Buying Handspun Yarn on the Web

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April Newman’s  “Chirp” yarn—you can check out more of her work on her site and on her Flickr page.
Here’s another really fun blend called “Heart of Steel” from Etsy seller
Folktale. It’s
made of shiny bamboo, sequins, and silver sparkles.
April Newman’s  “Chirp” yarn—you can check out more of her work on her site and on her Flickr page.

April Newman’s  “Chirp” yarn—you can check out more of her work on her site and on her Flickr page.

Photo: Linda Permann

The easiest way to make a unique crocheted piece is to start with handspun yarn. I love all of the colorful, whimsical varieties of fibers sold on the Web by spinners. You won’t need any fancy stitchwork to utilize these beauties, just stick to something simple to show off the fiber.

One of my favorite spinners is April Newman of Lulubeans. She sells both handspun and handpainted yarns on her Web site. I’ve ordered from her before with gorgeous results. I actually knit this hat because I wanted to conserve the yarn, but you could easily combine yarns to make the handspun goodness last. If you have a specific project in mind, remember to check the yardage before you order, or use the yarn as an accent on a larger piece.

Search “handspun yarn” on Etsy, and you will turn up all sorts of spinners as well as knitters and crocheters who use handspun yarns.

Here’s a short list of some of my favorite places to scope out handspun yarn:

Pluckyfluff
Fun With Yarn
Lampe’s Lumps
Mama Lojo’s

Do you have a favorite site for handspuns? If so, please share in the comments.

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