To Stripe or Not To Stripe

That is the question!

Odori - Bulky 40% Silk, 25% Wool, 25% Angora
Odori – Bulky 40% Silk, 25% Wool, 25% Angora

In my experience, Noro Yarns makes the answer easy.

Retro - Aran 64% Wool, 24% Silk, 12% Angora
Retro – Aran 64% Wool, 24% Silk, 12% Angora

Mr. Eisaku Noro is the artist and innovator behind the fabulous Noro Yarn line.

Hitsuji - Bulky 100% Wool
Hitsuji – Bulky 100% Wool

He was born near Yoshino-Kumano National Park and has applied his sensitivities of the natural world he enjoyed there to the selection of natural materials which make up the yarn as well as the spinning process itself, which honors the unique qualities of the wool.

Nadeshiko - Super Bulky 40% Angora, 39% Wool, 21% Silk
Nadeshiko – Super Bulky 40% Angora, 39% Wool, 21% Silk

The yarns are dyed using rich, vibrant colors with a depth that mirrors the natural world combined with the artistry of art, music and dance.

Silk Garden - Aran 45% Silk, 45% Mohair, 10% Wool
Silk Garden – Aran 45% Silk, 45% Mohair, 10% Wool

Noro is truly a world-class yarn as it comes from the finest natural materials in the world.

Kureyon - Worsted 100% Wool
Kureyon – Worsted 100% Wool

Standard wool from England
Falkland wool from the Falkland Islands
Polworth wool from Adelaide, Australia
Kid mohair from Camdeboo, South Africa
Patagonia wool from Patagonia, Argentina
Alpaca from Peru
Cotton from California, USA
Ganpi (plant fiber) from Japan
Silk from China, Brazil, Vietnam, Japan and Uzbek
Cashmere from China, Mongolia, Afghanistan and Kyrgyz
Camel from China
Angora goats from China

My favorite new yarn is Noro’s Silk Garden Solo.  I was thrilled to find it at Black Sheep LYS in Encinitas, California

Noro Silk Garden Solo - 45% silk, 45% mohair, 10% wool
Noro Silk Garden Solo – 45% silk, 45% mohair, 10% wool

Do not be deceived!  Solo is not a solid color.  This chocolate colorway has the look of a color found only in nature, with subtle hues of rich brown and occasional flecks of dark blue.  When I decided to write the pattern for my Ralph Lauren inspired Pierre’s Fringe Wrap, I knew  this yarn would give the garment the drape and substance I was looking for.

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Teewinot Bulky Cable hat knit in Noro Nadeshiko
Teewinot Bulky Cable hat knit in Noro Nadeshiko

It is a true pleasure to knit with these beautiful yarns that have traveled the globe before they reach my own wayfaring fingers.

Do you love to knit with Noro?

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7 thoughts on “To Stripe or Not To Stripe”

  1. Wonderful results and really interesting to learn about Noro. I haven’t used this yet. I heard there are soft lines of Noro as I know Kureyon is more rustic.

    1. Yes, Kepanie, Kureyon is quite rustic. Most of the Noro in my stash is wool-based, which is why I was delighted to find cotton-based Noro when I visited Aloha Yarn. I have really enjoyed working with the Taiyo I purchased there.(pictured in the summer sock in this post) It’s a great summer weather yarn!

  2. I LOVE knitting with Noro, when I can find it. Not all LYS’s carry it. But, I snatch it up wherever I find it. Your selections are gorgeous! I believe I have used that blue/fuschia one before.

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