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Can Mohair shedding be tamed?
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Oct 17, 2012 15:45:16   #
I heard recently that mohair yarn can have shedding issues while it's being knitted AND that putting the yarn in the refrigerator (not freezer) for a few hours can stop the problem.

Anybody know if that is true? Mohair from our rabbits sheds everywhere, even after knitted up. But is this true for goat mohair?

Oct 17, 2012 16:54:23   #
sorry cant help
Oct 18, 2012 05:36:36   #
when knitting with this type of yarn, keep it in the refrigerator in a sealed plastic bag. This does help.
Also if a garment is shedding, a short spell in the refrigerator also helps.
Oct 18, 2012 06:00:53   #
I think that is the nature of the beast. Many times the yarn sheds because the fibers used to make the yarn are either different legnths or there are guard hairs in the yarn. Not much you can do about it. My friend taught me this who raises alpacas and I am a spinner. So I spend the extra money to buy fleeces or roving that has consistancy in staple legnth and is free of guard hair.
Oct 18, 2012 06:23:18   #
I recently did an entire sweater over from angora to alpaca because the angora sweater was unwearable. I kept it in the freezer, but that didn't help except give my hubby a real laugh when he went for the waffles. Not only did it shed over me but it wound up on people standing next to me.
Oct 18, 2012 08:05:56   #
Carol J.
Tis the nature of fuzzy yarn to shed. When using it or wearing it, be aware that this happens. Chilling it in the freezer or refrigerator helps for a little while. A bit like owning a dog, they shed and you live with it.

Carol J.
Oct 18, 2012 14:04:28   #
the cats meow
All are super answers to draw wisdom from and having raised, spun and knitted both from Angora Rabbits and Angora Goats for many years theres nothing I can really expund on except that Goat is very differnet from Rabbits and the longer staple solves many problems depending on how it is spun (I assume that you are shearing your goats)and what it is blended/spun with. They are quite a different animal.
Oct 18, 2012 15:45:28   #
Thx everyone! That is kind of what I thought...nature of the beast. Perhaps it is a good thing that generally I can't afford real mohair yarn??? For many years I have been working mostly in man made fibers because no one I give them to is old enough to know how to care for hand washed items, anymore. Was recently teaching grand daughter and her friend to use sewing machine and they did not know what an iron was for! Now I imagine they will tell their friends ironing is for pressing seams in sewing.... =:)
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