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Spin Off Summer 2024

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For this cheerful Summer issue of Spin Off, we chose “Handspun Handknits” to explore knitting and beyond. This issue connects you to spinners past and present working in a wide variety of fibers to create useful and beautiful cloth. Following their work helps you to explore new fibers and techniques or deepen your understanding of the familiar!

  • Travel to Peru with Dr. Carrie Brezine to learn about cotton stockings left behind by sixteenth-century knitters, and spin your own pair with Devin Helmen.
  • Follow Swedish spinner Josefin Waltin’s flaxen journey as she began knitting with handspun linen and made a puzzling discovery. In a surprising twist, she fixed her bias! 
  • Learn about Norwegian sweaters from Annemor Sundbø, and then re-create a woven pick-up band from Vesterheim National Norwegian-American Museum.

No matter your textile interests—spinning for knitting, weaving, crochet, embroidery, and more—this issue is brimming with inspiration!



  • Lamb Mowers: Babydoll Southdowns in the City by Laureen Branting 
  • A Stocking Study: Spinning Cotton for Knitting by Devin Helmen
  • Knitting with Linen by Josefin Waltin
  • Treasures from a Ragpile: Norway’s Knitted Heritage by Annemor Sundbo
  • Soft Stripes: A Spinner’s Recipe for Self-Striping Yarn by Kate Larson
  • The Finish Line: Wool Wet-Finishing from Soaking to Thwacking by Kim McKenna
  • Fly Away: Spinning for Your On-the-Go Knitting Projects by Andrea Deck
  • Ooh La La Ombré: Blend, Spin & Knit Your Fade by Sylvia Smith



  • Magdalena de Cao Viejo Stockings by Carrie Brezine, adapted by Devin Helmen
  • On the Edge: A Pick-Up Band to Weave by Angela K. Schneider and Kate Larson
  • Roundabout Shawl by Jennifer Miller Comstock
  • Bari Tee by Sarah Solomon
  • Au Lait Scarf by Sylvia Smith
  • Woolgrowers Hat & Cowl by Sarah Pope