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What if what everyone knows about spinning . . . might not really be true? This issue of Spin-Off challenges the conventional spinning wisdom. You'll find articles on wool and weaving, predrafting and plying, and spinning faster and fatter. With knitting patterns and weaving projects for handspun yarns, there are plenty of opportunities to test out spinning myths for yourself. Learn from spinners new and experienced in our compendium of spinning advice, then read on for plenty of surprises. 

Happy Spinning,

Anne Merrow
Editor

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  • Spin-Off Winter 2002

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    Spin•Off Hits the Road by Liz Gipson

    Dyeing with the Twisted Sisters by Lynne Vogel

    How CD Spindles Can Be Seeds for Spinners by Susan Sullivan Maynard

    A Qiviut Nachaq by Helen Griffiths Howard

    Spinning Flax into Linen by Jude Daurelle

    Spinning in Southern Madagascar by Sarah Fee

    Handspun Gallery of Sweaters

    My Otavalo Shirt by Kris Paige

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  • Spin-Off Fall 2002

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    Spin•Off Hits the Road by Liz Gipson

    “Socks,” an excerpt from The Knitter’s Handy Book of Patterns by Ann Budd

    James Hargreaves’s Spinning Jenny by David Bryant

    Las Arañas Spinners and Weavers Guild’s Sheep-to-Shawl Demonstration by Jannelle Durant

    Handspun Gallery: SOAR Scholarship Recipients

    Bunny Bag by Karen Pilman

    The Six Swans by Amy C. Clarke

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  • Spin-Off Summer 2002

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    After a Loss, the Home Textile Tool Museum Looks Ahead by Pamella Mawhiney, Pat Hilts, Victor Hilts, and Esther Welden

    A Profile of Kathleen Bowen by Dynise Balcavage

    Our Autumnal Cotswold Rug by Gayle Vallance

    Fiber Basics: The Magic of Mohair by Robin Russo

    A Passion for Pygora by Jude Daurelle

    Take a Spin with a Cop by Karen Wintermyer McNally

    Handspun Gallery of Small Things

    Mineral Bottoms by Meghan Sayres

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  • Spin-Off Winter 2001

    Features

    Pest Problems and Fiber Storage: An Excerpt from The Spinner’s Companion by Bobbie Irwin

    American Romney by Rita Buchanan

    A Profile of Norman Kennedy by Gika Rector

    Andean Adventures—Visiting Nilda Callañaupa’s Village by Kaye Collins

    Handspun Gallery

    911 b.c. by Linda Ligon

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  • Spin-Off Summer 2001

    Features

    Yarn Grist: An Excerpt from The Alden Amos Big Book of Handspinning by Alden Amos

    The Home Textile Tool Museum by Bill Ralph

    Spinning Threads of Freedom: Mahatma Gandhi's Message by Brinda Gill

    Spindle-Spun Tunic by Elaine Boaz

    Old World Crochet by Priscilla A. Gibson-Roberts

    The Chacara of the Ngobe Woman by Pam DeLuco

    Viking Sails by Peter Fowler

    Today's Drumcarders by Susan McFarland

    Adventures on the Trail of Fiber by Liz Gipson

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  • Spin-Off Spring 2001

    Features

    Fiber Basics: Cashmere by Carol Huebscher Rhoades

    Merging an Ancient Art with a Modern Tool by Deb Erikson

    Royal Highland Show by Deborah Pulliam

    Restoring My Antique Spinning Wheel by Julie Bates

    Handspun Gallery

    Mona, the Dowager Queen of the Flock by Sherry St. Germaine

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  • Spin-Off Winter 2000

    Features 

    The Ugly Sweater Project by Helen Von Ammon

    A Guild Color Study Project by Mary Spanos

    Needlepoint Color Wheel by Mary Spanos

    A Woven Vest of Many Colors by Carol Timkovich

    An Artistic Bag by Terry Martin

    Color Study Fabric by Pia Cusick

    Confetti Socks by Karen Ford

    A Knitted Rainbow Vest by Mary Geier

    James Shiels-The Last Master Spinning Wheelwright in Ireland by Meghan Nuttall Sayres

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  • Spin-Off Winter 1999

    Features

    Spinner's Question: Combing Wool and the Matter of Waste Fiber by Rita Buchanan

    Spinner Profile: Walter Bright Ashford as told to Elizabeth Ashford

    New Spinner's Sweater by Nancy Oakes

    Spanish Moss and Southern "Belles" by Jackie Erickson-Schweitzer

    Knitted Merino Scarf by Erda Kappeler

    Fiber Basics: Cotswold by Deborah Pulliam

    Tops With A Twist: Another Pattern From the Spin-Off Contest Soumak and Crochet Hat by Joanna Gleason

    Simple Distaffs by Rita Buchanan

    Wild Silks of the World by Richard S. Peigler

    Crocheted Silk Cords by Dodie Rush

    Handspun Gallery of Sweaters

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  • Spin-Off Fall 1999

    Features

    Spinner's Question: Measuring Fibers by Rita Buchanan

    Spinner Profile: Ann Klinect by Jude Daurelle

    Turkish Supriz by Meghan Nuttall Sayres

    Silk Ribbons by Mary Spanos

    Making the Most of Variegated Yarns

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