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 Is mohair considered a strong fiber
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Ceil
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Posted - 08/03/2014 :  8:40:45 PM  Show Profile  Visit Ceil's Homepage Send Ceil a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Given its length, I just wondered.

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Posted - 08/04/2014 :  08:17:21 AM  Show Profile  Visit Shelia's Homepage Send Shelia a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Yes, it is a strong fiber. Mohair can be substituted for nylon in sock blends to strengthen and will wear much longer than wool, even long wools. One of my favorite sock blends for spinning is 50% down breed wool, 35% long wool such as Shetland, Romney, or Border Leicester, and 15% kid mohair. Wears really well but still squishy and medium-soft.

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Posted - 08/04/2014 :  5:40:54 PM  Show Profile  Visit marfa's Homepage Send marfa a Private Message  Reply with Quote
How do.

Well said, Shelia. You gave a beautiful description.

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Ceil
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Posted - 08/04/2014 :  8:13:19 PM  Show Profile  Visit Ceil's Homepage Send Ceil a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Thanks gals, much appreciated!

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robinstephanie
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Posted - 08/09/2014 :  10:56:46 AM  Show Profile Send robinstephanie a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Thanks for the question, Ceil. I'm considering an attempt at spinning sock yarn soon, and this is interesting info. Thanks, Shelia. Your sock yarn blend sounds intriguing.

Robinsteph

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Shelia
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Posted - 08/10/2014 :  07:21:29 AM  Show Profile  Visit Shelia's Homepage Send Shelia a Private Message  Reply with Quote
An additional benefit, Robinsteph, is that the down breeds are very resistant to felting. The other fibers aren't, but the socks have less loss of "bounce" with the down breed wool. Cheviot is my favorite, but Dorset and Suffolk are good too.

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robinstephanie
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Posted - 08/11/2014 :  09:02:34 AM  Show Profile Send robinstephanie a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Shelia, do you mean less loss of bounce over time? Like, with wear and washing they tend to maintain their stretchiness better?

I have yet to spin any of the breeds you mentioned except for Shetland, which is too bad. I have a feeling that when I get there, they'll make me drool.

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Shelia
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Posted - 08/13/2014 :  06:44:27 AM  Show Profile  Visit Shelia's Homepage Send Shelia a Private Message  Reply with Quote
The socks don't get matted down or "felted" as much on the sole and heel, and stay stretchier than handspun merino or BFL socks. Down breeds are almost impossible to felt and are lofty crimped wool as well, when blended the wool will still contribute some of those characteristics to the blend.

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robinstephanie
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Posted - 08/13/2014 :  6:32:07 PM  Show Profile Send robinstephanie a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Thanks, Shelia. I have some shetland and mohair fluff. I'll have to keep my eyes peeled for cheviot, dorset, or another down breed.

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