Friday, June 22, 2007

Fiber Friday - Mmmm Cashmere!

This is the most extravagant yarn I have in my stash. I really like the color, Anya's Garden and it is one of the softest things I own. I love just picking it up and holding it every once and awhile. It is 2-ply Mongolian Cashmere from Jade Sapphire. The skein is 55 grams and approximately 400 yards and I have two!

The yarn is hand wash only, but I can't imagine knitting anything with it that would require much more cleaning than that. The softness and weigh of this cashmere seems to just lend itself to being knit up into a soft delicately handled item.

The problem is I have no idea what to knit. I bought this on impulse while I was on a trip for work. I haven't knit anything with it yet because I'm waiting for the right pattern. I really want to knit something I'll use.

In the end, I'll probably try and find a rectangular shawl pattern that I can knit with 800 yards. Maybe I'll just go through a stitch dictionary and pick a pattern. Any suggestions for a pattern or a specific stitch? I'm open to ideas!

19 comments:

Trillian42 said...

"Mmmmmm Cashmere" is right! LOVE those colors!

And yeah - I'd be walking around petting it, so I'm not much help on the pattern ideas. :)

PurlingPirate said...

I love looking for shawl patterns here:
http://simpleknits.blogspot.com/2007/04/triangle-shawls-galore.html

I think this list is just amazing!

Deb said...

Hmmmmmmm...lusciousness in a hank.

Bobbi said...

it's gorgeous! I'd recommend looking through Victorian Lace Today, its has a lot of rectangle shawls in beautiful patterns. I love that book!

Sue J. said...

Oooh, I do love your Fiber Fridays. Cashmere is something I have yet to purchase. For a pattern, grab your Barbara Walker guide or Harmony guide, pick a lace pattern, use garter stitch for ends and edges, and away you go. It will be lovely.

gilraen said...

Oh yummy! I would just stroke it too :)

Monika said...

Sorry, I'm so bad with recommentations. I've only knit with cashmere once and it was heavenly. I had Artyarns Cashmere 5, it was thicker. Yours got to be a rectangular shawl were you can wrap yourself into with all this soft goodness!

Jessica said...

I just want to hug that yarn and take a nap!

IrishgirlieKnits & PashyKnits said...

Sooo pretty!!!! I can only imagine how soft!

I can't quite tell the weight, but could it be heavy enough for a clapotis?! That's always my fallback for pretty yarn....you can never have enough of those :)

cpurl17 said...

800 yards, yummmmm!

I second the Victorian lace. There are some lovely patterns in there.

Batty said...

Cashmere, and in such beautiful colors! Yumyumyum!

Bezzie said...

Hm, that's a toughie. It's so pretty!! The right pattern will come. Don't force it. In the meantime enjoy cuddling with it!

Mom said...

Wonderful colors. I did a cashmere sweater once (years ago) on like zero or ones and I wore it out. When ever I felt bad I could put it on and felt better. Something to wrap up in a good idea if you have enough yarn.

Meghann said...

Gorgeous. That looks SO yummy!

Jennie said...

yuuuummmmyyy softy goodness.

Shannon said...

I love your fiber fridays. That yarn is beautiful.

Zonda said...

Gorgeous! I bet it is so soft too!

fluffyknitter said...

That looks so soft. I have yarn which I just nuzzle into my face every once in a while too! Well done on your Lizard Ridge as well, it looks absolutely beautiful. Great colours.

Lazuli said...

Oh that's gorgeous! I love the colors and it sounds soo soft! I'd pat it too, and save it for something special. Have fun choosing what to do!