OG Party Suit Wearer
Fun fact. Unless it's too severe, caused by heat, you can, often, mostly, not always, stretch wool back.
yup. temperature, agitation, alkalinity of detergent can all result in the shrinkage. Even agitating by hand too vigorously ion cold water can result in some shrinkage. When you knit wool fabric it undergoes fulling to close up the fabric and make it more dense but softer. It is done by agitating the wool. That's what the shrinking really is. There is always more shrinkage left in it depending on what caused the original shrinkage and how much. looser knits more.
Got a beauty today! Something quite rare:
Tom Ford - made in U.K cashmere turtleneck (plum colour).
Look at the same jumper except in a different colour, made-in-U.K
Other Tom Ford jumpers exactly the same as the one l bought: I was eying this one off for weeks.
I've never owned Tom Ford before, so it will be interesting to see how their knitwear is. Seems too cool and modern for England or Scotland, so maybe Wales?? I know Anderson & Sheppard has had some amazing knitwear made from Wales that is really classy.
Which factory/brand in Wales?
Next Autumn/Winter I will acquire some Lockies. Now that I own several Ballantynes I'd like to compare them both.
that makes sense, I have had a couple of jumpers shrink very slightly by washing them in cold water by hand. Too much agitation.
Some cashmere jumpers are impossible to shrink. I used hot water on a 6 ply Ballantyne and left it out in the summer sun and repeated this process 4 times and it got bigger. No problems, l send it to perhaps the world's top knitting expert and she is unraveling it and reknitting it in the exact pattern/6ply style. She has shortened it, took it in slightly at the sides and shortened the sleeves and added a loop at the top. It will be worth the wait and all the work done on it imo. She works with the top knitwear and has done this type of work successfully before.
btw, those Berk/Ballantyne 3 ply turtlenecks I bought recently are utterly fabulous!!! Beefy and great quality. The Ballantyne 4 ply's l also bought are amazing....one is an 80's 4 ply intarsia, so rare.
I made an account just to talk to Shooey!
Anything decent in London nowdays with regards to cashmere? N.Peal, Brora, JoE? Or is the vintage stuff still supreme?
O'maille is a work of art, but there is less wool in them than the more expensive arans like John Molloy. O'maille is light wool and can pill a moderately where-as John Molloy is heavy and doesn't pill.Actually thinking these days, about a 4 ply William Lockie for fall/winter. Could also put a Gansey from Flamborough Marine or a Aran from O'maille to good use - but a little late to order those.
A orange sweater is great fun. I got a Aran merino with 10% cashmere mixed in, from Inis Main a few years ago in a sale. Not anything close to Hermes, but keeps me warm and isn't piling. Makes a statement, works with jeans when going out for a beer.
I find 6 ply often isn't enough for me, and even when l wear a 3 ply cashmere turtleneck under it with thermal underlay I feel l could still get warmer. I do feel the 12 ply would be ideal for me, and on many days l would also layer under it.^^^ That is rather lovely. Though, 12 ply, nay, 6 ply even, sounds like overkill. Literally and figuratively.
The Shooman - These cashmere jumpers are horrendously expensive but come in 14-ply:
Unrivalled Luxury, knitted in 14 ply super soft cashmere knitted in Scotland for a fantastic easy fit fully fashioned crew neck sweater. Features include a set in sleeve and shaped back and shoulder detailing. You won't find a more beautiful hand finishedwww.eskcashmere.com
It seems there is lots of marketing involved, just like they do with S# for suits. Many people are conviced that more ply = thicker/beefier, disregarding thread size/diameter.Pthh, that site raises alarm bells. Even if jumpers are called a 14 ply these days, the odds are that it is not going to be a thick warm jumper. Then we also seem to have the situation where many companies exaggerate the ply numbers these days. A real 12 ply is beefy, not puny like the one in the link above. Same goes with the Brunello Cucinelli 12 plys, they look more like a 6 ply.
I am only aware of their website:where to buy?
Shoo, any experience with ESK?
mattc123 said:And how are Johnstons knits these days? Where do they rank among contemporary Scottish knitwear brands (Lockie, ESK, Hawick, Barrie... any others really?)