Like many knitters we love soft yarns and the softest yarn on the market is usually cashmere. Cashmere is spun from the fleece of a cashmere or pashmina goat. We have several cashmeres or cashmere blends in the store right now and we are really excited about a new blend from Zitron Yarns, called Cashmere Queen, a DK merino cashmere blend.
Emily is working on a cowl designed by Anne Hanson from Knitspot. The design is called the Hydrangea Neckwarmer and is from the new book Brave New Knits, by Julie Jurjoman. Her book features many on-line designers / bloggers. The cowl is gorgeous and the the yarn is blooming beautifully.
One of my favorite Cashmere’s is the Handmaiden 4-ply cashmere – it knits to DK gauge. With 180 m per hank, a single hank can make a wonderful gift. Right now we have a good selection of hand-dyed colours and some natural cream cashmere. A quick to knit pattern for a special Christmas gift would be Cat Bordi’s Cowl – a free downloadable pattern.
For those of you who are looking for a lighter weight cashmere for lace shawl knitting we have two possibilities – Crown Cashmere by Jojoland and Mericash by Punta yarns. Crown cashmere is a 100% Cashmere laceweight with 400yd per 50grs and comes in solid colours. Mericash is a hand-dyed 80% merino and 20% cashmere blend that knits to a sport or 4-ply gauge and is incredibly soft. Dorothy has knit herself a gorgeous sweater and many of our customers have knit shawls and cowls/snoods.
I’m working with a laceweight cashmere/silk blend right now. The yarn is Cashmere/Silk by Diamond Luxury Collection and I am knitting one of the samples for the retreat in February. This yarn is a brushed laceweight and is quite unique with incredible yardage, 300m to 25grs of fibre. It feels like a cloud!