Sunday, February 8, 2009

Simply Irresistible

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!

11 comments:

AliP said...

O..NO..YOU..D'IN'T !!! MWAHAHAHAHA

Caroline said...

Best.post.ever. Oh my God Tara, you're fabulous!

Sinéad said...

Woohoo! Nudie post! brings yarn pr0n to a whole new dimension!
If you're going to go au natural, then I suppose it does have to be with Noro.
Love your shoes btw.

birana said...

ha!ha! what love can make you do... and for a yarn.. You're crazy! But I like you this way.
Maybe I would feel this way for sea silk...
BTW .. and at last;) Nice scarf, tiara and hells!

Sam said...

I laughed so hard, that my colleague came to my office.. Tara you are really really funny !!!
BTW: Did Phil take the picture? He must really like you or think you are totally going bongo !!! ah! ah!

Knit and Purl Mama said...

You're too funny girl. Very daring. Fabulous scarf!

kate-the-enabler said...

I kept the blog open all day hoping to find something clever in my mommy-brain to comment. Tragically, I'm at the end of the day with nothing better than I had at the beginning...Sigh.

so I say HA! What a magnificent scarf, post, and series of photos. I particularly like the leadup...the scarf, shoes and tiara....the scarf, shoes, tiara and legs....and then, if you'll forgive me, the money shot...

Keep pushing the boundaries. It inspires me, and I suspect I'm not alone :)

Maggie said...

Olé!

Dad said...

What....NO!!!!....sya it isn't so....not my baby girl - who forever will be...and the photographer...what of????...o wither art thou.
....BUT it would have been much better had one of your shoes been sort of "kicked-over" and just a trailing edge disappearing at photos edge while an irresistible urge were being sated ....but that's just my opinion - you've changed since your last diaper....who knew?
Love Dad

Sereknitty said...

You are too much! I was wondering to myself what your dad would say about this post, when I scrolled to the bottom and there he was! Hiliarious!!
While I like the look of Noro, I had to destash it as it gives me the itchy, wheezy, sneezies. So, I'd have to say I'm not a fan.

jeloca said...

Ok, seriously? You crack me up. You funny, girl! I can always count on your posts for something unexpected, and on a day where I've had no sleep, you have me laughing my butt off. You're brave and crazy and I'm glad we met!