The Makings of a Beautiful Thing

The Makings of a Beautiful Thing


This cashmere yarn has been through a lot.

I ordered it back in November, I think. It sat on the shelves for awhile, as I was a little afraid to dye it up… after all, it was cashmere!!  Oh, the buttery softness! How could I even risk messing it up?

Who knows what came over me, but one day, I grabbed a bunch of skeins of it, got two big pots of dye going (one in a rich raspberry color and one in green).

I dunked the skeins into the raspberry pot and simmered until the dye was fully absorbed into the fibers… OH! It was so pretty! Feeling bold and daring, I then drained the hanks and plopped them into the next, green pot. “OH…. no….” I cried in slow motion.

It was not what I expected. It was another of those colors that made me wonder if anybody would even want it. Yikers. And it was CASHMERE!! Wahhhh!

I lovingly rinsed it anyways and hung it out to dry… Even through my rubber gloves, this stuff felt soft! Puppy soft!! Baby soft! Creamy, milky, warm-melted-chocolate-and-caramel-in-your-mouth soft.

And so it was hung to dry.

As you know, my studio and dyeing kitchen (the entire building where I was renting) flooded on Christmas day. A pipe busted and sprayed water everywhere…

So this lovely cashmere yarn, along with all my other possessions had to be moved to the upstairs of the building and piled on tables.

This cashmere got dumped in a big pile…

I kept reminding myself I needed to get it listed for you, but it just wasn’t happening. New Year’s came and went… Resolutions were made (I prefer to think of them more as dreams or ideas… if they happen, great, but if not, I’ll be just as happy… a few things on my list? Get a massage for the first time in my life, do more yoga, get ripped (ha ha!), live fearlessly, etc.)

Along the lines of living fearlessly, I made a decision I had been wavering about for years.

I decided to find a place to live/work to call my own.

My man and I scouted Craigslist for places for a week and visited dozens of them. It was the most glorious fun I think we’ve ever had!! The clarity! The focus! The vision and co-creation! It was like life, only condensed into a week’s time.

We saw many places which allowed us to continue to refine our wants and preferences. I wish I could accurately describe the hovels we viewed… And some super huge, nice places as well. Some creepy places with creepy owners.

And then… the last night of looking, we visited a lovely little duplex in town, right next to the gym (hurray for getting ripped this year!) and… it was delightful. The owners were adorable and pleasant. New carpets and hardwood floors… new appliances. Heated garage with a work bench and storage space. Big windows (so necessary in these dark months in Alaska!), with a gorgeous view. What more could be asked for?

And so… All was moved. I had a few days of absolute panic and “overwhelmedness,” not believing it would ever get done. Not to mention my Jeep had to go in for repairs due to being rear-ended, which left me feeling out of sorts.

But in the midst of that, the lovely little cashmere yarn called out to be listed and shown to the world.

With a make-shift stool, I sat at my new desk, looking out at the beautiful sun rising, and listed the cashmere…

I’m calling her “ENCHANTED FOREST.”

And isn’t she beautiful? Doesn’t she make your heart lurch with lust a little? Maybe it’s just me.

I wasn’t sure if she’d be pretty or not, but after drying and twisting and placing into the cubby… yes, indeed, she is quite amazing.

The texture. The colors. The possibilities. 

Sometimes the best things in life are not those that are easily given or produced; but those that come through the fire and rise out of it, shining and new.

It was a struggle to get this baby listed. But here she is in all her glory and I’m proud of her.

I made this adorable infinity scarf from 1 skein.

simple crocheted scarf pattern

This is for a very dear friend… the kind of friend whom you could not see for decades and when you did see her again, you would pick up right where you left off without a bat of an eye. A soul friend… Such a special person deserves such a special yarn.


easy crocheted scarf pattern

easy simple artful scarf pattern

artfully simple crocheted scarf patternscarf button

crocheted simple infinity scarfeasy crochet infinity scarf pattern
simply easy beginning crocheted scarf

So there you have the Enchanted Forest Cashmere, DK weight yarn.

She’s been through a lot. Yes, indeed, this yarn has been through a lot.

And she’s better because of it. 🙂

I hope you enjoy it!




P.S. I’m headed on vacation Thursday, the 24th. So please order by Wednesday, the 23rd to guarantee shipping before my trip! But not to worry, I’ll be back Feb 5 to start dyeing and shipping more goodies for you!


  1. Anne Bolger January 23, 2013 at 12:22 pm - Reply

    Hi Chandi

    I have enjoyed reading your “Enchanted Forest” story, I think you put put it beautifully, making it easy reading. I also enjoy seeing yor beautiful colour mixes and the names given to your colours. Keep posting. Enjoy your new home and business area.


  2. Fran January 23, 2013 at 12:49 pm - Reply

    This yarn is soooooooooooo scrumptious! I only wish it cme in larger hanks. I would make this into a stocking stitch/lace pattern lace semi-circular shawl and donate it to our local PBS TV station to raise monies to stay on the air, since state funding has been withdrawn by our State Government. ThE ENCHANTED FOREST is the most gorgeous yarn I have ever seen!!!

  3. Stephanie Thompson January 23, 2013 at 1:18 pm - Reply

    Gorgeous yarn! Gorgeous face! How do you manage to have such perfect eyebrows?

  4. Stacey January 23, 2013 at 2:11 pm - Reply

    It looks absolutely gorgeous knit up (crocheted up?). And that cashmere is right where you want it, snuggled around your neck. I am glad you found an awesome and inspirational place to work/live.

  5. Nancy January 23, 2013 at 4:25 pm - Reply

    Honestly, I started reading this and knew off the bat this color combination was not for me. By then, I already had a vision of a prayer shawl knitted up with this yarn. It is so rich and the contrasting colors (or are they colors that call out to be close neighbors) definitely make it work. Good lesson in not just writing off a color combination because it is outside my normal scheme of things! Nancy

  6. Adriana January 23, 2013 at 4:54 pm - Reply

    I just made my first order and now I wish I had ordered “Enchanted Forest” as well!!!!! The colors are absolutely GORGEOUS!!!! Your story of how it came to be and what is to become of your scarf only makes me want it even more. I too have a dear friend that I treasure. So I foresee another order in the near future. Only praying that it will still be available. Thank you for making beautiful yarns and delicious colors.

  7. Pat January 23, 2013 at 7:12 pm - Reply

    Love the scarf. Is the pattern available? If the pattern is simple enough for me I would love to buy it along with you yarn.

  8. Pat January 23, 2013 at 7:24 pm - Reply

    Thank you I found it.

  9. Dawn January 23, 2013 at 7:31 pm - Reply

    It’s so pretty,I’ll bet you freind will fall in love with it

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