Last week I got a message from Wool and The Gang asking if I’d like to have a go at playing with their new yarn, Take Care Mohair. In return for free wool they asked if I’d be interested in writing a review. Would I also like to host an Instagram Giveaway!!? (more on that in a minute). It’d be rude to refuse, wouldn’t it? My first thought was that they’d asked the wrong person. Maybe they actually meant to ask Blah from that other blog (I dunno, Zones & Podger or something). Then I realised I should get in quick and say “yes, please!” before they twigged they’d got the wrong person. So, I politely did my “yes, please” and hastily added “can I have the pink and more pink thank you please?”
Today I’m here to report my findings!
There was a couple of days chatting via email, a couple of days waiting for the postman and just a handful more days immersing myself in little fluffy clouds.
I loved how it arrived. The packaging is super cool. The bag was utilised as the project bag while I made my things. The box was claimed by the cat (she fits, so she sits).
Whilst I waited for my yarn to arrive I started to wonder about what I could make. I did a cursory check of Pinterest and Ravelry but nothing jumped out. I’ve not noticed mohair in any shops in the last few years. I think this could be it making a come back. Looking on the WATG website, it certainly made me want the jumpers. It could even spur me on to start knitting. Hmm.
I decided that I really wanted to come up with something of my own. Seeing as we’re headed for winter and seeing as though I’m not practised in jumper designing, I went with a hat and scarf combo.
This was the beginning of a scarf that will sadly never be….
…because I ended up making two hats. They look like boobs! blancmange boobs. I don’t think I’ll name them that. I was thinking along puddingy lines though. Maybe something candyfloss related because this stuff truly does look like candyfloss. Especially when it’s slowly unfurling from the ball. I can imagine it getting twiddled round a stick.
The reason I made two hats is because I realllly didn’t like the stitch of the first one. What works for an acrylic DK swatch truly does not translate to luxury mohair! I should know this, I really should but I didn’t want to waste any of the delightful mohair on swatches. With hindsight, a couple of swatches would have been nothing compared to a whole hat’s worth of yarn. Hey ho, I played the game and kind of lost. In other circumstances a bit of unravelling would be the answer but I’m well aware that you do not frog mohair (thankfully, I knew not to even try- what a test of patience that would be!). My scarf, by the way, is about 12 inches long. And 3 inches too wide.
First hat. See? Ugh. Not good enough. And not what I’d pictured in my head. This was made with UK trebles. Having used a 10mm hook, the stitches were too large.
UK doubles. Much better! I wish I’d been less hasty. I would love a matching scarf. I wanted it to have bright fluffy pompoms.
I made the pompoms! I’ll keep these to one side. If I cave and buy extra, I’ll at least have my pompoms waiting. To be honest, I would start from scratch; I want to try new colours!! All the colours! I’m thinking Space black and Dusty grey, or the blues together would look good. Black and Hot Punk Pink! Black and Bubblegum! I bet they know this sort of things happens. I bet they know that I’ll just go and order loads more. I’m broke, I’m not allowed!
Anyway, here is my daft face with the hat I don’t like much. Despite it being perched on top of my head, it does fit properly. Look at my glorious pompom!
Here is my daft face in the one I do like. The stitch work is so much more suited to the yarn. Much better. If only I’d tried this one first, I’d have a lovely scarf too.
I’ve got a few pages of pattern scribbles and I’d like to write them up at some point. But, er, I think I need to order more yarn to see if I can get the proper scarf as well as the hat. I’m fairly certain I can. And then I’ll have a fabulous pattern to publish!
Anyway, I did mention at the beginning about a Giveway! It’s very exciting! Wool and The Gang are offering to send three balls of Take Care Mohair to one lucky individual over on Instagram (a winner will be picked at random). If you don’t have an IG account you won’t be able to enter. Very sorry about that. The details are on my account. Pop over and have a look.
Is that a review? I feel like all I’ve done is describe what happened.
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