The photo below is a beautiful shawlette knit up by my friend Jenny with only one skein of the fingering weight yarn. It is a beautifully done lace handkerchief shape with some clear crystal beads worked into the pattern. I cannot describe to you how gorgeous this is. The natural color of the yarn, which reminds me of fallen oak leaves, in combination with the icy sparkle of the beads is just a perfect combination of fiber, pattern and workmanship.
The photo alongside is a closeup of the cowl after a winter of steady wear and this was a surprise to me.
Usually an incredibly soft yarn like Cashgora will felt or at least pill a bit with the abrasion of wear. I want you to look at this closeup view of the cowl; a very slight increase in halo, but absolutely no sign of felting or pilling! I looked closely and there was literally not a pill to be seen.
So a list of knitting qualities is laid out for you below:
- Wonderful drape and weight.
- Structured knitting would help to control the drape i.e., cables or textured patterns
- Open work stitches will enhance the drape like lace stitches or working with a looser gauge
- Truly incredible softness
- Slight sheen which enhances textured stitches or lace
- In spite of the softness Cashgora is very resistant to pilling and other abrasion
- Only natural colors are available although the Tajik women are working on dyeing
- Incredible price through Peacefleece for a luxury yarn $33 for a 100 gram/3.5 ounce skein
- A cowl takes one skein; the long Architexture scarf required 2 1/2 for a scarf 12 x 64 inches