In Review: June Cashmere

 “Do you want to try this cashmere?” is a question to which most knitters will immediately reply, “YES. Just, YES.” I am no different. I had read some good things about June Cashmere so when the opportunity arose to try out a yarn from them, I said, “YES. Just, YES.”

When my package arrived, I was immediately impressed.

june2And I dug right into reading about how the yarn wrapped in the light blue paper found its way to my hands. I was wowed by the images of Kyrgyzstan and the Kyrgyz people, who are largely nomadic shepherds, from which this yarn originates. June Cashmere prides itself on purchasing directly from individual households who have actually combed the fiber, cutting out middle men and helping shepherds to get higher prices for their fibers.

From Krygyzstan, this fiber is transported to Belgium where it is scoured. It then travels to be dehaired in England and is spun in Scotland. From Scotland it makes its way to Maine where it is organically dyed.

juneAnd from Maine, it’s made it’s way to my hands. They talk in the literature about how Kyrgyzstan is “between East and West , along the legendary Silk Road” and I can’t help but think about this journey as the ‘Cashmere Road” that my yarn has traveled.

I selected the DK weight in the Mulberry colorway…

img_5019It’s a dusky lavender-y pink hue. I thought a lot about making a hat or a cowl, but after far too long being overly picky as I carefully scoured Ravelry for the pattern, I stumbled upon Bonnie Sennott of Blue Peninsula designs’ Fee-Bee Mitts and I knew I’d found it. Delicate and sweet, this design embodied what I saw in my sweet skein.

img_5063I love the detailed cuff which is simple, but elegant lace . It’s simple to work as the mitts are knit flat and then seamed.

img_5066And the wide, broken rib pattern on the body of the mitt is just enough stitching to let the yarn really sing.

img_5069It took just a day to work these beauties up entirely and the seaming was quick and satisfying. These would be a fantastic little luxurious gift for a loved one and these likely will be as my daughter has of course already claimed them. Of course she has, right?

img_5071I found the yarn to have a wonderful depth of color and having had other cashmere yarns that have been prone to splitting, I used needles with blunter tips. I’m happy to report that it really was not an issue with this yarn though. This yarn knit like a dream.

img_5070All in all, I will definitely be keeping June Cashmere on my short list. It’s worth noting that they have a beautiful array of colors that are available in both DK and lace weight yarns as well as a nice variety of in-house patterns that highlight the elegance of this yarn. From the socially responsible harvesting of the yarn to the beauty of the finished product, I think this is a wonderful option available for hand knitters. Whether you’re purchasing a skein or two for your favorite knitter, treating yourself, or knitting for a friend, I don’t think you’ll be disappointed with June Cashmere.

15 responses to “In Review: June Cashmere

  1. Love the pattern you chose! I’ve been looking for a simple, but pretty fingerless glove/mitt and this is perfect. Thanks, Sarah, and great work. BTW, I was laughing to myself that your daughter would probably steal these, then YUP, you said it too. HAHAHAHA!

    • It took some digging to find this pattern, but it’s really sweet. ❤️ Yes, in the interest of full disclosure, I actually picked the color thinking she’d like it and dropped a needle size for slightly smaller mitts with her in mind. 😉

  2. Amazing post – that yarn looks gorgeous. Would love it if you talked about your favorite high end bulky yarns xx

    • Thanks!

      You know, a lot of the more luxury fibers aren’t available in bulky weights just because of the nature of the fibers from which they are made.
      As for my favorite higher-end bulky yarns, I really like The Fibre Co’s Tundra, Quince & Co’s Puffin, and — although probably not considered high-end, Malabrigo Chunky knits up wonderfully soft & versatile and wears very well. I haven’t tried them personally, but The Plucky Knitter Snug, Madelinetosh Chunky, and Quince & Co Ibis would be on my short list to try, also.

      • Have never tried any of those- I need to get shopping!!! Being a beginner knitter, I am a bit intimidated by the smaller yarns. Perhaps I should try though. Question : for baby hate, what is the best yarn weight and material? Because I got a book on chunky baby hats, but all the yarn is super scratchy that they reccomend, so I’m just trying to take Inspo from the patterns and find different yarn etc. thanks!!! X

      • Malabrigo yarns are always very soft, so that is a good option, but I would recommend Rios (a sport weight) just because it’s a superwash and thus easier to wash (baby things get dirty & new moms and dad often don’t have time to hand wash). If machine washing isn’t the most important, the last time I did baby knits I got some Debblie Bliss Cashmerino and Dale of Norway Baby Ull, both are very soft and do nicely for speacial little baby things (and the Cashmerino does have an aran weight version). On other thought would be to try Spud & Chloe Sweater or Outer. They are wool/cotton blends and are also very soft & baby friendly. 🙂

      • Haha you are going to kill me for this but one more question : so the patterns for baby hats in the book call for cascade magnum (and they say you can use blue sky fibers bulky instead if you want) …the later is way more pricey, but I want to use the yarn that would be the best for my baby hats… I have also heard that wool and the gand crazy sexy wool and knit picks super tuff puff are the same…I am so confused – do you know which one would be the best?

        I am so sorry that I keep asking you questions😂

      • No worries!

        Magnum is a super bulky. For babies & super bulky, of the fibers I’m familiar with, I would go with Malabrigo Rasta or Spud & Chloe Outer. Both will be soft and comfortable for baby.

        For a less expensive, I would check out Knit Picks Mighty Stitch Super Bulky. I haven’t tried it, so maybe order a skein or two and check it out? It’s a wool + acrylic, so it should be pretty comfortable for baby and it’s machine washable. There’s a review on ravelry that raves about it for baby knits, too.

        Personally, I would avoid alpaca fibers with babies — it’s very warm, but alpaca has a very short staple length and it can easily irritate skin. I can wear the most rustic wools, but I have trouble with alpaca sometimes. That’s not a universal truth, just my preference though!

      • Wow I never knew that!!! You are super helpful!!!! Because I don’t use a lot of wool…. I didn’t know that is irritating lol. You are so good at this haha

  3. Sarah, this is just luxurious yarn. And the way that it travels makes it even more special. The mittens look wonderful 🙂

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