here's the original post about it..
I'd still be very much interested in that idea, especially as I've had a look at the knitpicks site a few days ago and uhm yeah, I want some ;-)
I bought a skein of Patons Brilliant with the intent to knit a dice bag for selling at an auction. I wasn't able to get to it in time for the auction, however, so the Husband requested a dice bag for himself--he originally picked out the yarn. Since I had nothing else to do with the yarn (and I like him somewhat) I comlied.
I did not use a pattern for this one. Instead, I cast on some stitches and went stockinette-crazy. After a few rows, I created the drawstring holes with some yarn overs. (Thanks to those who answered an earlier post I had on how to do this)
I really wanted to keep the shape of the bag simple becuase the yarn is so sparkly. I feared if I did too much, the bag would be too feminine for a 30 year-old male.
I purchased 3 cones of Cashmere yarn from ColourMartUK. As an aside, I can't recommend this seller enough. I had originally ordered a different cashmere yarn and paid for it, but when he went to pack up the order the yarn had gone missing. He told me since it was his mistake, I could have a full refund, plus 30%, or he would double my yarn order for the same price of any in stock yarn he had. Score! I got over 900 yards of worsted/aran weight 100% cashmere for around $40! And it got here in less than 5 days!
In the eBay listing it says: "This yarn is supplied still oiled for industrial knitting, and needs to be washed to "bloom". The technician recommended garment wash method is 5 mins on the wool wash program of a washing machine (not the full program!), or of course hand washing is fine. This wash should be carried out after knitting or weaving, which gives a tighter and harder wearing overall result."
But I have just received the yarn and while it's beautiful, I don't like the oily feel and smell. I am not sure that I want to knit with it like this...how bad would it be to wash it before knitting with it? How much will it really affect the overall wearing of the finished garment? Right now this yarn is bookmarked for a Clapotis or other type of scarf/hat combo, so will it be OK since it's not a sweater?
And if it is OK to pre-wash it, how would you recommend doing it? Just winding into loose hanks and soaking?