Cashmere Transformation

Several months ago, Julie W. gave me two hanks of 100% cashmere. The yarn was luscious and so soft, but it had a characteristic I'd never seen before. It was not really plied, but had two strands.
stranded yarn
close-up of the strands
While I loved the yarn and the colors, I knew it would be a pain to knit with the two strands of yarn. I've knit with two strands before, but it was worsted weight and easy to control, but I knew the lace weight strands would give me fits.

For a long time, I pondered what to do with the yarn. Finally, it dawned on me that I belong to a fiber guild full of talented spinners. I asked Briana F. if she could possible ply the strands together, and I was delighted that she agreed.
plied yarn
Briana brought the yarn to the Guild meeting on Saturday, and I was thrilled with the the result.

close-up of the strands plied together. 
What a transformation! Now, the yarn is more knitter friendly.

Have you ever seen or knit with two-strand yarn?


  1. I can't wait to see what you make with it! I love the plied version, the colors are better blended together. xo Tammy

  2. Have not knit with a two strand yarn and this new version is really nice...

  3. Haven't seen or knit with 2 stranded yarn. Love the plied version - colors are wonderful. What are you going to make?

  4. Wow want a difference... I have never seen two strands before!

  5. Not only will it be easier to knit with but the colors are brighter and prettier than the two strand! Great idea! I love cashmere and can't wait to see what you make with your lovely yarn.

  6. How clever! It's beautiful yarn so I'm sure you will create something wonderful.

  7. Oh. My. Goodness! I love that yarn now that it's plied. So pretty and a wonderful solution. Now we needed to wait and see what you come up with to make with it.

  8. GOrgeous transformation. I have knit with 3 strands...a big pain in the rear!!!

  9. Very clever! What will you make with it?

  10. Who would have thought there would be such a difference. As many has said the colors look much better plied. That will be great yarn to use.


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