Thursday, 19 May 2011
It’s all about the wool right? Damn bloody right it is!!! When I saw there was a mohair farm not far from the first place we were staying at, I thought this would be a great thing to do on a rainy day…
Only of course we were lucky with the weather and no rain came our way until the very last day, but we managed a little stop on our way to the campsite.
We were given a tour of the farm, starting with the goats through to different rooms where all the different processes involved in getting the yarn from the goat to the shop were explained (my favourite has got to be the one below, the shearing stage – was a delicate pose they have to assume!).
I had to do some instant translation for Boyfriend which certainly proved interesting but it worked out alright. Boyfriend became the designated photographer and I reckon he didn’t do a bad job. Those goats were playing up to him, they were so curious!!
Anyway, the yarn produced is, as expected, unbelievably soft and beautiful. I think the lady was rather disappointed that I only bought a couple of balls, but my budget didn’t stretch to the 7-8 she was recommending to knit a jumper (not that I’d want to knit myself a jumper in mohair thanks very much!). She was unbelievable though, quite a character really. She takes care of the goats (oh and 3000 hens too), does the tours, manages the shop, and even does made-to-measure knitted garments. I was suitably impressed!
So here’s my holiday yarn souvenir. Not sure what I’ll be doing with it just yet, apart from rubbing it against my face once in a while…