I have a few Noro books. I even indulged in the latest Cornelia Tuttle Hamilton “Noro” book, tempted by the story on “the man behind Noro yarns”. Well that part was very interesting, but it was only a few pages and I can’t say I’m thrilled by the designs presented in that book. :-/
“Knitting Noro” by Jane Ellison is something else. Probably one of the best books I ever bought, or at least in the very top list. There are several designs I love AND plan to knit. The first one I HAD to knit was this bulky cardi below. So plain, and yet so deeply resonating with my inner self. The colors and boxy shape remind me of one of some yarn thrifted ages ago (probalby handspun) which I used in several cherished items. And a boxy sweater, also thrifted (or rather, salvaged from oblivion in the depths of a thrifstore as I like to think of it…) and very much worn and cherished.
So. I caved in and bought 7 hanks of Noro Iro. Yep, don’t even ask about the price, it’s ugly. But the yarn, “Iro”, is fantastic and I love knitting it. The cardigan is going to be so pretty, plain yet beautiful, and warm certainly, which is all I need now! 🙂
Those 2 designs are also very high on my list, although maybe sans-stripes. I need to look closer at other people’s versions on Ravelry. 🙂
Oh, and in case you wondererd. I’m still knitting on the other grey cardi started a couple weeks ago. Progress is slower as I need to concentrate on the lace pattern.
AND I’m getting closer to the scary part, aka putting all the stitches on holder to try it on before separating the body and sleeves. That’s the part where I messed my february lady sweater (probably soon to be frogged), so I know I need to get it right now or I’ll never finish it.. 😉
I also did a little sewing. The girls needed nightgowns. A couple t-shirts and a little fabric later… the girls now have new nighties, and they love them ! 🙂