Does this reassure you, Mom?

See that?

cashmere hank

That is 198 yards (approximately) of 100% cashmere yarn (only perhaps 1/3 of one sleeve). It’s laceweight – and I mean, serious lace, it might as well be thread at 32 wpi (that’s wraps per inch, for those who don’t know) – and I’ll probably end up working two strands together at fingering weight. It’s lovely stuff. I don’t have a swift, so I wound it into a hank around a baby gate set to a yard wide, tied it with some white acrylic, and washed it in a warm-water bath with some Dawn. Then, I rinsed it, squeezed out the water, rolled it in a towel, and placed the now-damp yarn back on the baby gate while it dried. It’s much less kinky now, and clean, and ohso ohso oh-so pretty.

cashmere hank (1)

Pretty much all of the pills popped off during the frogging process, and being washed perked up the slightly flattened spots. It’s perfect. By the way, I don’t have any scales appropriate to the job so I don’t know how much it weighs, but 100 yards of fingering weight cashmere (upon my casual search) runs from $15-$30.

If you know where to get it cheaper, please don’t tell me. I’m content with the illusion that I’ll have five hundred dollar’s worth of cashmere by the time I’m done, thankyouverymuch. No need to burst my bubble.


  1. Bezzie says:

    Seriously, you will have $500 worth of cashmere when you’re done 😉 Course I only say this because I’ve done the same frogging, skeining, washing and drying of a goodwill sweater all in the name of luxury yarn 😆

  2. mom says:

    So, yes I’m impressed that you made pretty pretty yarn with the perfectly fine sweater, but the cashmere police will still be after you if you don’t DO something, and something spectacular with the yarn. After all it is beautiful yarn. Keep me updated, find the perfect thing to spend the yarn on, it isn’t everyday you have such beautiful raw materials to use, but don’t do like me and keep my silk for a decade. Love ya

  3. Julie says:

    Wow – that is gorgeous! I am even jealous of the beautiful hank you wound it into – I doubt I could have managed that. :) Can’t wait to see what you make from it!

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