Category Archives: YARNS

Yarns for the knitting, weaving or crochet.

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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Mohair Fibre: mohair

Mohair Weaving
Mohair is known as the diamond fibre because of its lustre and affinity to colour.

All Natural Fiber Farm
Raw, washed, picked, and carded fibers include: Karakul and crosses, Navajo-Churro and crosses, Columbia Cross, Jacob and crosses, Corriedale and crosses, Mohair, Angora.

Barkas Farms
Elizabeth Barkas describes how to select mohair and offers a wide selection of mohair fleeces, blended top and tools for the handspinner.

Colinette Textile Alchemy
Colinette has an extraordinary selection of hand-dyed yarns: mohair, silk, wools, cottons.

Colored Angora Goats
Coloured angora goats have been raised in California since about 1989. This site give information for raising angora goats as well as fibre for sale to spinners and dollmakers.

Fireside Basics
Fireside Basics specializes in providing dollmakers with an outstanding line of pure wool and mohair.

Hill Shepherd
Hill Shepherd Farm specializes in coloured angora goats for the handspinner.

Louet
Louet carries British mohair yarns as well as super fine kid and honey mohair top for spinning or doll making.

Margaret Peel’s Fibre Supplies
Margaret Peel’s in Australia, carries a wide range of ready to spin fibre and handspun yarns including kid, yearling or adult mohair in natural or dyed colours.

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

Mohair and More
Mohair and More offer a large variety of quality spinning equipment and fibers, fiber processing equipment, yarn and knitting supplies. The shop is located in New Waverly, Texasand they also raise registered white angora goats.

Paradise Fibers
This site has a large selection of luxury fibers from around the world including kid and adult mohair and mohair blends.
Quality Mohair
Hand washed, air dried and combed mohair locks for use in doll making or spinning.

Selecting, Preparing and Spinning Mohair
Elizabeth Barkas provides knowledgeable information on selecting quality mohair.

Shearing Angora Goats
Angora goats have a faster growth rate of hair compared to other animals. Good thing! Before and after photos of an angora goat.

Webs Yarn Merchant
Webs has a wide selection of specialty yarns ranging from rayon chenille, to mohair and wool blends designed for weavers and machine knitters.

Angora Goat Books

Living with Goats
Everything you need to know about raising goats.

The Angora Goat
How to get started in the goat business, the facilities needed, the importance of record keeping, nutrition, shearing, marketing and diseases.

Natural Goat Care
Topics include: correct housing and farming methods; choosing the right livestock; diagnosing health problems; nutritional requirements and feeding practices; vitamins and herbal, homeopathic and natural remedies; psychological needs of goats; breeds & breeding techniques.

Goat Song

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Silk

Handspun Silk Top
Rainbow-dyed silk knits up into a lightweight summer top.

Silk Wallets
Rainbow-dyed woven wallets made with handspun silk caps.

Silk Worms
Did you know that a silk worm can spin a thread 2 miles long?

Whitchurch Silk Mill
A visit to Whitchurch Silk Mill, a working silk mill producing silk yardage, using 19th Century looms.

Colinette Textile Alchemy
Colinette has an extraordinary selection of hand-dyed yarns: silk, mohair, wools, cottons.

Department of Textiles
From the Smithsonian Institution, information on the silk trade. (bottom part of the page).

Look China
Look China imports exotic Chinese cashmere, camel, silk and yak spinning fibres and yarns.

Louet
Louet supplies luxury weaving yarns and spinning top: silk, merino, corriedale, mohair, alpaca, linen.

Nishikie Gallery
The Silk Laboratory at the Shinshu University has some wonderful images from the gallery showing seriaculture.

Paradise Fibers
Paradise fibers searches for luxurious fibres from around the world, including, combed bombyx and tussah silk, cultivated silk top, bricks and bells.

Robin and Russ
Robin and Russ has an interesting supply of weaving yarns, too numerous to list fully on their website.

Silk Museum
The Silk Museum in the Netherlands takes you to the miraculous world of silk, showing the process from the silkworm to the handpainted silken product.

Treenway Silks
Treenway has luscious silks and lots of great info about silk too.

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Tables of Metric Conversions: aa050597

Metric Conversion Tables

English Metric
1 in. 2.54 cm
.39 in 1 cm
1 ft. 30.48 cm
1 yd. (3 ft.) .91 m.
39.4 in. 1 m.
1 oz. 28 gr.
1 lb. 454 gr.
2.2 lb. 1 kg.

Worsted Wool Yarn Conversions

Size/Ply =(560 x size)/ply YPP
1s (560 x 1)/1 560
16s (560 x 16)/1 8960
16s2 (560 x 16)/2 4480

Cotton Yarn Conversions

Cotton Count
Size/Ply =(840 x size)/ply YPP
1 (840 x 1)/1 840
6/2 (840 x 6)/2 2520
8/2 (840 x 8)/2 3360
10/2 (840 x 10)/2 4200
12/2 (840 x 12)/2 5040
6/3 (840 x 6)/3 1680
8/4 (840 x 8)/4 1680
8/6 (840 x 8)/6 1120

Linen Yarn Conversion

Lea (Nel) =(300 x lea)/ply YPP Nm Tex
meters/gram gram wt. per 1000 m.
No. 1 Lea (300 x 1)/1 300 .6 nm 1659 Tex
No. 4 (300 x 4)/1 1200 2.4 nm 420 Tex
No. 8 (300 x 8/1 2400 4.8 nm 165 Tex
No. 10 (300 x 10)/1 3000 6 nm 165 Tex
No.12 (300 x 12)/1 3600 7.2 nm 138 Tex
No. 16 (300 x 16)/1 4800 9.6 nm 103 Tex
No. 20 (300 x 20)/1 6000 12 nm 83 Tex

bamboo reed

Other Conversion Charts

Table of Setts

Crochet Hook Sizes
A table for conversion of crochet hook sizes: metric, US and UK.

Knitting Needles
A conversion table for UK, US and Metric knitting needles.

Reed Conversions
Table of metric and Imperial measurements for reed sizes.

Weaving Pattern Books

Rug Weaving Techniques: Beyond the Basics
Concise instructions and explanatory diagrams techniques for plain weave, twill and block weaves.
UK: Rug Weaving Techniques

The Woven Bag: 30+ Projects from Small Looms (Writers Digest Guides)
Each bag is created using small looms, such as potholder looms, frame looms and knotted mesh looms.
UK: The Woven Bag

Handwoven Laces
Hand weavers can use a loom to quickly produce lovely lacy fabrics. The loom-controlled textures depend upon groups of threads that work together and do not reveal their full effect until the cloth comes off the loom.


Hand weaving pattern books

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Flax and Linen: flaxlinen

Borgs Weaving Yarn
Borgs Vavgarner in Sweden has a varied selection of weaving yarns, including tow and line linen yarns from 4/1 to 60/2 weights.

C. L. Blomqvist
Beautiful cottolins and tow and wet-spun linen yarns directly from Sweden.

Camilla Valley Farm
Camilla Valley Farm, located north of Toronto, Ont, has Belgian and Irish linen and cotton blends.

Eurolinens West
Flax is an extraordinary fibre, simple, exclusive, comfortable and environmentally safe. This page explains the processing of flax from growing, harvesting, and spinning to the care of your finished garment.

Flax Craft
Virginia Handy, Log Cabin Crafts has written a new book that covers the growing and processing of the plant for linen and the use of the fiber in spinning, weaving, and related crafts.

Mangling
Kerstin Froberg demonstrates how linens are mangled in Sweden.

R and M Yarns
R & M Yarns has a wide selection of mill-end wool, cotton, rayon and linen and acrylic yarns, suitable for machine knitting and weaving.

Rauma Lace
An excellent and detailed historical article about linen lace-making in Rauma, Finland.

Robin and Russ
Robin and Russ is always a great source for weaving yarns including linen. Their site is being worked on, but a catalog of their products can be ordered.

Yarn Barn
The Yarn Barn has lots of wool, rug yarns, cottons and linens in addition to their weaving equipment.

Weaving Books: Handwoven Lace and Linen

Linen from flax seed to woven cloth
Learn about flax cultivation, processing and spinning, natural and synthetic dyeing, and weaving and finishing linen cloth.
UK: Linen from flax seed..

How to weave linens
UK: How to Weave Linens

Reflections From A Flaxen Past : For Love of Lithuanian Weaving
Flax tools and faces from archival photographs; textile images and patterns.
UK: Reflections from a Flaxen Past

Handwoven Laces
Hand weavers can use a loom to quickly produce lovely lacy fabrics.

A Joy Forever: Latvian Weaving
Historic Latvian household textiles along with contemporary projects.

Huck Lace
All about Huck lace weave structure.

Lace and Lacey Weaves
86 Lace & Lacey Weave projects.
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