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« on: July 27, 2008 07:46:11 PM »

is there a real difference when knitting with handspun yarn..I am seeing some awesome yarn around that is handspun..in order for me to feel 'ok' about buying some I was just wondering if knitting with them proves to be a difference..

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« Reply #1 on: July 28, 2008 07:23:43 AM »

It really depends on the spinner and how they spin if there is much difference. I love the thick and thin stuff for mitts and hats, but prefer smoother stuff for socks. It's worth a try  Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: July 28, 2008 08:06:50 AM »

I agree, it depends on the spinner and on your personal preference. I like the look of thick-and-thin yarn in hats and scarves but hate knitting with it. As far as the feel of the yarn goes, if you're buying online you'll have to be pretty dependent on feedback from other buyers.

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« Reply #3 on: July 28, 2008 02:09:51 PM »

I only knit with my handspun.  Like the others have said, it depends on the spinner and what type of yarn you are buying.

The spinner should be able to tell you the tpi (twists per inch) & wpi (wraps per inch).

With the WPI, you should be able to cross reference the handspun with a commercial weight

Yarn Weight     Wraps per inch   Gauge in stockinette     Needle size
                                                     (stiches per inch)
lace                       18 +                   8+                      #00, 1, 2
fingering                      16                  6-8                      #2, 3, 4
sport                      14                  5-6                      #4, 5, 6
worsted                      12            4 1/2-5                      #7, 8, 9
bulky                      10            3 1/2-4                 #10, 10 1/2, 11
very bulky          8                 2-3                 # 13, 15, 16

Of course, YMMV



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