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A Ravelry Guide to Wool Studio Vol. VI Designers

The knit designs presented within our Wool Studio brand are compelling and timeless. Wool Studio Vol. VI is no exception. Ten designers, each tasked to create one…

Spin Off Summer 2019

Spin Off Summer 2019: Follow Your Woolly Wanderlust!

All my life, I have seized any opportunity to pack a bag and head out into the world. The thrill of learning and challenging my perspectives never…

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Spinning Scrap: Make Handspun Yarn with Leftover Bits of Fiber

Dreaming up projects using handspun yarn is one of the joys of spinning. Many of us buy fiber with a specific yarn in mind, but what about…

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Lisa’s List: Fiber Animals Ranked by Hotness

I remember a particularly cold winter, sitting at home with no less than 4 knitted things on: socks, slippers, legwarmers, and a hat. My heat does work,…

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Lisa’s List: Fiber Animals Ranked by Hotness

I remember a particularly cold winter, sitting at home with no less than 4 knitted things on: socks, slippers, legwarmers, and a hat. My heat does work,…

So Fine: Linda Ligon on Spinning Fine Wool

I love to spin fine, even wool yarn–lace weight, no more than sport weight. It’s just what my hands and my wheel want to do. The trick…

The Tour de Fleece Is Coming! Are You Ready?

Editor’s note: Knitter, teacher, designer, and spinner Star Athena started the Tour de Fleece with a handful of friends and a dream: to spin on 21 days…

Woolen or Worsted Spinning: Where’s the Twist?

Next time you’re spinning, stop and take a look at your drafting method. Twist holds both woolen and worsted yarn together. In the Winter 2019 issue of…

Spin Off Summer! Blending & Spinning Tweed Yarn

The Summer 2019 issue of Spin Off just landed! One of my favorite articles in this issue focuses on tweed. Weaver and spinner Melissa Weaver Dunning shares…

(Half) Hitch in Your Drop Spindle Technique? Try Two Methods

Low-whorl drop spindles often have a simple, straight shaft without a hook (affiliate link) to secure the yarn. Spinners have long used a half hitch to secure…

Can I Import Wool? Deb Robson Explains

In her article “Sheep on the Move” in Spin Off Summer 2019, Deb Robson explains why moving sheep around the world is more complicated than you might…

Drop Spindle: Take Your Spinning With You This Summer

Many of us are on the go during the summer, and your drop spindle is the perfect companion. Spinners can be seen pulling a spindle out of…

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…

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…

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…

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…