Hapalong? Spin Off is hosting its third-annual spinalong/knitalong (SAL/KAL) starting January 14, 2019. Between now and then, we are gathering fibers, spinning…

Hapalong! The Spin Off Magazine Spinalong/Knitalong!

It all began on January 1, 2017 with our maiden virtual group gathering: the first annual Spin Off Magazine Spinalong and Knitalong (SAL/KAL) focused on the combo…

Handspun Holiday: From Our Flock to Yours

How do you get ready for the new year? The Spin Off crew have all been preparing to say goodbye to 2018 in their own way. Happy…

Interweave Escapes: All New Knitting Clinic

Meeting makers and crafters from the many communities Interweave serves happens to be one of the perks of my job. Interweave Yarn Fest gives me that opportunity close to…

In Praise of Making Handspun Yarn by the Basketful

In the Fall 2018 issue of Spin Off, contributor Devin Helmen sings the praises of making handspun yarn with a purpose—or what he jokingly refers to as…

Year in Review: Saxon Blue!

Changing the calendar is always a significant time of the year for me. Looking at handspun I created, thinking about projects I was interested in, and remembering…

’Tis the Season: How to Spin Paper for Wrapping Packages

Have you tried spinning paper? I’ve explored different papers over the years, some with more success than others. The length of the fibers in the paper, the…

Filming Flax (and a Free Ebook on Spinning It!)

Last August, I traveled to south-central Pennsylvania to Red Stone Glen, the fiber arts center owned and run by Tom Knisely and his daughter, Sara Bixler. I…

Happy Holidays from Interweave!

The holiday season is a time for giving, and we know many of you makers have been busy creating wonderful gifts for those you love. To you,…

‘Twas The Night Before Knitmas

‘Twas the night before Knitmas when all through the house Not a needle was clicking, making sweater nor blouse Knitted stockings were hung by the chimney with…

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…