Our fall yarns are starting to arrive! One of our first arrivals is Noro Ito. This is a brand new yarn for Noro!
Noro is an amazing yarn company that we are excited to keep working with. Noro Yarn was founded by Eisaku Noro in Japan, where all of the yarn is still produced. All animal fibers that are used in the yarns come from certified organic farms, from international sources such as Australia, the Falkland Islands and South Africa. Noro is personally involved with inspecting all aspects of production, from visiting the animal farms to checking the machinery used and keeping restrictions on the dye processes to maintain products that are as eco-friendly as possible. The owner says “Friction, rubbing and heat during processing weaken the fibers in direct proportion to the length of time they are processed. By dramatically shortening this process, we are preventing damage to the enzymes in the fibers and simultaneously profiting the environment.” Differences in processing from other yarn manufacturers include the use of a single roller on the carding machine instead of the usual three, hand-feeding tufts of fiber into the carding machine, and the arrangement of specified color runs by hand. The single roller as well as the shorter bed on the spinning machine result in less twist to the single ply than other yarns, giving a variance in thickness along its length.
Noro Ito is an amazing 200 gram ball of striping wool! Check it out:
Each cake is a mega 437 yards of worsted weight wool. You can get a nice 4-5 stitches on this amazing self striping yarn. Each cake is $40, and we have 8 amazing colors in stock!
One ball of this will make our Very Mochi Entrelac Scarf or Shawl pattern. Here is our version in Ito:
2. Waiting for Winter Mittens and Fingerless Mitts by Susan B. Anderson
3. Inspira Cowl – free on Ravelry!