Frances Mason from New Forest Mohair gave us a really interesting talk about the development and success of the business she and her husband have built up since 1989.
They started with a few Angora goats but have now built up their prize winning Linden flock to over fifty.
We were treated to a delightful slide show of the goats, from birth through to adulthood. They are such friendly and inquisitive animals that they made many amusing pictures, particularly the baby kids.
Frances explained that mohair is a fine soft curly fibre, which dyes very easily. It also has fire retardant properties, which means it can be used in a variety of commercial products, such as fire blankets.
The Angora goats are shorn twice a year, Frances' husband Ian doing most of the shearing and the wool is then used to create the range of New Forest yarns, fibres, fleece and hand made products. We then had ample time to look at her wares and even purchase some of the products! Frances kindly donated a needlefelt kit to the raffle, which was won by Carol Grimston.
Many thanks, Frances, for a very enjoyable evening.