Afghanistan Cashmere provides women the opportunity to work in war-torn Afghanistan. The yarn is spun by Afghan women from their homes and they are paid a fair wage for their labor. So, in between doing house chores, dealing with kids and getting dinner on the table, they are spinning raw cashmere into beautiful skeins of hand-knitting yarn. Some of them are even using a drop spindle! It can take up to 5 days to get through one kilo.
In the Early Fall 2012 edition of Vogue Knitting, there is a great article about what it takes to get cashmere from the goat to people like Kate Spade, J. Crew and handknitters like you. “Afghanistan may be the third largest cashmere producer in the world but first somebody had to tell the shepherds.” and then get them the production machinery and then find a way to get the word out.
It is cashmere, so of course it is soft and warm. We often think of cashmere as elegant and fragile, but this has been handspun in only natural shades so there is an earthy richness and durability to it as well.
I’ve made a pair of fingerless gloves with a simple cable which I love. My next project will be a lace cardigan, because this yarn is really worth the investment.
String Theory Yarn Company is committed to the idea that yarn should not only look beautiful, it should be borne out of a beautiful idea.
Our shelves are brimming with nature’s warmest, finest and softest fibers. You’ll find earth friendly cotton and minimally processed wools. You’ll also find yarns that provide income and education to poverty stricken communities around the world. And beautifully hand-dyed artisan yarns in a variety of weights and fibers. So if you’re looking for yarns that will make you feel good–inside and out–you’ve come to the right place.
Artisan Hand-Painted Yarn:
Depending on how well the artisan is able to keep up with demand, we may have any of the following in stock:
Anzula: Breeze, Cloud
Baah Yarns: La Jolla
Dream in Color: Jilly, Jilly Lace
Feederbrook Farm: Common Ground, Entropy
Handmaiden: Casbah, Sea Silk
Knitted Wit: Polwarth Shimmer
Madelinetosh: Tosh Merino Light, Tosh DK
Malabrigo: Sock, Rasta, Rios, Arroyo, Mecha
Misti Alpaca: Handpaint Chunky, Sock, PimaSilk DK
Mountain Colors: Wool Crepe, Winter Silk, Jeanette
String Theory: Caper Sock, Merino DK
Sweet Georgia: Cashmere Lace
Wonderland: Cheshire Cat Mini Skeins, Mad Hatter
Eco Friendly Yarn:
Blue Sky Alpacas: Organic Cotton Worsted
Imperial Stock Ranch: 2 ply Columbia, Erin
Misti International: Best of Nature Alpaca Worsted
Mountain Meadows: Cody, Sheridan
Spud&Chloe: Sweater, Outer
Fairly Traded Yarn:
Be Sweet: Brushed Mohair, Bamboo, Grace&Style
Saves South African women from working in the pineapple fields and supports their local schools
Frog Tree: Pediboo
Provides fair wages and educational programs for women and their families in Bolivia
From the Mountain: Afghanistan Cashmere
Afghanistan Cashmere provides women the opportunity to work in war-torn Afghanistan. The yarn is spun by Afghan women from their homes and they are paid a fair wage for their labor.
Knit Outta the Box: Sifa Cotton
Sifa is produced in the area of Turkey that was devastated in the 1999 earthquake and the income produced is used to support local artisans, craftswomen and small local spinners who are still suffering from the catastrophe.
Manos del Uruguay: Fino, Serena
Supports a women’s cooperative in Uruguay
Peace Fleece: Worsted
Contributes to conflict resolution in the Middle East
Reywa: Bloom, Embrace
Supports impoverished Tibetan communities
Berroco: Mille Colori Baby, Folio, Sol Degrade
Cascade: Fixation, Ultra Pima
Classic Elite: Liberty Print, Vail, Blackthorn
Ewe Ewe: Wooly Worsted
Kauni: Wool Effektgarn
Misti Alpaca: Chunky Alpaca
Pepperberry Knits: Lace, Sportweight bundles, DK, Bulky
Rowan: Softknit Cotton
Shibui: Linen, Silk Cloud, Cima, Kavo
Skacel: Cobasi, Cobasi Plus, Leinen Los, Kenzie, SimpliNatural
Stonehedge Fiber Mill: Shepherd’s Wool
And Our favorite Knitting and Crochet Supplies:
Jul hardware, Namaste organizers, Knit Kits, LoLo bars and one of a kind silver shawl pins crafted by local artist Jerry Schurmeier