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What is Pygora fiber?
Purchasing Pygora fiber
How much Pygora fiber do I need for a project?
How do you spin Pygora?
Is Pygora fiber ok for a beginner spinner?
Pygora Fleeces



What is Pygora fiber?

Pygora fiber comes from a Pygora goat. A Pygora goat is a fleece-bearing goat breed established in Oregon in the late 1970's. There are three types of Pygora fiber: type A, B, and C. Pygora fiber can range from kid mohair to fine cashmere. Our favorite is the type B fiber which is uniquely Pygora! Pygora is considered a luxury fiber because it is a very fine, soft fiber. It has been compared to cashmere and qiviut in feel. For a full description and photos, please visit the
Pygora Breeders Association website.

Purchasing Pygora fiber

Pygora fiber is available online, at fiber festivals, and at Pygora farms & ranches. If you purchase processed Pygora fiber, it should be completely guard hair-free. All Pygora fiber has guard hairs, some are more silky and barely noticeable, while others are coarse. Leaving the guard hairs in will create a yarn that is pokey and not pleasant to have next to your skin. Properly processed Pygora fiber and yarn feels heavenly against the skin!

We don't sell raw Pygora fiber, as we've heard far too many horror stories about guard hairs and most people aren't willing to spend the 15-17 hrs it takes to hand dehair a fleece. We want to sell spinners a quality product, not something that will make a hairy, pokey yarn. All of our Pygora fiber for sale has been commercially dehaired.

How much Pygora fiber do I need for a project?

This depends, of course, on how you spin the fiber. I've spun a 2 ply sportweight yarn and made a pair of fingerless gloves that weigh 1.4 oz when finished. Most people don't realize how far Pygora fiber goes once it's spun into yarn! We've made hats, scarves, and the gloves all with less than 2 oz of our Pygora/Merino (or Cormo) blends. And you won't lose that Pygora halo and luster with the wool blends! Pygora yarn will bloom and halo a nice amount - yet not overly much.

Is Pygora fiber ok for a beginner spinner?

We believe that decision is entirely up to the individual. It depends on what you feel comfortable with. You may wish to practice your new skills on a fiber that costs a bit less. Pygora and Pygora blends are not difficult to spin.

How do you spin Pygora?

Again, it depends on the project. However, there are a couple of things to keep in mind. Pygora fiber is heavenly soft and if overspun (too much twist) you can make it feel wire-like (Judith MacKenzie McCuin refers to this as a "stainless steel wire" feel). Pygora fiber has no memory, similar to Alpaca in this regard. That doesn't mean you can't use 100% Pygora for your project. Just know that if you wish a bit of memory, add some wool to your blend. We've used Merino, Cormo, Rambo, Corriedale just to name a few, all with excellent results.

Pygora fiber does extremely well in laceweight (even gossamer) up to fingering weight on its own with beautiful results. Pygora is rather warm, so keep this in mind when creating your project. Think of Pygora fiber as a warm, soft hug! I personally enjoy spinning a laceweight Pygora yarn, using a semi-worsted drafting method. This keeps the yarn light and airy.

Pygora Fleeces

If you do decide to purchase a raw Pygora fleece, look it over carefully. The fleece can matt up, right on the goat. You should be able to separate each lock without effort. Check the cut end of the locks, the part that used to be next to the goat's skin - if the goat wasn't sheared in time, the cut ends can be felted together. Sometimes you can salvage a fleece if the cut ends aren't too felted, but if you have to pull alot to separate, the fibers will tear and break during processing and you will end up with an inferior product. As with any fleece, look for a good shear job with few second cuts. The fleece should be bug-free, too. Goats are susceptible to lice (not the kind that like people!) and you don't want to purchase a fleece full of lice.


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