I’ve always been attracted to the pairing of black and white with geometric patterns, stripes and photographs.
One afternoon while browsing through my collection of knitting books, I turned to a page marked with a post-it note and discovered a project on my forgotten “this looks interesting” list. Eureka! An opportunity to use Louisa Harding Yarns‘, Akiko (70% Wool and 30% Alpaca) in cols. 004, 005, 006.
I selected the pattern from, Vogue Knitting, Very Easy Knits, The Best of Very Easy Very Vogue, Split-Color Pullover, designed by Barbara Nudleman and Susan Prince for the Fall/Winter 1984 issue of Vogue Knitting. I decided to color block the sleeves of the sweater, lacking symmetry.
The neckline has an “unfinished look” so I’ve added a crochet picot edge on the neckline. I photographed the neckline unfinished for comparison.
Knitting with Akiko is amazing. There is a slight thickness variation between the colors which affects the drape of the yarn, but does not significantly alter the gauge.
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.