Deborah Held


Her Handspun Habit: Plying Yarn From Spindles (Part II)

Debbie Held is back to discuss the how-to portion of the plying process, or what to do after winding off.

Her Handspun Habit: How to Ply Yarn from Spindles (Part I)

The number one question people ask when I’m using a handspindle: “how do you go about plying singles yarns from the spindles?”

The Spinner’s Guide to Spring-ish Clean a Spinning Wheel

The longer days of spring and extra daylight mean more time for spinning! Make sure your tools are in tip-top shape.

Her Handspun Habit: Fall in Love with the Handspindle!

For those who know its power, a handspindle can change the course of an entire day—or even someone’s life.

5 Tips for Planning and Hosting a Spin-along

Organizing a spin-along is easier than you may think, and it can be a wonderful way to build your own fiber community.

Add It Up: How to Price Your Handspun Yarns for Sale

Knowing the exact costs that go into making a skein of handspun yarn is the key to selling it at a fair price.

Her Handspun Habit: A Spinster Gets a Cat

A dyed-in-the-wool dog lover bonds with a cat.

Jefferson Farms: The Search for Wild Luxury

Paco-vicuña is an ideal fiber for handspinners. As Jane Levene explains, the crinkle, or tiny, unorganized crimp, helps to interlock the fibers, creating that loft so many of us love.

Spin Off 2020 Mitt-Along: Show Us Your Finished Mitts!

Close to 300 handspinners participated in this year’s Spin Off mitt-along. Here’s Debbie Held with the highlights.

Spin Off 2020 Mitt-along: 5 Knitting Tips for Your Mitts

If you’ve been wanting to turn some handspun into a suitable pair of handcoverings for your own mitts, I offer up these pointers gleaned from the group’s knitting experiences.