Yarn Lab: Milk Fiber

Milk fiber is a relatively new fiber with a lot of potential. In her Yarn Lab in the November/December 2017 issue of Handwoven weaver Liz Moncrief wove up some samples using this lovely silk-like yarn. —Christina Milk or casein fiber shimmers like silk. Also like silk, it takes both acid and fiber-reactive dyes, but the […]

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3-Ply…or more

What is a 3-ply yarn? A 3-ply is a yarn with three single yarns spun together. If the single was Z-spun, then you will S-ply, and if the single was S-spun, then you will Z-ply. The same goes for 4-ply or more-ply yarns—just add more plies! Why use multi-ply yarns? Pro: The yarns stand up […]

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Nearly every issue of Spin-Off features the amazing, magical qualities of natural fiber, but we’ve figured out a way to celebrate it even more. Natural Fiber Directory was born during the International Year of Natural Fiber and here it is in its fifth year. It was included as a pull-out section in the Winter 2017 […]

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Spinners have worked with wool for thousands of years, and with good reason: it dyes easily, wears well, and comes from cute sheep. But it’s not the only option available nowadays. We can spin fiber produced from other animals, from plants, or from manufacturing processes. Bamboo, soy, and corn can all be made into yarn. […]

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Last week, winter storm Helena took her snowy toll across the U.S., and in the middle of it, here in Colorado, I sat at home with no less than 4 knitted things on: socks, slippers, legwarmers, and a hat. My heat does work, thanks. I’m just one of those people who is always freezing. So […]

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