Now that winter’s here, my sweater wearing is on full-force. My personal yarn of choice is cashmere. It is incredibly soft, thick, and luxurious…and is really the only natural wool that I can wear next to my sensitive skin. It adds needed warmth without unnecessary bulk; I don’t like looking like a linebacker in those thick, chunky sweaters!
Of course, most of my cashmere sweater collection is vintage. I look for the thick, plush cashmere, preferably made in Scotland. There is just no comparison to most of the “whisper thin” cashmere sweaters that are out there today. Good quality cashmere can last a lifetime, so it’s a good investment. In fact, several lifetimes, as someone wore these sweaters a long time before me!
I love how cashmere retains scent. One of my favorite things to do is wear a different vintage perfume each time I wear a certain sweater. The scent gets picked up and blended with the others, forming a whole new evocative aroma. They become pieces of poignant delight, a magical signature, which is especially nice on these dark, dreary days. I’m a bit sad when I have to wash the sweaters though. All that captivating scent down the drain. But it just gives me the chance to start a unique combination anew.
I shall remain forever devoted to cashmere, but sometimes it’s good to spice it up!