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.

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.

Spin Off Winter 2021: The Elements of Structure

Structure doesn’t always mean more measurements and recordkeeping. Think of structure as providing a canvas, allowing you to control what fills it.

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.