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!
Each year, as December rolls past like a freight train, I find a few moments to sit and quietly reflect on my year in handspinning.
One of the ways I make myself feel better about the utter chaos that exists in parts of my life is to take excellent care of my fiber stash and related spinning tools.
I’d been lying to myself about my spinning. A few weeks ago a recent spin with a new-to-me spinning fiber opened my eyes to the truth: I have a type.