Be Sweet ♥’s Mohair
August 31, 2010 § Leave a comment
Have you read about Vogue Knitting’s Magic of Mohair Design Competition?
From the VK website:
MAGIC OF MOHAIR DESIGN COMPETITION
Vogue Knitting is proud to announce our “Magic of Mohair” Design Competition, sponsored by Mohair South Africa. The promotion is open to all knitters with an interest in design and features a distinct track for students, who will compete in separate categories for prizes including knitting supplies, gift cards and the Grand Prize trip to South Africa, where most of the world’s mohair is produced. Winning entries will be featured in a future issue of Vogue Knitting and will be showcased at Vogue Knitting LIVE, held in New York City in January 2011. An international jury of hand-knitting experts will judge entries based on overall concept, uniqueness of vision and technical execution.
For more details go here.
You may be asking yourself, “what’s so special about mohair anyway?” Mohair usually refers to a silk-like fabric or yarn made from the hair of the Angora goat. The word “mohair” was adopted into English before 1570 from the Arabic mukhayyar, a type of haircloth, literally ‘choice’, from khayyara, ‘he chose’. Mohair fiber is approximately 25-45 microns in diameter and is one of the oldest textile fibers in use. It is both durable and resilient. It is notable for its high luster and sheen, and is often used in fiber blends to add these qualities to a textile. Mohair also takes dye exceptionally well. Mohair is also warm as it has great insulating properties. It is durable, and resistant to moisture-wicking, stretch, flame and creases. 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.
Mohair increases its diameter with the age of the goat, growing along with the animal. Fine hair from younger animals is used for finer applications such as clothing, and the thicker hair from older animals is more often used for carpets and heavy fabrics intended for outerwear.
Here at Be Sweet we have quite a few mohair and mohair blend yarns. You can find it in our Magic Ball, Ribbon Ball, African Bead Ball, Knobby and Special Knobby Ball, Boucle, Brushed, Extra Fine, Medium and Slubby Mohair, Fluffy and Sari Silk Nubs, Banana Silk Floss and Nubs, Spice and Harmony. Obviously, we love us some mohair.
Mohair has been used for garments and wares since the 16th century. This amazing fiber has so many redeeming qualities, it’s no wonder we still use it today. Enter the VK contest and try knitting up some fabulous Be Sweet mohair!