Category Archives: Handspun Yarns

Where to find and how to make handspun yarns.

Hand Made Etsy Products

Now that I have retired from the world of work, I have become more involved in production weaving. I am also now teaching workshops on a one-to-one basis. Here are some Links to my hand made products on Etsy and workshops that I offer.

Sami Reindeer Leather Braceleets
Sami Reindeer Leather Bracelets

Hand sewn reindeer leather and pewter thread bracelets, made in the Sami tradition. read more

Corfu Spindle

Corfu spindle
A few days ago, I was delighted to find this wonderful gift in the post. My friend Agathi the weaver, from Corfu, sent me this beautiful spindle. It is like the one that her mother used to spin fine yarns on. Agathis asked her son Mario to make it for me.

This is such a simple design, yet very functional and effective. I haven’t spun on this type of spindle before, so did a bit of how-to research. read more

Simple scarf

This is a super simple scarf pattern – designed for the beginner knitter – or those more experienced who like to knit scarves with bulky yarns. I have designed this knitting pattern to work with my hand spun yarns – but it will work fine with any chunky weight yarn.
This scarf knitting pattern uses about 100 grams of yarn. read more

Paivatar yarns

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. read more

Felt Mitts Knitting Pattern

This is a knitting pattern for making handfelted wool mittens using handspun yarn.
I used handspun merino wool and felted the mittens after knitting. I also added a trim to the cuff of the mittens using Sami-style woven braid. You could also embroider a design into the edge.

I have a fairly small hand – so this pattern will need to be adjusted for larger sizes to fit your hand. Since the mittens will be felted, allow for about 10-15% shrinkage. read more

Knitting Pattern: Raglan Sweater: raglan

This is a hand knit sweater pattern that I designed for use with my handspun Shetland wool. I designed the pattern using knitting software by Knitware.ca
This knitting pattern makes a raglan sleeve jumper and is knit on circular needles from the bottom up. It is knit in a simple stocking stitch, but you can add your own special touches to it with a knitted motif such as the Sarah Lund jumper designs, or a cable knit. read more