I have discovered that mohair is the worst fibre to work with. I won’t be making the same mistake twice, although the colour of the skein I have is just beautiful, so it’s a bit of a shame in that regard. I began working on an infinity scarf using the stitch pattern in the violet carpet shawl pattern because it was pretty–and it is. But with mohair, the yarn kept breaking, unravelling from its spun thread shape, and just was awful.
I did end up winding the skein onto a drumstick that was a gift to me from a drummer friend some years ago. He gave it to me in case I needed to defend myself, and fortunately, that eventually didn’t arise, so it became a yarn holder last weekend. Winding that sucker onto the drumstick took a LONG time, and I’m very glad I had mum to help me. In the end, it looked like a big old woolly candy floss or hotdog on a stick (called dagwood dogs here). I mean, look at it:
So, I finished off the first planned infinity scarf and set it aside. I did stitch up the dropped stitches due to yarn breakage and I suppose it’s okay for me, but it certainly isn’t good enough for a gift, which was the aim of the excercise. So I began again, this time using a James C. Brett yarn, which is a variegated blue-grey and lovely and easy to work with. I’m using my new Martha Stewart loom, which is fabulously versatile, and I’m on row 26 of 50, and it’s coming along very nicely, so I’m pleased.
I’ve also taught mum four stitches on the knitting loom–the e-wrap, purl, knit and the flat knit. I’m teaching her the u-knit next, and then it’s onto the more complex stitches, but she’s enjoying it and I got her a sock loom, the one by Boye, for her birthday as she wants to loom socks and bedsocks. So that’s good too.