I’m hoping to make this shawl. The knitter used Noro’s “Silk Garden”, which I’m pretty sure I won’t be able to use, as it contains 45% mohair, and I’ve found mohair to be itchy in the past (although I’m willing to try to give it another chance). Also, the other 45% is “wool”, but what kind of wool, I don’t know (maybe that is itchy, too?). I know for sure that merino is fine for me to wear right next to the skin.
So I looked for a replacement Noro yarn, because without a doubt, their hand-dyed colors are so pretty–I figured if I couldn’t wear the Silk Garden, maybe Noro had a comparable substitute? It seems that their “Kureyon” yarn is comparable in weight and gauge, but I read a review on yarndex that someone said the yarn is scratchy and not good for next to the skin wearing, and someone else reviewed and said that Noro yarns contain extraneous bits of stuff in their yarns (hay, etc.), which to me is kind of discouraging to hear after what you pay for the yarn.
Has anybody here used Noro yarns? What are your experiences? Any comments? Were you overall satisfied, or did you feel that the price was too much for what you were getting? Maybe I’m being kind of nitpicky here, but I’m going to be spending quite a bit of money on this shawl if I use the Noro yarns, and I wanted to make sure that I wasn’t going to regret my yarn choice. I would be horribly disappointed if I went through all of this time, work, trouble, and expense if I never wore the shawl after I made it. :verysad:
If Noro yarns aren’t worthwhile, what are some other brands of multi-colored yarns that might work well? I would like to try to find a yarn with a fiber content of a merino wool/silk blend, but maybe that isn’t possible? :shrug: I think what really makes the shawl they show so pretty is not only the colors, but also, the sheen of the silk combined with the halo of the mohair.