homespun

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  1. boxwoods

    boxwoods Well-Known Member

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    Help!!! please

    What would be the best homespun for a sweater, that wouldn't be real itchy?
    I need 40oz of something.
     
  2. MorrisonCorner

    MorrisonCorner Mansfield, VT for 200 yrs

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    Do you mean "how would I spin wool for?" or do you mean "which fleece would you buy for spinning?"
     

  3. boxwoods

    boxwoods Well-Known Member

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    I know nothing about wool, other than it itches :)

    But a friend of mine said she would knit a sweater for me if I supply the wool. So I need 40oz of Worsted weight yarn. I'm trying to get something that isn't too itchy. Any ideas? thanks
     
  4. HilltopDaisy

    HilltopDaisy Well-Known Member Supporter

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    It is my understanding that much of the "itchiness" that we experience from wool is caused by the chemical solution used to dissolve the vegetable matter in the fleece. I would think true "homespun" would make a low-itch sweater, no?
     
  5. bergere

    bergere Just living Life

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    Some wools are more itchy that others.... reasons for the itchy wool problems,

    1.) Second cuts,,, those tiny little second cuts the bigger wool processors accept and do not remove.
    2.) Harsh chemicals when cleaning removes much of the softness.

    Try to find someone near you that can Handspin you some yarn from scratch, and someone that does not use fleece with seconds or harsh chemicals to clean.

    Some soft fleece is...

    Blue Faced Leicester
    Border Leicester
    Finn
    Gotland (When you can find it,, have some now,, very, very soft stuff)
    Some Coopsworth,, I bought some Roving from here that was very nice..
    http://www.paradisefibers.com/
    Merino ( have not spun any of this yet,, so going by friends)

    One place that does sometimes have handspun yarn for sale is...
    http://www.stonehedgefibermill.com/
     
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    bergere Just living Life

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    Here is a picture of a sweater made of my Handspun Coopsworth yarn, knitted by my Great Aunt.
    Is a pretty soft sweater.

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  7. spinnDrSandy

    spinnDrSandy Active Member

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    Have you considered Alpaca wool. It is said that if you can't wear sheep wool because of the itch, many folks can wear alpaca instead. I know where you can get some homespun alpaca if you are interested.