Yarn Profile: Noro Sahara
But when I finally laid my hands on a sample, I was surprised at the yarn's dry, firm hand and occasional rough scratchy hairs.
I encountered one knot in my skein, plus a few particularly scratchy hairs I had to remove. One, to my surprise, was actually a bright green strand of unknown wiry substance.
Only a moderate amount of fuzz came free from the yarn.
Blocking / Washing
The rest of the fibers feel wonderful against the skin. Camel fiber feels like a cross between cashmere and alpaca, with no bounce and loads of softness. The silk adds a cool, dry feel.
With only a small amount of wool fiber, Sahara is inelastic and has a moderate drape. With wear, the swatches became increasingly fuzzy -- and the fuzz became increasingly airborn. The swatches began to stretch and lose their shape.
Sahara runs almost $10 for a 44-yard skein, and is available in only a few colors. An average woman's sweater will run you more than $250.
If it's Noro you're after, I'd recommend Noro's silk/wool/cashmere/nylon cousin, Cash Iroha. It has a pure buttery softness and is available in a multitude of rich colors. Or if it's plus angora you want, I'd highly recommend my perennial favorite, Jaeger Chamonix.
40% spiky angora
2 to 2.5 stitches per inch on US 15 needles
Average retail price
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Weight/Yardage per Skein
40g. / 44 yards
Country of Origin
Manufacturer's suggested wash method
Hand wash in cool water with mild soap. Roll in towel to remove excess moisture and lay flat to dry. Do not bleach.