Spin Off Call for Submissions Winter 2022: Blends—Opposites Attract 

In the Winter 2022 issue, help us explore spectacular combinations: fiber blends, technique mixes, tool duos, and more!

Seven Things to Love about Handspun Cowls

Find out why cowls make a great handspun project, and download our new eBook, 7 Cowls to Spin, Make & Give from Spin Off, to find a pattern perfect for your yarn. 

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Adventures in Fleece: Cozy up with a build-your-own breed study

This crochet blanket from the Spring 2015 issue of Spin Off highlights a variety of sheep breeds and only requires about 30 yards of handspun per a square..


Beaded Chain-Plied Yarn… Give It a Try!

Grab some singles, a tiny crochet hook, and some beads. Kate Larson shares how to add beads to your handspun.

What Is Saint Distaff’s Day? (And what does it have to do with rocks?)

Saint Distaff’s Day (also known as Distaff Day, Roc Day, or Rock Day) is the day when spinners go back to work after the holidays.

Fiber Basics: Bactrian Camel

Camels have been domesticated for at least 3,000 years, serving as transport animals and providing fiber, milk, meat, and leather. Read on to learn more about spinning this timeless fiber.

Choosing Fiber—Where to Start?

Whether you're a new handspinner or a seasoned fiber enthusiast looking to break a breed rut, plan your spinning for the coming year and try some of these delightful fibers.

A Room of My Own

Early on the afternoon of April 4, 2008, after spending two hours working in a windowless room on campus, Marcy left a building to walk across campus to my office. She had entered in the sunshine, but now the sky looked ominous.

Spinning Basics: How to Spin Top

Teacher Maggie Casey guides you step-by-step through a few basic ways to spin top.

Send a Virtual Hug in 2021 and Join a Cowl-along

We invite you to join the Spin Off 2021 Cowl-along and send someone special a warm hug via a handspun, handmade cowl!

Underplying Is Not a Mistake

Underplied yarn is often achieved by beginning spinners because they ply stale singles and then look for balance in the ply when twist is dormant in the singles. But sometimes, underplying is desirable.

Spindle + Bowl: Finding the Perfect Pair

Find the right spindle and bowl combination for your spinning practice. Heavenly offers her tips for selecting a bowl that’s just right for your spindle.