It's October, and that means it's Noro month. Our Noro event is one of my most favorite of the year. We get a sneak peek at the new yarns when the rep comes through in early spring, but nothing arrives for sure before Early October. So we wait and wait, and then it arrives, and we remember why we waited. The colors are like no other. I'm convinced that the power of the colors is linked to the rich and varied aesthetics of Japan. The influences of Japanese Buddhism which celebrates the impermanent, imperfect, and incomplete. I love that. It's the appeal of spring trees in bud, and the brilliant fall leaves - things that are becoming or have been. In Noro yarns you can see the change from one color to the next, and the transition itself is beautiful. Subtle and graceful.
Certainly Noro is about the colors, but it's not just about their multicolors. Noro has solid yarns that are also wonderful. when you look closely at Silk Garden Solo, you see that there are lots of other colors in the fiber. It still reads solid but it's dynamic and complex.
The best designers who work with Noro understand that their job is to use a delicate hand and let the yarn take center stage and do what it does best. There have been many who have gotten it right - among my favorites have been Jane Ellison, and Jenny Watson. I'm also really liking what Claudia Wersing is doing. In her latest collections, Tribute to Noro, and Game of Hues, she gives you modern shapes with sleek silhouettes. Just for fun, the designs are all named after characters in The Hunger Games and Game of Thrones!
Mark your calendar for our Noro Yarn tasting Thursday, October 15th, and the main event Friday, October 16th and Saturday October 17th. It's all things Noro -- new yarns, new colors, and new samples -- as well as some classic favorites. It's a fun day, you don't want to miss.
I look forward to seeing you at the Noro event, and around the table. You are always welcome here.