“Don’t squeeze the Charmin”
“Take me away Calgon”
Yup.. these old commercials continue to pop into my head as I knit with this new fabulous yarn. (I really like it).
This yarn arrived here on July 10th, and by July 18th, I had knit the pair. It was difficult to put down (grins)
3 ply fingering weight
Springy, well prepared, in a compact little skein of 360 yards.
Content: superwash merino, cashmere and nylon. (machine washable cashmere…. Sigh.. be still my heart)
Knit on size 1 dpn’s
It was tied off a teensy bit too tightly, making me nervous to cut the ties at first. But I quickly overcame my sensitivities and cut. I was at my office, and couldn’t wait until I went home to fetch my ball winder, so I draped it over my knees and wound away. Not a tangle nor misbehaved moment occurred, and I was off and running.
I chose the Artichoke Sock pattern, thinking it might best show off the sweet short color runs. And it does. The colors practically dance around the sock. There was no pooling around the gusset and instep. The yarn is wonderful. No knots, no pulls, no frays, no weak spots. Perfect (which is unusual in this day and age of commercially prepared yarn blanks). The stitch definition is great - And the yarn works well with the pattern design.
About every 50 yards or so, there was a small bit of fluff attached to the yarn, reminiscent of the cashmere goats from which it is made. This fell off easily, and the yarn remained in tact underneath it.
Speaking of cashmere goats, this yarn might be a tad bit pricey (I do not know the cost of it yet). Some of you might not know it, but there was a time that I helped to raise a few cashmere goats. They are not easy to process. Timing for the shearing (which happens only once per year in this region) has to be precisely managed. Too soon, and the fiber staple is far too short. A few days too late, and the goats will have begun shedding (which then requires the shepherd to walk around the field, collecting stray fluffs of fiber off various trees and fences). Once the goats are shorn, the fiber must be processed, and the long coarse guard hairs removed. Which leaves the shepherd with only a small amount of usable fluffy fiber from a year’s investment in the animal.
Cashmere is truly a labor of love.
I was a little bit concerned at having only 360 yards in the skein – and so I knit the sock legs only 6 inches long instead of my usual 7 or 7 ½ inches. As it turns out, I need not have been concerned, because I had 48 yards left over, after knitting both socks for my very average sized woman’s foot.
I tossed them in the washing machine on cold, with a regular load and waited to be sure they would survive the tumble. The yarn remained true to its claim – and the socks emerged from the laundry looking fabulous.
And so, viola.
I love them.
And my only request is:
May I please have another?