My love affair with Noro began in the late 1980s.  The first time I held a skein of Eisaku Noro’s Kureyon, my eyes were opened to his “world of nature.”  An undefinable palatte of unlikely color combinations speaks to his philosophy about the purity and preservation of nature   A recent article written by Cornelia Tuttle Hamilton in the premiere issue of NORO Knitting Magazine published by SoHo Publishing Company mentions, “by specially adapting industrial carding and spinning machines, Noro was able to produce yarns that were totally unique and that put much less strain on the environment than usual in the industry.”  “The yarns were very colorful and ahead of their time, and they were not easy to sell.  They were deemed by many as unsellable.”

I’ve been organizing my yarn and recently discovered some vintage Noro.  It’s interesting to reflect on the generations of this fantastic yarn.  Recently, searching through a basket of Noro’s Hitsuji at my lys, I discovered buried treasure…the first color of Hitsuji from Lot. No. A.

I recently completed a sweater designed by Jenny Watson, Noro NOW!, design 3, using Noro’s Hitsuji, Col. No. 7, Lot No. A.  I am also eagerly working on a project with Noro’s Silk Garden.

Needle Felted Wrist Ornament

Everyday in my creative art space, I stare at a stack of recycled felted sweaters and contemplate what to do?  I could cut off the sleeves and construct a purse or draw circle templates in graduated sizes for layering adding dimensionality to surface design.  Maybe I’ll cut the sweaters into strips similar to a log cabin quilt and create a piece of fabric.  Hmm…needle felted fabric.

Perhaps I’ll stare at the recycled sweaters for a bit longer as I ponder the idea of needle felted fabric.  Boiled wool lends itself as a support for needle felting, which I’ve got plenty in my stash.  Thus, begins the co-mingling of boiled wool and the unspun fibers of roving.

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