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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

Challenge Accepted! Shave ‘Em to Save ‘Em

According to The Livestock Conservancy, the sheep population in the United States peaked at 56 million in the 1940s and has been declining ever since to around…

How to Spin Wool from an Icelandic Sheep

I’ve had a lovely bag of Icelandic wool in my stash that I’ve been looking forward to and dreading at the same time. The hand-washed sample I…

Her Handspun Habit: Drop-Spindle Plying for Larger Hanks

Last week, while plying on my e-spinner, I pondered a spindle-spinning myth in need of debunking. The misconception is that drop-spindle plying somehow limits the size of…

Pick a Fleece Without Getting Fleeced

We have a lot of great new video content in our Yarn & Fiber Workshops. But sometimes you have something that is so wonderful and interesting it…

Spin Off Magazine 2017: Kate’s Picks

I’ve always loved looking back through my copies of Spin Off Magazine. No matter how much time I spend with an issue, I can come back to…

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…

The Handspinner’s Advantage

Lucky is the weaver who spins! Handspinners have access to every fiber imaginable and can choose which of those fibers to use, what colors to make them,…

Get Ready for Spring with the New Spin Off Magazine!

The new issue of Spin Off magazine is almost here. Spring 2019 brings fresh energy, new inspirations, and of course, lambs! Like most shepherds, I spend much…

Ode to National Craft Month + New Blog Hop

All March long we celebrate National Craft Month and what our chosen passions have brought to our lives. It’s sometimes with great thought and sometimes on a…

Her Handspun Habit: Fall in Love with the Handspindle!

For those who know its power, a handspindle can change the course of an entire day—or even someone’s life. Unfortunately, bad memories of awkward first encounters keep…

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: 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…

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…

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…