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Old 02-01-2010, 11:53 AM   #1
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Homespun Yarn
I've seen a lot of comments on here how people hate knitting with Homespun yarn. It's so pretty though and I decided to buy one skein just to see how I liked it. I love it! I'm making a shawl now with homespun yarn and it's so soft and pretty. I had to make another trip to my yarn shop to buy more for the pattern. The pattern I'm using is the Lion Brand Lacy Shawl pattern. Can't wait to see it finished. Using circular needles though for this large shawl is a pain. Just my two cents worth
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Old 02-01-2010, 11:55 AM   #2
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Homespun isn't quite as impossible to knit with, you just have to use larger needles (11 or bigger) and keep a loose tension on the yarn.
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Old 02-01-2010, 11:57 AM   #3
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You're right Sue, and the pattern is for size 13 needles.
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Old 02-01-2010, 12:10 PM   #4
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Yeah...I like to look at it....in the balls it came in...that is where it ends for me..! *smiles* Glad you are enjoying it though!
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Old 02-01-2010, 12:56 PM   #5
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It is soft and the colors are gorgeous. For me it isn't so much knitting with it, it's the fact that you can't see the stitches. Knitting stitches are pretty and if I'm going to put that much time and effort into something I want to see my work. If I had to use that I'd crochet so it didn't matter.
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Old 02-01-2010, 06:27 PM   #6
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Whew! I thought you were talking about *real* handspun yarrn
I got concerned when I saw this thread. I don't knit with anything except homespun yarn. Ever. I can control the amount of drape, or fluffiness or surface texture, etc. But you are speaking of a commercial yarn CALLED "Homespun", right? I hope so.

I spin loosely (more softness and more fluff) for items that don't require resistance to wear. I spin more tightly and sometimes even make a cabled yarn ( Classic Elite is cabled) for more wear resistance. I've spun angora (of course) silk, soy silk, Llama, Alpaca, bamboo, cashmere, all at less expense than you'd have if you bought ready-made yarn of those precious fibers. In fact, most of the time I don't even like commercial yarn, it looks too "ordinary" to me after I've gotten used to my own (and other ppl's hand spun yarns). I even run it on the knitting machines.
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Yes, Lion brand makes a yarn called Homespun which is a sort of boucle yarn. Many people are now calling the yarn you make Handspun to differentiate the tow.
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Don't feel inspired to make any clothing with this yarn but I made three rugs with it and they are very pretty. Two have corded fringes and the other is plain. I wonder how well they will wear after being washed. Presently I have them in a box unused.
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The shawl I'm making with the homespun yarn is turning out to be beautiful.
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I haven't knit with this yarn yet. But as a new crocheter, I had the hardest time with this yarn, yet I made several projects with it because I loved the feel of it. I've kind of procrastinated putting it on my needles for fear that it would be hard to work with. I think I should give it a go!
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