No exceptions for pretty yarn

I’m so excited! Look what I got in a swap with Judy:

Thank you so much, Judy! I absolutely love the rosewood needles, and they are in a smaller size (US 4) that I’m sure to use. You know how I am about needles – one of each kind because I like to try different ones for different projects to maximize speed and comfort. And do you see that yarn? It’s called Feza Kid Mohair, and there’s a ball of a deep, dark, hot pink (love!), and one of a variegated pink to white to pink (love, love, love!). If I were to walk into a yarn shop, colors like this would definitely catch my eye.

Now, I love this yarn so much that I want to cast on for something right now. However, I’m sadly afflicted with an allergy to mohair, and there are no exceptions for pretty yarn. Boo hoo hoo, what do I do? I am asking everyone: how do I cleverly use this yarn in a way that doesn’t itch? I appreciate your suggestions for items knit out of mohair which will not directly touch my body :).

I’m progressing nicely on the Tivoli t-shirt. Here’s what I’ve got:

If I bind off now, it will be perfect for Knitty, don’t you think?


14 thoughts on “No exceptions for pretty yarn

  1. Carolyn

    oh yes! Knitty will definitely accept this one! I do love it so far. This project has all come about very quickly…looks very nice…I am very jealous!

  2. Karma

    Alright, silly, not all of the Knitty patterns are totally goofy or ridiculous, only some! 🙂 wink, wink. I think you really *should* submit the finished pattern to Knitty or Magknits or some such; it’s going to turn out to be quite fabulous.

  3. paula


    Actually, I think you’re much too covered up for this most recent issue. Maybe a plunging neckline and no sleeves? Hehe.

    Although, I do dig those Crusoe socks from long ago…

    Beautiful work. It should be submitted to something!

  4. LisaB

    Hello, I haven’t commented before but I have been reading your blog lately. (I tend to read through the archives to get a feel for the person – not too weird I hope) I like your blog! Especially with your no fear attitude with mathematical calculations and resizing to fit yourself. Bravo.

    But I have a question. How on earth do you try a project on mid-knit, like your current post? Do you take it off the needles? I am intrigued by this. Looks great so far!

  5. naomi

    Maybe a felted bag? You could carry the mohair along, and it’d be a fuzzy bag… You could make the strap(s) out of something non-mohair, so you could still wear it or hold it. (Okay, that last bit’s probably obvious, but I’m a smidge tired right now.)

  6. claudia

    I have a bunch of Phildar Ruban ribbon yarn that I’ve been looking for inspiration on. Those sleeves are getting me to thinking….

  7. Diana

    That shirt is going to be done in no time! are you going to submit it somewhere? Because if so, maybe the mohair could be used as really pouf-y fringe all along every edge of the sweater… a definite winner!

  8. Colleen

    Ooh, can we say “snarky”?

    I love the way that your T is working up (or should I write “down”) the sleeve detail is great.

  9. Agnes

    I am sure yours is going to be much better than the original. As with your other projects, all the extra work done is work every bit of it!

    I got some new mohair yarns too, this time is Karabella … not as hazy as KSH but still very soft! About your problem, I am thinking do people make hats out of mohair? I mean you have the hair between your skin and the yarn … so they don’t come into contact.

  10. Jenn

    I like it. I would make that especially since I love the sleeves. Plus, choosing two different colors would be fun.

  11. Tara

    The top looks great so far! Very hottttt!

    I don’t know what to tell ya about the mohair. I love the colors, but it drives me and the BF batty. It could make a fabulous gift for a friend though!

  12. Laura Neal

    Ever thought of lining it in something soft, then you can use it. Also so your fingers don’t peel, rubber dish washing gloves. hee hee 🙂 Okay, so maybe some latex ones would work better. I have some gorgeous red in mohair that I haven’t touched. I have been itching to work with it too.

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