Category Archives: cashmere

NEW Handmaiden Casbah 5ply Gradient Wrap Kits

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Handmaiden Casbah 5Ply Gradient Wrap Kits

Soft and luxurious, Cashbah 5 Ply is a wonderful DK weight yarn made with cashmere and merino! These gradient sets transition from one skein to another naturally, and have an amazing depth to their colours. Each skein is 82m(87 yards)/50g (80% merino, 10% Cashmere, 10% Nylon). Made in Canada. Each kit is individually dyed, no two are exactly alike, images may vary a bit.

Kit Contains

  • 5 skeins of Casbah 5ply yarn (398m total)
  • Pattern

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New Finished Project: Simple Yet Effective Cowl

You already know that I’m having a love affair with cashmere, so it won’t be much of a surprise if I told you I made another cowl with the stuff. It couldn’t be helped, this damnable cold winter made me do it. I caved and bought a parka – don’t tell my old wool coat, she’ll never forgive me.  The down-filled usurper is a very boring grey and desperately needs some colour …… some snuggly, baby soft, cashmere colour. Anyway, that’s my story and I’m sticking to it. 

  • I like wearing it inside out
  • Used German Twisted Cast On
  • Worked 10 pattern repeats and then 3 purl rows.
  • Bound off with 5.5mm/US9 needles

New Finished Project: Devin’s Toque

Is there a better gift than a cashmere hat? Well, any kind of cashmere accessory is fine by me! It’s so cozy, I love having it near my face. 

I finished a new Toque just in time for my mom’s birthday – and it is LOVELY!  It was an easy gift, she put in a request for an updated version of an earlier hat matching her Tuesday Night Cowl

The pattern, Devin’s Toque, is an oldie and goodie. It is written for flat knitting (and seamed up the back), but is easily translated to a circular knit. 

My mom’s head is very small, and cashmere tends to stretch with wear, so I made a few mods to accommodate.

  • Worked in the round
  • Used 3mm needles
  • Used German Twisted Cast On
  • Did not cast on with 2 strands (as recommended by pattern)
  • Cast on 96 sts for a size XS (head size 20.5″ circumference)
  • Worked until close to using up the yarn.
  • Blocked using Eucalan
  • For decreases: I used k2tog instead of k2tog tbl (looks nicer)
  • Second last round: knit (instead of purl)

One Skein Cashmere Classics

I’m kind of in love with one skein cashmere projects, especially with Handmaiden 4ply Cashmere.  It’s just so soft and cuddly, it’s like wearing a loving hug – and in the midst of a long cold winter, who doesn’t need one of those? I made the following projects for the store but absconded with them and wear them every day! In fact, I love them so much I’m making another set in a brighter colour (something else necessary to get through the grey, dark days). Plus, both patterns are FREE!!!!

So snuggly! I like to wear this one inside out (pic on the left), but either way it’s like wearing a bunny (but much lighter). The German Twisted Cast-On was very effective for this piece and I highly suggest it. Otherwise, make sure your cast-on and bind-off are loose so your cowl will stretch when you put it on and take it off.

Classic French Beret

More Handmaiden Cashmere 4ply

Just arrived, more colours of Handmaiden Cashmere 4ply! One skein is enough to make a very yummy hat or neckwarmer

New: Zen Yarn Garden Serenity Silk Single

Zen Yarn Garden Serenity Silk Single is a hanka-hanka burnin’ love! Seriously, it’s GORGEOUS. It is a luxe blend or merino, cashmere, and silk, twisted into a lush single ply. It’s completely worth the indulgence, and it’s made in Canada too! You can use it for socks, shawls, wraps, caps,  sweaters, wristlets, and anything else you can dream of – it’ll make anything stunning. 
  • 75% Superwash Merino, 15% Cashmere, 10% Silk
  • 100g/392m
  • 2mm to 3mm needles
  • Hand or machine wash, lay flat to dry
  • Made in Canada

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