Letter from Lois – September 2018
Have you ever stitched a project using MOHAIR? Neither had I! It’s a fiber to which I’ve never been drawn but I am quickly learning to appreciate its value.
Just recently, with the very large mohair donation we received, I decided to give it a try. I asked for help from someone who really knows her fibers and together we selected enough yarn to make two scarves and a hat.
This experience has taught me that it’s better to combine my mohair yarn with a second yarn. Our second chosen yarn is a wool blend and with the nice fluffy mohair and, carrying two yarns as one (see this month’s tip), I was able to use a much larger than normal gauge needle, therefore my project moved along very quickly. I’ve discovered, when I increased my knitting needle size, I was able to create a soft yet very warm fabric. The appearance is so nice! I’m beginning to wish I had given this a try long ago!
This week I’m planning to give this a whirl with my crochet hook!
The more I stitch with these fiber combinations, the more I’m loving the outcome! I can see warm items for homeless and school kids as well as holiday gifts using my newly discovered technique will be flying off my needles this upcoming holiday season!