Noro Silk Garden Sweater backMy first recommendation would be Noro. The diamonds on the back of the Blocks sweater are done in Noro Silk Garden, color 226, which I got for my birthday. The yarn has a great feel, a great smell, and (though you do have to pick out the occasional bits of pasture grass) is wonderful fun to knit. I may be easily amused, but watching the colors change as you knit the yarn up is endlessly entertaining.

Crazy Joy
Crazy Joy with Noro KureyonThe entire sweater in progress (this is the back, which I don’t have off the needles yet, much less have it washed and blocked) is in three different colors of Noro Kureyon—40, 95, and 182—(my Christmas present) and a simple Fair Isle block pattern.

Same comments about this yarn as the above, except that this is 100% wool rather than wool/silk.

ADDED—Image of Crazy Joy with corrected colors. These aren’t perfect either, but they’re really close.
Crazy Joy, Corrected colors

I intend to annoy my family to get me every variety of Noro yarn—there simply aren’t enough holidays in the year.

Enough yarn to get one large sweater will run you about $150-$200 if you buy from Webs, which gives a killer discount on larger purchases. If you’re looking to spend about $300 (and if your recipient likes to knit in smaller gauge, also look at Great Adirondack’s Sireno. It’s smooth, very finished, very silky, and it knits up beautifully on number 3 or 4 US needles (small).

These I can recommend personally as being both wonderful and decadent—real luxury gifts.

Webs has a ton of other wonderful yarns, but I haven’t worn out Noro yet.

And—you are a wonderful gift-giver, Katherine.

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By Holly

Novelist, writing teacher, on a mission to reprint my out-of-print books and indie-publish my new ones.

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16 years ago

Thanks very much! I missed work yesterday due a wonderfully snotty cold and this has really cheered me up this morning.

The Noro looks amazing on the website and the two tone looks really appealing to me as well. I think she’ll love it.

I had never realised how much wool you need to make one jumper and how much it costs. I always thought that knitting was a thrifty option! Maybe only if you get synthetic stuff from the co-op.

Thanks again for helping me out, I really appreciate it and I think my mum will too. I’ll have to keep my eye for a pattern I like and maybe I’ll get the finished product back for my birthday present (grin).

16 years ago

Those look like very yummy sweaters. I wish I lived somewhere where it would be possible to wear something like that someplace other than in an overly air-conditioned restaurant. Someday!

16 years ago

Just to clarify… the Katherine listed in the blog roll over on the right (me) and the Katherine who is a wonderful giver of luxurious wool are not the same person. Credit where credit is due… and my Mom doesn’t knit.

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