There’s nothing quite like finally casting on a sweater using handspun yarn. Watching yard after yard filling bobbin after bobbin, we have plenty of time to think about the knitted fabric that will keep us (or our beloveds) cozy. Over the years, I’ve developed an approach that works for me, balancing the quest for consistency […]

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Editor’s note: While Roving Reporter Kate Larson is taking a breath after her first art gallery opening, we revisit one of her favorite subjects: Norwegian mittens. I am particularly enamored with Norwegian mittens and the stories they hold. During the nineteenth-century, Norway was rapidly changing, and we can see many of those changes manifest in […]

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As a traveling spinning instructor, I spend much of my life thinking about packing spinner’s cargo. Packing for planes, trains, and automobiles can be different than packing for ferries, backpacks, and bicycles. Spinning gear can take up a lot of space, so I’m always looking for ways to lighten my load. Here are a few […]

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How do you create the shading and shifting gradients that make Fair Isle knitting so irresistible? You can start with fibers that are all exactly the color you need, or you can blend them yourself! Shetlander Elizabeth Johnston has become well-known for her handspun, handknitted colorwork fabrics. She wrote a fantastic article for Spin Off […]

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Summer spinning and knitting projects mean new cozies for fall! After I saw the new issue of knit.wear, the Moonflower Dolman immediately rocketed to the top of my queue. There are many ways to begin a new knitting with handspun project and work through the process of designing yarn, estimating fiber needed, choosing pattern and […]

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I’ve just resurfaced from Eugene Textile Center’s Fiber in the Forest retreat. This annual retreat welcomes fiber artists to delve deeper into their craft for three full days. A multi-day fiber retreat is a pleasure, providing more time to connect with new fiber friends, go for a walk, and perhaps return with pockets full of […]

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Charkha spinning has become my favorite act of mindfulness. I shared a bit about my newfound charkha obsession and how it got me spinning outdoors more often. Spinning at the wheel has always been invigorating, freeing my creativity and bringing some of my best ideas to the surface. Charkha spinning is like a deep breath, […]

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Our Roving Reporter, Kate Larson, is out roving this week. While she’s gathering more news of the spinning world, we thought you might enjoy catching up on a recent spinning technique series. It’s no secret that handspinners love to savor every last morsel of fiber. Here’s Kate’s solution for what to do with the leftover […]

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