Very early in the developmental stages of my yarn addiction I came across Noro yarn. I found a sweater pattern while looking around Ravelry which contained two of my favorite things: stripes and insane amounts of color. When I looked to see what kind of yarn was used I saw the word Noro. A quick Google search brought up zillions of photos of knit creations so colorful I thought I might have a seizure. I knew right away that Noro was created JUST FOR ME. Immediately I tried to find a pattern that would be simple enough for me to follow (especially given the fact that I had never followed a pattern before). I came across Jared Flood’s famous Noro Striped Scarf and thought, “Hey! How hard can that be?” Well as it turns out, when you have never read a pattern before and you don’t even understand what simple instructions are telling you, and you don’t take the time to actually figure anything out, it’s really not that simple. So I tossed that pattern aside and did my own thing like the stubborn, impatient fool that I am.
What evolved was a long, uneven attempt at a simple seed stitch scarf. Knit 1 purl 1, knit 1 purl 1, knit 1 purl 1, and then reverse for the next row…..for days and days. And here’s what I learned: My brain had no idea how to remember to knit 1 purl 1 over and over without screwing up dozens of times. It sounds so easy! And yet, if I didn’t truly focus and pay attention I found myself three rows into pure knit stitch while my mind was thinking about what meat-centric, covered in garlic, dinner I was going to be having later in the day.
And I learned something else: Noro yarn might have a pretty face but she’s a feisty yarn to knit with. She breaks easily and with no warning. And she’s full of… stuff. Stuff like knots and tree branches and other things only found on nature walks. After reading reviews of various Noro yarns I discovered that these are normal complaints with some people choosing to overlook these minor flaws and others swearing upon their grandmother’s graves that they will never use it again. I fall into the first category. I don’t care if Noro wants to break or be scratchy or be the home to enough twigs to build a small lean-to. What she gives back in the way of a visual feast is enough for me. Her colors make me all kinds of stupid happy and thus far I have not found another yarn that compares visually. That’s not to say that I won’t keep buying every colorful yarn that crosses my path, but as of right now, Noro wins. And I love it. A lot.
It might not be prefect and I didn’t know much about blocking at the time so it’s pretty wonky, but I love this scarf and I wear it a lot in the winter. I get tons of compliments when I do. Which brings me to the next thing I learned while making this scarf: it’s all about the yarn. If you use beautiful yarn, even if your technical skills aren’t that fantastic, your finished product will be awesome and you will love it. And that’s really what it’s all about.
If you would like some more info on this scarf please see my Ravelry page.