Thursday, 19 May 2011

Mohair


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…

8 comments:

mooncalf said...

That is lovely. I love souvenir yarn. It makes the knitting and the FO a bit extra-special.

And those goats are actually really cute with their smiley faces (and I'm usually a bit scared of goats).

The Girl said...

Haha excellent posing by the goats - loving how fluffy they all are.

Sometimes it's important to have wool that's just for the purpose of rubbing on your face.

Liz said...

What a gorgeous looking place! Looking forward to seeing what you knit with your souvenir yarn.

Heather said...

Please don't judge me for the following comment:
I thought, ooh wow, even the sheep in France look really suave and French! How cool. And then ... and then ... I read that they were goats. And I have to admit, I felt a little deflated. And stupid. But more stupid because I originally thought that mohair came from rabbits. But that's angora, right?
*brain fart*
Heather xxxx

Lucy said...

Look at their happy little faces, how cute they are! Mohair is itchy stuff if I remember rightly - soft but itchy! xx

Toffeeapple said...

Aren't they pretty creatures? Love the garments hanging in the barn and I can understand your need for having yarn to simply fondle.

PinkCatJo said...

They are the cutest goats ever! I'm sure you'll look as happy as they are once you've made something wooly! x

The Curious Cat said...

ooo excited to see what you will make - baby a big white teddy bear to snuggle?! Or a nice fat and scarf? xxx