Presenting true luxury. Real fur yarn from Paula Lishman. The pictures do not do this yarn justice. It is unbelievably soft, like air, ....like ... real fur!!!
Starting at the top left and going clockwise, beaver in Cognac colour, fox in Cognac colour, muskrat in Velvet Brown colour, and mink in Demi-Buff.
There is enough beaver and fox for a hat and I've ordered some chocolate brown cashmere/merino to knit with the beaver and fox for the hat. The muskrat and mink may end up as hat or mitten trim. I'm anxious to get started but I have to wait for the other to arrive before I begin.
There will be absolutely no give to this, much like knitting with cotton I think, and frogging will be very hard on the fur, so I'd better get it right the first time!! The mink is my favourite right now, but others who have actually touched this precious stuff are favouring the beaver and the fox.
I've read so much about how this unique product is created; it was worth every cent to actually have it in my hands and see for myself how it's made. You can actually see the hide, cut so very thin and even, and there is a tiny thread - a cotton core - that the fur is wound around so that the fur stands up all around.
I know there's so much controversy about trapping and fur and animal rights, but I obviously am one of those people who believes that this is a well regulated industry and support the wearing of fur. The mink and fox are ranch raised, and trapping has so many rules, guidelines, and regulations here in Canada. Plus, I'm from Northern Ontario, I've seen animals trapped, hides tanned, and used my entire life. You know you're a redneck when .......
In other knitting news, I rescued a vest from the UFO pile last night and actually completed a few more rows. Perhaps this winter I'll actually finish it. Only the back left to do so I'm trying to tell myself it's possible. It's a beautiful sunny day here today so we're off for a dog walk and to enjoy the great outdoors.