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.
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.
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.
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.
The incised chevron columns at Durham Cathedral inspired Kate to design a textile that translated stone into fiber.
The authors in the Summer 2020 issue, each in a personal way, share pieces of their own handspun histories.
During lambing season, I spend more time with my Border Leicesters than at any other time of the year.
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.
Megi Burcl’s Beacon Shawl is made in separate sections rather than using an intarsia technique.
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?