Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Earn your summer stripes.

For all of you who still think Noro is only for fall and winter knitting, I've got one word for you:


Oh, and two more: Furoside and Furin.

Can't pronounce them? (Can't blame you. "Aya" sounds like what my daughter used to yell in karate.) And not to worry, these gorgeous hand-dyed, self-striping summer yarns from Noro will do the talking for you.

We just received Aya - it was on extended backorder which is always a sure sign of a winner! This cotton/silk/wool blend works up at 5 stitches to the inch on a #7 needle, making it a great substitute for your favorite light worsted-weight yarn when you want to add some self-striping drama. The 35% silk content provides especially vibrant depth of color, as well as a light silky softness. Just a touch of wool adds resiliency. And check out just a few of the great patterns...

"Rita" from Jane Ellison's Noro for Kids Book 9:

Pattern YS493 from Noro Volume 27:

"Eva," also in Aya from Noro for Kids:

Furoside is another Noro summer yarn that really works year-round here in Oklahoma. Use this chunky-weight blend as a substitute for Noro Iro. This one has 45% silk, 40% cotton and 15% silk. The silk lends a light hand to the yarn, even as it knits up quickly on a 9-10 needle. Here's design YS488 from Noro Volume 27 (wear it over a cami for now, and over a long-sleeve fitted T through fall and winter):

Here's "Big Blanket" from Noro for Kids. Wow the crowd at the baby shower!

Last but not least, for those of you who like a little touch of texture or whimsy, here's Furin. It's got the great Noro striping plus a tiny little 3-D fluff every so often. The aran weight blend is mostly cotton and silk, for a quick knit and airy texture. Here are two designs we love from Volume 27:

And a Furin top called "Amy" - you guessed it - the Noro for Kids book. Takes just 3-5 balls:

Each of these Noro summer yarns has great yardage, so you can whip out a year-round garment before the first cool breeze of Fall arrives.

- Shelley
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