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.