Saturday, September 3, 2022

Saturday, September 3, 2022

Good morning lovely knitters!  I'm so happy to be waking up with this hinting at fall air!  Isn't it glorious?  We've got SO much news today - I'd better get right to it.

If you follow us on Facebook or Instagram, you probably already know, but  Eisaku Noro, the founder and artistic genius behind Noro Yarns has passed away. I'm so incredibly sad about this. Those of you who have gotten to come into the store in person, know that I am a HUGE lover of Noro and have almost every one of their yarns.  I've seen some pretty knock-offs and substitutes over the years, but they were always just missing something, and that something was the art of Eisaku Noro.  And it is what draws me to Noro yarns every time.  Those amazing colors and color play - going back and forth between expected and pretty to unexpected and gorgeous.  It is always what has made Noro yarns my favorite!  I put together a little tribute of some amazing projects we've seen come through.

This wasn't even the whole of the last couple years of projects! Thank you Mr. Noro for filling our lives with so much color and knitting joy. We'll see you, always, in the wonders of nature.

And for those of you that are having a yarn-based panic attack after that news, Noro Yarns itself is in the capable hands of the son of Eisaku Noro - who has been involved for quite some time and has already created some of the yarns that we all love.  

I also just wanted to do a little something for you guys, in light of the news, and I think I have a pretty good treasure trove of Noro books in the store, so if you come in today, I'll be happy to give you a Noro book to treasure and gaze upon with any purchase.

Oddly, this newsletter was already meant to be jam-packed with Noro news - I just didn't expect it to start like that.  So, here we go!

Since it is September - we have a brand new FEATURED pattern - Acorn Path!!  Pretty soon, you're gonna want to cuddle up like this, so better get it on the needles soon!  Acorn Path is made with 1 ball of dreamy Noro Ito, and 3 balls of Ella Rae Silky Kid!

Kits are available here.  Since it is our featured pattern, you'll not only get a free pattern download code for Acorn path, but a bonus discount on any of our other patterns!!
You can also get the pattern by itself for 20% off this month by going here and using code SEPTPOM:
We just released our Choice Shawl yesterday! And you can find kits here
This fun and easy shawl is made with 4 colors of delightful Noro Sonata. But really, you can do almost anything you want! Our Solea Light is also a great option for it! Or you can partially stash bust - bring a couple skeins into the shop and match then up with colorful new delights! Or make it with 3 colors or 5 or anything!  I’m all ready to wear this to the MA primaries on 9/6! And if you get it on the needles now, you could wear your Choice Shawl to November voting! Awesome, right?!?!
And in LONG awaited news - FINALLY our kits for a Papillion Shawl KAL are going to be fulfilled and active again (I still have to edit the listing, so forgive me for the wrong timings on it and the preorders will only be "pre" for a few more days) - which means we're going to hot wire this KAL BACK TO LIFE!  If you have already made one - keep yours eyes out for where to post when prize time comes along.  Or make another! 
If you have an open order - we'll be shipping on Wednesday and I'll put a KAL thread back up on Ravelry by Wednesday!  Wahoooooo!  I can't wait to finally see all of your gorgeous projects!  And, of course, if you missed it when we tried to start before and got derailed - get a kit here!!
There's also just a week left to sign up for September's SOS box, which I'm hugging now, as I finish it up - because it will be an awesome tribute to Noro!! 
Also - maybe start getting your heads around your gift knitting list because the 10 row/day challenge starts in just a couple of weeks!
And lastly - a couple the of the classes are filling up fast!  (I never know which are going to, but some are almost full) so if you want to take a class this fall, sign - up soon!
Ok, phew.  I think that's it.  I hope to see all of your lovely faces soon!
Island Yarn 
189 Main Street
Maynard, MA  01754
Hours: Wednesday 12 - 5, Thursday 12 - 6, Friday and Saturday, 12-5
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I too am a great fan of all of the Noro yarns. I have always been obsessed with color combinations that are seen in nature and everyday objects. Noro is the main reason I am now joyfully knitting ang crocheting after a very long break. My children have now left the family nest and I had been looking for something to fill the long nights. During the pandemic lockdown I discovered Noro yarns. Now that I am semi retired I have plenty of time to induge in my favorite hobby again. Although not all of my projects are made with Noro yarn, it has become my favorite!

Ingrid Reynolds

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