Kate Larson

Kate Larson is the editor of Spin Off and spends as many hours as life allows in the barn with her beloved flock of Border Leicesters.

Solace Spinning: A Sweet Scrap Sweater

Fitting spinning into a busy life can feel like a challenge. Kate is focusing on small breaks this summer: a few treadles, a few deep breaths, a few yards of something beautiful.

Roving Reporter: Spinning Equipment Travel Hacks—What Not To Pack

As a traveling spinning instructor, I spent much of my life thinking about packing spinner’s cargo. Packing for planes, trains, and automobiles can be different than packing for ferries, backpacks, and bicycles.

Be Kind, Rewind: Bobbin Winder to the Rescue

Discover the benefits of adding a bobbin winder to your spinning practice.

The Art and Science of Twist: Spin Off Summer 2021

Explore one of the core elements of spinning—twist—in the Summer 2021 issue. Like many things in life, twist is more complicated than it seems.

Kate Larson’s Tips for How to Spin Cabled Yarn

In the Spin Off Summer 2017 issue, Kate Larson shared her tips for spinning cabled yarns. Just follow these simple steps!

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.

(Half) Hitch in Your Drop Spindle Technique? Try Two Methods

Low-whorl drop spindles often have a simple, straight shaft without a hook to secure the yarn.

Beaded Chain-Plied Yarn… Give It a Try!

Grab some singles, a tiny crochet hook, and some beads. Kate Larson shares how to add beads to your handspun.

Sublime Stitches Part 2: Basic Embroidery Stitches

In the Spring 2016 issue of Spin Off, Kate Larson shared tips for embroidering with your handspun yarns. From chain stitch to couching, thread a needle and create beautiful needlework with your handspun.