|PINE NEEDLE FARM
|"Kila Cashmere" - Wow. I
feel so fortunate to have
found your exceptional and
totally local product.
It has been such a joy knitting
the baby booties and cap
from the yarn you spun and
dyed for me. Besides being
luxurious and light, it is so
strong. I can't believe how
well it withstood the strain I
put on it in reworking some
I have really appreciated
working with you, Ann. Thank
you for being so
accommodating to my
specific requests and for
helping me work out what I
needed for my patterns. I'm
spoiled now! "
Eileen B. Kalispell, MT
The value for my yarn is based on the weight, time, energy and money that go into each skein. It is a labor of love.
There is the feeding, watering, general care and maintenance, plus the combing, washing, dehairing, and spinning
that goes into each fleece. Each skein for sale is one of a kind, so get it quick if you like what you see!
on all orders!
|LEARN THE PROCESS!
The cashmere only gets harvested once a year in late winter to early spring, when they start
to let loose of their winter coats. The cashmere is their soft, downy undercoat which is their
winter coat. It starts growing in June at the summer solstice, and stops growing in
December with the winter solstice. The cashmere starts shedding in January and February.
Their outer guard hair stays on them until late spring when they undergo a secondary
shedding of that coat. Then they grow an entire new coat, both outer guard hair and
cashmere! Quite a process when you think about it.
The actual color of the goat (its year-round hair) really doesn't have any affect on the color
of their cashmere. For instance black goats have either a brown, gray, silver, or cream
colored cashmere. A grey goat does not mean it will produce grey cashmere. There is no
such thing as natural black cashmere, it is all dyed. All the other colored goats have
cashmere ranging from an apricot color, through all the shades of cream, to a bright white.
However usually white colored goats are the ones who producea bright white cashmere.
I feel blessed to be able to have and care for these wonderful creatures and to share their
beautiful cashmere with you! The money from the sales of this yarn is what buys their feed
for the year. On our small homestead we produce a high end and top quality cashmere.