Montreal SMAQ craft show: Mohair La Pinède

 

For the third year, I’ve been helping some people I know at the Salon des métiers d’arts of Montreal. Also known as the SMAQ arts and craft show.

Francine and Alain Sauvé, from Mohair La Pinède, have been Angora Goat breeder for more than 30 years now, and their passion for their animals  is truly contagious.

Angora goats grows a fiber mostly known to us as mohair. It is very warm and soft, which explains it’s use in warm garments such as socks and winter hats and scarves.

Not only do they use it for their famous socks, but they also use it to knit beautiful handmade items. Francine knits some and also hire knitters of their area to help her out.

Every item is knitted by hand with different fibers mix. From mohair to angora (rabbit) and even silk or bamboo.

What amazes me is that they’ve been doing craft shows for such a long time. They were there in the 70’s, when it all started, and went on with their projects even when it wasn’t as hip. Their passion for their goats and the knitting craft kept them going.

I really enjoy helping them out during the holiday season at this huge craft show. It’s so much fun to speak with the attendees and make them believe I actually own this huge flock of Angora goats. 😉 (Just kidding!)

If you’d like to have an idea of the SMAQ’s atmosphere, here are many good pictures from it’s website. 

It’s open until December 22nd at Place Bonaventure, in Montreal. And the entrance is free!

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