So, there is a yarn store I adore up in Bethleham, PA called The Knitter’s Edge. You walk inside, and there are shelves and shelves of yarn, in every shade you could ask for and ranging in price from ‘OMG’ to ‘cool, this won’t affect my grocery budget this month’ and a huge variety of yarn types and materials to use with yarn. It’s an hour long drive for me to get there, but totally worth it. I grab a drink and a package of chocolate covered donuts and listen to great music while driving to my destination.
I spend time wandering around the store at first, then focus in on the yarn I am there to purchase or , as is often the case, the impulse yarn purchases. This time, my purchase was planned out, and I got three skeins of this:
It was the colors that drew me to this yarn, and despite my lack of love for 100% wool yarn, I purchased it. I’m not a fan of wool because of the often rough texture on my hands while working with it. Now, a good Merino feels wonderful as I work with it, but it’s also much more expensive than what is found in craft stores. (I purchased two colors of Merino from this store and already used them to make scarves for myself.) Wool is tougher than other common yarns, and it has an ability to keep the human wearing it warm, so it’s a popular choice for many people. It’s also an animal product, so if you’re a vegan true and through, you may want to go for the other plant or artificial yarns out there.
This wool yarn is about $9.00 a skein, which is a great price for a variegated wool yarn produced in another country. As I mentioned before, the colors are what caught me. Each color is vibrant enough to stand on it’s own. If I could find this yarn in skeins of individual color I’d be overjoyed. Each color also goes well with it’s neighbors, so even with the color changes nothing is out of place or awkward in the finished projects you make with it. Texturally, it has a better feel on my hands and skin than any wool yarn in a craft store. No itchiness, no raw fingers after working with it. It also does not pill or fray while working with it, which is something I adore when working with yarn.
There are few down sides to this Noro yarn, but none of them are enough of a reason for me to dislike it in any way.
My main complaint is that it is not of uniform size throughout the skein. There are some areas that are nearly finger weight, and some close to bulky or super bulky. Adjustments in your pattern are needed when using this yarn in anything, so I wouldn’t use it for detailed work.
It’s also a bit delicate, so when tying off or merging with another skein it can rip when pulled with too much force.
Other than that, I love it. It’s affordable, it’s beautiful and is available online from several retailers along with other varieties made by the same company. The store I go to for it has it at a great price, and I don’t pay for shipping, so look for it at your local yarn store! Here’s what I made with it:
I ended up with about 30 yards of the Noro yarn leftover after making the scarf and hat. I paired it with the blackest black yarn I could find in my stash, which was an acrylic with a similar sheen to the Noro. The pattern is called ‘Moroccan Tile Stitch’, and you can find several tutorials online with video and photo instruction. It’s pretty, but would make a terrible washcloth in my humble opinion.
I’d like to know what other people enjoy using for their projects, so let me know what brands or patterns you turn to again and again!
Just so you guys know, I don’t work for the yarn store, nor for Noro. I really just love this yarn and this store. I do my best to buy locally and support small businesses in my area. Wait til I tell you about my local coffee roaster! Or the farmers I get my eggs and meat from! Summer is the best for farmer’s markets. I went through a whole pint of blueberries in three days, and I can’t wait until Saturday so I can get more !