Spinning

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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

Drizzling: A Regency Rainy-Day Hobby

If you’ve read the works of Jane Austen or other Regency-era books featuring female main characters, then you’re probably familiar with the various creative hobbies enjoyed by…

Spin Off Spring 2019: What Will You Make with Your Handspun Yarn This Spring?

Whether you knit, crochet, or weave, all these crafts have one thing in common: they require yarn. Better yet, make your project with handspun yarn! In the…

Rite of Spring: Sheep Shearing Day

As winter’s chill gives way to spring, an annual ritual takes place across the land in flocks of sheep both large and small. It’s sheep shearing time!…

Her Handspun Habit: A Handspun Yarn Quickie

When life gets hectic, rediscover the benefits of a quick, down-and-dirty spin. Sit at the wheel, fiber in hand, with nary a plan, nor even a purpose,…

Seven Reasons to Subscribe to Spin Off

Here are seven fabulous reasons to subscribe to Spin Off today! 1. Learn new techniques. Every issue of Spin Off includes new how-to information on an aspect…

When Fiber Meets Art: A Discussion with Fiber Artist Julie H. Rose

When you discover that one of the crochet designers for Interweave Crochet Spring 2019 is also an incredible fiber artist, you have to share her story. As…

The History of Hairshirts

Lent is the time between Fat Tuesday and Easter. For many Christians around the world, it’s an especially important time. For those who don’t observe Lent, it…

Roving Reporter: Lambing Season Arrives!

During lambing season, I spend more time with my Border Leicesters (affiliate link) than at any other time of the year. Some of this time is spent…

The Grass Beneath a Sheep’s Fleece

In the Winter 2019 issue of Spin Off, editor Kate Larson explored the literal ground beneath a sheep’s fleece (um, feet). Here’s an excerpt from her article,…

Her Handspun Habit: Spinning Yarn Through Grief, with Gratitude

I’ve been holed up at home for the past couple of weeks spinning yarn and knitting with my handspun. While I’ve managed to produce a tremendous amount…

Alden Explains It All: What’s the Difference between Plied Yarn and Rope?

Alden Amos’s endless curiosity about machinery and textiles was infectious, and he had a great passion for making rope, too. In the article “Handspun Rope: The Hows…

National Craft Month: Spinning Freedom on a Deserted Island

March is National Craft Month, and we are celebrating at Interweave with a blog hop (more on that below). The various craft communities from crochet to quilting…

How One Handspinner Released Her Handspun Yarn from Time Out

In the Winter 2019 issue of Spin Off, Miriam Felton shares how she faced an all too common spinners dilemma: how to jumpstart a stalled project. As…

Our Favorite Inexpensive Yarns for Knitters on a Budget

Among my family and friends, I’m well known for my, shall we say, frugal nature. I reuse plastic baggies, I’ve been wearing the same shoes to the…

Stretch! A Sewn Bind-Off for Silk

When Amy Tyler’s Wild Water Scarf arrived at the Interweave office, I was excited to see that she had used a sewn bind-off. Amy made her beautiful…

Green Dye and Death

St. Patrick’s Day is coming up soon! Originally, I thought it might be fun to write about Donegal tweed in honor of the holiday, but then I…