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November 23, 2010

Noro yarns, for me, for you!

The best part about working on the Volna pattern was discovering new-to-me Noro yarns which I didn't find itchy or too wooly. If you remember, that was my biggest obstacle in working with Noro yarns in the past. Today I'm happy to share with you my thoughts on three not-terribly-wooly Noro yarns, in particular.


Noro Kirameki, color 156, unblocked and blocked.

This single ply, laceweight yarn is composed of 60% rayon, 25% nylon, 10% wool, 5% cashmere, and contains 492 yds/450 m per 50 g skein. I think it's a fairly new addition to the Noro line-up: when I first bought it back in September, I believe it wasn't even listed in Ravelry yet! The most striking aspect of Kirameki is the beautiful colorways in which the yarn is available. They are deep and saturated, and transition slowly and beautifully.

The yarn itself is quite thick 'n thin, with some sections as thin as heavy thread, and others, fluffy and full and easily sportweight. I found the yarn to be very crisp, and to have an unexpected amount of body considering its thinness. It also tended to stick to itself while knitting, though this tendency was washed away (literally) with blocking. The rayon and nylon content gave the yarn a beautiful sheen comparable to that of silk. Kirameki was the only Volna yarn that did not have a single knot in it!


Noro Sekku, from left to right: color #5, color #6, and color #6 knit up (yes, the middle and right pictures are really the same colorway!).

This single ply, laceweight yarn is composed of 50% cotton, 17% wool, 17% nylon, 16% silk, and contains 459 yds/420 m per 50 g skein. More than anything, it feels like cotton! In my mind the closest yarns to Sekku, in terms of feel, are Mission Falls 1824 Cotton and Manos Cotton Stria. The yarn knits up with a beautiful drape that's only enhanced with blocking. The stretches of color are rather short, and neighboring colors can be high in contrast. The result is that you will be captivated! Just when you're getting bored of navy - bam! - hot pink is next! If you're like me, you won't be able to put your knitting down just so you can see what's coming next.


Noro Taiyo, from left to right: color #4, color #8, and color #8 knit up.

Noro Taiyo is a loosely spun two-ply yarn that's aran in weight. It is composed of 40% cotton, 30% silk, 15% wool, 15% nylon, and contains 219 yds/200 m per 100 g skein. In some ways, it very much reminds me of Noro Sekku - it also feels predominantly like cotton. However, because it is a two-ply yarn, it has a bit more body and substance, especially when it's knit into garter stitch. Unlike Noro Sekku, the number of colors explored in each skein of Taiyo is not as numerous - you will never feel like you're knitting the rainbow, and you can more easily classify each skein as predominantly green, or blue, or pink, etc.

The one interesting thing about knitting with Taiyo is that different sections of color have different textures. For example, the yellow and bright green bits of colorway #8 felt like pure cotton, whereas the black bits were furry and hairy like wool. I wonder if different color sections vary in their specific fiber composition?

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In the process of working on the pattern and auditioning different colorways, I acquired a few spare skeins of Noro Sekku and Noro Taiyo that I would like to share with you! I grouped the skeins so that each prize is enough to knit your own Volna scarf/stole, but of course you can use the prize for whatever pattern or purpose you want :).

There are 4 prizes in this giveaway:

  1. Two skeins of Noro Taiyo in the #4 colorway. You could use this yarn to knit a cozy winter Volna scarf by following the narrow version of the pattern.
  2. Two skeins of Noro Sekku in the #5 colorway. You can make a large lace Volna stole if you use the wide version of the pattern.
  3. One skein of Noro Sekku in the #6 colorway. For a quick and easy lace scarf, knit the medium version of the pattern using this skein.
  4. Same as 3 above (so, I have two of these to give away, and each one is a separate prize).

To enter this giveaway, simply leave a comment on this post before Friday, November 26th, 9 p.m. EST. Please read here for complete rules of this giveaway. Update: thank you for participating, the comments have now been closed.

Good luck! I hope you enjoy knitting with these Noro yarns as much as I did!

Posted by Kathy on November 23, 2010 08:30 AM


Thanks for the non-itchy info and contest!

I LOVE Noro Sekku. I have some marinating - not sure what it's going to become. I've used either of the other two, but am intrigued.

I haven't worked with ANY of the above yarns and your volna has got me itching to experiment! I'd love to try them out 'risk-free'!


I bought this pattern the moment it was posted--just beautiful and Noro is the perfect yarn for it.

Your scarves are beautiful...I have never used Noro though I have some in my stash.

thanks for the information on these new yarns. i love trying new fibers but it is so great have input from someone who has knit with them.

Wow, what an awesome giveaway. I don't enjoy using Noro due to the itchiness factor as well. It would be amazing to try one of these options.

Beautiful yarns for a beautiful pattern!

I too have had issues with noro, but I'll take your testimony as a reason to give it another shot

Great giveaway!! I love Noro products... and your blog!

I've used Noro Silk Garden; it was scratchy while knitting but softened completely after I wet blocked it. I'd love to try something else in the Noro line & love your scarf pattern.

Gorgeous yarn! Gorgeous patterns!

Beautiful pattern and beautiful yarn!!!

Love the yarn and pattern. Can't wait to make it.

I made a Lady Eleanor from Silk Garden in a colorway that looks very much like the #8 Taiyo you have above.

It felt a bit scratchy in the knitting up, but man, you're right. Post-blocking, it's wonderfully soft and not a bit of itch in it. I love it!

The scarf pattern is beautiful!

Love the prizes! Volna is first in queue of shawls I want to knit :)

Wonderful information!! I have only used 1 Noro yarn and that was Kureyon Sock to make a shawl. I did not like how scratchy it was, nor did I like the stickiness of the yarn. In the end though, my simple shawl turned out beautiful and I get lots of compliments on it.

I have always used Noro yarns with other yarns. This is reduce the cost and to improve the texture of the garment. I am fascinated with the color and texture changes in these yarns. I am looking forward to using your new pattern.

I have yet to knit with Noro, although I have a couple skeins of Cashmere Island in the stash. I love your scarf pattern, thanks for doing a fun giveaway!

I love the way your new pattern shows off the color shifts in the Noro. It's so pretty!

Thanks so much for another inspired pattern. I recently knit my first Noro scarf (in a Brenda Patipa pattern called Lombard Street) and loved the knitting and the result.

Wow, these are new Noro yarns for me too. I'll be keeping an eye out for them. Thanks!

Your Volna pattern is beautiful! I'd be happy to knit it in any of the Noro yarns you described. I'm a fan of Noro Silk Garden; the Kureyon is lovely, but I only use it for felted projects---too scratchy for me.

I love the look of Noro, but have found it a bit harsh and scratchy, as well as too dear for my student budget. I would love to knit your Volna in any yarn at all, but Noro would be a dream, especially these new blends. Thanks for your generosity, whether I am lucky enough to partake of it or not!

This yarn sounds lovely!

Gorgeous! I love all the different options within the pattern.

Due to a bizarre recommendation from a shop owner, the first yarn I ever used to knit a garment (Irish fisherman sweater from Sirdar) was Noro Cash Iroha. Not the most appropriate choice I later learned, but an amusing way to be introduced to Noro. I've since done several projects with Kureyon but never Sekko or Taiyo.

Thank you for your generosity! I too am just now discovering Noro yarns - heavenly!

Oh, as a very broke unemployed person, I would love some yarn! Very lovely.

I'm just a huge Noro fan. If I had to choose just one yarn to work with, it would probably be Noro. I just did a diagonal garter stitch scarf with Taiyo. I haven't worked with the other two. It would be fun to try.

Oh I would love to win some Noro! I have worked with some of their yarns in the past, though I have yet to try Sekku or Taiyo. The Volna is just lovely, I would love the chance to knit it.

I had no idea Noro made anything that wouldn't drive me crazy with itching, thanks for the info!

whoa. those are all gorgeous, and maybe less itchy? anyway, i would happily knit with any of them

congrats on such a great design! i look forward to knitting with these yarns at some point. thanks for the hearty reviews. :)

Thank you, thank you, thank you! I absolutely love the noro colors, but I could never get over the texture when working with it. I will definitely be looking into these lines of Noro in the future.

I love all the variations on the shawl. They are lovely.

I've added this pattern to my Ravelry list. I've tried some of the other Noro yarns, but would love to try any of these!

I have not worked with Noro yet, and would love, love love to try it out!

I'm still not sure about Noro, but after reading your post, I may not burst into tears uncontrollably if some well-meaning relative gives me some for Christmas. But I'd have to see the yarn myself to be sure... Here's hoping I win! ;)

I've been toying with the idea of trying the Noro lace weight. I made fingerless mitts for gifts with silk garden and loved it!

Thank you for sharing this information on new Noro yarns. Your designs are beautiful. Happy Thanksgiving!

Oh, goodness. I would never have believed it of that Sekku. I'm a strictly brown-neutral dresser, but I've been trying to expand my wardrobe a little bit. So enter me, please. :)

One thing I'd love to see - how does one wear fashion scarves? I'm old enough now that most of my shirts have collars. Surely one doesn't wear a scarf with a collar, right? So what DO you wear it with?

ooooh pretty yarns! I've wanted to try Noro yarns, but haven't gotten around. Hence winning some would be a perfect opportunity :)

I have always wanted to knit with noro, but I, too, have found that it's too itchy for me. I can't wait to try these out! Thanks for the review.

Thanks for the chance to "test drive" these babies! Blocking shows them to their best!

Oh my gosh, thanks for these reviews! I didn't realize there were so many more non-itchy options for Noro now! I will definitely try these out.

I would love a chance to work with something different...thanks for the giveaway!

What a gorgeous scarf! The colors are so vivid! I have never used any type of Nora yarn. Maybe I should give it a try!

Thanks for the rundown of these newer Noro's - I love working with it and will consider these less wooly option in the future - and if some should come my way from your giveaway - all the better!!

Please enter me - all the Noro colors are so beautiful, and I'm shocked to think in a decade of knitting...I've yet to use ANY Noro yarns.

Oh my gosh! Thanks so much for this chance! I have a friend who has been coveting your new scarves and if I win some of the yarn I'm definitely going to make her one. I've never knitted with Noro before because I don't like the feel of it, so I love to try knitting with a nicer-textured version of it. :)

Awesome contest -- thanks for the generous prizes!

How exciting! It's been too long since I've knit with noro. Your scarf is gorgeous!

I had been waiting with 'bated breath for your pattern to come out - the minute it did, I bought it and started the wide version with my two skeins of Sekku that I happened to have on hand, just waiting for something great to make out of it - I'm enjoying everything about it, thank you!
now I've got to find some Kirameki, since a friend of mine is making the same pattern with hers, and I would love to feel the drape of that.
Thank you, Kathy!

I love your pattern. I would love to win some Noro to use for it. A Noro that isn't itchy would be a lovely thing to have.

I love Noro, and these scarves look gorgeous!

I never win giveaways, but I keep on entering! I love, love Noro and I'm so glad that these yarns are compatible with your desires for less itch. I also really love this pattern, seems like it would be great for gift knitting.

Thanks for the info about Noro!

Oh, I would love to try these new Noro yarns - I am a big fan of their yarn and colours.

I would so love to get my needles on some of that - its so beautiful!

Ohhh . . . Noro! Enough said.

Ooooh, Noro colorways on not-scratchy yarns? That is the best thing.

Lace scares me but that might mean it's time to start learning to love it. You make the Sekku sound amazing!

What luscious colorways! So beautiful.

your scarf pattern is lovely-- i am going to make two for christmas gifts. thank you for sharing your creativity.

The new stole is beautiful. I love to try new yarns and watching colors change.

I'm curious to try a Noro that isn't scratchy. I've used their wools and while I love their colors, I've been hesitant to make the investment again.

The Noro Sekku #5 is gorgeous!

They all look beautiful - lovely pattern. And you are making me covet the yarns!

I tend to be lukewarm on Noro, but the photo of your shawl done in Sekku really grabbed me. I especially like the way the construction of the stole works with the color runs. It's going on next year's gift knitting list because who wouldn't love one of these?

Those yarns are all new to me. I love Noro colorways, and while the scratchiness does not bother me, it does most family members. So, YES, I would love to win some!

Thanks for sharing the info, and happy Thanksgiving !

I'd love a skein to try out Volna.

So pretty! Have a good holiday! :)

I've never tried Noro before at all. I'm so very curious!!

I am SO EXCITED about this pattern - I went and bought some Kirameki this weekend so I can start on it after the holidays! :-)

I've always been a big fan of noro, silk garden in particular, and would love to try these newer yarns! Thanks for such a great giveaway!

I am a Noro addict and love the new pattern. Can't wait to knit it up.

I'm a fan of colourful yarns, and have long bemoaned Noro's gorgeous colours but uncomfortable feel. Thanks for your reviews and contest!

Yay, yummy non-itchy noro and gorgeous lace patterns.

I am a big Noro fan, and these new offerings look wonderful. I'd love to try one or more of them!

What a nice Thanksgiving treat. I love the pattern.

Beautiful pattern and lovely yarn. My noro experience is limited to kureyon sock and silk garden. I'd love a chance to test drive these other noros.

I've never used Noro yarn. I love you descriptions and analysis of it. I'll have to pick some up even if I don't win a prize.

Just finished the Yulie hat. Love it!!! I also love the look of the noro yarn and would love to win some to use. Really enjoy reading your blog.

I've always wanted to try out noro yarns because of the colors and think Volna would be a great project to try one out!

I would love to try this yarn!

Your scarves are so pretty - thanks for the opportunity to try the yarn!

I love the Volna pattern and snapped it up when you first released it. Thank you!! To have some Noro to go with it would be great.

i'm slightly terrified of the extreme variability in Noro. would be exciting to try


Love, love, love Noro. Especially the color surprises! Thanks for a chance at such a great give away.

I think you have just exposed me to a wonderful new world! I have to try these, especially the Sekku. I think I'm in love even through my monitor!

I've been waiting for you to publish this pattern, it's gorgeous. Would love to knit it in Sekku #5. Thanks for sharing!

I've drooled over Noro for a long time, but have never had a chance to knit with any of their yarns before. I would love love love a chance to win some- wow!!

So beautiful! Would love to try it!

Yummy! Would love a chance to win!

Gorgeous- I've never knit with Noro before- would love to try!

Thank you for sharing this information! I've used several wooly Noro yarns, and would not have thought they'd be appropriate for neckwear - happy to hear that these few are different :)

Thank you! I too had been hesitant about Noro yarns because of the scratchiness factor. Will have to try some of these.

I have the same complaint about Noro yarns and I'd love to try some that aren't scratchy!

I love Noro yarns, I can't wait to try these out! Thanks for all the info.

Thanks for the in depth reviews. I may try some Noro now.

Gorgeous! Would love any of them! Thanks for the giveaway.

I haven't tried any of these yarns, but would love to do so if I win. Thanks for the giveaway. Your scarf is lovely.

i love noro, but have never used these yarns...pick me!

I've been dying to try Sekku!

I have some Sekku at home that I haven't tried yet, but the Kirameki you used looks yummy!

The only Noro I have knit with is Kureyon -- great to hear that some of their yarns are less scratchy! These look beautiful with your new pattern, too.

Retro as it may be, I'm still a fan of Kureyon. I'd love to try these newer, thinner jars though.

Beautiful! I'd love try some!

All these yarns are new for me too so I'd love to try

I would love to knit Volna! Thanks for the chance to win. :-)

I've actually never knit with a Noro yarn for the reasons you detailed above, but these seem lovely!

beautiful! I'd love to win!!

Beautiful yarn!

I have been captivated by this pattern since you first started posting teaser photos. Thanks also for the info about the new Noros. Can't wait to try the laceweights.

Lovely yarn, lovlier pattern! Pick me!

It's like you read my mind! I am knitting a pair of socks out of Noro sock yarn, and I considered making your pattern instead. Then I thought about having that sock yarn next to my neck. Glad to hear there are some Noro yarns that aren't like steel wool!

Awesome yarns! And I love your Volna pattern for 1) showing all the variegation of the Noro yarns but 2) not looking like it's going to be boring to knit ;)

I've only used Kureyon and Cash Iroha, but now I am anxious to try Taiyo and Sekko out!

I am always amazed by the difference between a ball of Noro and the final knit. Those folks are color geniuses.

Thank you for the excellent and informative yarn reviews.

A wonderful pattern and wonderful contest! Thanks!

I'm just starting to work with Noro yarns, and I love your posts and patterns relating to them. Your work is beautiful.

Never knitted with Noro before. Thanks for the chance!

Wonderful pattern! Wonderful Contest!

I love the Noro colors. Thanks for being so generous.

The Kirameki scarf is particularly beautiful. Your craftsmanship always amazes me.

I love how your Volna. Thank you for the opportunity to try a new yarn.

I've never tried Noro yarns as they seemed so scratchy, despite all the comments to the contrary. I'd love to try one of these, especially the aran weight.

I have never worked with Noro and would love to try it.

Those noro yarns are lovely. I would love a chance to work with some of these newer/different yarns.

Such a great pattern, and such pretty yarns!

I love your volna! I'm glad to find out about this yarn; especially about the itchiness. Happy Thanksgiving!

Pretty, Pretty yarn and pattern!

How cool! I've wanted to try out some of the newer Noro yarns!

I love the pattern and cued it immediately when you first blogged about it.

I am so excited to try Sekku! I've never knitted with Noro before, but your scarf is definitely making me want to!

How great! I've never knit with Noro before and I would love the chance to try it out. It looks lovely in your project!!

I'm not a huge Noro fan, but I think I'd like the Kirameki the best. I like the colors and the lofty-thinness of it, if that makes sense, haha!

Oh, very nice Noro yarns. I didn't know they had some new ones out. (I'm clueless, I guess) Thanks for the giveaway!

I think my crafting plate is full until after the holidays, but I'd love to be included in the drawing!

Oh my, these colors are so lovely! I would love to win one of these!

Thank you for having this drawing! My only Noro experience to date is to knit an entrelac scarf with Silk Garden. The colorways are wonderful!

I love the colors of Noro, but found the yarn itchy & scratchy. I'd love to try a different blend!

I don't have any wool sensitivities, but I've never liked the way the Noro yarns I've touched felt, so I haven't bought it before either. Maybe I'll be able to enjoy their colorways now!

I love to work with variegated yarn and guessing what pattern they would form in my project. Gee, I hope I win. :)

The colorways are really yummy - I love multi-colored yarns that don't have completely predictable color repetitions, and surprise you with bright little splashes.

I love your patterns but I think Volna may be your best yet! What is the best way to block it? Straight wires along one edge and pins on the other? Pins all around?

Thanks for your generosity on the yarn contest!

I really love your new scarf pattern. It is in my after the holidays queue.

Would love to try out knitting with these!


Congratulations on still more gorgeous work! I am thrilled to be entered in the contest. Happy Thanksgiving! ☺

Congratulations on still more gorgeous work! I am thrilled to be entered in the contest. Happy Thanksgiving! ☺

Ooh, I love Noro and haven't had a chance to use any of these yarns yet. Love the Volna pattern, too, it's gorgeous.

So beautiful! I would love to make a Volna! Thanks, Kathy!

From the looks of the comments section I'm in good company here, but I too love Noro colorways. Itchiness has definitely been a detractor before, so thank you for the reviews!!

thanks so much for reviewing the yarns (and for the giveaway!)...recently i've been curious about the new noro yarns (esp with the peaks at you knitting), this is really helpful and giving me some great ideas for presents.

Ooh, thanks for sharing! I plan to knit a Volna someday anyway, but would love to try one of these too!

I'm IN. I love Noro, even the itchy stuff, I'd love to try some of these newer yarns on your gorgeous pattern.

I have really been wanting to try the noro lace weight! I am sure I won't be disappointed. This is a beautiful pattern.

I've never worked with Noro before, but have always been drawn in by the colors.

Happy Thanksgiving! Thanks for the giveaway, too - I'd LOVE to knit a Volna (can't think past that) with beautiful and non-itchy Noro.

I love the color combinations. They're so beautiful!

Since Noro colourways can keep me intrigued for hours at a time, I couldn't help myself entering your giveaway.

That pattern is absolutely captivating! What a perfect marriage of yarns and pattern!

Huh, I had no idea Noro had laceweight offerings! Thanks for writing up your thoughts on these.

The colors are gorgeous. Did you have the problem that I've had with other Noro yarns -- knots with discontinuities in the color sequence?

Yum. I hope to win this! thanks for the giveaway!

what a generous giveaway. and what gorgeous yarn and pattern!

I love Noro yarns! Would love to win some and knit your scarf.

I am a sucker for colour changes. They make the knitting go faster. I haven't tried any of these Noro yarns and would love the opportunity.

Thanks for the review - it's so helpful. Would love to win some yarn! Thanks for the contest!

Those look great. Count me in!

Oooh. I would love to win! This is such a beautiful pattern I would love to make for myself.

I would love to try new Noro yarns...and your scarf pattern!!

Still loving the scarf I'm knitting. The Noro is gorgeous and looks so great with the wave pattern. Thanks so much for sharing this!

Absolutely beautiful and any combination would be deeply loved.

A friend gifted me the Volna pattern the day it was released, and I LOVE it. I really want to knit it with sekku but funds are non-existent in this house. Fingers crossed!

Beautiful pattern!! And I love all Noro yarns, so can't lose if I win (so to speak...)

I totally covet the Noro yarns, but like everything else in my LYS, they're far too expensive for me to be able to afford them in any amount. It would be nice to be able to use color in something besides acrylic...

A Noro giveaway? And a beautiful pattern for Noro right below it? Yes, thank you! You're a peach! :)

I am going to have to run over to my LYS to pick up some of these very pretty yarns! Thanks for the review

I have never knit with Noro, but would love to try. Thanks for hosting the give-away!

I have never used Noro before, but certainly would be interested in trying it out. The colors are lovely.

Your reviews are so clear and reliable that you've made me really want to check out this yarn!

A softer Noro is a very good thing. Their colors are so scrumptious and Volna shows them off beautifully.

Would like to try my hand with Noro again....

Thanks so much for the run-down on these yarns and the give-away...I love Noro's colors and it's good to see some new yarns...happy t-day...cheers! becky

Lovely pattern and lovely yarn choices!

Thank you for such a thorough run down! I, like you, am a wool disliker in terms of scratchiness, and I was really wondering which of these yarns to try. I go to a knit-inn every January and thought this would be a fun weekend project. Happy Thanksgiving!!

Thanks for all this information. I've always loved the colors and look of Noro but learned the hard way that my skin doesn't want most of it anywere nearby. All the scarves, hats, and wristwarmers I've knit have been given away to friends with more tolerant skin!

Haven't knit with Noro yet - although I have several skeins of Kureyon in the stash!

beautiful colors, and encouraging words on the decreased scratchiness factor!

Noro yarn, Noro yarn, I want the Noro yarn. LOL

Thanks for the chance.

Thanks for these yarn profiles! I find info like this so helpful, especially as a knitter without a lot of years of experience. And I am like you, wishing for Noro yarns that don't irritate me. I love the colors so much and have had to make only projects for my husband who doesn't mind the prickly wooliness.

I hope my stash isn't listening, but I really really want that Noro Kirameki, color 156. I really really do. I must have it, one way or another. Thanks so much for the info, I might not have known about the yarn otherwise. GASP.

Yes please! I would definitely make a version of Volna.

Where did you get the Kirameki? It's the yarn that speaks to me the most for Volna of all of the ones you made it in. I love the laceweight!

I have never used Noro before because of the itch. I might have to try these out as I love the colors.

I haven't used Noro in so long, I didn't even realize these new yarns existed. I would love to win some and give them a test!

Noro yarns have always intrigued me, but I haven't tried them yet. Thanks for the chance.

I have been fascinated by Noro yarns for a while but haven't gotten around to trying them. Your review really makes me really want to try these lovely yarns.

Lovely yarn, thanks for the info about it.

Hi, I loooove Noro and would be oh-so-happy with these yarns :) Thank you!

I'm so glad to hear about the Noro yarns in less itchy fiber blends. I bet they'll be very popular. I love your pattern and will be getting it as soon as I finish up a few other projects. Thank you for the contest!

Ooooh.... those colorways look absolutely scrumptious! I feel a lace craving coming on....

I would love to try the new Noro yarns. Thanks for giving the opportunity to try to win!

All the scarves are so beautiful! I love how they look knit in Noro :o)

I recently discovered noro yarns as well (stayed away because they felt too scratchy). That scarf pattern looks lovely!

Love the shawl and I'm yearning for the Noro Sekku #5!!

I'm right there with you, love the Noro colors, not so keen on the feel.

I had been waiting for this pattern to be released as I have 1 skein of Sekku in my stash and knew what it had to become. But I'd love to make a Taiyo version.

So one day I am drooling over your scarf, then the now a giveaway! Fantastic...my fingers are beyond crossed.
Thank you for the wonderful giveaway.

Love this shawl pattern! Your teaser pics were so pretty. Noro=yum.

Thank you for the contest. I love Noro in all its variations!

Ooh. Pretty Noro. I just used Kureyon for the first time and I loved it.

Dear random number generator,

Please pick me.

Love, Diane

Perfect pattern ad yarn chice. I love Noro colorways!

Am a limited Noro lover (but the Noro I love, I really, really love!) but DO love this pattern!

This pattern is captivating me; I haven't worked with many Noro yarns but think this pattern is calling for them!

love the pattern and bought it straight away. Looking for the either lace weight in the UK is proving challenging - we are super slow getting the latest yarns! Maybe I will give it a go in a noro sock, even if they are a little woolly for me - I can't resist the pattern much longer!

Noro - what's not to love?

Oh, I would love to try these new Noro yarns - I am a big fan of their yarn and colours.

What a great giveaway--thanks so much! I have never worked with Noro before, but I LOVE the colors.

I've always wanted to try Noro. C'mon, RNG!

They are all so beautiful! I have also stayed away from Noro because of it's scratchiness... I didn't know they had new yarns out!

Those descriptions of the yarn are really useful. Love the pattern - so beautiful!

Looks like I'm going to have to keep my eyes open for these Noro yarns! And add Volna to my queue!

Thanks for reviewing these yarns. I love the colors of Noro yarns, but I'm always put off by the scratchiness... it sounds like I have a few options to try out now!

I've never bought any Noro, because they've all felt "rough" to me. I will see if I can find these; thanks for the heads-up!

It would be great to win the yarn for your beatiful scarf. Thank you for the noro review.

I bought the pattern and haven't decided on yarn yet. I'll see if I win to help make up my mind. Thanks.

Oh, I love Noro! I actually enjoy the scratchiness of Kureyon, but I'd love to try new yarns!

I love the color changes in Noro, and you design takes full advantage of them! Lovely!
Thanks for the contest offer too! coneryka at jmu dot edu

I love this pattern!

Wonderful give away! I'd love to win. But even if I don't, I'm going to give the Noro a try.

Those colorways are SO gorgeous; I love the ones you chose. And, oh my, your number generator is going to be SO busy...

Wow! That's a lovely pattern! I'd love to win some less itchy Noro, I am glad they are adding to their wonderful line of colorful yarns!

I LOVE your Volna! If I don't win, I am buying the pattern as soon as I get paid! lol And like many others, I have stayed away from Noro because of it's feel. Nice to know that there are new yarns from them that are softer, but just as pretty!
And again, thank you for your generosity!

Happy Thanksgiving!!! :-)

Love, love, love...

I would love trying out this new beautiful yarn.

What a lovely unique shawl! I can't wait to try this pattern. I'm intrigued by the yarn too! Thanks!

I've never been a huge fan of Noro but your lace looks AMAZING with the different color changes.

So appreciate your comments on the different "Noros"...thank you!

Beautiful pattern and beautiful yarn. I'm a sucker for the color changes in Noro, too.

Thanks for the info! Where I live we don't get much more than Kureyon and Silk Garden, so its nice to see a breakdown of a few more styles of Noro.

Mmmmm. Noro. The colors are simply the best.

Ooh -- have always been tempted by Noro ....

So pretty! Thanks for the contest.

I absolutely LOVE this new pattern and can not wait to knit it up. This will be my first foray into lace and would love to win the kit for the larger version! Thank you for being so generous with your beautiful talents!

Thanks for the contest! Your Volna turned out beautiful in all the colors.

I have always loved Noro and I had already marked VOlna as a must-make. I think you use the colors beautifully and whether I win some from you or not, this will make its way onto my needles!!

Pretty pretty!

I downloaded the pattern almost as soon as I saw your post about it last week. Using Handmaiden sock yarn though - a special yarn needed a special pattern and no way was it going to be a pair of socks! I can see myself making this scarf/stole more than one time.

BEAUTIFUL scarves!

Gorgeous pattern and gorgeous yarn. I'm going to have to treat myself to some of the Kirameki...that's beautiful!

Ah Noro, so beautiful. Come here my little pretty...

Selkie on Ravelry

Your pattern is beautiful and looks great in that yarn. The colors are gorgeous.

Volna looks lovely, particularly in Sekku. I love Noro colors and am glad to see a less "itchy" option!

Noro's colors are soooo great ! ! ! !
Haven't met one I didn't like yet, so I am in.
Would LOVE to be one of the lucky ones picked Friday evening.
BTW, love that shawl.

Hugs, Gerry

I've never knit with Noro, but would love to try it out!

Good to hear Noro has non-itchy yarns. I have always been meaning to try them out, but every time i pick up a skein in the LYS I am put off by the scratchiness.

Love your classy, witty posts. Still smiling at your graph of crafty interest.

wonderful giveaway! i've always wanted to try noro yarns!

Wow! I love Noro yarn, and especially like the look of the Sekku in your lovely shawl. What a treat, to have a chance to win some.

I have been trying to do 10 shawls in 2010, but I'm stalled with only 8 knitted. Maybe this new Noro would be just what I need to get me started again!

I'd love to meet some non-scratchy Noro yarns! I've always loved the color ways but the roughness of Kureyon has put me off of knitting with it.

Your FO's are lovely. I have a few skiens of Noro sock yarn that I adore, but I'd love a chance to knit with some others too! Thanks for the great giveaway.

I love this pattern and would love to have some of this yummy yarn to knit it with---or, with which to knit it, since I couldn't bring myself to post a comment ending with a preposition!

Noro yarns are often hard for me to find, beyond Kureyon. It would be fun to play with another. And Volna is so gorgeous. I already have the pattern in hand, and have been thinking about what to use. I imagine it would be pretty in anything, but Noro would be fabulous. Thanks, as always, for the great information and generous spirit of your blog!

How fun! I love the fun colors of Noro yarn...thanks for a chance to win some!

My mom has some Kirameki that I've been trying to convince her to let me make something out of for her. I love the saturation of hue in Noro yarns!

Wow, it's all so beautiful!

Beautiful yarn, beautiful scarf. I love Noro, even Kureyon (yes, scratchiness feels warm). But now I'd like to try on of these.

I love the look of the Sekku! Beautiful!

You always find great Noro colorways -- or is it just that everything looks better on your blog? And I haven't yet congratulated you on this fabulous design. I love those sashaying eyelet ridges!

I've never knit with Noro but my mother is a great fan of it. I also admit that I hadn't thought of "Noro" and "drape" in the same sentence but your photos suggest otherwise! The play of colors is lovely too.

I love the review and seeing the finished projects together - it makes it easier to get an idea of how the colours shift in a real project rather than a plain little swatch.

Great review...very informative! And thanks for the giveaway! =)

I'm in love with this pattern! Thanks for the contest :)

I love Noro yarns but agree that the itch factor is a problem. I'll definitely have to check out some of these less itchy ones. Their colors are gorgeous and I love your new pattern!

Yummy, yummy Noro and scarf pattern! I LOVE all things Noro and have not yet tried the first two yarns. I'd love a chance to win!!! Thanks so much.

Worth a shot! I'm happy to read your review of these yarns, since itchiness has always been my big problem with Noro yarns too. Will have to check these out!

I love Noro. I personally do not find it itchy but maybe I am a freak.

I love these yarns! And the pattern you have written is beautiful! I would love to be able to win some of this yarn in order to make one of those gorgeous scarves!

This is a beautiful pattern! And I love your yarn choices.

A Noro giveaway! Yippee! Not that I ever win these things. Your scarves are gorgeous!

The Kiramekki and Sekku are gorgeous! I've got some Noro marinating in the stash. I really should pull it out and knit it up. Of course, I say that about (almost) everything in my stash.

I love your scarves and I will love knitting with this noro yarn!

one way or another, I need to add some new Noro to my stash..


Thanks for the reviews of the Noro yarns. I'm a serious lace knitter and I would love to have some laceweight Noro!

Noro is just amazing!!!

what a great idea to use a knitting pattern as a jumping-off point for a Noro review. Thanks for doing so!

I love Noro yarns and am really excited by this beautiful scarf pattern. Thanks so much!

Very exciting to learn about these new (to me) Noro yarns. Thanks for your report and for your giveaway!

There is something so special about the way Noro does color. It's looks great in your shawl :)

Very thorough rules!
I haven't checked out Noro for a year or two; Silk Garden Light (Lite?) is about the last new permutation I've knit with, so that's been a bit.

I'm glad you showcased new Noro! And I love the scarf and ITS permutations.

Thanks so much for the reviews. I've avoided trying Noro in the past because of the reported scratchiness, but I've always been captivated by the color changes.

Thank you for these detailed and informative reviews! I tend to avoid Noro yarns for similar reasons you do and you are tempting me with all of this color and the lovely pattern!

When I first saw a glimpse of your pattern, I knew I have to make it. Please enter me in the contest for yarn.

Wow, I've already been lusting after Volna, and now you're descriptions of the yarns really has my needles knocking!

I'd love to try the narrow version of that scarf, it's stunning!

Great descriptions and a generous giveaway contest! Thank you very much!

I've not tried any of the cotton-based Noros, but I love their colorways. Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

Gorgeous yarns! Your color selections are always choice. Crossing my needles to hope I win. :)

your new pattern is ah-mazing! I can't wait to try it out! :)

So excited to finally see the pattern. The sneak peak was tantalizing! Just finished Citron with Kirameki and LOVED it!

I love Noro yarns, the colors are so pretty. I've only used Silk Garden which isn't the softest of yarns, so I'm glad to see there are some softer options. Thanks for the giveaway!

I have not yet used any Noro yarn for a project despite loving their colorways. Thanks for tempting us with Volna and Noro.

I love this scarf pattern! It's a great use for the Noro yarns.

Thanks for ANOTHER opportunity! Volna is lovely and the Sekku version is calling my name. Both the colors and the texture truly appeal. Another great design!

I would love an excuse to try some of these yarns!

Non-scratchy Noro? No way.

Haven't used any of those yet, thanks for the info!

I'd love to be entered to win! I hear great things about Noro, but I've never had a chance to work with it.

I'd probably use Silk Garden Sock if I were buying yarn for myself on this one (I know where to buy it locally, for one thing), but I'm eager to see what these new yarns are like too! Please count me in.

I'll have to try to get my hands on some Kirameki. I also find standard Noro pretty scratchy.

I love this new pattern. I have been waiting for you to release this since the hint you showed weeks before!

I really like this pattern, and you make knitting with Noro sound so captivating. Please count me in!

MMM, pretty yarn.

I would love to win the Noro yarn. Thank you so much for the opportunity.

That's a really interesting observation about the fiber content being dependent on the color repeat. I want to go find this yarn and feel it now!

I just bought a lovely variegated-grey zauberball to knit this pattern, but would knit another one if I had some Noro too!
Lovely pattern!

Thanks for the in depth info about the yarns used in this project. I love Noro yarns but I've never used any of these.

It's a beautiful scarf..kudos to you! Thanks for the giveaway.

I've never knit with noro but would love to. Happy Thanksgiving!

Thanks for a review of some Noro yarns. I love your new scarf pattern and plan to purchase it as soon as I get some yarn for it. I would really like to attain some Noro for it, so hopefully that'll happen!

Nice scarf! Thanks for the low-down on the non-itchy Noro yarns too!

I should be knitting socks, but lace is calling me and those Noro colors are yummy. I'm ready to try something NEW with bright colors for a winter season.

Love the pattern. Evertime I worked with Noro it seemed soo stiff, but with this pattern it would probably be a good thing.

Oooh, pretty!

Lovely pattern, and I love the colors!

I'm a longtime Noro lover but have never tried those particular yarns. I would love to give one of them a try!

I could never get too much Noro! Thanks for the contest.

I too have found Noro to be disappointingly not soft, so this news of cotton based yarns is great! If you can stand them as a scarf, I'm optimistic! Thanks for the review.

Pretty! Thanks for the contest! :)

Thanks for the great review and pictures of the Noro yarn. I've never heard of these before and am interested to see them in person. Great scarf!

Love a contest--love Noro!

Hey, these sound like great Noro blends, with the potential for real next-to-the-skin softness. The colors are so beautiful, I've been waiting for your Volna pattern release, it shows off the Noro color changes so well.

I'm usually a woollier girl ... but even cotton could tempt me in those colors!

Can't resist those colors - count me in!

I am just becoming a convert of the short row. I'd love to knit your beautiful scarf! Rather, scarves! :)

Hi! This shawl reminds me of the Oat Couture Curlique, which you made in 2005 and which I made just recently as a shawl (10 sections). Did you resolve the issues you had with puckering? I used Mini Mochie and did not have the puckering issue. Our LYS Citron shawl sample was knit with Noro Sekku. It would be fun to make that shawl.

I'd love to work with that kirameki.. haven't seen it for sale in NZ yet... And Taiyo, me-oh-mi-yo!

Beautiful pattern! I plan to knit it whether I win the contest or not!

Fabulous idea! I had no idea about these new Noros. Haven't bought any Noro yet and would love to win some to try!

I've never knit anything with Noro before--but Volna seems to be the perfect first pattern to test it out!

Noro - yes please!

Oooh, I want to try to the new Noros so MUCH.

I've never tried Noro before, and this post makes me super anxious to try! Happy Thanksgiving!

LOVE the color!

I'd love to win some comfy Noro!

I need me some noro!

I was thinking that Volna might work very well as a Moebius scarf, where wave A would flip over and become a wave B to graft to the cast-on edge.
I don't know how well it would work in practice, though....

Volna(s) is gorgeous! Congratulations!

Giveaway- yes!
Yarn- Yes!
Noro - double Yes!

Gorgeous! Gorgeous yarns, gorgeous pattern, gorgeousness and gorgeosity all around.

Now I want some Noro.

Can't wait to knit one,

I just bought a skein of Tayio and returned as I
did not have a pattern. I loved the yarn. Now
I know of a pattern. Hope I will have chance to knit up the shawl. Thank you for your generous give away. Rosemary

Thanks for doing a giveaway. I love your blog and the pattern is beautiful.

The only Noro yarns I've ever tried are Kureyon and Silk Garden Lite with the former being possibly the scratchiest yarn I have ever worked with. But it felts beautifully, twigs and all!

Thank you again for the information on the yarns! I think I will have to try out the Sekku, whether or not I win the contest! =)

Wow, that is so generous of you! And your descriptions of the yarn are so helpful and interesting.

I haven't used any of these yarns and I just love Volna! I am keeping my fingers crossed!!

I have the pattern, not sure what yarn I want to use, so if I were to win some from this contest, that would make the decision for me! :)

Holy Legalese, Batman! (Guess this is what happens after your last contest.....) Your scarves are beautiful & I am a confirmed Noro junkie!

I have seen so many beautiful projects made from NORO yarn. Your scarf is another beautiful item.

Thank you for having a great giveaway.

who knew there were so many noro yarns. and it is nice to hear there are less-scratchy versions of noro!

Interesting observations on these Noro yarns.

I love the colours in the Noro Sekku - they look great in this pattern!

So generous of you! The colors are gorgeous.

Thank you so much for the great review. I would love to try out these new Noro yarns (and winning some would be sweet).
Love your new pattern, too.

I am always looking out for patterns that suit the beautiful colors of Noro and Volna is lovely

What a lovely pattern....thanks so much for a chance to get the yarn for free!

This scarf is so beuatiful and works so well with Noro! :)

Such a beautiful pattern! I haven't tried Noro yet, but have spent much time looking at the beautiful colors. Thanks!

Ooh! Noro, I've been waiting for laceweight-you for ages! I must enter my first ever giveaway...

And non-itchy! What fresh new paradise! JOY.

I love Volna and the color changes in Noro are perfect for it. Love the color changes! I found that Noro tendency to go from suitably thick to threadlike very disconcerting in their sock yarn. I heard that when blocked they plump up.

Noro yarns are my one of the reasons I took up knitting again. I love the richness of the colors and the sometimes unexpected combinations. Thanks for the great pattern.

It's amazing to see the movement in your scarf pattern working so well together with the color changes of the Noro. I have some Taiyo that I haven't done anything with--you've inspired me!

Oooh, I don't have any Noro yarn in my stash.

How awesome! I've been eying the pattern and yarn for this to whip up for my sister-in-law after the holidays - she is due in Feb with her second child, and would like to have something lovely for momma. You rock!

Kathy, I love this scarf pattern. I am waiting for thanksgiving to be over before purchasing a copy for myself. It looks so versatile and gorgeous.

I've also be wary of Noro yarns because they always seem so unpleasantly rough. It's a trick I tell you. They lure you in with beautiful colorways and then bam! Itchy yarn. =P I look forward to testing it out.

Audrey O.

Thank you for the contest and the yarn info! I love Noro for all its quirks... I like that they are not wimpy-soft but have some personality. The scarves look gorgeous!

It's nice to hear about more non-mohair-containing Noro yarns. I love the colors, but I can't do anything with Silk Garden because I'm allergic to mohair. I've knit with Kureyon, but it's way too scratchy for anything that will come near my neck.

I cannot believe that Noro Sekku color number 6, would knit up like that! I have never used a Noro yarn before because I too felt that they were way too stiff and wooly in texture. But I'd love to try one of these beautiful yarns!

I love the Volna scarf patterns, and your yarn reviews are really helpful!

I used to be a huge Noro Lover but I sort of moved on. Your info has given me the "itch", sorry for the pun, to try it again! Thanks

Thanks for the yarn reviews -- I greatly enjoy Noro's yarns but hadn't seen any of these yet.

I look forward to knitting Volna over the holidays.

Cheers, Karen in McLean

I love Noro colors and your scarf An unbeatable combination!

Non-itchy Noro? Hurray!

Beautiful. I've never knit with Noro, have given some as gifts. Would be nice to experiment.

Great giveaway! Love the pattern and those beautiful colors!

Thanks for this write-up! I'm glad to know that there's a Noro yarn that finally *doesn't* feel like knitting the rainbow! Fun as that can be... it's not for all the time.

I love this scarf and this yarn. I think these Noro skeins look so different from their other yarns!

I've already downloaded the pattern and would love to knit it up in one of your recommended Noro Yarns!

Just wanted to say thanks for reviewing the different Noro yarns. I love the colours but can't use the ones containing mohair. Will attempt to hunt down some Taiyo to have a look and feel.

Sadly, as I'm not American, I can't enter the contest.

I love the colors of the noro. The pattern looks great with the yarn.

Thanks for the contest.

Beautiful scarf pattern and yarn!


:^) I love to look at photos of things made from Noro.

Wonderful lowdown on the fiber content and feel. Always good to have a "feeling" content for yarns.

I love Noro for entrelac and small items, but not so much for sweaters. I'm so glad there is a new (fabulous, of course) pattern for us picky Noro pattern people.

Beautiful pattern that really shows off the Noro color tradition. Love love love it.

Gorgeous pattern! Thanks for the giveaway!

I always had the same complaints about Noro yarns and couldn't fathom why they had such a large fanbase. I'm glad they're starting to reach out to those of us who don't appreciate VM for its "rustic-ness."

I've always loved Noro, from the very scratchy to the very soft ... I'm captivated by the gorgeous wrap you've created to show off not only the amazing colors but the beautiful textural differences between the yarns! Gorgeous!

Sounds great! I've never knitted with Noro before, mostly because I've heard the same complaints about scratchiness. I'll give the Noro Kirameki a try.

Oh pick me!

Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

Non-itchy noro is where it's at.

I'm sad to read the fine print that your give away is open only to US residents :( I would love to knit your scarf in the suggested yarn...I hardly ever get to do that :(

I have only worked with Noro Kureyon, but these are pretty. Would love to try any of them! :) Happy Thanksgiving!

New Noro yarns - hooray!

Beautiful yarn - hope I win. Thanks Kathy, and Happy Thanksgiving.

Beautiful! Would love a chance to win! Cheers

So beautiful! I just bought my first Noro (where have I been?). I love it.

Excellent! Beautiful noro! Thanks - happy thanksgiving!

I love Noro - even when it's knotty (naughty?) it's always beautiful!

I love noro so much! Happy thanksgiving.

I too have had issues with Noro. Sounds like I need to give it another try. Thanks.

I just love how Volna has turned out. As soon as I have time to knit something for myself, I'm going to give it a whirl!

Love this pattern! It showcases the Noro beautifully :)

Thanks for the review of these yarns - it was very informative!

Thanks for the generous giveaway! Your Volna pattern is beautiful and so is the Noro yarn!

Neat giveaway! I love the look of Noro yarns but so far have only used some for the infamous two row stripe ribbed scarf. Would be fun to do another Noro project!

Thanks for your post (AND your giveaway!)

I have always loved the look of Noro, but the first time I touched it (x years ago) I was so disappointed - it was so itchy/scratchy. I did make a pair of felted slippers for my Mum which now, 6 years later, look as good as they did the day I made them.

So reading your post,it sounds as though Noro has combined the lovely colorways with something more touch friendly - hooray. I will definitely be on the lookout for some to try now.
AND, your scarf patterns are really nice :-)

So beautiful! I love the look of the Noro yarns, and I'm glad to hear that there is something softer with the same sorts of beautiful colors.

Thanks for the review of the Noro yarns. I've admired their colorways and seen some fabulous looking projects made from them, but any I've touched previously have been much too scratchy for my taste! Regretfully, I live outside the U.S. so I'll have to count on finding them myself rather than hoping to win a sample in your contest.

Thanks for the review! I hadn't run into those Noro yarns before, and the review makes me want to try them out.

This is what I want to knit when the Christmas knitting is done!

Love the review of all the yarns! I thought about buying taiyo recently, but didn't because I wasn't sure how it would knit up, but know I do. Yay!

Stunning! I love the pattern.

I haven't yet knit anything with Noro, but have drooled over several patterns. This would be a perfect opportunity (and it sounds like perfect yarn!) to try my first.
Thanks for the contest.

I think my sisters and mom will be getting Volna for their birthdays! What a beautiful pattern!

Love your pattern and can't wait to make one.

Thanks for the chance. The Noro yarns you reviewed sound enticing. I did an a Lizard Ridge afghan in the wool Noro, and I love the long colorways.

Happy Thanksgiving. I'm thankful for great knitting bloggers and pattern designers like you.

Never knit with Noro, but I love this pattern sooo much, I might just have to start

I like the scarf -- and wish I wore scarves -- but I imagine I would morph it into a stole pretty quickly :-)
And thank you so for finding the non-itchy noro!
But most of all...

I adore the terms and conditions page! Too fun

Ooh those are such beautiful colors.

What interesting yarns. I would love a chance to try one out and hope to hear from you!

Happy Thanksgiving weekend - May we all be surrounded by love, warmth and more than adequate sustenance! And may we all remember those less fortunate and do something, however small, about it.


Thanks for the review! I'm not sure I would have tried any of these yarns on my own but now I'm anxious to try them all!

There is nothing like Noro. Throw my name in that hat!

I've not tried any of these types of Noro before. I will definitely be buying some of the Sekku to make this pattern though, so pretty!!

Thanks for the giveaway. I've also shied away from Noro as it seems so scratchy in the skein.

I am finally inspired to try some lace - thank you!

Wow, I love this pattern and would love to try some new Noros! I can never get enough yarn.

Thnks for the detailed info on these yarns - I had been wondering since I first saw the photos.

Noro Talyo, color 8 are lovely. Really interesting color changes with their yarn

Thank you Grumperina! The patterns and yarn are absolutely lovely. I'd love to try my had with both!

I, too, love those bits of color in Noro, keeps me knitting just to get to the next color. I have a rule in yarns of different colors and don't let myself stop in the middle of a color.

Thanks for the review of each of the yarns! I've never knit with Noro but would love to. Especially after seeing how each yarn knit up for you. Lovely pattern too btw :)

Wonderful reviews of the Noro yarn.

Thanks for the giveaway! I had to take a break from Noro in order to calm down after an unfortunate skein but the colourways soon lured me in again! I'd like to try the Kirameki

Noro colors are so lovely! I just finished a Noro project, and would love to play with more. Thanks for the contest opportunity.

OMG!I'm in love...

I'm still in love with Noro yarns, even after all these years.

wow, these are gorgeous! thanks for the opportunity to win some!

I've wanted to try some Noro, so I hope to catch the rg's eye.

Ooh, I can think of a friends that would look great in this scarf, I can't wait to try it out!

Oooh me me me! I bought the pattern the day I came out and am casting on as soon as I finish the holiday knitting. Great job on it, as usual!

I'd love to try one of these new to me yarns. I love Noro!

Beautiful pattern and wonderful colors! Thanks for the contest.

This cold weather has me in a humdrum mood. Your beautiful volva scarfs make me want to sprint to my LYS to buy some Noro to make them yesterday. Thanks for the giveaway!

I love this pattern and purchased it to knit it for my mother in law. Love the colors you used!

I love the colors in Noro yarns and have knit many lovey things from Kureyon, Silk Garden, and their sock versions. Am I a heretic of I admit that I've cropped out bits of the colorways I didn't like? In my defense, I usually reassemble the "abandoned" color sections in another project...

Wonderful to know of some new non-woolly Noros.

I have not used Noro in years, but I love the colors that Noro creates. Thanks for the review of the different yarns you used, as well as the contest!

I'd love to try someof the Noro non-itchies! That has been my problem with most of the yaarns that I have tried from them. THe colors are gorgeous, but I have trouble working with it and wearing it. So it is nice to know that they have something non-itchy. Also, that pattern is exquisite!

Wee, count me in. Happy Thanksgiving!

Please do enter me in the contest, it would be lovely to try some non-itchy Noro! thank you!

Noro yarns, heaven on a stick! just love the instantly recognisable colour blends

your pattern showcases really well in noro kirameki

How nice, thank you for the contest! Your new pattern is beautiful.

The scratchiness of Noro is what keeps me from using it (well, that and the vegetation). So - good news that they are now making non-scratchy! Thanks for the pattern, and the contest!

I have always loved the colors of Noro - but my hand always cringed when I petted it. Glad to know there might be softer Noro out there - will hve to look at it and pet it!

Glad to read that I'm not the only one fascinated by the colors in Noro, but not so much at the feel. Here's hoping the winners love the yarns as much as you do!

Beautiful pattern, beautiful yarn. I am knitting a wrap in Silk Garden thanks to a very generous gift certificate, and the more Noro the better, I say.

Thank you for the generous give away. The pattern seems perfect for these yarns. I've not knit with any of them and look forward to being a lucky winner and creating this beautiful pattern with the yarn.

Wow! Pretty! I think I got some of the Taiyo last time I added to my stash, but haven't tried it yet. Good to hear that it is softer than previous Noros, which I love anyway.

Knit on!

I'm looking forward to trying this pattern out. I haven't tried Noro yet. Thanks!

Oooh, such pretty colors! The pattern shows them off so nicely.

I've never worked with Noro but the colours are absolutely gorgeous!

Pick me, pick me!

So much beautiful, touchable Noro yarn! I'm like you and have previously found most of it too itchy to love... It would be marvelous if you picked me to try one of these. And I love the pattern!

I haven't used any Noro yarn yet, so this is great information for me! Thanks!

Oh wow...I'm getting visions of a zen like state with tea and knitting and lots of paper cranes flying around the house. Can't wait to try this noro!

I have loved Noro for years but have never quite known how to make the most of its amazing colours. Can't wait to knit this scarf!

Thanks for another giveaway! These yarns look so lovely, I'd love to give them a try.

Beautiful design. I never use Noro because of the itch factor. You're very generous with your giveaway.

love this pattern - have done since the teaster photos from early October! i also would love to win some Noro yarn! thanks for the chance

would love some Noro, to knit up your fabulous scarf.

Thank you for the give-away. I would love to try any of these yarns.

I'm dying to make your scarf. Some time after Christmas I might have some time to knit for myself... I would happily drown in a sea of Noro.

Wow, one of the nicest patterns and most beautiful yarns I've seen in a while. I could certainly put that to good use!

I've loved every Noro yarn I've tried, so I'd be thrilled to win. Thanks for putting together a lovely giveaway :)

Oooh... that's a mighty pretty scarf, and I've never knit with either of those Noro yarns. I'd love to make one myself!

Thanks for the giveaway! I have often shied away from Noro yarns because I wasn't sure whether they would soften upon washing. Your recommendation helps me a lot!

What a beautiful pattern, knit up in pretty pretty yarn! Thanks for offering the contest.

I have never used Noro, but have read about it so often, that I think I might need to give it a try, despite my usual efforts to keep my wool to a minimum.

I love this pattern and all of the scarves. :) Each on has it's own charm. The narrow one looks like a lace collar the way it is wrapped in the picture, the medium has a fantastic drape and looks so delicate, the wide version looks warm for winter.

there's a whole lotta comments on here, but i do love me some noro, so i may as well try! thanks for the giveaway, even if i don't win, and those are some gorgeous scarves!!

Noro is always beautiful, and very inspiring!

I love this scarf!!

I have become a huge fan of NORO yarn and you have made my need for some Noro even more!! I love your shawl, gorgeous!

I love noro. Yes, it has it's good days and bad days but doesn't everyone. The colors are beautiful and you are never sure what is next. I love your new patter by the way it showcases the yarn.

I keep trying to love Noro yarns, the colors are so appealing. But when I pick them up to fondle they don't feel fondle worthy. Is it me?

I have one skein of Sekku I'm trying to find the perfect pattern for.

beautiful scarf and yarn

I know I won't win but I do like yarn!

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