Spin Off just wrapped up its annual spinalong/knitalong on Ravelry. This year, we focused on the Shetland-inspired handspun hap.
Recently, when I decided to spin up a 50% yak/50% silk blend top, the decision was easy: I spun that baby using my favorite supported spindles.
We all know that a skein of handspun yarn is made up of more than just fiber. Other elements count, too: the preparation, the color, the tools and how they’re used, and the ever-important mood of the handspinner.
Sit at the wheel, fiber in hand, with nary a plan, nor even a purpose, in mind, other than satisfying the itch for a bit of time spent making handspun yarn.
For those who know its power, a handspindle can change the course of an entire day—or even someone’s life.
The misconception is that drop-spindle plying somehow limits the size of your resulting hank. In my opinion, it doesn’t—or at least no more so than the size of your bobbin limits the size of your skein when plying on a wheel.
If you’re looking to add a more consistent handspinning practice to your lifestyle but think you’ve got no time for even a few minutes each day?
It all began on January 1, 2017 with our maiden virtual group gathering: the first annual Spin Off Magazine Spinalong and Knitalong (SAL/KAL) focused on the combo spin. Now, we're making haps!