I have a question. Can I use yarn that is made for hand and/or machine knitting for weaving?
I do use my hand spun , purchased sock yarn , and whatever I find for weaving. It works well.
Hi Mary, the answer is yes, especially with cotton, linen, silk. All handwoven cloth needs to be wet finished to achieve the best end result. Wool yarns for knitting are sometimes coated so they can be machine washable and sometimes they don't full the way a weaver would want them to. That is really the only exception. Weavers also tend to want to weave with finer yarns and are usually made for weavers with the exception of lace weight knitting yarns. Hope this helps.
Thank you Jane. It’s really the silk and cotton that I’m interested in. I’m in the UK. I can buy 60/2 silk, but not anything thicker. There’s a good supplier for cotton (both plan and mercerised) for machine knitters, so that’s why I asked the question. I also buy Venne cotton.
Over here in the UK it’s increasingly hard to find a source of silks for weaving in a full range of colours. I’ve spoken to lots of suppliers and they are all finding it difficult. I was using a lovely 20/2 spun silk, but that supply has stopped now. I wish I could buy the one you stock, but I know the shipping has become so complicated and expensive in the last couple of years.
Have you tried https://www.eurestex.co.uk/
I think they carry the same silk I do :)