Homespun Knitting Yarn can be another one of those misleading misnomers to anybody who is new to the world of knitting for fun or for profit. The name itself would imply that this is all simply yarn that has been spun in your home or that of someone else equally individual in nature but such is not always the case. Homespun yarn does have unique qualities that make it fall under the classification of homespun yarn but there may be many different variations as well.
The homespun knitting yarn is generally bulky or chunky knitting yarn. This is because the techniques used in homespun are, as the name may imply, not commercial in nature and are subject to more limitations than may otherwise be relevant in an industrial environment. There was one brand called Homespun Baby Yarn but it was not by any means a baby weight knitting yarn. What it was, was a bulky or chunky weight yarn made in many of the same colors as the baby weight yarns were. However, this particular knitting yarn is no longer in production.
Some of the commercially available homespun knitting yarns come with a very fine strand of thread wrapped around each individual strand in order to give the homespun yarn more tensile strength and to lessen the likelihood of pulling or unraveling in the finished knitted garments. However, some of the synthetic homespun yarns have been known to cause irritation or itching for some people. Additionally, the synthetic variations of the homespun knitting yarns are more likely to pill especially with machine washing.
The homespun yarns are also available in a large
selection of colors as well but that may very well be due to the fact that the
homespun knitting yarns are made from many different types of fibers or
materials. The homespun knitting yarn made from natural fibers can come from so
many different sources that it is nearly impossible to list them all in a
single article short enough to be readable. A great many of the homespun
knitting yarns are made with blended materials in order to improve strength, durability,
elasticity or other desired qualities of knitting yarn.
Natural fiber homespun knitting yarn can be found made from angora fur, alpaca wool, cotton yarn and just about any other fiber large enough to be viable to spun using simpler and less complex methods. The spinning process for most of the finer threads such as the lace weight, baby weight and other light knitting yarns make it difficult to create a truly homespun look or feel.
Due to the variations in fibers used to make homespun knitting yarns, it is relatively easy to find them in a wide selection of colors. Many people prefer to use the natural colors despite the minor variations or in some cases, actually because of the slight variations of the fully natural thread for a more natural look in their knitted products. One thing that almost all Homespun knitting yarn has in common is the ease with which it can be knitted. The homespun knitting yarns are an excellent choice for everyone from the beginning knitter to the professional knitting for profit and pleasure.
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