There is this yarn, a special yarn. It has held knitters firmly in it’s grip since it came on the market. Some knitters rant on and on about what crappy value for money it is. It’s filled with VM (Vegetable Material, knitter slang for grass and other plant remains in your yarn), and it breaks easily because in some places it’s underspun, in other place overspun. This also has its effect on the fabric you knit with it, in some places it will be loose and thin, in other places thick and dense.

Others can never get over the love they feel for the colour combinations that this yarn in produced in, and the natural feel it has. Maybe another aspect that people love is the fact that is handspun in Japan and this makes the wrapper look so exotic and classy. Note that cheap Chinese wool that doesn’t have this classy appearence even though when this has a wrapper it looks just as exotic. The simplicity of Japanese characters compared to Chinese ones makes the difference obviously.

I have always hated the look of variegated yarns and the ugly random stripes they knit up to be. This yarn is different, because the colours are awesome and the colour transitions are much slower than in your standard variegate. So I’ve become a sucker for Noro too, but can understand completely when people think this yarn to be totally tacky, hippy-like and without style. I understand, but I just can’t resist these luscious saturated colour combinations. (Though some of them still are really, really ugly.)

colourways of Noro yarn, you decide

Noro colourways, you decide

And here’s what I am making with mine.


Noro scarf (pattern: My So Called Scarf)

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