Little Red, Where Are You?

So, remember that red mohair yarn I talked about making into socks awhile back? Well, I did start knitting socks with them, (which knitted up gorgously by the way), but in the process of working on the leg portion I got struck with another idea to turn them into a pair of leg warmers. Well, it so happened that a couple of knitting opportunities have arise and my leg warmers seem like a perfect fit for one of them. So my once mohair socks are now  a swatch with sketch design for leg warmers, currently on their way to being considered for a magazine. Crossing my fingers. Wish me luck.

Decadent Feet

Beautiful Mohair Halo

On January 20th, 2000, I purchased a bag of yarn at the local thrift store for only $2.92, after tax. What the bag contained was 7 small skeins of vintage mohair. Contessa 100% Real Mohair Made in Italy. 40 grams, color 72, dye lot 1585. Sole distributor, M.H. Yarn Inc., New York.

Contessa 100% Real Mohair

Since then, only two skeins have been used in a couple of scarves. The rest have been in hanging out in my stash, waiting for the day I find a good use for them. The problem is, I’m allergic to animal hairs, so making something for myself was never an option.

I was thinking last year to use the yarn to make the Abbondanza Wrap designed by Nicky Epstein in her book “Knitting In Tuscany”. But, no matter how hard I tried, I just never felt motivated to start the project.

Then last night, as I was looking at some knitted sock porn, I stumbled upon these Angora Baby Booties by Joelle Hoverson, (Photo Credit- MsKhofhinn):

These are some truly decadent booties. So why not make my own decadent socks? I’m swatching up right now to see what gauge would work best with this yarn. I’m thinking of making it knee-length with maybe some lacing in the back.

So, I’m wondering, what is the most decadent yarn you ever used to knit / crochet with?