Anne Merrow | Spin Off

Anne Merrow


Unboxing the Electric Eel Nano

An electric spinning wheel that fits in the palm of your hand and starts at $80? I couldn't resist trying it for myself.

How Many Treadles Does a Spinner Need?

Do you like a single treadle, double treadle, or no treadles at all? The answer might depend on what you like to spin.

The Spinner’s Guide to Black Friday

The big-box store is not the place to be on Black Friday. Here are five things you should do instead of shop on Black Friday.

National Cat Day: How to Spin Cat Hair

Most spinners who love cats find that the question is how not to spin cat hair. If you have a cat or dog, keeping drifts of pet fur from overtaking your house is probably a daily challenge.

At the Sheep Show: Rhinebeck Roundup

Buzzing with shoppers and wool lovers, this year's New York Sheep and Wool festival was filled with delights and a few surprises. Here's what I saw at the sheep show.

Five Secrets of Natural Dye

Mushrooms, leaves, insects, roots, and wood are just waiting to give you a rainbow of dyes if you know the magic recipes to coax them out.

What Is a Rolag, Anyway?

What do you call the little rolls of fiber that you pull off handcards, a blending board, or even a drumcarder? Not any word you'll find in a typical dictionary.

Five Good Reasons to Buy and Use Mini Wool Combs

Deciding to buy wool combs can be a big step. They’re not the first piece of equipment any spinner buys, but once you have a pair you’ll wonder how you got by without them.

Treadles, More or Less: Single Treadle or Double Treadle?

How many treadles does one spinning wheel need? Alden Amos said one; others say two. Spinners vote with their feet.

How to Pack for a Spinning Vacation: Three Approaches

Basic and beautiful, go big or go home, or high-tech bells and whistles? There's a place for all kinds of textile travelers... if there's a place in your luggage.