|PINE NEEDLE FARM
|"Kila Cashmere" - Wow. I feel
so fortunate to have found
your exceptional and totally
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!
|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 grey/brown (which I call Aspen), 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 produce 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 and other products I make is what buys their
feed for the year. On our small homestead we produce a high end, top quality cashmere.