I’ve loved angora yarn ever since I was a little kid. So fluffy and so soft, so luxurious and so adorable on little girls. When I became a big girl who wears contact lenses, my love for pure angora waned a little. I could never see properly with those 16 micron fibers in my eyes.
When I discovered Regia’s Angora/Merino blend a few years ago I thought, “Perfect!”. I bought and stashed several skeins. Since the ethical treatment concerns that came to light in 2013, Regia has discontinued the product and though I’ve nursed my supply (using it only for next-to-the-skin items), I’m nearly tapped.
I was surprised to find how easy it is to come by pure angora in various weights. I used some as an accent when I knit “Welcome to the Flock” earlier this year. Plymouth Yarns makes a very popular one in a worsted weight. Pretty colors!
I found some interesting products at, of all places, Lion Brand. (Lately, I’m intrigued by their LB Collection products.) It seems they’ve got a merino/angora blend. It looks lovely.
While I surfed the KnitPicks BIG SALE email flyer yesterday, I found that they now have a product called “Bare Hare”, an undyed angora blend. It is wool rather than merino that is blended with angora, but I bet it’s softy soft anyways. At the sale price of $3.75US for 219 yards, it’s a steal.