This latest lace project was knit using Noro Kureyon sock yarn. I saw a few shawls knit in this yarn on Ravelry and since I didn’t really want to knit socks out of it, I thought this would be a great choice.
This is really funky yarn. It’s not at all soft….it feels like twine. It’s single ply and goes from extremely thread-like thin to what I call ‘glomps’ of fibre. The colours are very unique….very ‘noro’ and doesn’t follow a conventional colour progression. As I was knitting on this, I kept thinking it was getting uglier as went on, but then when I photographed it and looked at it from a different perspective, I actually really liked it.
After knitting and soaking and blocking, it did get a little bit softer, but it still feels a bit scratchy. I have worn it around my neck and it was okay. It didn’t feel too itchy. I must be getting more wool tolerant in my old age, or maybe I just refuse to be bothered by something I spent so much time on knitting!
However, now that I’ve started on my Malabrigo lace, well, it’s like knitting with a cloud. It’s got to be the softest yarn I’ve come across. What a contrast!
Swallowtail Shawl by Evelyn A. Clark
Yarn is Noro Kureyon Sock Yarn, colour 164
Needles: 3.25mm, then switched to 3.5mm for final pattern section, and 3.75 for bindoff.