New Noro: Nishiki

The new yarns for Spring/Summer 2018 are starting to arrive in yarn shops. First up is NORO “Nishiki“. This worsted weight yarn is a 77% Cotton, 23% Polyamide blend. That’s right, another NORO yarn that doesn’t contain wool! As you can probably guess from the fiber content, Nishiki is wonderfully soft. It will be great…

New Year Yarn Goals

Did you set any knitting or crocheting goals for 2018? Maybe a project you want to finish or a technique you want to learn. Or even just devoting more time to your crafts. There was a meme going around on New Year’s Day that said “May 2018 be the year you finish the projects you…

Finished: Bonfire Night

My “Bonfire Night” poncho is finished! It is my last finished project of 2017 since I finished it on New Year’s Eve. For some reason it took forever to take pictures. This was a relatively quick project, taking a little over a week to complete. The KFI Luxury Collection “Albina” yarn is very soft. The…

WIP: Bonfire Night

My “Bonfire Night” poncho is coming along nicely. I think I’m on the last two colors of my ball of KFI Luxury Collection “Albina” yarn, which means it will be time to bind off soon. (The center of the ball is pretty dense, so there might be three colors hiding in there.) This has project…

Casting On: Bonfire Night

Despite having just finished knitting a small shawl, and discovering a second small shawl in my closet (winter is the time for upending my basket of hand knit accessories), I’m still fixated on small, fast projects to cover my shoulders. After finishing my NORO Kotori shawlette earlier this week I cast on for the “Bonfire…

Small Shawls

As I was reveling in having warm shoulders because I was wearing my NORO Kotori shawlette, I remembered I have another little NORO shawl I can add to the rotation. This is what happens when you are a knitter. You fill your closet with pretty hand knit accessories and lose track of what you own!…

Finished: Kotori Shawlette

I finished knitting my “Age of Brass and Steam” shawl Wednesday night. Here it is, fresh off the needles, before I blocked it. The pattern has you knitting four of the eyelet and garter bands, but I was able to knit only three. I’m not worried about it. Most of the people who will see…

Kotori Shawl

The hat idea has been abandoned. While waiting for the swatch to dry I realized I don’t need another hat. I need a new shawl! We turn the heat down at night when we go to bed. This makes for chilly mornings when we first wake up and are waiting for the furnace to catch up…

Swatches, pfft!

When last we spoke, I was casting on for a hat, which I was going to design on the fly, using NORO brand “Kotori” yarn. I had even swatched! Well, something went terribly wrong somewhere along the line between my swatch, my math, and my long-tail cast on. By Saturday night, after 3″ of knitting,…

Noro Kotori

My desire to knit small projects I can finish quickly has not abated. The success and speed of my “Barnes Hat” earlier in the week has sent me off on a hat kick! Now the sensible think to do might be to continue knitting Barnes Hats with the other colors of “Kiso” yarn I have….