Ah, memories <cue the dorky music>.
No surprise that I’m a big fan of Norah (like 98% of us knitters). My familiarity with Norah’s designs are mostly within the past 10 years – here are some of my faves…
Norah’s great at designing cables the are wearable, fashionable and don’t scream “I made this because I wanted to knit it” but rather “I made this because I wanted to wear it”
- Halyard – Just published yesterday, this one went into my faves immediately
- Sislana – Love the way the cables mirror the raglan decreases
- Lempster – Can you believe this one’s free (from Knitty)? I think the yarn somewhat obscures the beauty of the cable so make sure you take a look at the finished projects too.
- Forster – This one always makes me laugh because Norah swore she wouldn’t do top-down knitting. And then she did.
- Emerson – A showpiece cable up the front plus *that cowl*. Can you imagine wearing that when it’s snowing? And knit in a chunky yarn it should go quickly too.
- Turbulence U-Neck – When I think about Knitting Nature this is the first thing that pops in my mind. I remember walking around the Rhinebeck fairgrounds the year after the book came out and spotting many Turbulences.
Creative Stitch Patterns
Norah doesn’t end with just cables. Here are a few texture and eyelet lovelies as well…
- Sturgeon – A shawl/wrap with awesome texture and openwork
- Nurmi – I must be on a mega-cowl kick because this one gets me too
- Flower Child – Great neckline detail – the perfect balance of that showcase element contrasted with a simple bottom
- Tilted Duster – I remember how crazy people went over this one when it hit the cover of Interweave Knits in Fall 2007.
- Anais – This one has been a perennial on my “someday I will knit you”
- Phyllo Yoked Pullover – Such a creative use of a stitch pattern that seamlessly flows into the garment shaping
Not your typical boxy or hourglass shapes…
- Sanpoku – I love the Asian inspiration here – and who doesn’t like an excuse for another shawl pin?
- Cormorant – A cardi with an oversized, flouncy detail
- Plover – Ok one more cowl here, but this one is not your run-of-the-mill variety
- Violette-le-duc – When this one hit the streets in 2008 there was a ton of conversation about how this one can be worn upside down as well
- Prospera – Inset circles and lace in a feminine pullover
- Currer – This one looks as fun to knit as to wear. The bottom half-circles give a unique shape to the bottom.
As I went through Norah’s designs there were several that I had forgotten. She’s had a prolific career and damn – she’s talented. Fun to knit and fun to wear.
I’ll catch you on the purl side…