Saturday, August 27, 2016

Unsettled

There has been a whole lot of yarn passing over the needles this week.

Yet ......there is almost nothing to show for it.

My yarn-life is a mirror of my life as a whole right now.

UNSETTLED.

Blue Ridge Yarns Kaleidoscope
Team Colors
Georgia Tech
This yarn was destined for socks.
It's destiny remains unfulfilled.

It was the ugliest looking socks ever.
Even Steve said -----------ehhhhhhh, no!

The yarn was frogged back, 
a blankie square was knit,
and then the remains were re-homed.

Interlacements MoMoMo
Colorway:  Mysteria
This yarn was SO fantastic in the hank. Wound up:  not great.  Knit up: truly ugly. I tried Wingspan. Then I tried Reyna. Then I searched Ravelry to see what other knitters did with this yarn. They didn't do much. There were only 5 instances of this yarn being used. I now know why it was on a discounted shelf. 

In theory it should have knit up stripey and nubby and --- BEAUTIFUL ---- a mix of sand and sea.

The reality was ................it looked like mud.  Lumpy mud.

This one and it's darker buddy went into the rubbish can.
Good bye to bad rubbish.

Then there were several skeins of Noro that passed through my hands.

I really didn't know whether I had the fortitude to deal with Noro's issues.

Damn this man creates some beautiful colors, 
but the yarn has serious in-skein tangle issues,
shredding issues,
and you don't dare look away from it for a moment.

If you do, you are guaranteed that under the table those strands will be doing
a hinky monkey dance and tangling themselves into knots.

How two connected ends can become such a mess of knots is beyond all reason.

And, there is a crap ton of this stuff in my stash.
Apparently all reason goes right out the window
in the face of those beautiful, jewel-toned colors.

Note to self:  RESIST THE NORO!

See?  Hinky monkey dancing right there on the chair.

As you can see, I did end up casting on one of the balls of Noro.

It was an absolute horror to get wound into that neat yarn cake.
It tangled.
It knotted unto itself.
It is overspun and twists and turns like a Spanish dancer.

It attracted the attention of the fur-monster and his eight little claws.

But, it DID get wound and it DID get cast on for a Wingspan shawl.

So far, so good.

This is a different Noro than the Kureyon or Silk Garden which is coarse and scratchy.

This is Noro Taiyo.
It's a blend of 50% cotton, 17% wool, 17% nylon and 16% silk

It feels good in the hand and will have just the right amount of body vs. drape.

Tonight .....it's all about the Noro!

And it will remain all about the Noro until this thing is FINISHED!

It's time to get some FOs up on Ravelry.