Thursday, January 31, 2008

Cashmere + RAIN = ???

Well, it finally rained. And it rained hard... for three days. So, what did I do? I hung a cashmere sweater outside the WHOLE TIME! Yes, like 50+ hours! I took some before pictures and during pictures. I didn't take an after picture, because it looked the same as the before pictures.

So, the good news: CASHMERE + RAIN = HARMLESS!! (Unless it's acid rain or something) If you don't let it hang on a hanger (one of the cardinal rules about cashmere!!) then you should make it out OK. Apparently, cashmere is not damaged by rain like the vachetta on your Louis Vuitton. Leave that inside.


Right after I hung it outside. Look at the shoulders.

The next morning. Here you can see how the weight of the water has pulled at the shoulders.


More details.

And even more.

I hope this helps those of you who live in rainy climates!


Anonymous said...

Hi. Great blog!!
I was wondering if you could enlighten us on the best type of yarns to make high quality sweaters..What should I look for when buying yarn?

Many thanks :)

Cashmere Connoisseur said...

I am, by no means, a yarn expert. I recycle my yarns and haven't shopped for a new yarn in ages. But, I am happy to tell you what I would look for in a yarn if I were to go hunting:

1) Natural fibers. I don't like acrylic, nylon, etc. They seem cheap to me. I always use cashmere, but you can find some cashmere blends with silk or cotton that would turn out nice and save a bit of money.
2) 2-ply or more. 1-ply is easily broken and doesn't hold up well when washing.
3) Price. You aren't going to get a high quality yarn at the Dollar Store. Although, I wish we could! You can expect to pay a pretty penny for good quality yarn. We're talking a couple hundred dollars for a sweater's worth.

My suggestion would be to find a good quality sweater and recycle the yarn! You'll save a lot of money and be a little extra proud when wearing your garment knowing you sort of made it "from scratch". I always use cashmere because it's my thing (as you might have guessed). I can afford to do that because I unravel sweaters myself. I end up paying $20 or so for a full sweater's worth instead of $350. You can find instructions on unraveling a sweater in my blog. I'm hoping to add better pictures someday soon...

Thank you for your question!

Anonymous said...


Forrest said...

Cashmere sheds water pretty well, although some sweaters are better at it than others. Probably some of this comes down to the way it's turned into yarn, and then into fabric. But cashmere tends to act like a jacket that's had DWR applied; the water beads up and rolls off quickly, before it's had time to absorb. Cashmere isn't water proof, but it keeps you dry a little bit longer in the rain. That's been my experience, anyway.