Yesterday’s post sparked a discussion on the quality of cashmere in today’s knitwear. The question arose as to why yarns seem to pill more frequently in sweaters purchased over the last several years even in some of the higher end brands. Is it origin of yarn, length of fiber or something else that is contributing to the problem? I stand with many readers who have older sweaters that have help up beautifully while newer ones start pilling almost immediately.
I turned to Linda Wright of Crimson Cashmere, who I consider a trustworthy and knowledgable source, and read the notes on her site about cashmere. Linda answers the most common questions she receives including the best source (Scotland) and proper care (wash frequently, but not in cold water). You can read all of her answers in depth here.
Finding a really good cashmere sweater is a bit of trial and error, so I’m turning the topic to readers for discussion. Where do you buy quality cashmere lately? Any tips on care?