Cardiff Cashmere

Even the tags are pretty

Even the tags are pretty

I have only ever bought cashmere blend yarn. Frugality has its place. While luxury has a more exalted one, at least in my heart.  Woman can not live by acrylic and Peruvian wool alone. 

I regularly receive emails form and each one fills me with longing. But I have a long standing policy of not having too large of a stash. Currently all my yarn fits in one Rubbermaid tote. This is aided by my inexplicable habit of only buying lace weight and fingering weight yarn, although I haven't knitted anything out of lace weight yarn in almost 2 years. A few months ago I was dying to make an infinity scarf and I didn't have any worsted weight yarn. Once I recovered from the shock I went yarn shopping. I finished the  scarf . I again have no worsted weight yarn. The Cardiff Cashmere is a dk weight. 

I saw this yarn and wanted it but  I also wanted to find a project that I could knit for less than $100. I rarely get a better laugh than when a non-knitter says "Oh. Making your own stuff must save you so much money," I did the math and casual drug use would cost only 20% more than my knitting habit. 

I initially thought I would make the same cowl that my friend recently cast-on. But when I started the cowl with it's honeycomb pattern I wasn't pleased. It was too complicated for the yarn. The slight halo to the yarn was lost and it no longer had the drape that is a hallmark of cashmere.

So I cast-on a cowl of my own creation and I am pleased with how it is progressing. The yarn is plied and this results in me splitting stitches sometimes if I'm not keeping tension with the yarn. But I also think the plies give the yarn a smoother profile. I find myself a bit nervous knitting with a white yarn. I wash my hands before I pick it up and make sure I haven't recently applied hand lotion. We're having a particularly cold and snowy winter this year and my hands are starting to take on a lizard-like appearance, so skipping lotion is a sacrifice. But this yarn slides easily through my hands and isn't drying them out. So far this a wonderful first experience knitting with 100% cashmere yarn.

Cardiff Cashmere comes in small balls of only 120 yards. My previously stated budget concerns meant I could only buy 4 balls. This would be enough for the cowl I initially had in mind but I wasn't sure it would be enough for the one I had decided on. I began to worry as the ball got smaller and smaller and only an inch or so had been knitted. I even got out my food scale and weighed the left over yarn to determine how many grams I had left to give me an idea of how far I would get with it. As the ball of yarn became no bigger than a pound of soap after a good days wash I just surrendered to the fact that I was going to have to buy another ball. But low and behold after I had finished the first ball I was a little more than a fourth of the way to the desired size of the cowl. I won't attempt to describe my elation but I assure you it involved a little dance and a little song made up on the spot. 

I haven't finished the cowl but I expect to keep loving it and will likely buy this yarn  again from I'd been dreaming about a white cashmere cowl for months, but this yarn aslso comes in some very beautiful colors. 

When a fling becomes something MORE

I love it when an easy stitch looks fancy

I love it when an easy stitch looks fancy

I hate buying things online because I am an impatient person. If I give you money I struggle to understand why all you have given me is an email saying "Thanks". So when I realized I'd finished all my knitting projects but my new yarn wasn't arriving from for several business days I needed a new project to distract me. 

I did what I always do when I need project inspiration, I checked my Pinterest and Instagram. And one of my favorite Instagram pages is the one for  PurlSoho a knitting, weaving, and needlework store in NYC. They have great taste. They also have high prices. I have actually to my recollection never purchased anything from them. Which as I write this makes me feel like I am somehow mistreating them since I have knit at least five of their free knitting patterns. (sneaks away to make a guilt purchase she will blog about at a later date) 

I don't feel like they were featuring this pattern well enough. Shifting Angles Scarf in a dull dusky light brown or straw color? I like muted colors as much as the next gal but BLERGH. Give me a little of the razzle dazzle. So I'm knitting mine out of a wonderful navy that I specifically bought to knit a scarf out of because I love Sherlock on the BBC and he wears a navy scarf. Plus Knitpicks,com had the yarn on a steep discount I assume because they were discontinuing the color. Because it wasn't like the yarn was going to go bad. 

I expected to lose interest in this scarf when my luxury yarns arrived but I haven't. I can't convince myself to knit anything else. I am supposed to be working on some patterns I've been writing for my book. But nope. The moment my bum meets seat I find myself picking it out of the basket. I suspect this will not be so for much longer. The scarf is getting a bit long for knitting on the go. I'll cast on something portable and my attentions will be spread more evenly. But for the time being I am still enraptured and I only want to be with the Shifting Angles Scarf. 

Project Details:

Pattern: Shifting Angles Scarf  

Yarn: Capretta from Knitpicks (fingering weight/80% wool, 10% cashmere, 10% nylon

Needles: Size 3 bamboo