Category Archives: Fibers and Yarns

Where to find yarns and spinning fiber of different types.

Organic Yarns

Crackle
Naturally coloured Foxfibre cotton yarn, woven in crackle.

Paivatar
Organic wool and handspun yarns and unique handwoven products.

madder yarn

Bodega Pastures Sheep>
Bodega Pastures uses sustainable ranching practices in the raising of their flock. Organically grown fleece is available: Churro, Columbia, Corriedale and Romney.

Conventional Cotton Statistics
Some compelling reasons to consider going organic in your textile pursuits.

Hemp Textiles Int.
Hemp Textiles Int. is a wholesale supplier of hemp spinning fibres and yarns.

The Organic Cotton Exhibit
A presentation of many compelling reasons why you should go organic.

Organic Style: Wool
From the Organic Style magazine, an article about the new fashion trend of organic wool clothing. The article includes a hand-knitted scarf pattern.

The Organic Cotton Site
A site dedicated to farmers, manufacturers, retailers and others who are devoted to making organic cotton a viable alternative.

Spring Creek Organic Farm
Award winning, natural coloured organic Romney sheep are raised with the weaver, spinner or fibre artist in mind. The fleece are hand skirted to assure a clean fleece, free of vegetation.

Vreseis Ltd.
Cottons that grow in natural colours of greens and browns are grown organically. Spinning fibre and yarns have been spun in various weights, 18/2, 10/2, 4/4 and chenille yarns, for knitting and weaving.

Organic Dyes

Mushroom and Fungi Dyes
Natural Dyes

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Fiber Crafts EU: fibreeu

Finland

Iceland

Sweden

Ireland

Spring Wools
Wool shop in Dublin, Ireland.

Kerry Woolen Mills
Carded wool and yarn for knitting.

Donegal Yarns
Home of Donegal tweed yarns.

UK

Coldharbour Mill

Devere Yarns
Devere Yarns is a good source for natural wools and cotton yarns.

Fibre Harvest
Fibre Harvest provides fully worsted service: scouring, carding, combing, gilling and spinning.

Fibrecrafts
A great source for all your fibre needs.

Designer Yarns
Designer yarns for knitters, including a member chat board, free knitting patterns.

George Weil

Griffiths Mill
Weaving yarns, looms, braiding, handspinning, paper crafts, knitting, crochet, felting, jewellery making and lots of other craft supplies.

Natural Fibre Company

Texere Yarns
Texere Yarns in Yorkshire have an extensive supply of yarns, dyes and craft suppliers for the knitter, weaver, embroidery or textile artist.
Swaledale Woollens

Wensleydale Longwool Sheepshop
Handknit sweaters, Wensleydale fleeces and combed top.

Uppingham Yarns
A wide assortment of non-repeatable yarns for machine knitters, hand knitters and weavers.

West Yorkshire Spinners

Wingham Wool Work
Wingham Wool Work has been in the business of teaching spinning since the 1980’s. Located in Yorkshire, they are an excellent resource for handspinners, feltmakers and textile artists.

World of Wool
A world of wool at your fingertips from Huddersfield, UK.

Yeoman Yarns
Acrylics, cottons, mohair, metallics, wools and fancy yarns.

Yarn Shops

Sweden Yarn Shops
Iceland Yarn Shops
Finland Yarn Shops
Yarn Shops

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Fiber Crafts Sweden: fiber-sweden

Fargkraft AB
Yarn supplies, dyes and classes.

Borgs Vavgarner
My favourite shop for buying linen yarns from Sweden.

Holma-Helsinglands AB
The spinning mill that produces Bockens yarns.

Gudruns Ullbod
Handspinning classes, yarns and supplies.

Ostergotlands Ullspinneri
A Swedish spinning mill, yarn shop and wool products in felt and knitted
fabrics.

Silk Weaving Mill
Visit this interesting silk weaving mill.

Vavmagasinet
Of course, don’t forget to visit the Vav magazine website. Each issue is exciting and inspiring.

Yarn Shops

Sweden Yarn Shops
Iceland Yarn Shops
Finland Yarn Shops
Yarn Shops

Scandinavian Knitting Patterns

Latvian Mittens: Traditional Designs & Techniques
Latvian mittens from the various regions of the Baltic state

Swedish Knits: Classic and Modern Designs in the Scandinavian Tradition
This book brings the long-standing Swedish knitting tradition up-to-date with pieces that are as hip as they are fun to make.

Norwegian Handknits: Heirloom Designs from Vesterheim Museum
Folk mittens, socks, scarves, hats, wristers, handbags, knapsacks, and sweaters—all inspired by traditional knits housed in the museum.

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Fiber Crafts Iceland: fiber-iceland

Randburg
About Icelandic Wool – The Icelandic wool is made up of two types of fibers, coarse and fine. While the former are long, glossy, tough and water resistant, the latter tend to be softer and more insulating, providing a high resistance to cold and possessing a unique texture and natural colors.

Handknitter’s Association of Iceland

Frelsi Farm
Spinning Icelandic fleece.

Icelandic Knitter
Icelandic knitting patterns and kits.

Icelandic Lace Shawl
Lace Shawl pattern from Knitting Daily.

Knitting Patterns

Raglan Sweater Pattern
Seed Stitch Hat Pattern
ABC Knitting Pattern
Gaily Striped Ankle Warmers
Knitted Skirt

Yarn Shops

Sweden Yarn Shops
Iceland Yarn Shops
Finland Yarn Shops
Yarn Shops

Knitting Pattern Books

Icelandic Knitting: Using Rose Patterns
From traditional Icelandic rose-pattern designs, this charming and colorful collection includes sweaters, waistcoats, hats, scarves, and gloves for the whole family.

The Best of Lopi
This collection offers quick-to-knit patterns for easy-to-wear Arans and simple textured knits using Lopi, the uniquely lightweight bulky yarn spun in Iceland from its long-coated native sheep.

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Fiber Crafts Finland: fiber-finland

Many of these websites on Finland’s crafts are in Finnish. Some also have English webpages.

Kangas Aitta

Lankatalo
Finnish cotton and linen yarns.

Lankamaailma
A lovely yarn shop in Helsinki.

Joenlanka
Another Finnish shop selling cotton, linen and other weaving yarns.
Lankatavaratalo
And another Finnish yarn shop.

The Polar People
Go on a crafters holiday to Lapland and learn feltmaking.

Suomen Taitoverkko
A marketplace for Finnish crafts.

Taito Group
Taito Group produces a wonderful craft magazine featuring weaving, knitting, papermaking and other fibre crafts.

Taito Pirkanmaa
Finnish arts, crafts and yarnshop.

Friends of Finnish Handicraft

Craft Museum of Finland

Yarn Shops

Sweden Yarn Shops
Iceland Yarn Shops
Finland Yarn Shops
Yarn Shops

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Handspun Yarns: handspun

Angora Scarf Project
Weave yourself an angora scarf with your handspun. This article also describes a core spinning technique.

Handspun Knitting Patterns
A collection of knitting patterns that would be suitable for your unique handspun yarns.

Paivatar Yarns
Handspun yarns: pure merino wool hand-dyed with natural and organic dyes and handknit sweaters made in the Sami tradition.

Five Bags Full
Karen Pfundtner is the proud recipient of 5 bags of llama. Lots of socks to spin and knit.

Knitting with Handspun
Some tips on knitting with your handspun yarns.

Kool-aid Mittens
Linda dyed some wool in kool-aid, then spun and Navajo-plied the yarn. This made some very vibrant mittens.

Romney & Blue Leicester
Stella spun some beautiful Romney dyed in colorful magenta and purples.

Handspun Silk Top
Do you have some handspun silk but don’t know what to do with it? Here is a summer top that I knitted using rainbow-dyed silk.

Variegated Handspun Socks
Do you have bits of fibre left over in your stash? Blend them together and knit up some socks.

Etsy
Look for some of my handspun yarn specials on Etsy.

Blue Heaven Dreams
Blue Heaven Dreams offers custom spinning services for your pet fur. It can be spun into yarn and woven or crocheted into a lasting keepsake.

Caroline’s Yarns
Caroline produces custom yarns from hand picked fleece for both knitters and weavers.

Family Handspun
Gigi Matthews likes to spin unique yarns with unusual fibres such as jute, flax, and soy as well as with eco friendly fibres like recycled denim, sari silk, and plastic bottles.

Horsedancer Designs
Yarns spun by a warm, cozy fire. Navajo plied, drop spindle, hand-dyed, Navajo Churro, wool, llama, mohair, silk, cotton or blends of silver and gold metallic.

ISeeSpots Farm
Mary Ellen’s handspun yarns feature fluffy angora and wool from Jacob sheep.

Marian’s Fiber Items
Marian’s Fiber specializes in blending llama with wool for their unique handspun yarns.

Merriwinds Farm
Merriwinds Farm raises Cheviots, Shetlands and angora bunnies, for your spinning pleasure.

The Mohair Connection
Mohair fleece, roving, yarns for weaving and handspun mohair for the knitter.

Oriental Carpet Pile Yarns
Handspun long staple wool Ghazni from the northwest frontier highlands of Pakistan.

Pam’s Yarn @ Hatchtown Farm
Beautiful, colourful handspun yarns can be ordered to your custom requirements.

Sugar Bush Hollow
Sugar Bush Hollow is a mother and daughter cottage industry that caters to all fiber enthusiasts. You can get Angora wool, Cormo fleece, and llama fiber or if you don’t spin yourself, they can spin it for you.

Handspinning Books

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

The Intentional Spinner
Offering a blend of technical knowledge, history, and easy-to-use tips, this inspiring collection of spinning wisdom deftly explores the three fundamental areas of yarn production: understanding fibers, managing yarn structure, and making yarns that precisely meet the spinner’s needs.
UK: Intentional Spinner

..more Handspinning books

Knitting with Handspun Yarns

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30" Schacht Flip Rigid Heddle Loom and Stand - new

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Ashford 20" Knitter's Loom, w/stand, bag, 4 various heddles, + more

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Kessenich Hand Weaving 14" Tabletop Loom

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Spinning Fibre Information: fibreinfo

Fiber Characteristics
FabricLink lists characteristics and end uses of natural and synthetic fibres such as: acetates, cotton, lyocell, linen, mohair and microfibres.

Electron Microsopic Images
Images of wool, linen, cotton, silk and rayon as seen through an electron microscope.

Fiber Identification using Burning Behavior
A table of how fibre behaves in an open flame.

Flammability of Textile Fibers
Which fibres are quick to ignite, self-extinguish or melt? Good to know, when you are planning your project.

Identification of the Fiber
Burn tests, chemical tests, and fibre precautions, from Core Company — a company specializing in carpet care.

Manufacturing Process for Spun Yarns
The Texguide site shows the conversion process of changing fibre in yarn.

A Prickly Question
Mike Safley discusses the “prickle factor” in determining whether a garment will be itchy.

The Spinster, the Weaver, the Whole Wooly World
This site describes fibre preparation and spinning by Mormon pioneers.

Suggestions for National Spinning and Weaving Week
The HGA, offers suggestions to make spinning more visible in your community.

Yarn Sizes
Esther Bozak has compiled a useful table of common yarn sizes.

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30" Schacht Flip Rigid Heddle Loom and Stand - new

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Kessenich Hand Weaving 14" Tabletop Loom

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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 Wooden Spinning Wheel Great Old Item!!

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Rare Vintage Made In Holland Louet S10 Wooden Spinning Wheel Clothing Spool

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Fiber Wool Combs Carders Spinning Wheel

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