My obsession of the moment.. soft luxurious sweater to cocoon myself in, the softest embrace of fibers… as you might have notices the upcoming season relays sooo much of fur, faux or not, I like to think I’m going to have best of all of them.. as it is real fur but cruelty free.. say impossible?
I have been saving a very special birthday gift from couple years ago of Mink Cashmere yarn and I think I finally have found a perfect sweater it needs to become.. Nothing fussy, basic form, minimal shaping.. something like either of these..
And looking into forecasts for next year I’ve seen so much of yarns as mohair/furry looking ones making a come back.. I know personally pure mohair is a bit scratchy, but very warm… just remembering those Orenburg shawls made from mohair goat down.. so amazingly warm but thin as an entire shawl passes through a wedding band! That type of yarn can be extremely hard to source, but for the lovers of soft and non-irritable I can suggest to point your shoes towards Blue Sky Alpacas Brushed Suri ! It has no mohair in it, it has baby suri, merino and bamboo (last two pretty much create the core to hold baby suri) which in yarn and knit looks like a loftier mohair but is much softer.. I have recently swatched some of that yarn and I took a little natural brush to my swatch! The result.. it’s amazing, it’s fluffy without the bulk, drapey and still very lightweight! I think a whole sweater in this yarn will look just as real fur if that is the look that you are seeking for. And believe me after seeing and touching tons and tons of jackets and sweaters knit in acrylic boucle in stores of Japan.. this would be a real treat to work with, own and wear!
Speaking of mohair, my mom has requested a birthday gift this year to be knit. She really wanted Arcus pullover, but asked for it to be a bit more cropped and hit the length of hip bones. I have had some Kidsilk Night in creamy white in my stash for a while.. and of course, when I finished I washed and blocked it, tried it on… packed and mailed it off .. forgetting to take photos!
But it came out so warm and silk presence in that yarn definitely made working it up more pleasurable! The photo below is from the Ori Ami Knits book and the original Arcus pullover has been knit using Silk and Mohair blend yarn from Habu textiles. The perk – it’s transformable!