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Of course you can go to the store and purchase a skein of yarn.
But you can also make the yarn yourself!
Some of these are fabulous options if you’re on a budget, or maybe just looking for a way to get creative!
Spinning is using either a spindle or a spinning wheel to create yarn from fiber. You can make it as complicated as you want… you can sheer the sheep, wash and card (organize) the fiber yourself (free if you own a sheep or are friendly with a farmer!) or purchase some roving online.
- If you’re giving spinning with a spindle a try, I highly recommend one with a notch. You can find one for less than $20 on Etsy.
- If you’d like to take a class, check out Ply to Knit: Spin the Yarn you really want* on Craftsy
- Before investing in a wheel, shop around. Try borrowing one from a local spinning guild or renting one from a yarn shop so you can see if it really suits you.
- Shopping for fiber is as much fun as shopping for yarn! Search for ‘hand dyed roving’ on Etsy to get started!
Make t-shirt Yarn
T-shirt yarn is yarn made from t-shirts!
I made some t-shirt yarn a little while ago and crocheted a bath mat. So much fun!
I absolutely love this tutorial on how to make it.
Make a Magic Ball!
Do you have lots of scraps laying around? Join them together to make a magic ball! Here is a tutorial.
- Select yarns that are the same weight to join together
- Yarns with plies work best
- Wind the ball as you go to keep it tidy!
Once you’ve finished, you have a fun rainbow-y yarn that you can use to knit or crochet anything!
Unravel a Sweater
Some beautiful yarn in the world has been knit up into really ugly sweaters.
If you find one of these gems in the thrift store, you can unravel the yarn and put it to good use! I once retrieved skeins of cashmere yarn from one lucky find!
This Mollie Makes post has links to even more techniques for making yarn that I haven’t tried yet. Newspaper yarn? Whoa!
How many of these have you tried?
Are any of these ways of making yarn new to you?
Or have you done them before? Let me know your experiences!