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I am a yarn spinner who is looking to make some handspun yarn with fleeces purchased from smallhold Irish sheep farmers. Read more

Cork, Ireland Crafts
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This project was successfully funded on June 23, 2012.

I am a yarn spinner who is looking to make some handspun yarn with fleeces purchased from smallhold Irish sheep farmers.

Cork, Ireland Crafts
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About this project

I am raising funds to create artisan, handspun yarn made with Irish wool. Because there are so many sheep in Ireland many people think it would be easy to find Irish yarn, but this is not so. Generally, sheep farmers don't make much money from the sale of wool. Therefore, sheep in Ireland are mostly raised as a food source, and sometimes wool is even discarded. However, I believe there is a market out there for yarns made from Irish sheep wool, and I would love to be the one producing it!  Sheep are shorn in the beginning of June, and I would like to "rescue" the wool from this summer's sheering and turn it into artisan yarn.

I have been spinning yarn on a traditional hand spindle for a couple of years now, but for this project I will require a spinning wheel. This will allow me to spin yarn much more quickly so I can produce more yarn and create new artistic variations. You can see some of the yarn I have already created on my website and in my Etsy shop ( http://www.etsy.com/shop/SMUDGEyarns ). Just imagine the type of yarns I could make if I was using a spinning wheel!

Your pledges will go toward two things:

1. Purchasing a Spinning Wheel

2. Purchasing sheep fleeces (and possibly alpaca fleeces) from smallhold sheep farmers in Ireland from the Summer 2012 sheering.

In return you will be rewarded with the knowledge that you are supporting small sheep farmers and keeping a traditional craft alive.... and you will of course also receive the rewards listed under each pledge amount.

Go raibh maith agat mo chairde.

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    Pledge $5 or more

    14 backers

    You will receive an e-Book which contains my original knitting patterns and some historical knitting patterns.

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    Pledge $15 or more

    10 backers All gone!

    You will receive 100 grams of dyed wool roving ready to spin on your own spinning wheel.

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    Pledge $25 or more

    10 backers All gone!

    You will receive 100 grams of bulky weight handspun yarn made on my new spinning wheel.

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    Pledge $35 or more

    10 backers All gone!

    You will receive 100 grams of DK weight handspun yarn made on my new spinning wheel.

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    Pledge $55 or more

    20 backers All gone!

    You will receive 100 grams of handspun yarn of your choice. You will also receive an e-Book containing my knitting patterns, and a hand knitted gift. Choose from: scarf and hat, child's cardigan, or shawlette.

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    Pledge $90 or more

    3 backers Limited (7 left of 10)

    3 Month Yarn Club Membership. You will receive one 100 gram ball of DK weight handspun yarn per month for three months (starting in January 2013). Give this membership as a gift, or keep it for yourself!

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    Pledge $145 or more

    3 backers Limited (7 left of 10)

    This level combines the rewards for the $55 and the $90 levels. You will receive a 100 gram ball of yarn, my e-book, and a knitted gift. You will also be enrolled in the Yarn Club for 3 months and will receive one 100 gram ball of handspun yarn per month for three months (starting in January 2013).

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    Pledge $160 or more

    2 backers Limited (13 left of 15)

    Double Yarn Club Membership. You can choose between 6 month Yarn Club membership where you will receive 100 grams of yarn once per month for six months OR you may choose to be enrolled for 3 months and double your yarn by receiving two 100 gram balls of the same yarn once per month for 3 months (both beginning in January 2013). Either way, you end up with 6 balls of yarn!

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Funding period

- (30 days)