The catch, of course, is that most cashmere sweaters come in fine gauges, so the yarn I reclaim from them is usually lace weight. I'm afraid I don't have the time or patience to knit or crochet with lace weight yarn!
I know that some fiber artists ply several strands of reclaimed laceweight together to produce a thicker yarn. It just so happens that I have a spinning wheel in my closet (my mother's). But I don't know how to use it, and I don't really have the time to learn.
So I decided to try working with several strands held together. I've seen some nice projects on Ravelry that were made with three, four or five strands held together, so I knew it could work.
The project I had in mind for this yarn was the Feather and Fan Scarf by Eliza Purnell. I started with three strands of laceweight cashmere and an H hook, but to my surprise the result was too bulky. I think it's because this cashmere is extra fuzzy, so it behaves like a thicker yarn. It took just two strands of laceweight to get the perfect texture.
...did I mention that I love cashmere? I love the softness of this yarn as it glides through my fingers. What a treat! I'll be working with cashmere more often from now on!