Fine-Tune Your Fiber Prep

Larson_Kate_RR_image_31_1aI have been contributing weekly stories to for about eight years, but my work took a new direction earlier this year. Previously, I was collecting stories about fiber folks and groups doing interesting things around the globe. My new column, Roving Reporter, is focused on my own travels and work. I absolutely love taking this new direction, developing content with the amazing Anne Merrow, editor of Spin Off, and strengthening my voice in words and images.

Each week, I have a post offering tips, tutorials, reviews, or notes from the road. Here are a few of my favorites so far that focus on fiber prep:


Kate’s Handcarding FAQ
“One of my personal missions is to help spinners love handcarding. As a new spinner trying out my first pair of handcards, I was dubious that any joy might lie in creating heaps of rolags…” Read more.


Ode to Pin-Drafted Roving
“Most spinners have easy access to roving and combed top preparations, but did you know that there is a step in between? Pin-drafted roving is one of my favorite preparations…” Read more.


Why I Love My Handcards: Carding Wool Three Ways
“New cards, antique cards, flat or curved, they are all unique and do different jobs well. However, if you have not fallen in love with the pursuit of the perfect rolag, you are not alone…” Read more.

Larson_Kate_RR_image_2_1Knit + Spin in the Shetland Isles
“Most people associate traditional Shetland yarns with fuzzy, woolen-spun yarns. However, the Shetland Museum and the Shetland Textile Museum have knitted pieces in their collections that are made using yarns spun woolen, worsted, and…” Read more.

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