Monica of Gothfarm Yarn is looking to a Nordic holiday tradition — the yule goat, or Julbocken, depicted in straw sculptures and ornaments. The illustrations of the yule goat remind Monica of Angora goats, which we all know and love as producers of mohair. In honor of this connection, Monica is offering 10% all her mohair products, including Cottontail roving, Muskeg (amber mohair and brown Rambouillet Merino wool), Arkose (white mohair, white Rambouillet Merino, red alpaca), Gabbro (black mohair and Jacob sheep wool) and Alabaster (red mohair and California Red sheep wool). Just add your favorite mohair products to the cart and enter “MERRYMOHAIR” at checkout. The discount runs through December 25.
Today is your last day to order the IU-exclusive Pomme D’Amour colorway from Black Elephant, which designer Jimenez Joseph used to create a cowl of the same name, with twisted and slipped stitches echoing tomatoes on the vine and a woven basket.
Paola’s Nocturne Bandana is a small, quick (but still interesting) knit that can be worn a multitude of ways. Along with being a perfect last-minute gift, it’s 15% off until this Sunday with the coupon code nocturne.
In honor of LYS Day tomorrow, April 27, the Dragonfly team has created kits for Casapinka’s new pullover shawl (not a poncho!) called Magical Thinking. The yarn is the squishy Superwash Merino Dragon Sock and you can see the sample that North Carolina LYS Friends & Fiberworks worked up here in that last color combo — Silver Fox, Kelpie, Sixteen Candles— which is exclusive to their shop. You can get a list of the dozen shops that are carrying the kit here. Dragonfly will have the first three combos, along with their festival exclusive Carroll Creek Park colorway at Maryland Sheep & Wool.
Speaking of mohair, Mary Annarella’s latest sweater design, Branches In Bloom, calls for holding a strand of mohair-silk lace weight with a strand of single-ply fingering.
Michelle of Crafty Flutterby Creations has debuted the newest must-have notion, the Suavest Sheep! 3D printed by Michelle using biodegradable polylactic acid, these cuties can be used to tidy your cast-on end, hold yarn joined in the middle of your project, act as a handy color swatch to carry with you, or make for an adorable display of your favorite yarns.
Sweater Sisters’ newest team member, Dana Gervais, has released a new knee high sock pattern called Mojo. They feature 16 Bimini sparkle minis and Selena is offering the kits in two color sets. They are on sale through next Friday, May 3, only.
Kelly’s latest shawl design, Round the Mountain, has a combination of fun stitch patterns, color changes and shapes.
Time for a DK spring sale! All DK in the Big Foot Fibers shop is 20% off through April 30 using the code DkSale.
I have to admit, I’m warming up to mohair. Because it makes me itchy, I never sought it out. But after Jennifer of Spirit Trail Fiberworks showed me the photos of her yarn for this month’s installment of Knitting Our National Parks — the speckled Winter Wizardry and complementary mohair called Wizard Sky — I knew I had to have it in my stash.
Now, after researching all the new patterns popping up that incorporate mohair, and seeing Jennifer’s beautiful swatch using the two yarns stranded together, I realized I just have to knit with it!
Here are some pattern suggestions for using the two yarns together, in everything from hats to sweaters.