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Old 08-20-2009, 06:16 PM   #1
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Handspun yarn?

What's it best for? I'm new to yarn and I keep seeing beautiful handspun yarns available. Is it good for longies or better for scarves and sweaters? Any pics of it knit up?
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Old 08-21-2009, 03:17 AM   #2
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It would be great for longies!
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Old 08-21-2009, 07:33 AM   #3
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It's like any other yarn. It *can* be good for longies but it depends. Handspun tends to be spun more loosely then commercial yarn which will make it more likely to pill but this is not a hard and fast rule. Still, a lot of people love single ply 100purewool for longies and it will not be any worse then that. Also, like all yarns, it can be spun from a large variety of fibers. The fiber type will affect whether it is good for diapering wool as well.

As for pics, I have some in my gallery if you want to take a look: http://www.flickr.com/photos/1623767...7614390229739/
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Re: Handspun yarn?

You can use handspun yarn for anything you like. However, I disagree with Susan that handspun tends to be loosely spun than commercial because you can control what you spin to be anything you like. My shorties from handspun pill less than commercial yarn shorties/longies.
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Ehhh... It can also be spun more tightly. That is just my experience from what I've seen of a lot of the handspun on the market. The other thing is that it is just spun differently. The handspun I've knit has pilled less for me, as well. The point I wanted to make is that it's like any other yarn. You can't say handspun as a group will be good or bad for a particular item. It really depends on the yarn. And, because each handspun yarn has it's own uniqueness, it can be more variable.
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Thanks for the info. The handspun ones I really like, have variable thicknesses throughout, so how would they work for longies?
DS has enough pants anyways, time to make something for me, but just wondering.
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