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.

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.

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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.

Beacon Shawl

Megi Burcl’s Beacon Shawl is made in separate sections rather than using an intarsia technique.

Spin Off Winter 2020: Into the Wild

The heady question that flows through this annual natural fiber issue is, “What is wild?” In our spinner-centric world, does “wild” always mean fiber gleaned from nature?

The Grass Beneath a Sheep’s Fleece

In the Winter 2019 issue of Spin Off, editor Kate Larson explored the literal ground beneath a sheep’s fleece (um, feet).