Mohair socks

Just traded for two angora goats, so in addition to the two sheep and the five milk goats we have these two girls. I am looking forward to socks, but have fantasies of a union suit, or at least boxers. Questions should start next winter when we start spinning.

Kerry's picture

Welcome to MWK John, I'm sure you'll find it a friendly and helpful place. Hand knitted socks are the best :)

Thor's picture

Hi, John, and welcome to MWK from another tattooed, long-haired knitter! I love getting off my motorcycle in front of the yarn shop, grabbing my project bag and walking in... the ladies get kind of flustered. Yeah, we do tend to garner some stares from time to time!

I went to the Spring shearing at a local angora goat farm this past weekend! Those goats seemed to be pretty sweet. Some of that fiber is comparable to cashmere. Congrats on the the kids!!

This coming August at the Portland Convention Center is Sock Summit 2009... with all things socks going on. I am planning on being there to bolster my sock knitting skills. Check it out at

Old John's picture

It has been three years since I was on the bike. I have some balance trouble that has come with age and I'm sure that it has nothing to do with those weekend picking up some extra cash as a bouncer.

Anyway one of the things I enjoy is how much more acceptable it has become for men both straight and (less straight?) to be involved in skill activities that require tools smaller than a chain saw. Quite a few men I know are fairly accomplished with a sewing machine, but I have really gotten a lot of interest from friends when I started my first pair of socks. Hauling my knitting with me has interesting and enlightening.

I am a utilitarian knitter so I have been happy doing practical stuff without much consideration to color or texture or other "artistic" qualities of a piece, but I stumbled on this site and really felt challenged by some of the beautiful stuff that is being produced. Shit I can get off my ass and do some nice stuff too. I'm not sure what yet, but I think I'll try to go beyond GI socks and Navy watch caps. Sock Summit looks wonderful, but somebody has to do the milking around here, and on occasion it's me.


Joe-in Wyoming's picture

Right on with the comments about men taking up crafting. As you say, whether straight or not so straight really doesn't matter. Doing something creative that is nonviolent is the main thing. (Although, sometimes my remarks to an uncooperative piece have been verbally abusive and violent.) As to friends paying lots of attention now that you've taken up socks...They are in big hopes of getting some as gifts. Just remember to give some to yourself, too. -- Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

albert's picture

Welcome, John. What breed of sheep do you have?

QueerJoe's picture

I could totally see knitting a union suit from a nice finely spun yarn from your goats...or perhaps a blended yarn...hmmm.

MMario's picture

blended with some silk......

MMario - I'm not divorced from reality - we're having a trial separation

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

Hi, John - Sweet looking goats. Hope you have great success with the spinning and knitting. -- Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

Nashrunner's picture

I don't have long hair or visible tattoos but I did go to the yarn shop once later in the day after finishing a triathlon, with my race number indelibly inked on the side of my right calf in big numbers. Had to explain to the old dears that a guy gets body marked in a way that water and clothes changing won't take off (I didn't tell them the number was in other places too). They still seemed to think it was a bit crude and asked how long it stayed on. I told them in my experience usually 2-3 days. Pretty much ended the conversation. I can just imagine real tattoos in that environment! Rock on with it!

daveballarat's picture

Maybe there is a connection between tattoos and knitting and spinning.
I have a tattoo... I did some spinning a few years ago and I'm in to knitting at the moment. I know another knitter who is also tattooed...
I love the goats, I had one years ago for a while. I borrowed her as a means of getting rid of ivy in my backyard. She had to eat her way out... she was lovely.
All the best...
Istanbul, Turkey


albert's picture

Maresydoats and doesydoats and little goats eat ivy- oh, wait- that's lambs. Nevermind.

Old John's picture

To answer your earlier question, one of the sheep is a Romney and the other is a Romney cross. Romney sheep are popular on the Oregon coast because their feet tolerate the winter moisture. They have good hand spinning fleece and we are actually sheering today. And goats happen to be very fussy eaters contrary to urban legend about eating tin cans.

albert's picture

I'm surprised about the goat's eating habits- I thought that's where those metallic blend yarns came from.

Crafty Andy's picture

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WElcome to our group and we like your girls too. Hope you make lots of mohair from them. They look like a lovely pair. Goats have the coolest eyes like cats , Goats have horizontal slit-shaped pupils