I couldn't resist, I just had to cast on with my new yarn
I have a love/hate relationship with mohair, but I just couldn't resist the Cirrus. That's because I absolutely loves how mohair looks. When I was about 7 or 8, I begged Mom to knit me a purple mohair sweater. Being the awesome Mom she is, she made it for me. It was dark purple and covered in eyelets. It was beautiful...
And I couldn't wear it.
It felt like I was covered in 10,000 mosquito bites. I wanted to wear it so bad. I'd pull it out of the drawer, put it on, and within two minutes, it was back in the drawer again. I haven't touched mohair since, though I've admired it many times in the yarn stores.
When I saw the Cirrus, I immediately thought of that beautiful purple sweater. I picked up a skein, thinking of the itch. But the label said "super kid mohair". And I'd heard it was suppose to be nicer. It did feel soft. I put it back, remembering that purple sweater.
But I came back to it a few minutes later. I looked around the store... no one was looking, so I stuck a skein down my shirt. There was no itch. It still felt soft. Very soft. So I decided to take a chance and snapped up two more skeins (and removed the one from my shirt)
But that brings up the other thing I hate about mohair... knitting with it. Those little hairs catch on everything! And lets not talk about ripping it out....
But it's looking great in the design, so I think it will be worth it.
The Boboli Lace, on the other hand, is quite nice to work with.
The Boboli is very much like a single-ply handspun - thick and thin with all these wonderful bits of colour. And it's got a wonderful sheen, you'd almost think it was silk.
I think it's going to be a lovely knit when I'm done. If only I didn't have to go to work!