Friday, May 31, 2013

Vintage Yarn

 A friend of mine recently gave me a basket of vintage yarn from her Mothers collection. I decided to make into a blanket and give it back to her so that she would still be able to enjoy it. These are some of the lables, old and smelling of moth balls. What memories that envokes!
 My favourite is the mohair. I love the look of it but unfortunately can't bear the thought of it against my skin.
 This is the official definition of mohair Mohair /ˈmoʊhɛər/ usually refers to a silk-like fabric or yarn made from the hair of the Angora goat.[1] The word "mohair" was adopted into English before 1570 from the Arabic: مخير mukhayyar,[1] a type of haircloth, literally 'choice', from khayyara, 'he chose'.[2] Mohair fiber is approximately 25–45 microns in diameter.[3] It is one of the oldest textile fibers in use.[citation needed] It is both durable and resilient. It is notable for its high luster and sheen,[2] which has helped give it the nickname the "Diamond Fiber",[4] and is often used in fiber blends to add these qualities to a textile. Mohair takes dye exceptionally well. Mohair is warm in winter as it has great insulating properties, while remaining cool in summer due to its moisture wicking properties. It is durable, naturally elastic, flame resistant, crease resistant, and does not felt. It is considered to be a luxury fiber, like cashmere, angora and silk, and is usually more expensive than most wool that comes from sheep.

I can't agree that it is 'silk like' but have to admit that the texture and color is rather stunning.

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