In the summer some say it’s too hot to knit … it’s not my case! I currently have three projects underway and I enjoy the summer calm to chain ranks like never before. Web traffic is inversely proportional to that of highways in this season, I keep all these secret books for now and I’ll reveal this to you in the fall when we unpack our brand new satchels. In the meantime, I take you to do some knitting-tourism in the Pyrenees!
Last Friday, I took my girlfriend Marylène to discover an angora goat farm that I had spotted in the nearby valley. An hour drive and a mountain pass later, we arrived at the small village of Aulon in the Hautes-Pyrénées.
Good surprise, when we come only for the goat, we discover a village in full excitement at the Festival Nature. Local producers, animations, we could take advantage of it to make another shopping than the one for which we made the trip. Herbal teas, cheeses, honey and gingerbread, I admit that we came back with good provisions! But we did not forget our first goal, leaving us guided by the animations of the day, we went up the village to visit our goat shed.
I had never seen an angora goat in real life, this meeting was a real crush. They are so cute with their curls and their air a little stone. I easily place them at the top of my list of the most funky animals, look at this:
And I’m not talking about the softness of their fleece … Christiane, the breeder and owner of the place has a photo in her studio where she literally wallows in a pile of mohair wool, that’s exactly what we dream to do when you touch this incredible material!
After twenty good minutes to bustle in front of the high potential of our new girlfriends too much, we visited the workshop of the exploitation. There were people on this day of festivity but thanks to the many explanatory panels and information gleaned by letting our ears hang up we learned a little more about the manufacture of mohair.
Recovered, spun, dyed and processed by specific artisans, the mohair returns to Aulon in the form of knitting yarn, woven scarves or socks. The sale of the Aulon mohair products is done directly on the farm during the summer season, on the St Lary market until September and via website throughout the year.
I obviously cracked for a few grams of sweetness. I bought two balls of 150g named Arbizon end in a bright red color. I have already started to knit it, I have the impression of knitting a cloud …