Everyone I have come to know in this community has, over time, developed a preference during their knitting "career". Some people become addicted to lace, others to socks, others like to knit with silk, or mohair, or handspun. It's the nature of the beast, I suppose. After the first few years of what Claudia recently described as "that heady, intoxicating lust for yarn", your tastes become a bit more refined, you start to be a bit more selective.
Over the course of their knitterly evolution, many, many people have fallen in love with Noro. I was exposed to Noro fairly early on, before I really got "into" knitting, and honestly, I didn't get it. I had knit an Entrelac sweater with Noro Kureyon, and yes, I thought the colours were lovely, but I just didn't understand what all the hubbub was about. It was scratchy, and thick and thin, and hadn't these people run into an average of 2-3 knots per 50 gram ball as I had???? Nope, I just didn't get it. When I went to Japan in March 2008, I kept well away from the wall of Noro in the craft store my friends took me to. "Noro isn't that big of a deal here", they said. Finally, someone else who had seen the light, as I had! These Japanese knitters really knew their stuff.
Maybe I was too inexperienced, maybe I just wasn't ready to see...
Then I knit the Turn a Square Hat, the bulk of which is knit with Cascade 220, and I was intrigued. My, the subtle shifts in colour really were lovely, weren't they? And Silk Garden wasn't that scratchy. Granted, it's no baby alpaca, but it's perfectly wearable. "Hey, I thought. I've got a few balls of Silk Garden lying around in the stash, must have bought them on an impulse purchase (go figure), I wonder what I could do with that?".
And so the Multidirectional Diagonal Scarf was cast on, and I was forever changed. The colours, the structure, the feel of the yarn gliding through my hands... I was hooked, I couldn't get enough.I was in love, I tell you. In fact, on this very blog, I confessed to loving it so much that I wanted to wear it with heels and a tiara, hence the theme of the pictures we've seen thus far.
But that's not ALL I said, was it???? No, if you go back, you'll see that so smitten, so enthralled was I with this project, that I even wanted to wear it naked.
Well... I stand by that statement.
The Multidirectional Diagonal Scarf, knit with Noro Silk Garden. Let yourself be seduced... You know you wanna.
Happy Knitting Everyone!