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Yarn Spotlight: Tajik Cashgora

August 02, 2017

Tajik Cashgora is simply gorgeous yarn with an interesting background. 

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In 2016, four women from Tajikistan arrived in the US to learn about the American yarn market at the Vogue Knitting Show in New York.

Oigul, Tuluikhon, Jonnamo and Shahlo (shown above with their project leader) are handpsinners that produce the wonderfully soft Cashgora yarn made from the Cashgora goats that they raise. 

What is Cashgora?  

Cashgora goats originate in the Tajik Pamir mountains in the Himalayas, one of the highest and most beautiful mountain ranges in the world with peaks reaching 24,000 feet. 


By early November when the temperature falls below freezing, the goats have grown a soft down undercoat that will protect them from the harsh winter weather.  The fiber is very similar to cashmere, just slightly longer and coarser which makes Cashgora more durable and less prone to pilling. 

In early spring as the temperature rises, the goats begin to shed. Pamiri women comb the goats and sell the fibers.  The fibers are dehaired in Afghanistan which is the third largest cashmere producer.  The scoured and dehaired fiber is shipped back to Tajikistan where it is distributed to seven spinning groups.  The spinners are rural women that are able to earn a living to help support their families and become more independent. 

The women enjoy working together in the their workshops as it gives them a safe space to earn money, socialize and bond with their friends.  

Spinning yarn for export is not only a source of income but also a source of pride and accomplishment for the spinners.  Each spinner has a tag for her yarn that includes her name and photo.  Each skein of Tajik Cashgora is tagged with the woman that spun the yarn.  

There is a bio of each of the women on the the Cashmere People website.  

The Cashgora yarn is dyed over the original silver/brown skeins and results in simply gorgeous, rich colors with a unique luster and shine.  

The Tajik Cashgora yarn is distributed by Peace Fleece. 70% of the proceeds go back to the project which pays the women a fair wage. 

We're absolutely thrilled to be carrying Tajik Cashgora! The deep jewel colors immediately catch your attention.

One touch and it becomes a must-have! 

Photos courtesy of Cashmere People and Peace Fleece. 

Posted by ImagiKnit Corp in Shop News, Yarn Reviews

Yarn Review: Fleece Wensleydale Aran

March 15, 2017

 Soft and somewhat fluffy, Fleece Wensleydale Aran is such a nice yarn to work with!  

Wensleydale Aran  

It knits up as a light worsted. The swatch was made using US size 8 bamboo needles.  I started with the US size 9 but the fabric was too loose so I went down a size.  The yarn is so nice to knit with. The fabric produced is light and lofty with a woolly, rustic feel - perfect for outer garments.  

 

 

Posted by ImagiKnit Corp in Yarn Reviews

Yarn Review: Modern Cotton DK

March 08, 2017

The first thing to notice about Modern Cotton DK is the great stitch definition!  

Modern Cotton DK

Modern Cotton DK is a soft yarn that, as far as cottons go, is nice to work with. It's soft and glides easliy off the needles without being slippery. The swatch was done using size US 5 bamboo needles. The yarn is a tad bit splitty so I changed to needles with a sharper tip and this solved the issue. The fabric produced is next-to-skin soft.  The rayon gives Modern Cotton DK a slight sheen and a nice drape. Modern Cotton DK is a great choice for garments and accessories (think summer shawls!). 

Posted by ImagiKnit Corp in Yarn Reviews

Yarn Review: Arien

February 17, 2017

Arien is a unique yarn that you can really have fun with!  

Arien

The above swatch was knit with size US 10 needle.  Arien knits up easily on metal needles - no splitting.  Although the yarn is flat in some areas, there is no problem with twisting.  

The fabric produced has a nice, structured feel and would be fantastic for a boxy tank or other garment where structure is desired.  

Play with your needle sizes!  

Posted by ImagiKnit Corp in Yarn Reviews

Yarn Review: Eowyn

February 17, 2017

Eowyn knits up in a soft, drapey fabric with a very subtle shimmer.

Eowyn

The above swatch was knit using size US 8 needles.  Although Eowyn is flat in some areas, there is no problem with twisting.  Eowyn glides nicely off metal needles; not too slippery.  The nylon gives Eowyn some elasticity so it's nice to work with. 

 

Posted by ImagiKnit Corp in Yarn Reviews

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