What's up with Homespun?

I keep hearing bad thing about Lion Homespun around here - I think several “ugliest” projects were made with it, and a few people mentioned it hurts their hands.

Can you all elaborate some? I know it’s a bumpy texture, but there my knowledge ends. I really liked one of the colors and was thinking of working with it, but I like to go in educated! :lol:

I used homespun once, and never again.

The problem I had with it is that while I was knitting with it, the bumpy bits gather up and you have to keep sliding your fingers down the working yarn to get it to smooth out.
I knitted my first sweater with it just because I knew if it came out yukky, I wouldn’t really care.

There are much better yarns to work with in regular yarn speciality stores.

I’ve used homesupn on a few projects I knew would get washed a lot…my toddler’s sweater, her hat, mittens for my nephew, etc. Emma LOVES her sweater and was so upset that she had outgrown it. Hopefully I’ll get another one knit up before winter.

I started a baby blanket with some Homespun that I’d found on clearance. It seemed like a good idea at the time. I couldn’t finish the blanket because it was such an annoying yarn. My needle kept getting stuck in the loopiness in the yarn and it felt just plain yucky. I would never, ever knit with it again. I do knit a lot and have been knitting for many years, so I’ve knit with lots of different yarns. This is probably my all-time least favorite yarn.

Bonnie in Toledo

Yes, the looser spun yarn bunches up around the thread that’s twisted around it, but it helps if you knit it on larger needles than suggested. Like 11s or 13s.

At the beginning of this week I was wondering the very same thing. Then I was talking about knitting with one of the girls at work and she asked me to teach her how to purl (which was very flattering since I’m so new at this) She brought in a scarf that she was working on in homespun and frogged it because she wanted it to have stripes.

I taught her how to purl, but of course she was very use to the regular knit stitch and would accidentally knit one or two in the middle of her purl row. Between the squigglyness of homespun, her very loose knitting, and how new she was to knitting, she couldn’t see that stockinette had a flat side or tell that her out of place knit stitches were making ‘bumps’ on the flat side.

Despite having gigantic size 15 needles, she was getting them stuck in the strand of yarn (though I think that it might have partly been due to the beating the yarn had taken from the 5 times she frogged it while we were at work. Lord only knows how many times she frogged it before she knew how to purl)

All that said… it was really soft and cuddly :teehee:

I’ve done a few prayer shawls in homespun, and those I have liked. A sweater, I hated - it just didn’t drape - at all. I like a lot of the colors too, so I guess that’s the appeal for me. I have actually noticed some colors knit up easier than others - they feel looser, if that makes any sense at all :shrug:. In fact, I’m working on a log cabin for my daughter in homespun, and I’m using a bright green, a bright coral-pink, and a purple (her choice, not mine!! :teehee:) and the purple and coral are fine to work, the green is awful! I have also noticed it splits and frays, and if you want ANY kind of stitch definition, don’t use it. I guess my basic thought is: blankets - yes, anything else - NO!

We have a mission at our church and knit prayer shawls for members at the Mayo Clinic. We use homespun. I personally HATE IT!!! I admit to being a “yarn snob,” but this stuff is just awful.

When you knit with it you can hear/feel it creak- that’s the only way I can describe it. I think it must be the acrylic. I’m trying to find another low cost yard for the prayer shawls I make, because that stuff isn’t worth my time.

I almost forgot, it sheds!!! I have to knit with a towel on my lap because I’m coverd everytime I use it!

My issue is that the bumps don’t let the yarn flow very freely. I feel like I’m fighting with it from cast on to bind off. On the plus side, it’s so heavily textured, that it doesn’t matter how uneven your stitches are, because no one will ever see them.

I’d rather never knit with it again, but I expect I will, because people seem to like scarves knit from Homespun, and it does come in really pretty colors.

Joe

Well, if you need another reason not to use Homespun, here’s one. It sheds if you machine wash it and dry it. I crocheted a chair throw some years ago out of it and liked it ok. I don’t think it’s as much of a pain to crochet with as knit with but after a few washings there was so little of it left I threw it away.

It is soft and makes a nice afghan, but if i’m going to all the trouble to knit something I want to be able to SEE the stitches and you can’t with Homespun.

I actually love Homespun. I have never had any of the problems with it others have mentioned. It makes such cuddly warm scarves, and there are lots of nice colors. I guess it is just a matter of what you like. :happydancing:

I love Homespun… I use it alot in my projects. I recently made a baby blanket with it and it turned out beautiful and is SO soft.

I can’t stand Homeshun, either.

It doesn’t seem to have any body to it at all. The ends just fray and it generally gives me the creeps when I’ve knit with it. My daughter asked me to make her a sweater, and she picked out Homespun, and I couldn’t finish it.

[COLOR=“Purple”]I haven’t used homespun, but one yarn I dont like to knit with is Lion Boucle. Has anyone used this, and what did you make? I find it difficult to knit with.[/COLOR]

I can be yarn-snobby, but I don’t hate acrylic. I hate Homespun. It is hard to work with, creaky, and just plain strange. Recently, I found a square I’d knit with it (knit over a year ago), and the yarn felt awful. It’s like the longer it sat, the more stiff and plastic-like it became. It was actually slick. It was kinda creepy. Now maybe if it had been washed, the situation would have been different. But, I’ve never had another unwashed acrylic do that.

I’ve never knit with it, but I did try to crochet with it and got so frustrated that I wanted to stab myself in the eye with a crochet hook…
It was just bulky and awkward to use for me. I think it would be easier to knit with than crochet with, though. That seems to be the case with fuzzier and different textured yarns.

i knit with it on size 17 needles, and loved every second of it. It took me around an hour to knit a long scarf/shawl out of a whole skein, and it was soft and cuddly. i think i could have done a blanket in a matter of days, and i probably still will at some point. i say find some on sale and try it. if you don’t like it, not much lost, and if you do, then yay!!

I made a scarf for my mother out of it before i really knew better but was just not pleased with it at all. For some reason i still went out and bought a bunch of it to use to make that Hot D*mn afghan… i knitted with it for a while but got tired of the afghan. when i finally considered getting back to it after having used more quality fibers (quality…not expensive) i found i couldn’t stand the feel of it. i can’t really explain what it was but it just didn’t feel… clean for some reason. just felt weird. When i reached into skein to pull out the end, it ripped off in my fingers.

I donated the whole lot. i think it had to have been at least…15 skeins… donated. blech

I think part of the reason we get sucked into homespun is its glorious colors. There was an outlet near me that sold homespun mill ends, and I tried several different colors, thinking it woul dmake a difference. It didn’t. It’s horrible. It’s super sticky, and impossible to knit with on anything but metal needles. (and then it still sucks). Don’t let the colors suck you in like they did me.