Noro is known for its long color runs in its hallmark variegated yarns. It is beautiful, no doubt about it. But be prepared: there may be knots.
I like to wind my Noro into cakes before working with it so I can feel the yarn run through my fingers and cut out the knots. I find it easier to weave in ends. You'll get good results if you look ahead of your knitting.
I didn't realize the yarn would be thick/thin. There were sections as thick as roving and thin sections as thin as lace yarn (or thinner). Most skeins had minimum of 3 knots at the various color transitions. For the price, I would prefer to see fewer knots. There was also a fair bit of debris in the yarn (scratchy/sharp pieces I had to pick out as I was using the yarn). It is soft and nice to work with, though. I used it for a specific project. I think I would use Kureyon for future projects. I used that before and prefer it's quality to Silk Garden.
I am having a blast watching the colors change. The actual yarn is a little iffy. I have had to pick out debris - not as much as in a local hand-spun alpaca, but too much for commercially produced. I enjoy uneven texture - slubbiness, but there have been sections where the "twist" has been totally missing. It started out feeling like it was lightly coated with plastic, but when I unraveled my first project and started again - the yarn was much, much softer. It does seem to dry my hands out quickly. It seems better for lacy than for texture (cables, wheat, etc). I want to compare the Cascade Casablanca to it for feel. Maybe sock weight combined with a softer yarn - alpaca or cashmerino.
This is hands down the most aesthetically pleasing yarn I have worked with. It really is fun to watch the colors change as you knit. That said, I'm not in love. I don't particularly like the feel of the yarn, I often find several knots per skein, and sometimes the run of a color seems unusually long. I always find myself cutting my working yarn, unrolling and reattaching near the start of the next color change. Also, the fiber combination creates a fabric without a lot of springiness or stretch-this isn't really a problem, its just the nature of the beast.
The silk and wool blend of this super yummy yarn gives it a soft, non-scratchy, slightly nubby texture that is a delight to have next to the skin. The colors are gorgeous - just make sure to buy enough yarn to cover your whole project - there's nothing worse than going to order more Noro to find that a color line has been discontinued. i made a gorgeous scarf for my dad and am finishing a sweater for myself - this yarn is well worth the price.
I made a pair of socks from this yarn and really can't complain with the result. the colors are beautiful and bright my only complaint is that it isn't very springy and would make it the socks even better.
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