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Anne Merrow


Tour de Fleece: Three Tips at the Starting Line

Preparing for the start of the Tour de Fleece, I’ve been standing at my bobbin winder, turning the crank as I empty spinning bobbins until my arm feels ready to give out.Unlike Spinzilla, which challenges you to spin a lot of yardage in an intense sprin

Spinning the (Gradient Yarn) Blues

It often takes extra work for a dyer to create a perfectly smooth gradient of handdyed top. Here are a few strategies for spinning gradient yarn.

Yarn Skills Handspinners Need to Know (besides spinning)

Most handspinners aren’t just handspinners. Being a spinner is certainly enough, but most of us either come to spinning from another craft or take up another craft to use all that handspun yarn.

Get Those Wheels Spinning for the Tour de Fleece!

For spinners and cycling fans, it’s an exhilarating, challenging, and gorgeous three-week event: the Tour de Fleece. Or France, for those who require two wheels.

Supported Spindle Spinning Tips!

To make the loftiest, finest handspun yarn, a supported spindle can’t be beat, so it’s time to pull out a Tibetan spindle or a tahkli and practice spinning supported. Here is some of Heather’s expert advice, which appeared in Spin Off Winter 2016.

Three Spinners on Washing Wool

I hate washing wool. I loved my first spinning class, and I loved spinning handcarded rolags, but the part about washing fleece 2 times in soapy water and rinsing it 2 times wasn’t my favorite.

Learning to Spin? Avoid These 5 Mistakes

There isn't one right or wrong way to spin, but If you’re teaching a beginning spinner, here are a few things you might want to avoid.

Beyond Hand Dyed Roving: 4 Tools You Need to Master Color

As a color-timid spinner, I have two problems: I need to learn how to plan color combinations that are neither nauseating nor cloying, and I don’t know what the finished product will look like.

The Happy Handspun Hap

They tell me that one quick way to set a Shetlander’s teeth on edge is to talk about hap shawls. It’s why I wince at a chai tea latte with milk: in India, where “chai” means tea, it’s always tea with milk.

Building a Better Spinning Wheel

Schacht adapted their spinning wheel to have the option of two treadles. In no time at all, the double-treadle model outsold the single-treadle by a mile.