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« on: February 18, 2005 11:37:35 AM »

I really wanted to make this gorgeous throw, called Mohair Roses, from a book.  Unfortunately, after a mock order at Herrschners all the yarn would total over $110. (and that's with the cheapest mohair blends I could find)   Undecided  Not exactly in my budget for one project, you know? 

I know the mohair is what makes this throw and the roses look so soft and beautiful, but do any of the veterans have tips on how to get over this hump?  I know, you get what you pay for...so is this just a suck-it-up-and-pay situation?

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« Reply #1 on: February 18, 2005 01:42:13 PM »

you could, and this is a complicated solution, but maybe you don't mind, go to the thrift store and find mohair blend sweaters, i find them all the time, and take them apart to recycle the yarn.  You can dye them, I've used koolaid just fine on mohair from sweaters, they'd have to be light colored of course, but I've even done it to light blue angora and it's worked fine.  And then, because the yarn in sweaters is always so fine, you could run it along with a sport weight of normal yarn in the right color.  That way you'd get the fuzziness of mohair, but less expense.  This might be too complicated of course, considering that you'd need a few sweaters at least, not sure what the yarn requirements for your project are.  Anyway, it's a suggestion, and a few dollars for a sweater's worth of mohair is pretty good compared to the thirteen dollar pricetag on skeins of just a few ounces of mohair.
I did this for my godmother's Christmas present.  I'm kicking myself for not taking pics, but I made a scarf from what was the equivilant of one sleeve of a angora blend sweater I bought for two dollars.  Just out of curiosity, I checked some prices, and angora is about 12 dollars for a half an ounce of yarn.
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« Reply #2 on: February 24, 2005 04:28:00 PM »

I'm kicking myself for not taking pics, but I made a scarf from what was the equivilant of one sleeve of a angora blend sweater I bought for two dollars. Just out of curiosity, I checked some prices, and angora is about 12 dollars for a half an ounce of yarn.

Ack, I'm kicking myself for not knowing that trick! I bought 3 skeins of Jolie yarn (beautiful stuff, it was lovely to work with)... that stuff is 70% angorra, and 30% french merino.  I paid $14.25 for each skein... my sister got the most beautiful scarf I've ever made.  It was like wearing a cloud.
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