As if the gift of a sock yarn was not enough, there is more yarn goodness from Japan and the master of fiber and color that is Noro. First is Matsuri a really unique cotton and wool blend. The yarn is plied in a way that looks like a mini braid with a pleasing blend of monochromatic strands along with the occasional pop of trademark Noro contrast color. From vivid colorways to more down to earth varieties, this D.K. weight yarn has something for everybody looking to make a light shell or warm weather garment.
The next up is Taiyo, a close cousin to Silk Garden. The blend of fibers, 40% cotton, 30% silk, 15% wool, 15% nylon, makes this first and foremost a cotton yarn and what a soft cotton it is! The silk adds strength and its characteristic luster. The yardage comes in at an impressive 220 yards a ball and that couldn’t be a nicer addition to a yarn with long color changes. I think this just might be the perfect San Francisco yarn – the cotton makes it light enough so you won’t swelter and the silk adds the necessary warmth for when sun goes down or fog rolls in.