What could be more uplifting than seeing the arc of a rainbow suddenly sweep across a cloudy sky? That’s the same reaction knitters will experience as they flip through the newly printed pages of the NORO Knitting Magazine which makes its eagerly-anticipated debut in early June. Thinking outside the box, Eisaku Noro brought his artistic vision to life with ‘knock your socks off’ colour blended into a melange of nature’s finest wools more than thirty-five years ago. Each year the list of Noro yarn devotees multiplies, as knitters and crocheters continue to discover the surprising shade transformations surreptitiously spun inside each and every ball.
Energized with a deluge of irresistible colour, and over thirty projects to catch your eye from socks, shawls, hats and sweaters for men and women, to home accessories, dresses and skirts, this premiere issue is a pairing of some of the world’s top designers and our favorite yarns.
This exciting issue will sell out quickly so be sure to get a copy reserved at your LYS!
Here is a sizzling sampling of whats inside-
‘Many, many years ago, Eisaku Noro took a leap of faith. Trusting his experience and knowledge, his instincts and determination, he envisioned creating a yarn like no other. So many exuberant entrepreneurial moments like this end without success, but not this one. We can only imagine how hard Mr. Noro worked to market a yarn so overtly individual and carve a growing niche in a hand-knitting market dominated by single-color balls and skeins.’
‘Speaking for the knitters of the world, we say: Bravo, Mr. Noro! Your vision inspires us: We are mesmerized as stitch after stitch forms and falls from our needles. We expect the unexpected, crave the next color, and are often hopelessly addicted. Our editors are voracious Noro knitters, so putting together this magazine has been an exciting experience for us. We congratulate the talented designers who embraced the unique qualities of Noro yarns, experimented with shape and form, color and construction, and created such inspiring results.’
Clever Cables! Designed by Holli Yeoh, here is a vest that features one-piece construction with zig zag cables revealed from the inside. Knit in Noro’s classic Silk Garden, an aran weight fusion yarn combining silk, mohair and lambswool into forty-six dreamy colourscapes.
No Clouds on the Horizon! It will be clear blue skies with this laid-back cover-up designed by Galina Caroll, a project especially suited for novice knitters. Created in two pieces which slope along the upper arms for an easy fit in Karuta, a chunky blend of silk, wool and cotton that puts the fun in summer knitting.
Between the Lines! Take a look at this knockout shawl collar jacket designed by Irina Poludnenko, ready to challenge knitters with a real workout in short row shaping across the shoulders. Knit with two alternating colourways in Silk Garden Sock, creating a hypnotic stripe effect.
Making the Grade! There will never be two of these stunning creations quite the same, thanks to the unique dyeing formulas of Noro yarns. A remarkable design by Galina Caroll, knit in Hitsuji and Karuta, equal partners in a graphic interplay of architectural angles.
Hooked on Kureyon! Designed by Yoko Hatta, with the grandaddy of all Noro yarns, Kureyon, a natural rustic wool spun into an amazing carte de jour of choices….. well over thirty to be exact. There is already plenty of buzz on knitting forums surrounding these easy slip-ons. If you are looking for a little temptation to hone your crochet skills, this may be it!
Felting Fever! A fashionable tote designed by Jacqueline van Dillen is knit in Hitsuji, a bulky wool available in eight splashy palettes. Whether its a sandy excursion at the water’s edge, a weekend jaunt to a friend’s cottage, or just settling into a comfy deck chair in the backyard and enjoying some quiet knitting time, wouldn’t this make a great catch-all?