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Noro

Akaroa Scarf Kit in Haunui Silk

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  • AKAROA is agenerous, 11" wide scarf knit up on 5mm (US8) needles and has both a chart and written instructions for the cables gorgeous cables.

    Your Kit Includes:
    3 eco-friendly mega hanks of Haunui Silk
    (Kit A: 110, 107, 109
    Kit B: 111, 107, 108)
    PDF Pattern delivered by email

    You will also need:
     5mm (US 8) needles, or size to obtain gauge
     Cable needle

    Finished Measurements:
    Width 11 ½"  / 29cm
    Length 87in/ 221cm

    Gauge:
    22 sts and 27 rows = 4in/10cm over cable patt (blocked)


    Haunui Silk is a natural blend of raw mulberry silk and unique mixed-breed Haunui merino wool from the Taranui farm in New Zealand.

    Packed with texture, this yarn has a slight thick and thin quality to the silky single ply. It knits and handles like a beautiful, slightly rustic, dye-free hand-spun yarn.

    No two sheep are exactly the same colour, but their fleeces fall into colour categories, which are blended to create rich shades of oatmeal, brown, grey, and black.

    NORO was enchanted by this unique mixed-breed Haunui merino stock from the Taranui farm in New Zealand.

    The non-mulesed sheep are raised ethically and have their fleece gently harvested while a layer of protection behind.

    This yarn combines the natural colours and texture of the fleece harvested.

    Presented in 150g (330m) skeins, Haunui Silk is a heavy worsted-weight yarn is PERFECT for hard wearing (outerwear) garments with a touch of sheen and luxury.

  • Ingredients:
    65% Organic Hainui Wool
    35% Raw Mulberry Silk

    Length:
    3 x 330m (361yds)

    Weight:
    3 x 150g

    Gauge:
    Worsted - Heavy Worsted
    22 sts and 27 rows = 4in/10cm over cable patt (blocked)

  • "I have come to believe that these yarns are as close to art as we have in the industry. The man behind them is an artist himself, and these yarns are an expression of his spirit rather than just a commercial product." Cornelia Tuttle Hamilton



    The World of Nature

    In recent years, the yarn industry has been actively promoting awareness of ecological sustainability, but this concept has been part of the Noro philosophy from the very beginning. The preservation of nature is such an important concept of his business that Mr Noro leaves nothing to chance, personally overseeing every aspect of production from sheep to yarn ball, including all machinery, labelling, yarn bags, boxes and even the garbage that the company produces.

    All the animal fibres used in Noro yarns are Organic. Most of the wool comes from a special breed of sheep called Polwarth, raised especially for Noro on a non-mulesing farm in Australia. Other fibres from the Falkland Islands and South Africa, from Organic Farms.


    The Production Process
    "Friction, rubbing and heat during processing weaken the fibres in direct proportion to the length of time they are processed. By dramatically shortening this process, we are preventing damage to the enzymes in the fibres and simultaneously profiting the environment." Mr Eisaku Noro

    Environmental considerations are at the forefront of the dyeing process, with each step being carefully controlled. The natural fibres are dyed using a pH balance that is compatible with the fibres.

    Noro's modifications to the blowing, carding and spinning processes reap a total energy savings of 46% as compared to typical yarn industry standards.

    The unique manufacturing process that results in the exceptional colourways and textures have always been closely guarded secret in Japan.

    Brand Concept
  • Harmonise natural unevenness, asymmetric pattern and complex colour to portray the beauty of the nature.
  • Taking sufficient time to dye yarn
  • Tenderness of materials to preserve their original characters and deliver them into the hands of the crafter
  • “BE FREE FROM EXISTING CONCEPTS AND LIMITATIONS”
  • “PURSUE THE IMAGE IN OUR MINDS”

Noro yarns have longer spans of colour in the runs than many other yarns, causing distinctive striping patterns, as well as being spun by hand versus being produced completely by machines.

There have been plenty of attempts to imitate the magic of Noro, but in the world of self-striping yarn, nothing compares with Noro.