Stretching her wings

Every so often a pattern will go viral through the knittingverse. Usually it’s available free, or really cleverly constructed, or quirky. Something about it just catches the attention and says ” make me … now!”

Wingspan is one of those patterns

and when The Girl decided to make one, as a step up from phone covers and other small things,I thought I’d be a good mum [ picture the maternal halo shining brightly ] and give her some brilliantly jewel toned Noro Silk Garden Sock [ lambswool, silk, kid mohair and a bit of nylon ] out of the stash.

Noro is funny stuff.

People either love it or hate it.

I love it … most of the time

Brilliant colours, long tonal changes, great fibre mixes … but [ I know you just heard that but coming ] … strangely coarse until its first wash, often full of vegetable matter, and, rather strangely, in my view, for a high price point yarn – often sporting mutliple knots-per-ball which interfere with the colour sequence, usually because a whole section’s been omitted.

Still I had three balls and she only needed one, so it was a safe bet that we could work around any joins.

Of which there was one.

Which we coped with,

and Nadie got to practice her Russian joins.

She actually finished it a few weeks ago, but I haven’t blogged about it because I was waiting for her to pop it on her own blog.

Hasn’t happened.


Just gorgeous, yes ?

Anyway, because of her wrist injury, The Girl works slowly, with rest breaks, and this wasn’t whipped up anything like overnight.

When it was finally done, she handed it to me for, I thought, help with weaving in the ends.


It’s mine


I should probably make sure that she always has ‘the good stuff’ to work with … just in case.


9 thoughts on “Stretching her wings

  1. Rosemary says:

    Wow! Lucky you. It’s beautiful. Well done Nadie. Now I’m going to have to find out what a Russian Join is. I’ve just mastered the Kitchener Stitch. 🙂

  2. That is gorgeous! The colour transitions work beautifully. Definitely keep her stocked up on good yarns. 😉

  3. roseredshoes says:

    Oh, it is gorgeous! Lucky you! Clever Nadie!

  4. marcie says:


  5. donna lee says:

    Noro is funny stuff. You can start quite a vigourous discussion by mentioning whether you like it or not. I am wearing Noro socks. I love the colors but I would not call them soft.

    I somehow missed that pattern. Some of the examples are amazing! I love the one Nadie made. It’s gorgeous.

  6. Beautiful… one day….

  7. Ria says:

    Lovely! I’ll have to add that to my queue; I really like the look of it!

    I usually enjoy knitting with Noro, because the long colour stretches keep me entertained. Just a few more rows until the next colour, just a few more rows. It keeps me going. But it can be a little rough on the hands sometimes, and though I haven’t run into problems with knots or omitted colours, I have heard from others that it seems to be a fairly common problem with them.

  8. gayle says:

    Oh, it’s beautiful! She’s a real sweetheart to give that up!
    I’ve got the pattern saved. I’m on a (slow-motion) yarn hunt for it. (No Noro in my stash. Or in my town, for that matter…)

  9. Lynne says:

    What a lovely gift.

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