Fiber Series: Part One

Almost a year ago, The Juju Paradise brought our Angora goats home. My mom and I love yarn crafts. So naturally, we found angoras to be the perfect compliment to our little paradise in Santa Cruz. I did a ton of research, but I would never have guessed that these beautiful creatures would blend so well into our farm. They are almost like dogs in behavior, and are incredibly charming. It gets better, two times a year I get this beautiful raw, luxurious fiber called mohair- think “electric boots, a mohair suit”.

Both durable and resilient, mohair is notable for its high luster and sheen,[1] and is often used in fiber blends to add these qualities to a textile. Mohair takes dye exceptionally well. It feels warm in winter as it has excellent insulating properties, while its moisture-wicking properties allow it to remain cool in summer. It is durable, naturally elastic, flame-resistant and crease-resistant. It is considered a luxury fiber, like cashmere, angora, and silk, and can be more expensive than most sheep’s wool.

The ever reliable Wikipedia.
Before: Kendy with her newborn Genie.
After: Kendy with 5 month old Genie

It was daunting to learn. I read so much information from angora goat owners from farms all over the county. The biggest lesson I learned was to take all this information and adapt it to fit the needs of your farm; some farms raise these goats for their locks, some send it to a mill for processing, some do it all at home. Because processing times take a year (sometimes longer) I decided to learn how to process mohair.

So off I went, from shearing to washing to carding, I am learning a lot. I am positive I am doing something “wrong”. There are so many different farmers and so many ways to do this, I learned to do what works for me and learn along the way.

Join me on this journey to see how I take goat hair and make it into beautiful carded batts of 100% mohair.

Haven’t you heard? Big poms are in.

Here’s what I use:

Lion Brand WoolEase Thick and Quick

1 Large Pom Maker

Hairbrush

Make the Pom Pom according to the directions.

Brush the Pom with a hairbrush and trim to make it a perfect ball.

Big bows step aside… big poms are taking over Winter 2019.

Baby beanie with big Pom. $20 on my Etsy store.

Miss Sabby Knits

Check out these cuties modeling for my Etsy store, Miss Sabby Knits. I have been knitting since college. I have a whole bin of things I’ve knitted throughout the years. I’ve sold on Etsy years ago, but this time I’m doing it for a hobby. I’ll be adding items as I knit them. I’ve decided that the one thing that everyone loves is a good winter hat. So, I’ve decided to sell “The Winter Hat” with the customizable embellishment. Check it out!

One of my favorite knitting patterns was inspired by a pattern I found for free on Ravelry. Read about it here.

Also, I am not a photographer. HOWEVER… I did take these pictures of my boys with my iphone and I love the way they turned out. Here is what I did if you want to achieve the same look:

  • Purchase a chunky knit hat. You can purchase the one my boys are wearing in my Etsy store here.
  • set a chair (mine was a white wooden chair) by a window with natural light.
  • set kid in chair without the light (sun beams) directly on their face or body.
  • say cheese 🙂
  • use the “photoshop express” app (adobe PS express)
  • filter the photo with “HicontrastBW”
  • admire your cuties!