Maybe mohair

The goats on our farm are not pure bred angoras, but they are the reason I learned to shear, spin, and knit.

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The mohair from them is not perfect, and because we have not had any young goats in a few years the mohair isn’t as soft as it could be. However it shines beautifully and the past few weeks I have been dyeing wool and mohair in my solar ovens, as yarn and as un-spun fibre.

ImageI used onion skins, and walnut leaves for the orange and green, then spun the mohair and wool mix on my Ashford Traditional.

I also dyed mohair and wool with avocado skins, which the cats loved.

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I am planning to blend these together, but first I carded the wool and mohair separately.

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The white wool is from our sheep, and the off-white is from the small spots of grey that I occasionally find on the fleece.

Most angora goats can be sheared twice a year, but I am not sure if these goats produce enough hair for shearing twice. However, this year I may try to shear earlier and get a better quality fleece, (these samples are slightly matted). If I leave it too late then the hair starts to matt and comes off by itself.

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Even though these goats, my “old ladies”, are not pure bred it is nice to know I can still make beautiful objects from their hair.

 

 

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4 thoughts on “Maybe mohair

  1. IsobelandCat says:

    Your posts are always such a delight to read, and an important reminder of the important things in life. Thank-you.

  2. Clare says:

    Beautiful. I love seeing your creations and am very much in awe. I like to think of myself as a crafty hippie who would like doing this…. But I think I am best off just reading your blog.

  3. Sara says:

    The first photo looked like a toupee :p What a fun hobby you have.

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