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by Stitchcraft Marketing
January 10, 2019
The colorful yarns from Noro are a shop favorite, and we’ll be giving away some fabulous free patterns with any Noro purchase this month. For details on this special offer good through January 31st, click here!
What makes Noro so special? Noro has been produced by the Japanese company Eisaku Noro (named for its founder) for over 40 years. Primarily known for their richness of color and long color runs, each yarn also features exotic fiber content. Noro sources its animal fibers from organic farms worldwide including Australia, the Falkland Islands and South America, getting involved at all levels of the yarn production: from visiting the animal farms, to checking the machinery in the spinning mills, to constantly refining its dye processes to make sure they are as eco-friendly as possible.
Noro is committed to producing high quality yarns with the least amount of processing; they believe that handling the fiber excessively contributes to a lower quality yarn. This means that they process fibers using only one roller on the carder instead of the usual three and hand feed some of the fiber into the machines. Many Noro yarns are single ply, and somewhat loosely plied at that, to keep processing to a minimum; some even have handspun components, instead of pure machine spinning.
These beautiful yarns in unconventional color runs inspire a passionate following, although for some folks, the slightly rustic feel may be less desirable - it’s not entirely unusual to find small bits of vegetable matter such as straw or grass in Noro yarns. Today there are many, many yarns that come in long color runs, but Noro was the pioneer in this dyeing style. And while rustic yarns made from exotic fibers are more common now, Noro took the lead in bringing those to the crafting world as well.
Noro yarns and patterns are full of fun and color and are designed to showcase the beauty of nature. This month we’re excited to highlight the following yarns and patterns:
Noro Ito is a 200 gram (437 yards) cake of Noro's vibrantly-colored, self-striping, 100% wool, aran-weight yarn.
We love the #9 Cowl by Rosemary Drysdale featured in the Noro Fall/Winter 2018 magazine. This stunning cowl, featuring seed stitch and ribbing, is worked with a single skein!
If you’re looking for a bigger project, we’ve got the #16 Chevron Wrap by Yoko Hata. This is a poncho wrap knit out of two rectangles featuring a wavy chevron pattern. Two skeins will complete the pattern.
If you purchase one ball of Ito you’ll get the Ito Cowl pattern for free, and if you purchase two or more balls of Ito you’ll get both patterns for free!
Noro Kiri features a rich blend of 47% Silk, 39% Wool, and 14% Mohair in a tweedy, DK-weight yarn that comes in 382 yard/100 gram skeins.
The #12 Shawl by Amanda Kaffka is also in the Noro Fall/Winter 2018 magazine. This is a lacy shawl knit on the bias. It creates a lovely triangle shape that is so easy to wear and brightens up any dark day!
The #15 Fringed Poncho by Galina Carroll is a beautiful poncho featuring diamond lace in the center panel, simple eyelets at the sides and lots of fringe. Two skeins are all that’s required to make this beautiful poncho.
If you’re in the mood for a strikingly shaped top that is all about the drama, the #4 Ribbed Batwing Pullover by Laura Zukaite is that knit! This garment comes in 3 sizes (S/M/L) and requires 3-4 skeins.
If you purchase one skein of Kiri you’ll get the #12 Shawl pattern for free, if you purchase two skeins you’ll get the #15 Fringed Poncho and the #12 Shawl patterns for free, if you purchase 3 or more balls of Kiri you’ll get all three patterns for free!
Noro Mirai is Noro’s wool-free option, a 40% Cotton, 25% Silk, 25% Viscose, 10% Nylon blend in a DK-weight yarn that come in 328 yards/100 gram skeins.
The #7 Crescent Shawl by Lisa Barnes is the perfect lightweight accessory for spring and summer months. This shawl features stockinette and a simple lace pattern knit with Mirai to create a luxurious drape and is knit with just 2 skeins.
The #24 V-Neck Tank designed by the Eisaku Noro team is a challenging project created using short rows that are knit sideways to create a unique shape and look. The top comes in 3 sizes (S/M/L) and is worked in 3-4 skeins of Mirai color #23 for a fun summer feel!
The #24 Short Sleeved Jacket by the Eisaku Noro team is the perfect summer look. This is a swingy jacket with ¾ sleeves, featuring a gently wavy chevron pattern. The jacket comes in three sizes (S/M/L) and requires 4-6 skeins of Mirai.
If you purchase two skeins of Mirai you’ll get the #17 Crescent Shawl pattern for free, if you purchase three skeins you’ll get the #24 V-Neck Tank and the Crescent Shawl patterns for free, if you purchase 4 or more skeins of Mirai you’ll get all three patterns for free!
We hope you enjoy working with Noro yarns as much as we do and we can’t wait to see what you create! Share your project photos with us in our Facebook group or on Instagram using the hashtag #izzyknitslys.
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by Susan Watkins
May 08, 2019
by Susan Watkins
May 02, 2019
In one of the knitting classes I’ve taken, I remember the instructor saying, “We often learn more from our failures than we do from our successes." Let's just say, I learned a lot from my second attempt at creating the ultimate dog sweater!