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Goat to Yarn to Goat

From Angora Goat to Mohair Yarn to Amigurumi Goat…

Angora Goat to Mohair Yarn to Amigurumi Goat, by PlanetJune

…this is an an 8-year-long yarn story!

Our story begins in 2009, in Ontario, Canada…

Wellington Fibres angora goats

I visited Wellington Fibres, a small farm that raises Angora goats.

(In case you didn’t know, Angora bunnies produce angora fibre, and Angora goats produce mohair fibre – there’s no such thing as a ‘Mohair Goat’!)

Wellington Fibres angora goats

I enjoyed seeing all the adorable little newborn kids, and toured the mill that processes the mohair fibre into yarn.

Wellington Fibres angora goats

And I left with a skein of unwashed mohair-blend yarn, to make my own amigurumi goat.

Later that year, I washed and dried my yarn…

washing mohair yarn

…and then life happened. I moved halfway around the world, then my commissions list got so backed up that it was years before my Goat design made its way to the top of the list!

Fast forward to 2017 – my Goat commission was happening at last, so it was finally time to use my mohair yarn to make a goat from its own fibre!

I wound my precious yarn, and it looked much too fine, so I doubled it and wound it again. Ooh, it looked so good:

wound mohair yarn

But when I started to crochet, I discovered that the doubled yarn was far too thick – I wanted this goat to be a little kid, not the largest goat in my collection!

I couldn’t think of a clever way to separate the doubled yarn, so I had to unwind it a metre at a time, crochet from one strand, and hand-wind the other strand into a ball.

It was slow going, but it worked, and eventually, I ended up with my little natural-fibre goat:

kid goat from Farmyard Goats crochet pattern by PlanetJune

So now I finally have the goat I dreamed of, 8 years ago and half a world away 🙂

(By the way, if you’d like to make your own, you can find my Farmyard Goats crochet pattern here!)

Epilogue: I’ve since discovered the dreaded clothes moths in my house – disaster! My poor little goat and all my other natural fibre amigurumi are having a little vacation in a ziplock bag in the freezer at the moment, in case they’ve been contaminated – it’d be terrible if this story ended in a moth-eaten goat!

If you’d like to make an amigurumi animal from its own fibre (or from any yarn – they always look great in acrylic too, and at least aren’t at risk of moths that way!) do check out my collection of Natural Fibre Amigurumi Patterns 🙂


  1. Jayne Long said

    Can I get the goat pattern, Where can I buy it and how much

  2. Jane said

    I love this story! Not the trials part of it but, buying the yarn from the goat, creating a goat from the yarn. What fun and what a cutie it turned out to be!

  3. Michelle said

    Wow, that’s a long time to wait for a goat! But the natural fiber made such a cute one. Its funny you discovered it was too thick AFTER you had wound it. Sounds like something I would have done. And eeks on the moths!

    • June said

      Yep, I definitely learnt my lesson on that one: try crocheting a few rounds before I wind the entire ball of yarn doubled..! I just enjoy using my ball winder so much, I got a bit carried away 😀

  4. Pamela said

    This is so cute. What a wonderful story!

    • June said

      I’m glad you enjoyed it, Pamela – I’ve been waiting for a long time to be able to write it!

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