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What is Cashmere?

Cashmere is a wool fibre used for clothing and other textile articles, it is obtained from the neck region of Cashmere and other goats.  Cashmere goats produce a double fleece that consists of a fine, soft undercoat or underdown of hair mingled with a straighter and much coarser outer coating of hair called guard hair. For the fine underdown to be sold and processed further, it must be de-haired. De-hairing is a mechanical process that separates the coarse hairs from the fine hair. After de-hairing, the resulting "cashmere" is ready to be dyed and converted into textile yarn, fabrics and garments. Cashmere is collected during the spring moulting season when the goats naturally shed their winter coat.  In some regions, the mixed mass of down and coarse hair...

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The Knitter - issue information

The Knitter is the premier magazine for confident knitters who are looking for beautiful, original patterns from the world’s best designers, informative, in-depth articles from experts around the globe, advice on new yarns and products that are available to enhance their knitting hobby. Each month features an expert, in-depth Masterclass aimed at learning new techniques and  help readers to become more confident, proficient knitters.  Below is information about issues we have for sale Issue 141 Contemporary stitch patterns take centre stage in our Modern Textures collection! Designs include an elegant cardigan in a decorative twisted rib, a chunky sweater by Sarah Hatton, and a feminine yoked jumper by Oksana Dymyd featuring a fascinating cluster stitch. Get set for autumn with Norah...

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Victorian Yarn Ramble

Lil and I had the opportunity to join part of the Victorian Yarn Ramble organised by the Indie Road  Travel Team of Gaille Smith and Chris Cregan. They made the trip simple and enjoyable. They have done their homework - chosen desitinations for the wool and food lovers. Lil and I recommend that you check out the tours they offer and seriously think about joining them on one of the tours.  Our day started in Melbourne - early, we had to meet at 7.30am. We found coffee and the streets looked deserted.  We journeyed to Inverleigh for breakfast and then on to the Western District where we stopped off at the Fletcher Jones Garden & Market, a great initiative set...

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51 Yarns

Up for a challenge? 51 Yarns is a fun, detailed list of spinning adventures every spinner should embark on. Packed for the long haul with vital information, tips, tricks, and trivia, it’s an essential travel companion for your fiber trek across a lush topography of breeds, techniques, materials, and approaches. Map your trail or just ride along — 51 Yarns is the journey; being a happy, well-rounded spinner is the destination! At 6 x 9 inches, it’s our smallest book size but big enough to contain 51 formidable feats but small enough to throw in your spinning basket. And we’ve printed it on paper hearty enough to withstand trips to spinning circles and guild meetings, transcontinental hikes, vine swings, late-night spelunks, or...

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