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As many of you may know, I have been a handweaver and spinner for many years. In addition to managing this website, I also have another website through which I market and sell my own handspun and handwoven products. I like to work with natural fibres and eco-friendly dyes.

Some time ago, I moved to Chichester, which is located on the south coast of England, in the county of West Sussex. I retired from work recently so now have more time to devote to spinning yarn and making pretty things.

The local Council of Chichester operates a bi-weekly farmers market providing local farmers a venue to sell their farm products. I have applied for permission to operate a market stall where I hope to sell my hanspun wools and wares. Part of their criteria for operating a market stall is that at least 30 % of the products are obtained locally – within a 30 mile radius of the city of Chichester. I agree with the council’s strict criteria and am happy to support the local farming community.

This has now led me on a search for locally grown fleece. Previously I was purchasing wool roving from the UK mills and weaving shops. However, the mills are often not able to identify which sheep farm the wool came from.
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Over the last few weeks I have met some wonderful farmers and visited their farms and pastures where the sheep and alpaca graze.
I am still waiting to hear whether my application will be successful – fingers crossed.
If not – I have enjoyed the adventure and it has led me to some lovely countryside adventures as well as new sources for fibre.

I have also had some difficulties in sourcing suitable fleece. I visited a sheep farm today, hoping to purchase some coloured fleece. Sadly, although the fleece were in reasonable condition, they were not of a fine enough quality for hand spinning yarns suitable for knitting clothing. It would be good fleece for rug yarns however. I considered purchasing the lot and sending it to a local mill to be cleaned and carded. I could use it for weaving rugs, but this isn’t the current quest, so decided I would leave this for another day.

The farmer admitted that he was primarily concerned with breeding sheep for food production rather than for the wool. He shears his sheep and sends it off to the wool marketing board where it is graded and sent to mills for processing into yarn but he doesn’t know what type of yarn is produced. I think if we as hand spinners wish to keep this craft alive and want to support good quality local wool production, we have to become more demanding and ask farmers to also consider breeding sheep for wool and not only for meat.

I thought that I would set up a Facebook page to document the places I go, the farmers I meet and also have a daily record that shows what I have carded, spun, and dyed today.
I hope that you will enjoy following along and that it will inspire you to get spinning!
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Paivatar Yarn Page on Facebook

And you can find some of my handspun items for sale on
Paivatar Shop on Etsy
and also on
Paivatar Shop on Folksy

Campaign for Wool

Live Naturally and Choose Wool
HRH the Prince of Wales speaks about the decline of the British wool trade.

Hand Spinning Books

Spinning and Dyeing Yarn: The Home Spinners Guide to Creating Traditional and Art Yarns
Yarn Works: How to Spin, Dye, and Knit Your Own Yarn
The Practical Spinner’s Guide – Rare Luxury Fibers

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Recommended Hand Spinning Books
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A Fine Fleece: Knitting with Handspun Yarns

Intertwined: The Art of Handspun Yarn, Modern Patterns, and Creative Spinning

All New Homespun Handknit: 25 Small Projects to Knit with Handspun Yarn

Homespun, Handknit

101 Designer One-Skein Wonders: A world of possibilities inspired by just one skein

Handspun Treasures from Rare Wools

Handspun Revolution

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How to Finish Handspun Yarns: how_finish_handspun_yarn

Handspun requires a special finishing treatment. Handspun yarns should be washed or fulled before they are used for knitting, weaving or other projects to wash out grease or oils,and set the twist of the yarn.

 

Difficulty Level:

Easy

Time Required:

30 minutes

Here’s How:

     

  1. Wind your handspun yarn into skeins.
  2. Using a contrasting yarn, preferrably a cotton, tie each skein loosely in at least 3 places.
  3. Fill a wash basin with hot water.
  4. Add a mild soap to the hot water, such as dishwashing liquid.
  5. Place the skeins of yarn into the hot soapy water.
  6. Give the yarns a good beating in the hot water. I use a potato masher.
  7. Let the yarns soak for about 10 minutes.
  8. Drain out the hot water and remove the skeins from the wash basin.
  9. Fill the wash basin with cold water.
  10. Place the skeins into the cold water. Agitate again with the potato masher.
  11. Drain the cold water and remove the skeins.
  12. Ring out the excess water from the skeins and wrap them in a towel.
  13. Squeeze out the remaining water from the skeins.
  14. Hang the skeins up to dry.

Tips:

  • So that the skeins don’t tangle together, make sure that the skeins are tied loosely but securely with the cotton yarn.
  • The hot/cold treatment described above, shocks the yarn and opens up the fibre.
  • This method is appropriate for wools, silks or cotton yarns. 
  • How To

    How Long does it take to knit
    How to Make an Alum Mordant
    How to Mordant Cotton and Linen Yarns
    How to Sew Handwoven Fabric
    How to Spin a Cabled Yarn
    How to Make a Tin Mordant
    How to Make a Twisted Fringe
    How to Use a Corker
    How to Wash Fleece
    How to Felt
    How to Use a McMorran Balance

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    Charkha book style spinning wheel

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    Kromski Symphony Clear Spinning Wheel. Used.  Excellent condition. Only $575

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    Knitting with Handspun : aa110497

    Whether you are a handspinner using your own yarn or an experienced knitter, once you have tried knitting with handspun you may get spoiled. Personally, I find it much more satisfying to knit with handspun than the “perfect” commercial yarns.

    Even for the novice knitter, using handspun isn’t difficult. The occasional irregularities of the yarn can hide the less than perfect tension that sometimes occurs.

    I find it best to use a 2-ply handspun yarn for knitting. Whenever a yarn is spun as a singles, it has a tendency to try to unspin itself. If knit up as a singles, the yarn will still try to untwist and the garment may stretch or sag. If the yarn has been plyed with another singles (2 ply), the yarns will be untwisting on each other, creating a balanced yarn that should have less of a tendency to stretch out of shape.

    Although handspun yarn has some bumps and irregularities, if well spun, it should be of a consistent weight throughout the skein. Knitting with this is similar to knitting with a commercially spun textured yarn.

    When choosing a pattern for knitting handspun, it is really important to spin and knit a large test swatch to get an accurate gauge. The needle size or number of stitches may have to be adjusted in the pattern.

    For non-spinners who would like to order handspun, but the yarn is too thick or too fine for your project, ask the spinner if another weight is available. Perhaps they can spin a sample for you in 2 or 3 slightly different weights.

    Handspun Yarns
    If you would like to knit with handspun, but aren’t a spinner, our Subject Library lists some sources for handspun yarns.

    Handspun Knitting Projects
    A collection of project ideas for using your handspun.

    Kool-aid Mittens
    Here are some mittens that were dyed with kool-aid and then spun handspun.

    Handspun Hats
    A free pattern for knitted hats.

    Felted Mittens
    Try this free pattern with handspun yarns.

    Spiral Socks
    Knit some spiral socks – no heels to turn.

    Knitware Design
    This is one of my favourite programs for designing sweaters. It works great for handspun yarns. Just knit a test swatch, type in the gauge, and select the sweater design.

    Handspinning Books

    The Whole Craft of Spinning: From the Raw Material to the Finished Yarn
    Everything you need to know from set-up to finished product in order to create distinctive yarns for use in knitting, weaving, crocheting, needlepoint, embroidery, and macrame.
    UK: Whole Craft of Spinning

    In Sheep’s Clothing
    A comprehensive look at the characteristics of wool of 100 breeds of sheep, this guide gives special attention to fleece characteristics, methods of preparation and spinning, and best end use.
    UK: In Sheep’s Clothing

    The Knitter’s Book of Wool: The Ultimate Guide to Understanding, Using, and Loving this Most Fabulous Fiber
    The vast world of sheep and their wool into the language and context of knitting.
    UK: Knitters Book of Wool

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    ANTIQUE SPINNING WHEEL / WALNUT / 33” HIGH

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    Kromski Symphony Clear Spinning Wheel. Used.  Excellent condition. Only $575

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