It is a bittersweet love.
It is a doomed love.
It is a yarn love.
A valued repeat customer of Moonlit Memory’s was enjoying a gossamer acrylic version of our “Era of Romance Shrug” and made a couture request for the same pattern in 100% fine cashmere.
I sourced the yarn online and picked out Jade-brand Inner Mongolian cashmere yarn.
Such light soft texture! Such graceful drape! Mom says it was the best yarn she has ever worked with. It had none of the twisting, splitting, knotting, sliding, or drag that can torment crocheters. She described it as the yarn seeming to work with her. (If it wasn't $45 a hank, I don't think she would consent to work with any other yarn again.)
Over 10 years ago, the regulations were changed for garments to be labeled cashmere. Before, there were tight controls that it had to be the downy underhairs.
Then everything changed. First the regulations were altered to allow the coarser top hairs from the Cashmere goat to be harvested along with the soft underlayer. Then they allowed it to be mixed with hairs from other goats, sheep, etc. and still be labeled cashmere. Now “cashmere” only has to be 51% from cashmere goats. It may not even contain any of the silky undercoat that used to be the only fiber in classic luxurious cashmere.
There are still the pure forms of cashmere out there. But there are also new cashmere sweaters for $60 that are something completely different under an alias. Since the latter were the only cashmere Mom and I had ever experienced, we had no idea the beauty of the former.
Are you are eager to fall in love, too? So what features should you look for in your search for quality cashmere? I’ll reveal some in my next post.