Thursday, 19 August 2010

Folksy Friday 20th August - For the love of Mohair


 I thought I would blog about Mohair this week as I have just finished knitting a lace shawl in Mohair.
  
So, what is Mohair and where does it come from?

Mohair is a silk-like yarn made from the hair of the Angora Goat and is one of the oldest textile fibres in use.  Mohair fabric is known to have been in England in the 8th Century.  It is durable, resilient and notable for its high lustre and sheen.  It is warm and has great insulating properties.  It is considered to be a luxury fibre like Cashmere, Angora and Silk and is usually more expensive than wool that comes from sheep.  It is the hair from younger animals that would be used for making yarns suitable for clothing.  Mohair should not be confused with the fur from the Angora Rabbit which is called Angora Wool.

Firstly I am going to show off my own Mohair item before I show you some from fellow Folksters. This took me about 120 hours to make and took a lot of patience and skill.

The yarn I used has 75% Mohair, 13% Wool, 8% Nylon and 4% Metalic Fibres, so a very good quality Mohair indeed!  Many Mohair yarns are made with less than 40% Mohair fibres.

This photo was taken against a window to show off the delicate pattern

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Arhhh, the pretty shot showing the gorgeous colouring and the sparkles
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Now, that's just showing off!
I added 475 tiny glass beads by Toho to the pretty edging.
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And now some Mohair items from fellow folksters

Kath Heywood Designs Helene Jane
Silky Prudence Boolouroo Bears
CandyFlossCreatedTricot Treats by Helen Dey
Mohair Scarf by Kath Heywood Designs
Long Black Mohair Gloves by HeleneJane
Grace Scarf by Silky Prudence
Douglas Dougal, OOAK German Mohair "Wuff" Dog by Boolouroo Bears
"Misty Mint Angel's Whisper" Capelet by CandyFlossCreated
Pale Blue Soft Gauntlets from Tricot Treats by Helen Dey

11 comments:

  1. Beautiful picks, I particularly love the Wuff

    Max :o)

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  2. Adore all the mohair creations, your shawl is beautiful, but Wuff might have to go home with me! I'll fight you for him Max!

    Natalie x

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  3. Love the shawl! Great selection - I'm eyeing up those gloves for winter...

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  4. Lovely selection and your shawl is beautiful.
    Also particularly like that Grace Scarf!xx

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  5. Such lovely items, a shame I can't wear it!

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  6. huge fan of Zerin at Candyflosscreated, gorgeous as always!

    you're knittings goegeous, i wouldnt have the patience! xx

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  7. The shawl you made is absolutely amazing! I love all the other items too especially teddy :)
    xx

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  8. OOOhhhh I'm going through such a yarn phase right now!! I love everything you chose.

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  9. Love that first shot of your shawl - so beautiful.

    I love the scarf too :-)

    Sam x (A Simple Melody)

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  10. I love that Mint Green Capelet! (-:

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