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Making the Grade: The University of Wyoming’s Wool-Judging Team

When attending a fiber festival fleece-judging event, do you ever wonder what qualities wool judges look for in a fleece? We wanted to know, too! In the…

Spinning from the Lock

Which End First? Spinning from the Lock

I took a class with Kate Larson at Interweave Yarn Fest last weekend, and the most surprising thing I learned had nothing to do with the class…

Wool-Judging Team

Making the Grade: The University of Wyoming’s Wool-Judging Team

When attending a fiber festival fleece-judging event, do you ever wonder what qualities wool judges look for in a fleece? We wanted to know, too! In the…

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Make Your Own Yarn Button!

Have you ever needed a button to finish up a project and found your button stash totally depleted? Or maybe you just can’t find the right one…

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Make Your Own Yarn Button!

Have you ever needed a button to finish up a project and found your button stash totally depleted? Or maybe you just can’t find the right one…

5 Reasons to Start Making Handmade Gifts in July

In the third week in July, I’ve barely recovered from the holidays. The socks I promised my Dad are finally finished (only 18 months late), and all…

Choose Your Own Adventure: Wisconsin Spinning Retreats

Wisconsin is known as America’s Dairyland, but spinners far and wide know this Midwestern state for its many fiber festivals, camps, knit-ins, and spinning retreats. Here are…

What’s On (or Off) Your Feet When You’re at the Spinning Wheel?

Here at Spin Off, we often ponder spinning question that others may not consider. (We’re spinning geeks, after all.) We recently looked around and asked each other,…

When it Comes to Dyeing Yarn, Mother (Nature) Knows Best

We’ve all oohed and aahed over skeins and braids of hand-dyed yarn and fiber. The myriad colors, the subtle (and not-so-subtle) shade ranges. Sometimes though, we’re looking…

Candy for Spinners: Carding Wool Punis

You may have first heard of punis as carded rolls of cotton fiber commonly spun on tahkli supported spindles. Beginning a few years ago, punis grew in…

Les Tricoteuses: A Bastille Day Yarn

On July 14, France celebrates Bastille Day (or as they call it “Quatorze Juillet”), the anniversary of the storming of the Bastille prison in 1789 that marked…

Tour de Fleece: Three Tips at the Starting Line

We’re already several days into the Tour de France, and the riders are making their way along the race’s 3,460-kilometer (2,150-mile) route. Are you spinning along as…

You Need to Try Spinning on a Scottish Spindle

Modern spinners are rediscovering the traditional Scottish spindle, believed lost for generations. With its whorl-less, cone-shaped body and crossing grooves cut into the bottom, the Scottish spindle,…

Spinning the (Gradient Yarn) Blues

I’ve been eyeing those braids of gorgeous ombre spinning fiber (affiliate link) lately . . . and wondering how to do them justice! It often takes extra…

Yarn Skills Handspinners Need to Know (besides spinning)

Most handspinners aren’t just handspinners. Being a spinner is certainly enough, but most of us either come to spinning from another craft or take up another craft…

Santa Fe International Folk Art Market

Every second weekend in July, artists and artisans from around the globe arrive in Santa Fe to take part in the International Folk Art Market (IFAM). Held…

Get Those Wheels Spinning for the Tour de Fleece!

Just a few days remain until July 6, 2019. What happens then? For spinners and cycling fans, it’s the first day of an exhilarating, challenging, and gorgeous…

Spotting Trends at the TNNA Summer Trade Show

The National Needle Arts Association descended on Cleveland, OH over this past weekend. The TNNA trade show is an event where yarn companies and other knitting suppliers…

Laverne Waddington: Handspun Yarn and Backstrap Weaving

Devin Helmen says, “I have always been a spinner, first and foremost—only afterwards a knitter and later a weaver.” Devin’s weaving journey has always been handspun focused.…

Discover a New Color Wheel: Color Blending for Spinners

One reason spinners keep a stash of fiber is to play with color. Blending colors makes us feel like children with a brand new set of paints.…

5 Tips to Spin the Tour de Fleece Injury-Free

With the Tour de Fleece beginning July 6 and running all the way through July 28 (in conjunction with that other well-known event, the Tour de France),…

Her Handspun Habit: How I Wind a Cop on My Supported Spindle

The cop on a supported spindle is the heart of the spin itself. Its weight and shape help to influence the speed and duration of a spin.…

4 Things You Know If You Live with a Handspinner

We thought we’d give a shout-out to the brave and supportive souls who live with a handspinner. You know who they are: They’re the husbands, wives, significant…

Marie Antoinette and Muslin Disease

When most people think of Marie Antoinette, chances are that images of an elaborately dressed woman with a gravity-defying coiffure come to mind. While the doomed queen…