I was out today with my ladies from the pool (from when I used to teach aquatic classes--we just decide we all liked each other enough that we meet once a month for lunch, and we just go to local places), and there was an estate sale right next to the tea room where we ate. Well, I love estate sales, so we walked over and wandered around. There was a little random yarn, and then I saw this great mohair. I am not sure how old it is, but the wrapped balls are 40g each, and the round ball feels like it might be about 3 more.
I stopped in at the Heritage Hut (a great little yarn store that was nearby), and the owner gave me the tip that I should rewind each of the balls into a new ball to check for breaks and weaknesses. One of the ladies in the crochet guild showed me how to make a center-pull ball by using a knitting needle to wrap the yarn on, so I should be able to wind these skeins without too much trouble. I think there's enough here to make a nice shawl. The fiber is 91% mohair and 9 % vinyon rhovyl (and I have no idea what that actually is). The label says "made in France exclusively for Reynolds yarns (N.Y.)."
It smells a tiny bit musty (like an old person's house), but I think it will crochet up into something pretty nice.
And the best part? It was only about $3! I love a bargain, and even if all I get out of it is a scarf, it's still a bargain. And I might decide to take it in and find a variegated mohair to go with it and make something a little bigger. There were a couple of really beautiful variegateds at the shop that I think would be nice with it. So now begins the search to find just the right pattern to stitch it up.