Kate Larson

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Try a New Silk Prep: Kim McKenna’s Tussie Mussie

Struggling with silk slivers? Add this easy technique to your spinner’s toolbox.

Memory: Spin Off Winter 2023

Crimp, resilience and connection tie the threads of memory together through fiber.

How (and Why) to Wind Charkha Singles onto Storage Bobbins

Can you use book-style charkhas for big projects? Yes, you can. Learn how I store my cotton singles for plying with this short video.

Why I Love My Handcards: Carding Wool Three Ways

I love and collect handcards the way that many of my friends collect spindles.

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Kate’s Simple and Beautiful Cotton Shawl Pattern

Put your handspun to work, even if it’s imperfect! Kate designed this simple shawl to highlight handspun color and texture for beginning charkha spinners, but you can use this recipe for other fibers, too.

Call for Submissions Spin Off Fall 2023: Carding Tools & Techniques

Our annual tool issue turns to a topic brimming with creativity and steeped in debate: all things carding. Do you love handcards, drumcards, blending boards, and more? Share your article and project ideas with Spin Off!

Roving Reporter: Cotton Spinning Angst? Try This Preparation Trick

My love affair with charkha spinning was starting to leave me frustrated and grumbling. Here’s how I regained my loving-kindness.

How to Name a Sheep: Meet Willa and Gus

In the spring, Spin Off readers were asked for name suggestions for these cute twins. Let’s take a peek in the barn to see how Willa and Gus are doing this fall, and—of course—how their fleeces are growing!

Tea and a Pound of Cotton

In these long, hot days of summer, I’ve carved out a morning ritual: spinning a bit of cotton while I drink my morning tea.

The Wheel Reinvented: Spin Off Fall 2022

The fall issue takes a new spin on the tools we love.