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hilaryknits
« on: January 23, 2006 04:46:48 PM »

Help...this christmas i knit a mohair sweater (to dye for from s&b), and i overestimated the size that it should have been.  I really want to frog it but when i try, it just ends up as a big messy pile, which brings me to my question...can mohair be frogged at all?

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Hilary
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lilyjellybean
« Reply #1 on: January 23, 2006 05:08:26 PM »

Fortunately, I've never had to do it before, but I'm sure I've heard somewhere that you can make mohair less 'sticky' by wrapping it around something (like a round cake tin) and putting it in the freezer for awhile.  Not sure whether I've got this right - has anyone else heard of this method???
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lsm
« Reply #2 on: January 24, 2006 06:02:15 AM »

Yes, stick the item in the freezer overnight.  You don't have to wrap it around anything.
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« Reply #3 on: January 24, 2006 06:15:27 AM »

That sounds like a good idea. I've always been able to frog mohair and other stubborn yarns by going on a little ways whenever I hit a snag, then coming back to the snag and gently massaging it open by pulling the free-er part of the yarn back and forth and rubbing the snag with my fingers.
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« Reply #4 on: January 24, 2006 07:32:09 AM »

i had to do this. yup, just stick it in the freezer overnight. i don't know the scientific magic mojo that happens, but the hairs don't get caught on eacheother or wrapped around the previous row.
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« Reply #5 on: January 24, 2006 07:55:01 AM »

Is that just when it's cold or even after it warms up a little?
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« Reply #6 on: January 24, 2006 08:24:38 AM »

well, i did it right when i pulled it out. so it was still cold. i don't know if it'd work once it warms a little.
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« Reply #7 on: January 24, 2006 08:27:19 AM »

I think the cold makes the scales on the individual hairs close up and lie down - much like when you hit your hair with a blast of cold air from the dryer to make it smoother.  I swear I read about this in a biology text, but I'm drawing a blank...

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« Reply #8 on: January 24, 2006 03:03:42 PM »

 Wink Thanks so much....the freezer it is.  I didn't want such a beautiful yarn to go to waste

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« Reply #9 on: January 24, 2006 04:54:40 PM »

The yarn just needs to be fairly cold, however long that takes.  The overnight bit is really to give the knitter a chance to calm down.  Smiley
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