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Spinzilla

Your Yarns: Spinzilla Yarns

One of the spinning world’s ultimate endurance tests is Spinzilla, where spinners challenge themselves to spin as many yards (or meters) as they can in seven days.…

topstitch

Topstitch: A Fab Finish for Your Handspun Handwovens

The all-new, Spring 2019 issue of Spin Off features a special project by spinner, knitter, and weaver Devin Helmen. Devin had long dreamed of a handspun, handwoven…

Singles yarns

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…

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SPINNING TRENDS

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…

Re-Creating 18th-Century Weaving: Fulling Cloth and Shearing Swatches

Spin Off Winter 2019 included an article chronicling Sarah Wroot’s adventures in weaving handspun singles, fulling cloth with a wooden mallet, and more as she re-created an…

For Spring Lambing, Vet Students Make House Calls

Spring’s lambing season brings to mind images of adorable little frolicking sheep in a barn. As charming as these wee sheepies are, when things go wrong, “who…

Woolgathering

Recently, I’ve been reading a lot of novels set in the Regency Era, and they are chock-full of delightful phrases and words we no longer use. Particular…

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…

Singles Yarn Appreciation Day

In Spin Off Spring 2018, Stephenie Gaustad explained why (and how) to weave with singles yarns. Why Weave with Singles? From the spinner’s point of view, singles…

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…

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 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…

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…

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…