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Beth Donovan
Works at Castle Argghhh! LLC
Attended Rockhurst University
Lives in Easton, Kansas
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Willow, the housegoat of Argghhh with three little kids.
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Busy, busy, busy and hot, hot, hot.  I'm very remiss at posting.  It's much harder to get back into the rhythm of bogging every day than I ever imagined. Of course, crappy internet access has to ta...
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First of all, did you contact the person you bought the mohair from to see if she would replace it for you?  I know that most of us will do that, or just give you a refund if you are not happy.  

Secondly, if you want to get VM out of mohair, the best way is to comb it after washing.  It will remove virtually all stuff you don't want, and you now have combed top, which is super easy to spin.

I raise colored angora goats.  They are not covered because they are free to forage in our woods and pastures, so they do have some vm when I shear them.  However, I do not sell raw mohair at all, only mohair I have picked through thoroughly and washed. VM is going to happen unless you are either coating the animals or raise them on a dry lot. If I sell mohair locks that are intact, I let people know that there may be some vegetative matter within the tight locks - if you remove the little bits, you lose the lock formation - and depending on what someone's purposes are, that might not be what they want to do.

 I have seen Namaste Farms videos, and Natalie does a great job with her animals.  However, she has huge expenses because her sheep and goats are raised on a dry lot - no grass, therefore, no vegetative matter.  She has to ship in everything they eat, I cannot imagine how difficult that must be.  She also has very high water costs, being in the desert in California. She has very fine quality fiber and you will pay a dear price for it, well worth it for those with enough money. Not everyone has that kind of money to spend on a hobby.

However, you can get great mohair from people who allow their animals to graze in pastures and in the woods.  There are groups in Facebook where mohair is sold by the grower, and there are some incredibly beautiful fleeces there.  These people would not be selling all the time if the fleeces were not up to par.

It is possible to buy very good fiber on-line at reasonable prices.  Before you buy, ask what the seller's return policies are.  

As for asking for samples, I no longer mail anyone free samples because I found that doll makers were scamming a lot of mohair producers and getting just enough free mohair to root hair on a doll with, and frankly, most of us can't afford to lose money like that.

Hope this helps to give you a slightly different perspective on your issue.
This probably happens to most of us. We buy a fleece, part or whole, online or in person, get it home, then really look at it. And sometimes, we think it just needs a good washing and it'll be better. In the back of our minds...
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That will be a very warm blanket! Mohair is a lot hotter than wool!
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I'm going to make 10 of these.  Yes, 10.  We live on a farm, and many cats are dumped out here in the country, so we adopt them, neuter/spay them, and then they help keep the population of mice and other varmints to a minimum.

All of the cats, however, sleep in the house at night - to keep them safe from coyotes.  So we need a lot of litter boxes!!
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Impress your guests with this beautiful rose-shaped dessert made with lots of soft and delicious apple slices, wrapped in sweet and crispy puff pastry If you are a Pinterest fanatic and enjoy browsing through all the delic...
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I think I'm best at this kind of blogging!
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I just now saw this today.  It's so beautiful.  Thank you for sharing your wonderful vision.
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Occupation
Farmer, Spinner, Fiber Artist
Employment
  • Castle Argghhh! LLC
    Farmer, Spinner, Fiber Artist, present
  • Cerner
    Technical Consultant
  • Sprint
    Knowledge Engineer
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Currently
Easton, Kansas
Previously
Creve Coeur,Missouri - Kansas City - Leavenworth
Story
Introduction
Was once a techno-goddess spreading enterprise system management through out the land. Also a blogger and wife of a blogger.
Lost job almost5 years ago, moved to the country, and now I am a low-tech farmer, spinner, raiser of goats and rabbits and still an occasional blogger.
I am a conservative, and was elected last year to our local Board of Education.  
I'm Catholic and married to a retired Army officer.
I love guns and can probably outshoot you!
Education
  • Rockhurst University
  • St. Joseph's Academy
  • Villa Duchesne
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Gender
Female
Other names
Mary Beth Healy, Mary Elizabeth Donovan, Beth Healy