I’ve been making handspun yarn for a few years, and have now made enough to stock a shop!!
Knitting with handspun I find special, the unique nature of each skein, many one of a kind, because even the same fibre can be spun in a multitude of different ways. And then, when multiple skeins start to coordinate, the possibilities of what to knit/crochet become endless…
I spin for a single ply yarn, my favorite weights are Sport, DK to Worsted. I like the simplicity of the single ply handspun, how the colors, and texture of the yarn come through in its single strand.
So far, I’ve knit several hats, started on my mittens (thumbless because I’m afraid to knit thumbs, that’s a whole other story!!) and I’m almost done my ‘go to’ cardigan pattern, Less is More, by Amy Boogie using a gradient of different skeins of handspun.
With less than 4 ounces of fibre, you can make a hat or two, mittens with thumbs! Cowls are the perfect pattern for handspun. Some handspun can be drapey, especially when it has silk in it – other handspun is true and true wool, from the softest to the hairiest!!
If you haven’t tried knitting with handspun, it’s something I would add to your repertoire. If you have, I’d love to see/hear about what you made! Do you know someone who spins their own yarn?
Over time I will be adding lots of handspun to the shop, and look forward to focusing on spinning more natural fibres – single ply handspun in Merino, BFL/Silk, Camel, Alpaca, and whatever other fibres I can get my hands on!!