Deborah Held


How to Meet Other Handspinners

Debbie Held has been told on several occasions that she has more close friends who spin than the average handspinner. Here are her tips for meeting other people who spin.

Walt Turpening: The Art & Science of Your Best Seat

Former geophysicist, researcher, and technology developer Walt Turpening has developed basic measurements to help us sit comfortably at our wheels.

New Year, New Spin: Join Spin Off’s Mitt-Along

Raise your hand! Who wants to join us for a mitt-along in 2020?

5 Tips to Spin the Tour de Fleece Injury-Free

With the Tour de Fleece beginning soon, here are some words from the neutral zone about rider safety and avoiding injury.

Her Handspun Habit: How I Wind a Cop on My Supported Spindle

The cop on a supported spindle is the heart of the spin itself. Its weight and shape help to influence the speed and duration of a spin.

Her Handspun Habit: Did You Finish Your Handspun Hap?

Spin Off just wrapped up its annual spinalong/knitalong on Ravelry. This year, we focused on the Shetland-inspired handspun hap.

Her Handspun Habit: 3 Reasons to Choose Supported Spindles

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.

Her Handspun Habit: What Is Your Handspun Yarn Telling You?

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.

Her Handspun Habit: A Handspun Yarn Quickie

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.