This is a busy time of year for the yarn industry. Even though there is still one glorious month of summer left, we’re already thinking about winter.
New yarns and patterns for your fall and winter knitting and crocheting are arriving at the warehouse on almost a daily basis. Just as quickly are we are receiving them we’re turning around and shipping them out to your local yarn store.
The staff at your local yarn store are just as busy! Not only are they still helping you with your summer projects, but they are making room for all the yummy new yarns that will get us through the cold winter months.
Of course, it’s during those cold winter months that our hooks and needles really come alive! That’s why we’re busy now. To get everything in place for when the garden and the beach are no longer calling your name and you’re ready for some serious yarn time.
Keeping up with all the new yarns becoming available can be a bit breathtaking, so I’m going to do my best to introduce them as they become available in stores.
After all, you might want to get a jump on your fall knitting and crocheting so you have a new scarf to wear when the frost comes!
New Noro Yarns
Shiro is a 40% Wool, 30% Cashmere, 30% Silk with approximately 137 yards per 50g ball and a suggested gauge of 5.5 sts per inch on a US 6 needle. It is available in nine colors.
It has the wonderful colors and and texture that you know and love from Noro.
This yarn is so soft and delicious! You can really feel the cashmere and silk content as it’s sliding through your fingers. I’ve been swatching for a crochet cowl and it’s just divine. The crocheting isn’t going so well, but I don’t mind because I get to spend more time with the yarn!
I think my favorite Shiro pattern from the book is Cupcake. This garter stitch cardigan really shows off the long colors changes for which Noro is famous. The cabled edging is a nice contrast with the garter body. I think the short sleeves will make this a useful garment because you’ll be able to wear it for more seasons than if it was long sleeved.
My next favorite is Mint Leaves, but I admit to being influenced by the color and the name! This drop-shoulder cardigan is highly textured, which will make for an interesting knit and is sure to get attention.
For a good transition piece, consider the Sweet Treat cardigan. A cropped body contrasts with long sleeves. Crop tops have been a big fashion trend this year. Sweet Treat is knit in a brick pattern that will be soothing to work because it’s easy to memorize.
Let’s not overlook the accessories.
Zesty Lemon is a great cabled scarf. Because Noro’s color changes are so long you don’t have to worry about them interfering with the design. Make it with or without the fringe!
Last, but not least, the After Eight set features at cabled hat and matching arm warmers. These will be great for yourself, or to toss in your gift box to get ready for the holidays.
Have you started planning your fall and winter projects yet? Which Shiro pattern is your favorite.
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