Sorry about the overenthusiasm, but Knit one… is a huge fan of Noro, and its latest offering, Rainbow Roll, is amazing. It’s not available everywhere, so Knit one… is very honoured, and it won’t be around for ever. Rainbow Roll is 100% wool pencil roving – for non-spinners out there, that essentially means it’s unspun – in the usual wonderful Noro colours.
Here’s a close up so you can see how soft it is, which also explains why most of the shots in the gallery below had to be taken through the plastic.
It can be spun with, naturally, but it can also – carefully – be knitted, and there are examples on Ravelry of hats and shawls, together with some helpful information. Of course, not everyone is on Ravelry (worth joining, though, and free), so here’s the most important tip: go gently and don’t pull at the yarn.
It’s great for felting (the colours are sensational), and the first picture shows what it looks like when woven – the warp is another Noro yarn, Kureopatora, in the same colourway. Combining the two yarns (here’s another colourway),
gives blocks of colour, and the Kureopatora adds stability. Some knitters have suggested holding the Rainbow Roll with another yarn, too.
Anyway, whatever the use Rainbow Roll is put to, it’s fab. Here is a gallery of the colours which are available, not including the two in the main pictures; just click on an image for a slideshow. What else? Oh yes. Each disc is 100g in weight, and costs £12.95.