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« on: January 03, 2007 01:55:23 PM »

My FIL has been wonderful about finding yarn for me - just sometimes his discoveries cause a lot of creativity to happen  Cheesy.  Last month it was a bag full of intense yellow mohair (deeper than plain yellow, but not much, very vibrant) - which is not a colour I can wear, nor anyone I normally gift to.  Also a little scratchy.  Other than the occasional shot in a fair isle, what can I make out of this?

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« Reply #1 on: January 03, 2007 04:53:28 PM »

What about pillows, or edging on an afghan? Even a tea cozy or knit with other wool as a hotpad? I just made pillows with mohair and I love the way the texture looks in home decor.

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« Reply #2 on: January 03, 2007 07:23:45 PM »


Is it like a schoolbus yellow? What weight is it? What's the yardage? Chances are, it would make a fabulous shawl. Mohair fluffs nicely, so worked up on (relatively) large needles for it's (usually) thin weight, it looks fabulous as lace. As a shawl, you can wear it over other clothes for extra warmth (in temperature and color, sounds like!) without the scratchiness being a problem. I've been working up an Icarus shawl in a similar color (cadmium from handpaintedyarn.com, I'm really liking their stuff) and it's so cheery. Yellow is my most favoritest color Smiley In all seriousness, if you can't find a thing to do with it and want to sell it, drop me a line?

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« Reply #3 on: January 04, 2007 05:27:04 AM »

Take a piece of it with you to the yarn shop and try it next to other yarns.  You might find a color that you can strand it with - or a variegated yarn - that will tone down the color enough to make it wearable.

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« Reply #4 on: January 07, 2007 10:29:55 AM »

oooo, good ideas!

I'm going to try to add a scanned pic - it looks kinda similar to the colour on my screen, but my screen is also wonky... 'school bus yellow' is actually pretty close I think - but it's been a while since I've been close to a school bus  Tongue

The yarn doesn't have a gauge listed, but it does suggest 5.5mm needles (I think that's US9), so I hadn't thought shawl before - but the core yarn is tiny, it's just the halo that makes it that heavy - so open lace could work, and I do love me some lace  Kiss.

I hadn't thought about home dec - I usually don't go for intense colours that way - but last year we moved to a place we can't paint and my 'forest green' scheme is starting to drive me around the bend... a little sunshine could go a long way I think.

Using it with other yarns was the direction I was thinking before - but if I can get away from the headache of trying to match gauges and appropriate textures with this mystery yarn, I think I'll go that way first.

And I rarely get 'good' yarn (most of the stuff I knit with comes from recycled sweaters), so I'm not about to part with it just yet - but I'll certainly let everyone know if it angers me to the point of dismissal  Cheesy.
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« Reply #5 on: January 07, 2007 12:47:25 PM »

How about some kool aid dyeing (or iceing gels)? A little blue would give you a georous shade of turqoise I am thinking.

« Reply #6 on: January 07, 2007 02:30:55 PM »

I was also going to suggest dyeing. If you have a whole whack of it you could experiment with a few colours... 

I have a few skeins of really wonky coloured mohair that I bought solely because it was on sale, and my plan is to try dyeing it and make felted plush monsters out of it... but I don't know if that's actually a viable option (especially if you have so much!)

« Reply #7 on: January 07, 2007 05:36:22 PM »

personally i think its a very pretty color.  I just got a whole bunch of really dull grey mohair that i'm trying to figure out what to do with it.
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