|Noro Iro with recylced sari silks|
- Noro Iro (75% wool, 25% silk), Color #9 (peaches, corals, plums, browns and other colors I may cut out of the skein for this project. I often do that with variegated yarns.)
- Noro Lotus (57% rayon, 23% nylon, 12% acrylic, 8% cashmere), Color #15 (maroons, plums, pinks, orange, navy, and brown). I definitely want to use this yarn for the tassel because right off the skein it looks stitched. Unfortunately, once it's knit, the "stitches" change to speckles. I believe this yarn may be discontinued and that may be why I got it on sale.
- Coral yarn I picked up at the NH Farm and Forest Expo years ago. I think it's 100% wool. The color is yummy with a slightly shifting saturation. I'd love to use it around my face but it's scratchy so I still have to work out that part of the project.
- Yarn made from recycled sari silks. Such yarns come in different forms. This one is sewn strips with no spin -- such as the sari ribbon shown here. Some of the strips were too wide so I spent some time cutting the silks lengthwise.
|Cutting coral sari silk in half lengthwise|
|Knit skein of Noro Iro, 20 stiches across|
Hand Picked Colors
For all three variegated yarns, I'm hand picking the colors. I love how Noro creates colors only found in a watercolor painting but sometimes they throw in a hue that does not work for me. Typically, I cut it out and move on.
I have a terrible time imagining how a yarn will look once it's knit-up, so . . . I decided it would be faster to just knit the entire skein and decide which parts I like and snip around them.
|Clipped yarn for color selection|
|Testing out the yarns|
I'm still undecided about how I want to do the part around my face. I wish I had something not scratchy in a deep coral. I considered some of the silks but I think they are just too loud by themselves. They are a beautiful riot of color but that's not entirely what I want.
|Testing out the yarns with the fur|