Anne Merrow | Spin Off

Anne Merrow


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.

Which End First? Spinning from the Lock

I took a class with Kate Larson last weekend, and the most surprising thing I learned had nothing to do with the class description: Kate spins wool from the cut end.

5 Reasons to Start Making Handmade Gifts in July

We've all heard of Christmas in July, but it really is the the perfect time to start planning and working on those handmade gifts.

Les Tricoteuses: A Bastille Day Yarn

On July 14, France celebrates Bastille Day (or as they call it “Quatorze Juillet”), the anniversary of the storming of the Bastille prison in 1789 that marked a turning point in the French Revolution—well, the first of their revolutions, anyway.