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.

Sublime Stitches Part 1: Spinning Wool for Embroidery

In the Spring 2016 issue of Spin Off, Kate Larson shared tips for spinning your own woolly embroidery yarns. From primitive breeds to fine wools, learn how-to design a yarn that shows off your needlework skills.

Flicking and Combing Painted Locks

Planning a handspun, Fair Isle knitting project? In the Spring 2012 issue of Spin Off, Kate shared her tips for preparing dyed, wool locks for a smooth, worsted-style yarn.

Spin Off Fall 2020: The Ancient Craft, New Tools Issue

Feed your creativity with handspinning tools both old and new in the Fall 2020 issue of Spin Off.

Diz Tips: The Finer Points of Wool Combing

In the Fall 2020 issue of Spin Off, passionate wool comber Kim McKenna makes a case for often omitted steps when combing, such as oiling, planking, and two passes through a diz.

Spinning Strong Wools

From Cotswold to Karakul, fleeces on the coarse end of the wool-grading scale tend to grow in bold curls or waves. This character allows us to spin a wide range of useful yarns.

What is Romanian Cord?

Crochet a quick and easy cord perfect for attaching to projects, such as Katrina King’s Crocheted Peddler’s Pack featured in Spin Off Fall 2020.

Subscriber Exclusive

Durham Chevrons Cowl

The incised chevron columns at Durham Cathedral inspired Kate to design a textile that translated stone into fiber.

Handspun Histories: Spin Off Summer 2020

The authors in the Summer 2020 issue, each in a personal way, share pieces of their own handspun histories.

Roving Reporter: Lambing Season Arrives!

During lambing season, I spend more time with my Border Leicesters than at any other time of the year.

’Tis the Season: How to Spin Paper for Wrapping Packages

I’ve explored different papers over the years, some with more success than others. The length of the fibers in the paper, the thickness of the paper, and the intended purpose of the yarn all contribute to success . . . or . . . not so much.