Spinning Yarn?

I've noticed lately that more and more people are talking about spinning their own yarn. I was wondering what the benefits were to spinning your own? Personally I've only worked with store bought yarns, mostly Lion Brand, even though I can't seem to find it here in Montreal. I know there are quite a few people on here who spin so I was wondering if you could shed some light on this for me.




MMario's picture

spinning is very tactile...and can be meditative....

you have, with experience, a great deal of control over your product, depending on how much time and effort you want to put into it. YOu can make your own customblends, colourways, pproduce "The" perfect yarn for a project....

Or just produce a special skein as a gift.

It's another step of the process

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To add to Leo I can tell you why I spin. I do drop spindle and I do wheel spinning. I spin because I enjoy spinning, time wise, you have to practice a lot. There is nothing like going to a store and buying a already made skein in the color that you want. Spinning goes a bit further. You can ply two skeins together and get a brand new yarn. You can ply a skein you have and get a thicker yarn, you can add twist to a skein of yarn you already have. Spinning besides the fact that you can make yarn from scratch allows you to take two or more skeins of yarn an make your own blend. In the end is a creative outlet. I spin because is fun and I am able to create new yarns.

Andy's picture

Colour, texture, fibre content, thickness, etc-you control the lot.

negativitysucks's picture

I am comforted by knowing that there are far more people who DON'T spin then there are people who do. When I was most heavily entrenched in knitting as an obsession, I thought I really wanted to be involved in every single aspect of knitting, including cleaning wool, carding, spinning, dyeing, etc.
After throwing myself in full force, I had every tool, every color, a wheel, a drop spindle, the swift, the ball winder, everything. My Visa card was at the point where if I used it one more time, the little machine would come back with a message saying, "Shoot him at once."
I discovered that I didn't really NEED to spin, that I was not really good at it, but more importantly, I really didn't enjoy it. I should have tried it on someone else's wheel or spindle first. I didn't enjoy dyeing yarn the way I really do enjoy dyeing fabric. I simply love to knit. And the fastest road from not knitting to casting on and knitting is a skein, hank, or ball of yarn already spun by someone else. I sold all the tools, paid off the credit card, and evaluated my approach to knitting altogether.
As a result, I don't spin. I don't dye. And I don't stash yarn. I only obtain yarn when I have a need for it in a specific project, and then I work on that project until it is finished. I only have to store the tools, and not a yarn supply that could conceivably never get used in my lifetime. And with a New York City apartment, the less storage space I need, the happier I am with the space I have.
I only know one other knitter who doesn't stash. And she likewise doesn't spin or dye. We may be the only ones, but we're happy with our life choices :-)

albert's picture

You're sane. How did you get in here?

MMario's picture

Uncle Albert? Is that what a sane person looks like? Are they dangerous?

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albert's picture

Best to steer clear- why take chances?

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

I've never claimed to be sane...just a fairly decent knitter. -- Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

Tallguy's picture

When I do spinning demonstrations, and have some woman come up quietly and whisper to me that "you can buy yarn at Walmart", how can I answer something like that? She just will not understand.

And, to be flippant, I will say that if you have to ask such a question, there is no point in trying to explain. It is all what the others have already said, and more.

But I spin because I enjoy it. It is not to save money or to sell them, it is not because I can do it better than a machine (but I might), it is not because I have nothing else to do. I spin because I want to. I only spin for myself.

I will post shortly the final skeins of my latest spinning, which I have already shown earlier.

michaelpthompson's picture

You can buy a sweater at Walmart, or socks or a blanket, and they might be every bit as good, or better than what you could make yourself. So why do we do this? Because it's more satisfying and comforting to make it yourself. There's a sense of satisfaction that you can't get from store bought.

I don't spin, but I knit. And I knit because I enjoy it, and I enjoy the triumph of making something myself. The stitches may not be as tiny and uniform and perfect as the ones in a store bought item, but there's precious little satisfaction in wearing something made by a machine, compared to something you spent the hours on yourself.

"You can buy yarn at Walmart"? Hell, you can buy anything at Walmart. And often I do. But sometimes I want to make it myself, and that's why I'm here.

"All knitting is just one stitch at a time."

Andy's picture

And of course you could add that you can also buy ready-made garments without having to knit them yourself, either.

davidjames181's picture

Just to be clear, I'm not implying that its a waste of time or anything because you can buy it at "Walmart". I was just wondering if there were any additional benefits to it that I had not considered as this is something I was thinking about trying.

Thank you to everyone for your feedback.