Cotton and other short-stapled fibers are traditionally spun on spindles that make long-draw spinning easy. Devin has three favorites to share, each from a different part of the globe.
Devin found the perfect fleece for knitted socks that will withstand a lot of wear and tear.
Vegetable matter (VM)—the chaff, twigs, and burrs that can become embedded in our fleeces—is considered a flaw. But how much VM is too much? It’s a matter of opinion.
As we approach National Hemp Day this February 4th, learn how to spin and weave this versatile fiber that has been used for clothing, textiles, sailcloth, and more throughout history.
Looking for socks that don’t slouch and sweaters that hold their shape? Give these sheep breeds a second look.
Spinner Devin Helmen ruminates on how stashes come to exist, how they tend to grow on their own when our backs are turned, and how to decide when it’s time to pare down.
Love the one you’re with or let them go? Devin believes we should welcome new wheels into our flock and say good-bye when it’s time.
Sometimes our tools need a tune up and extra care to run well.
My preferred low-whorl spindle is the plainest possible—no hook or spiral at the tip to secure the yarn, no special or fancy wood, just a plain, workaday tool.