If you knit or crochet, you know the potential dangers of hoarding yarn as well as I do. Maintaining a yarn stash is a primordial instinct that readily becomes an addiction unless you exercise enormous restraint. What’s more, the urge to stash gets much harder to control when a new yarn product—or in this case, a new color of an existing yarn product—comes to market.
At the present moment, the Crochet Queen is eagerly awaiting the arrival of a new color of Kashmira yarn: red. I have dyed Kashmira yarn red before (in this case, a variegated red and black) and even considered offering it for sale in these pages. The knitted sample below left was hand-dyed Kashmira that I double-knit on size 7 needles, then felted. (No, the sample in the photo isn’t felted. This was an in-progress photo. To see a larger image, click on the photo.)
For those of you who can’t wait to try the new red (commercially available) Kashmira, you can buy it now by clicking the photo at top right. This yarn is generally classified as a medium-weight (worsted weight) yarn, but I personally consider it more of a sport weight. The specified gauge for a 4-inch-square swatch (4.5 x 4.5 cm) is 25 sts, 32 rows on size 7 (US) needles, which I’ve found reasonably accurate. For crocheters, a size 7 (US) hook should give 18 sc and 18 rows for the same size swatch.
I have used this yarn for double-knitted projects that were then felted. If you’ve read elsewhere that this yarn won’t felt, relax. Kashmira yarn felts beautifully. It does take more time to felt than Patons or Lion Brand wool, but once it gets there, the results are worth it.
Incidentally, if you buy $35 worth of this yarn, shipping is free in the U.S. Since it retails for $5.99 per 100-gram (3.5-oz), 284-yard skein, six skeins are enough to guarantee free shipping. Otherwise, shipping starts at $6.95, so I suggest purchasing several skeins to defray the shipping cost.