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Sep 29

Handmade With Handspun

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Here at Schacht Spindle Company, we are no strangers to using handspun yarn in our projects. For many of us in the office, we rarely buy yarn, because our handspun stash grows so quickly. Events like the Tour de Fleece and Spinzilla give us an opportunity to really boost our stash of handspun, but sometimes that leads to project paralysis. After spinning so much yardage, many of us sit there wondering what to make with our handspun. We have a few projects for you whether you knit, crochet, or weave that are sure to utilize your handspun in the best of ways.

A compelling stash of hands-on yarns
Spun yarn from Team Schacht Spindle in 2014

Weaving

You can make a handwoven blanket using a Zoom Loom and various yarns that you have spun as long as they are approximately fingering weight yarn.

David Pipinich made “Patched Life” with some handspun.

Patched Life wall hanging by David Pipinich

For something a little more decadent, some wall art can be made with your precious samples of handspun yarns.

Denise created three pieces, each using a bit of her handspun.

Handspun wall art

Or if you have a mind to weave a long wall hanging, you can follow along with Benjamin.

Gold and dee purple colored warp on a loom

For something a bit more practical, and just as meaningful, you could weave a shawl to wear and remember what you’ve spun.

Crafting a Life book cover by Kate White

Smaller quantities of yarn make for great scarves like Denise’s Sashiko Posh Plum Scarf, or Benjamin’s Log Cabin Scarf.

Sashiko Posh Plum scarf

weathered brick colored Log Cabin Scarf

For some yarns it doesn’t always make sense to make a garment or scarf, so something else must be done. Both the Pencil Case by Denise and the Back Pack by Benjamin would be great uses for that yarn you just don’t know what to do with.

Woven rustic green pencil case

Woven backpack designed by Ben Krudwig with button flap

Knitting

Handspun yarn tends to have a lot of energy, so it can make great knitting yarn.

A small cowl is good for small amounts of yardage, or you can spin your own gradient and make an entire shawl!

A small cowl in yellow-green, dark blue and dark green

Pulsar Shawl by Ben Krudwig

Crochet

If your yarn isn’t as consistent as you’d like and knitting with the yarn isn’t in your future, this fun kerchief is a great handspun project.

Four ways to wear a crocheted kerchief

Knit and Crochet

And if you can’t quite decide whether you want to knit or crochet with your yarn, why not do both? This simple hat idea is great for those of us who are indecisive.

Georgia on my mind knit and crochet hat

For more handspun projects, go to the link below. What do you make with your handspun yarn? Let us know in the comments!

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