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The Handspinner Having Fun Yarn shop

The Handspinner Having Fun is a yarn, fibre, spinning and hand knitted garments shop situated at the Old Pier at Broadford, Isle of Skye.

Our lovely shop is a paradise for any craft addict and has plenty of ready made garments and crafts, many made locally, which make great presents.

Our Wool

Yarn is our passion! We stock an amazing range of different wools and fibres that call out to be touched and squeezed (and smelled)! We stock a great range of hand spun, hand dyed and art yarns as well as a bountiful amount of roving, wool tops and unusual fibres for spinning and felting.

We stock JC Rennie wools from Scotland, British yarns from West Yorkshire Spinners, mulberry silk, sock yarns, cotton, artisan acrylic yarns, and beautiful hand spun yarn in a range of colours and fibres.

We have a range of patterns written for the Handspinner yarns and we supply interesting knitting kits, peg loom weaving kits and felting kits which make ideal gifts.

Crafting Supplies

Do you need needles or stitch markers? We also stock just about everything you will need to turn your new yarn into something stunning and there is always someone on hand to help you out with any crafting questions you have.

To inspire the crafter we have wet/ dry felting supplies and goods, spinning accessories, peg and frame looms, tweed selvage from the Isle of Harris, bundles and pieces of Harris Tweed, Harris tweed wool, and a wide range of habadashery.

Ready Made Crafts

Here at The Handspinner Having Fun shop we also have a large selection of ready made goodies from local crafters (they have done the hard work for you). Why not come in and try some of our hand knit hats, mitts, scarves, socks, headbands, snoods, sweaters or jackets on for size!

The Handspinner takes commissions for hand dyed wool, fleece, hand spun wool and hand knitted garments.

The Shop

The Handspinner Having Fun shop is located in a characterful old tin hut which previously was a branch of Jewsons builders merchants, an agricultural store, possibly a church, a grocers and a bookshop. The business has been in this location about 15 years.

We stock products from Mary Smith (felter), Ann Christie (embroiderer), Ann Cullen, Anne Close, Suzanne Seville, Jennifer Whyte, Karen Bertino (Spinners and Knitters), Double Time (Weavers), Loch Carron Pottery (wool bowls) and Suilven Crafts (hand made knitting needles and crochet hooks.

The Handspinner Herself – Bev

I was brought up in the heart of the Yorkshire woollen area. My parents and many of my family members worked in the woollen mills.

My Mum taught me to knit when I was 9 years old. I started to design knitting patterns in my teens and have completed many garments since!

I went to college and qualified as an Occupational Therapist. This profession bases its philosophy on the use of purposeful activity to enable a person to recover after illness or accident.

When I qualified, all graduates were taught a range of craft activities to use with clients. Newer treatment techniques have taken over but I still believe there is an important role for creativity and relaxation in people’s nowadays, very stressful lives.

So now I have come full circle, back to my roots of being creative and inspiring others to be creative with the beautiful wools and patterns which are the heart of this business.