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Noro Around My Neck

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Typically I’ve always bought my yarn from a craft store because it’s usually cheaper than local yarn shops.  One of the drawbacks in buying yarn from a local craft store is that you can’t buy enough balls of yarn in the same dye lot to complete any big project like an afghan or sweater.

One day, I decided I’d bite the bullet and go yarn shopping!  Yeah!  I had enough time to shop at three shops here in Orlando.  Each shop had many yarn choices, which I loved, and the owners where knowledge and friendly.

I bought yarn at each shop and the prices were, of course, higher than the craft stores, but I was expecting to pay more.  The quality of the yarn is so much higher than the craft stores.

One of the yarns I had read about and saw in pictures, but never actually got to squeeze and pinch was Noro Silk Garden. This yarn is so different than a typical Red Heart Acrylic!  HA!

A ball of this yarn is 45% Silk, 45% Kid Mohair, 10% Lambswool.  And as I knit this up, I’d occasionally find little bits of straw…like actual straw from the pen of the little lamb!

I was drawn to this yarn mainly because of the color changes that are happening so often throughout the ball.  I’ve knitted through 6 skeins of this yarn and I don’t think I’ve seen a repeat in the color schemes.  Love that!

It is a little pricey at $12 a ball, but I was anxious to knit it up and see the fabric it would produce.

I chose Jared Flood’s Noro Striped Scarf and the pattern is free and easy to memorize.  This would be a great beginner project.  The fabric looks stockinette, but it is actually a 1×1 rib, which helps the fabric to lie flat and not curl like a typical stockinette would do.

Have you tried this yarn?  What did you make?

 
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