Noro Magazine has released its Issue 9. Let's have a look at the Noro goodness within, shall we?
01 -- Brick Stitch Cowl. Very cute. The shape is good and I like the ribboned effect.
02 -- Patchwork Poncho. This is one of those wraps that would look better on a couch than on a person. It would be a lovely afghan, though.
03 -- Dot Stitch Scarf. What a gorgeous play of colour.
04 -- Chevron Striped Scarf. This would be a fun way to add colour to a neutral coat.
05 - Double-Knit Cowl. Another subtle show of colour.
06 - Fringed Cowl. This one verges on the afghan-y, but I think it manages to stay in the realm of the wearable. I would shorten that fringe by half, though.
07 - Directional Pillow Cover. Beautiful and artistic. Anyone who owned an oil painting that was this attractive would give it pride of place in their living room.
08 - Short Row Pillow Cover. Really lovely and eye-catching.
09 -- Fair Isle Pillow Cover. This one is a little too muddled and muddy-looking.
10 -- Mosaic Pillow Cover. Pretty.
11 -- Striped Slouch Hat & Mittens. Attractive and wearable.
12 -- Basketweave Beanie. This one needs more colour definition.
13 -- Trapper Hat. This hat looks like it belongs to Yosemite Sam's girlfriend.
14 -- Cabled Cap. A bit blah and oatmeal-y.
15 -- Fair Isle Hat. Definitely my favourite of the five hat patterns in this issue.
16 -- Striped Shawl. This is another wrap I'd be more likely to use as an afghan than as wearing apparel.
17 -- Drapey Vest. This one needed more shaping in order to give it style.
18 -- Intarsia Sweater. This one needed more shaping in order to make it look like a sweater rather than like a pup tent.
19 -- Textured Tee. I'd neaten up the fit on this one.
20 -- Colorblock Aran Pullover & Scarf. These are classic pieces, but I'm not convinced that the colour blocking on this sweater is adding anything.
21 -- Oversized Cardigan. I'd neaten up the shape of this one too -- it's rather frumpy as is.
22 -- Pocket Tunic Pullover. I rather like this tunic, although it wouldn't normally be my type of thing. It has good shaping and detailing. I'd love to see it in some other colourways, as this one is a little precious.
23 -- Infinity Scarf. This one looks a little too much like those beaded car seat covers, with a rearview mirror decoration thrown into the bargain. I suppose it could have been worse, as the decoration could have been fuzzy dice rather than a tassel.
24 -- Duster Vest. This piece has some interesting lines, but the too afghan-like colourway and stitch wasn't a good choice for it.
25 -- Poncho. Minus the neck, this would be an excellent afghan.
26 -- Mitered Square Scarf. This has a rather crude, unfinished look.
27 -- Spiral Shawl. A lovely, artistic scarf.
28 -- Trapezoidal Shawl. Another afghan-y piece. This is probably a pitfall Noro designers in particular need to watch out for.
29 -- Garter & Stockinette Stitch Blanket (top left); 30 -- Garter & Rib Blanket (top right); and 31 -- Slip Stitch Rib Blanket (bottom). Now we get to see Noro used for some actual afghans. They are less inventive than some of the garments have been, but they're attractive and well-made enough.
32 -- Thrummed Mittens. These are nice, and of course they'd be very cosy and comfortable to wear. The little heart-like stitches created by the thrumming are cute, and the colour combination is pretty.