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Spin Off Fall 2019

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Find your desert island tool in the Fall 2019 issue of Spin Off! 

Explore the spinning tools our community cannot do without. From taking a whirl with a supported spindle to finding the blending board or drumcarder to suit your needs, we’ve got the scoop. Grab a seat and discover how sitting in the appropriately sized chair can make time at the wheel more comfortable. Build a spindle kate from a cardboard box. But there’s more to spinning than just tools—let’s not forget the yarn. Learn the S and Z of yarns spun for of twined knitting. Turn an invasive weed into a rainbow of color. Plus, get four patterns to knit and crochet using your handspun yarn. This issue features:

  • First Steps in Charkha Spinning
  • Low-Whorl Love: Versatile and Productive Spindles
  • Twist Analysis: Twined Knitting
  • Supported Spindles: Pairing Fiber & Tool
  • Simple Spindle Kate
  • Tulle & Tools for Blending Boards
  • Blending Tool Roundup
  • Drumcarder & Diz: Creating a Marled Roving
  • Dyeing with Buckthorn 


30 Heartwarming Mitts

By Josefin Waltin

Get ready for cold weather by knitting these toasty mitts with Z-plied handspun yarn.


66 Rainbow Fish Infinity Scarf

By Stefanie Johnson

Inspired by shiny fish scales, this project weaves colorful handspun yarn through knitted stitches to create silky texture.


76 Mixlace Wrap

By Denise Lavoie, Handspun version by Elizabeth Prose

Grab your hook! This mix of lace motifs and bouncy handspun will keep you on your toes.


88 Beacon Shawl

By Megi Burcl, Handspun version by Kate Larson

The perfect pattern for gradient lovers and the fiber curious.