Thursday, April 28, 2011

Day 120: Fiber Fun

This is what I knitted using ONE ball of "Magic Ball" which has multiple types of fiber textures as well as a color.  It took me about two hours, and I didn't really use a this is my first free form knitting.  I started with 30 stitches cast on and then made a small section of braid by separating into three sections of 10 stitches each.  I rejoined them after overlapping and continued around using mostly knit with a few sections of other random stitches.  It is light and airy.....pretty and whimsical and fun, and I have more "Magic Ball" yarn to play with!  Yummy!  Included in the ball of yarn are sections of textured lumpy stuff.  It just adds to the fun of the whole thing!

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This is what is written on the packaging that came with my magic ball.....

"Enjoy this beautiful product knowing that you have brought hope into a South African community and that a percentage of our profits goes back to supporting education.  This mohair yarn comes from the fleece of Angora goats that are the descendants of a breed originally from Tibet and brought from Turkmenistan to Turkey, where the Turks reserved the rare and precious yarn for royalty.  In 1830, The Turks shipped a group of does and castrated bucks to South Africa, not knowing that one doe was pregnant and would give birth to a male kid.  Interbreeding with local breeds eventually resulted in a hardier Angora goat, and now South Africa produces 65% of the world's mohair.  This yarn was hand spun and dyed by women in South Africa under a job creation program that has offered opportunity in an economically depressed rural region with a 75% unemployment rate and little opportunity aside from hard labor in pineapple fields."

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  1. How interesting- I love the mix of colors and textures.

  2. Love the post!
    The story about the mohair was so interesting! While in Tunis I treated myself with some yummy mohair and it was worth every penny.

  3. very cool Jerri ...Never have seen this before.


  4. Thanks for linking to Workshop Wednesday- hope to see you this week!


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