Its not as if cashmere ever went into hiding, it merely slipped into the backseat for awhile. The apparent misconception of its fragility and a fear of feeling worthy have kept it out of the reach of many knitters for far too long. There has always been a certain mystique about this golden fleece which comes from the downy undercoat of a cashmere goat and requires the tedious task of manual combing (not shearing), dehairing and then sorting for grade. The fibre is extremely fine with a lovely matte finish and has a very tight crimp which for a knitter translates into an incredibly plush and cosy yarn. On an annual basis, each cashmere goat will produce no more than two hundred and twenty five grams of fibre, equal to just about nine balls of yarn, making it unmistakably the most precious of all yarns.
This coming season cashmere warms up the spotlight fully-recharged in vibrant new shades and spun into every imaginable weight.
NEW from Diamond Luxury Collection– Cardiff Small, is the finest weight (4 ply) in this exquisite trio and will be available well before the leaves fall in six ultra classic shades and five modern hues. Neve (shown above).
NEW from Diamond Luxury Collection– Cardiff Classic sits snugly in the middle of this enticing range as a double knitting weight and offers a stunning palette of neutrals, brights and marls to make the decision-making process even more arduous. Brown (shown above).
NEW from Diamond Luxury Collection– Cardiff Large is the granddaddy of the collection, a plump worsted weight in a chainette-style construction designed to maximize loft and yardage. Look for eleven shades at your lys this coming fall. Silver (shown above).