Fiber Friday, Noro edition

Some de-stash that will probably be used as a gift for somebody. Not my colors, but fun to knit with.

Today’s fiber Friday is a bit of a mix. On one hand, the fiber is lovely-looking. On the other hand, this is a chance for me to air grievances about it.

Allow me to elaborate.

Noro is a guilty pleasure for me (and before you get too far into this, I will say that this post is an argument that I’ve heard from many knitters, and a conversation that happened between myself and the CG this past weekend, so is nothing new). I love its colors. I love that it variegates and shifts and lets me be lazy and knit boring patterns. I used it for my most recent tea cozy project, which went speedily mostly because I was obsessed with watching the color change. I know there are other yarns out there that do the same thing, but Noro seems to have something that brings me back to it. Mostly I use projects for friends as an excuse to buy it and knit with it (I don’t actually have anything of my own knit out of Noro).

Oh, Noro.

It is also expensive, and so I don’t buy it very frequently.

This brings me to my main point, which is that I cannot figure out what makes it so expensive if it is actually quite awful yarn (aside from its lovely and varied colors).

The tea cozy I knit was beautiful and a great Noro thing because you don’t have to wear it next to your skin (my Brown Betty never protests). While I was knitting the cozy, I was picking out little bits of twigs and other flotsam. Seriously? Flotsam? I realize it comes from Japan and is Fancy, but I expect my expensive, Fancy, Japanese yarn to be made from wool that is properly processed in advance. Moreover, I had to stitch it together a couple of times because the fiber came apart as I was sewing.

Why the twigs? Perhaps we can come to some sort of happy medium and knock off some of that cost so knitters don’t grump.

Well, anyway, regardless of the scratchiness or the plant fibers, the tea cozy turned out great (if a little large), and I will most likely use the fiber again in the future, even if I complain a lot.

Because it’s lovely to look at.

(This may actually become something I keep, mostly because it is kind of soft)

About HappyGoth

By day, I'm a graphic designer. By night, I'm a knitter. I'm doing my part to keep Hotlanta stylish. I imagine that if you don't already understand the title of the blog, you're probably confused and perhaps slightly annoyed, but never fear - I do have a reason (and it's a good one). Having gone to hear Stephanie Pearl McPhee, and then having been inspired to blog about knitting, I found myself wondering what to call the blog. I recalled a conversation I had with Mouse and the Chicken Goddess about why it is a Bad Idea to anger knitters - this conversation was following SPM, aka the Yarn Harlot telling the assembled throng about Those Who Do Not Understand Knitting and Therefore Belittle It Much to the Chagrin of Others, or TWDNUKTBMCO, which is not the acronym she used but is the one I'm using because I forgot hers - that is, we are numerous and we all have very pointy sticks, easily transforming into an angry mob. Therefore, knitters = angry mob.
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One Response to Fiber Friday, Noro edition

  1. Mouse says:

    I agree.. with all of the above. When I first started knitting I ordered about 6 skeins of it (2 per color) online – having never seen or felt it in person… when it arrived I was SO disappointed. The Silk Garden is much nicer but still has random bits and bobs in it. I have a whole bag (given to me in a destash) of a very dark Noro Kureyon colorway that I have absolutely no idea what to do with.. was going to knit Lady Eleanor but my Kureyon Danica scarf makes me itchy enough. *sigh*

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