Frost, Fire And Ice: Bouclé or Kid Mohair

A handmade mountain folk figure with a walnut for a head sits with a cake of kid mohair blended with silk, a wound kid mohair/silk yarn ball in  a cream-ecru loopy mohair skein.January in northern climes is not for the faint of heart. The often brutal weather weeds out those who must be outdoors for work or to care for livestock from folks who batten down the hatches and wait for spring. As a bit of both are in my own DNA, during winter photo shoots the cutting edge of winter’s cold makes anticipation of reading and knitting (and being warm) at day’s end all the more alluring.
Boucle mohair yarn on New England ice, ecru colorway, 90 percent kid mohair, 10 percent nylon. Moo Dog Knits Magazine.After a particular blasting cold day combined with an exposed neck, the decision was made Рknit a new scarf that would fit easily in a camera bag and be there when needed. Choices to replicate a favorite well-worn (and now somewhat battered) scarf: Kid mohair which compresses to nearly weightless Рor a favorite Рcurly mohair boucl̩. Choosing the ecru boucl̩ meant a new version could be knit up in a flash (see below for a fiber comparison between the three).
Boucle, kid mohair and silk, kid mohair yarns - a comparison.
During holiday get-togethers question were raise from knitters and non-knitters as to what the differences are between a Pashmina scarf (a gift purchased in Paris from a returning college student), mohair, muskox fiber, and how kid mohair differs from regular mohair. raising fine fiber with a herd of mohair goats and sheep in New York. Photo, Moo Dog Knits Magazine.
A quest for learning more about fine fiber led to a road trip visit on a working farm (more than 150 goats and sheep) in upstate New York – on one of the coldest days this winter. Story and details, next up.

Fire and Ice

Some say the world will end in fire,
Some say in ice.
From what I’ve tasted of desire
I hold with those who favor fire.
But if it had to perish twice,
I think I know enough of hate
To say that for destruction ice
Is also great
And would suffice.

– Robert Frost

Passion and indifference, fire and ice. Water knits into ice.