Published on September 4th, 2008 | by Kelly Rand5
Yearn Worthy Yarn: Cashmere
Are you like me in that you’ve seen cashmere yarn in the store, balked at the price tag and thought to yourself “I’ll never try that.”? Well I’m here to give a little prodding to say that its ok to splurge. It’s time to give cashmere a chance. Yes it is expensive but the fiber itself; my god is it soft!
Cashmere fiber comes from a specific type of goat, bred to produce soft downy hairs. And just like with Musk Ox, these goats can be combed for the luxury fiber and then spun into yarn. What is created is a soft, fine and yummy fiber that is irresistible. For fiber fanatics it is impossible to keep your hands off it.
Fabulous Fiber offers cashmere from Jade Sapphire. It is hand spun yarn from Mongolia and the bulkier yarn comes in a range of colors. It can also be found directly from the company in solids and fun variegates.
Still not convinced to spend the cash on the cashmere? No worries. Start slow. Buy only one skein and make a scarf. It is a forgiving yarn and looks best with simple patterns. No need for cables or seed stitch here, just a simple stockinette will do.
Search those thrift stores. If you can’t find skeins of it at second hand stores, you can definitely find sweaters of it at second hand stores and you can then try your hand at frogging.
Once you try it you will love it. But then again what’s hard not to love about a luxury fiber that keeps you warm and feels so good next to your skin?
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