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30. August 2010 13:21
by Jobo
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Cashmere... oh my!

30. August 2010 13:21 by Jobo | 0 Comments

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I keep hearing about how wonderful cashmere is as a fiber.  I've fondled cashmere clothing in fancy stores and touched a few cashmere blend yarns, but this is my first time working with pure cashmere fiber!

I tried to photograph the fiber itself, but white fluffy things just don't seem to show well with my camera...  The fiber is some 100% Cashmere roving that I bought from Belfast Mini Mills last month.  I bought a bag of 2 oz to try, and clearly I should have gone with the bigger bag because this stuff is wonderful to spin on the Russian spindle!

The soft and airy fluff is made up of a relatively short staple, and drafts apart like a dream.  It was very easy to achieve a uniform thin single.  In fact I managed to spin up 0.5 ounces in only a few evenings... each handful just drifted by!

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angoraandcashmereNext step will be to ply this yummy cashmere single with the devilishly soft 100% angora single I finished last week...  Angora and Cashmere yarn - the absolute height of soft fuzzy decadence!

I think I might end up with a little bit more of the angora than the cashmere... just looking at the skeins... but it's hard to tell because the cashmere spun up a little thinner than the other.  I figure I'll try and ply them first, and if I run out of cashmere I'll have to spin a little more.  I had a feeling that 0.5 ounces of cashmere might feel a little different spun than 0.5 ounces of angora would...

More to come :)

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