De-moth-er of all angora
Monday October 18th 2010, 8:25 pm
Filed under: Family,Knit,To dye for

I’m going to be a lazy blogger tonight and post here, with a touch of editing for clarity, what I put on Twinset Jan and Ellen’s blog.  Jan had made some baby socks and hat in a soft, soft angora yarn in a muted sunflower-yellow shade; scroll to the bottom of the post to see them.

I don’t usually comment at such length in someone else’s space, but her picture so grabbed me.


Oh. My. Goodness. That angora. That shade (you photographed it better than I did.) BOY, does that bring back memories!

My mom bought some pure angora that exact color on a trip to France before I was born, to knit for her little girls in anticipation of their being upstaged by the new one coming (me).

My oldest sister got a green sweater and she was highly allergic to it. The yellow…sat in a box for something like 45 years.

Until Mom and Dad packed up and moved out of the house they’d raised us in. I had coveted that angora all through my teens and beyond, the only one of the four girls to latch onto knitting like Mom, and Mom had always said, No, that’s not yours. I promised that to your big sister.

She out of the blue, just before the moving van came, mailed it to me after all, all these years later.

You see my blog header? That bit of yellow and those scarves?

That yarn was totally not protected, totally chewed up. I pieced it back together as best as humanly possible and then knitted it up: a scarf for my not-allergic older sister, one for my younger sister, and one each for my brothers’ wives. I dyed them partly on the grounds that no moth stages could survive the boiling water, partly on the grounds of felting together any slipping pieces beyond the splicing efforts.

And that is the story of how my blog top came to look like that. (Note that the ball of yarn has multiple ends.) After wanting that yarn for all those decades, I finally got to have it come to me–and after all that time, Mom was right: it wasn’t for me after all. It was for everybody else.


(Wow. I’d totally forgotten I got seven scarves out of that box!)

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Wow! Great story, Alison. Love angora. Makes me want to go back to Tess Designs in Portland, Maine to buy some of the angora.

Comment by Joansie 10.19.10 @ 6:41 am

Mothers are always right. It is very irritating.

Almost as much as angora. I love the stuff, but can’t wear it. I’m much better with good, solid wool.

Comment by Patricia Day 10.19.10 @ 7:21 am

What a great story!! You are such a selfless knitter.

Comment by Channon 10.19.10 @ 7:44 am

When I was growing up, there was a saying in our household, “Everything comes to he who waits.” And that was usually followed by the query, “Who is Hehoo?” And of course there is the saying, “Be careful what you pray for. You might get it.”

Comment by Don Meyer 10.19.10 @ 9:16 am

Ah, wonderful! Your mum was very right indeed.

Comment by tinebeest 10.19.10 @ 10:31 am

My DD bought some angora, when we went to The Wisconsin sheep and wool festival, she hasn’t spun it into yarn yet. But the colors you have here are gorgeous and seven scarfs. How is it to knit ?, is it like mohair?Doesn’t it seem when you want something for extended period of time it’s kind of a let down, no more excitement, when you get it.

Comment by Kris 10.19.10 @ 1:36 pm

How often I’ve looked at your site design and had it tickle the back of my head, wondering what inspired it, not quite consciously. What a hoot that it was one of Jan’s posts that triggered the reveal. I’ll never look at your blog quite the same way again!

Comment by twinsetellen 10.19.10 @ 8:09 pm

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