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Posted - 11/09/2010 :  05:09:09 AM  Show Profile Send marthalee a Private Message  Reply with Quote
What is a good source of handspun yarns? I have Lisa Lloyd's book, A Fine Fleece, and would like to try a pattern in handspun yarn. I can't take up spinning myself! I can't keep up with all of my knitting as it is, much less take on something else! I also love the undyed organic yarns.

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Posted - 11/10/2010 :  05:48:56 AM  Show Profile  Visit Kade1301's Homepage Send Kade1301 a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Have a look on Etsy. The only problem is if you want to follow a pattern with handspun yarn, you need a yarn that corresponds pretty exactly to the one the pattern was knit with originally (btw - doesn't the book say who spun the yarns? You could contact the original spinners). So might have to have it custom-spun. Are there any spinners where you live? One of them might be willing to do it.

Good luck (you'll need it)! Klara
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New Pal

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Posted - 11/10/2010 :  05:49:20 AM  Show Profile  Visit jen6265's Homepage Send jen6265 a Private Message  Reply with Quote
How exciting for you! A couple ideas, one is to go to etsy and search on Handspun yarn, you will find a ton of stuff. Another idea is contact your local spinners guild if you want to touch and feel, and maybe you can find individuals who sell either from home or at the meetings.

Good luck!
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Posted - 11/11/2010 :  12:28:07 AM  Show Profile  Visit calicokitty6's Homepage Send calicokitty6 a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I also suggest checking in with the local spinning guilds and etsy. Or possibly the spinning groups on Ravelry. There may even be one for your area. Another option are festivals. Although, those are probably not happening until Spring now.

The fiber shop I bought my wheel from also taught me to spin. He does custom spinning orders. Maybe you can find a shop like that near you.

Please realize handspun is usually quite a bit more than commercial yarn due to the time and work involved.

=^..^= Debbie
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Posted - 11/11/2010 :  04:44:58 AM  Show Profile  Visit scarfitup's Homepage Send scarfitup a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I find (or have seen and would like to buy but can't always!) beautiful handspuns on Etsy. Looks like that's an idea that many of us have, so I would start there! Good luck!

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New Pal

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Posted - 11/11/2010 :  05:21:04 AM  Show Profile Send fasthands a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I've often seen handspuns and hand dyed yarn at my farmers market. I saw that you're from TN. I found this link of TN wool and fibers. You may want to check that out. I try to go out of my way to buy locally and to find local fibers always makes me feel good that I'm supporting my local economy.

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Posted - 11/11/2010 :  07:00:22 AM  Show Profile  Visit kjelenfy's Homepage Send kjelenfy a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Sheep & Wool festivals & fiber festivals are the best way to support handspinners & other crafters. Go to as many as you can. We need your support!

I am working with Maine-raised sheep & goats to create my handspun, handdyed yarns. I can send you pictures if you like, or you can keep up with me at Happy knitting!
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Posted - 11/11/2010 :  07:46:50 AM  Show Profile  Visit's Homepage Send a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I also want to suggest Etsy. I have a shop there and carry handspun, but I am suggesting it because there are so many spinners on there. You need to create an account, but once you do you will have the ability to look at several yarns, "heart" them, putting them into a file, and then you can go back and compare their differences.

I hope you will give Etsy a try; not everyone likes it and there is also Artfire if you don't like the feel of Etsy. They have some hand spinners there, but not as many.

Many spinners are willing to spin up something custom, so if you have a project that needs a particular weight of yarn in a color they don't carry you can get it done. You can even buy the fiber from one shop, have it sent to another to have it spun up and then that seller sends you the final yarn! I think that is the neatest feature of buying on Etsy, you are talking directly to the "manufacturer" and are able to have a truly custom final project!


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New Pal

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Posted - 11/11/2010 :  09:27:23 AM  Show Profile Send jgetha a Private Message  Reply with Quote
There is an online group in Yahoo Groups called spin-list, and it has a "sister" group called spin-sales. Many spinners belong to spin-list, and a lot of us will either sell our handspun or spin to order.

A discussion that has come up again very recently is how to price the handspun yarn. You may be shocked at the prices asked for handspinning, but the work involved is substantial. For instance, it takes me four hours to spin two ounces of sportweight alpaca yarn. Some spinners offer fancy yarns like boucle or beaded, which are true art and take a lot of effort. Some spinners price by the yard, some by the ounce, some will say "it depends." That's because the amount of work involved in making a fine multi-ply yarn is CONSIDERABLY more than the work involved in making a bulky single yarn.

I believe you have to join the spin-list to peruse the emails and archives, but there is no obligation and you won't get spammed.
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New Pal

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Posted - 11/11/2010 :  9:26:38 PM  Show Profile Send elliswaingrow a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I particularly like the spinners on etsy and also those who are vendors at sheep and wool festivals. Some of my favorites on etsy are Jazzturtle (my all time favorite), Loop, Rivulette, Traveling Rhinos, Knotty Naomi, Material Whirled, Cool Climates, and Kitty Grrlz. But there are so many. For sheep and wool festival vendors, my favorite is Mountain Fiber Folk but I also discovered Good Karma Farm and Spinning Company at the recent New England Fiber Festival.
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