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Walt Turpening: The Art & Science of Your Best Seat

Former geophysicist, researcher, and technology developer Walt Turpening has developed basic measurements to help us sit comfortably at our wheels.

Straight Talk on Hemp: Legends and Truths About the Forbidden Fiber

February 4th is national Hemp Day, so we thought we'd share this article from 2015 by Stephenie Gaustad and the late Alden Amos in celebration of this bast fiber.

Dyeing Yarn Free eBook: Using Natural Dyeing Techniques

Learn a new spinning technique today for FREE! Get your copy of "Guide to Dyeing Yarn: Learn How to Dye Yarn Using Natural Dyeing Techniques" here!

Dyeing Wool: Temperature Effects of Water

In the Summer 2018 issue of Spin Off, Kimber Baldwin explained how the properties of water influence the dyeing process, and in the excerpt below, she tells us how water temperature plays a crucial role.

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Heartwarming Mitts: The Pattern

Twined knitting, a Swedish technique that requires two working yarns that are twisted together after each stitch, makes a sturdy fabric with very little elasticity.

Handspun Mittens From the Mitten State

I live in the northwest corner of the Lower Peninsula of Michigan. Winters are long here. Handspun mittens, therefore, are essential winter wear.

BY: Amy Tyler

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The Fractal Stripe: One Method for Controlling the Striping of Painted Roving

Often, spinners are mystified about predicting what the colors of their fiber will do when spun. If you take the time to analyze how to prepare and spin the fiber, you can control the resulting yarn.

Notes on Spinning for the Heartwarming Mitts

Twined knitting makes a sturdy fabric that will last forever, especially if you use a fiber that has an outercoat for strength and undercoat for softness and warmth.

Growing Indigo in Indiana

I fell in love with indigo textiles while living in Japan, where this unique dye—the only colorfast natural blue dye—was used for centuries to color everything from humble diapers and undergarments to ornate bedding covers and ceremonial robes.

New Year, New Spin: Join Spin Off’s Mitt-Along

Raise your hand! Who wants to join us for a mitt-along in 2020?